How To Play Bass In 50 Songs...The Self Study Version!
the ONLY method of learning based on songs, on the time proven principles found in classical music education AND the learning methadologies of deliberate practice!
So What Is The How To Play Bass In 50 Songs Self Study Program?
The HTPB50 Songs Program is a program that I’ve designed and built to teach bass players the fundamentals of playing the bass in a way that:
(i) replicates the time tested music learning systems that other instruments have;
(ii) is based around a repertoire of pop and rock songs (more on that in a moment)
(iii) ISN’T just for beginners...if you’ve been playing for a short period of time and feel stuck and can’t progress that’s not YOUR fault, you’re probably not learning the right things in the right order
(iv) has currently being road tested by a beta group of 40 students
The HTPB50 Songs Program is built around a spine of 50 songs that are distributed over 10 modules. And each module has between 20 and 30 units in them. Those units flesh out the detail between the different songs and teach the kind of things talked about in the article on what bass players should learn: so fundamental techniques (both plucking and fretting hand), rhythmic theory, perception of time, fretboard knowledge and so on.
How Is The HTPB 50 Songs Program Different Than Other Programs Out There?
There are three main ways that the HTPB50 Songs program is different from everything else out there.
Firstly most other programs out there are built around - or heavily revolve around - the learning of scales. And I’ve written about this already - The Mathematical Case Against Practicing Scales - but learning scales just isn’t necessary when you are starting out.
For sure there will come a time when you need to know what a scale is and how it’s formed and so on - and there are theory units in the course that will address this so that you have this information - but you really don’t need to rote learn scales. Whilst there is some benefit that can be had from practicing scales - there are other exercises which are way more beneficial to you at your current level of playing than the rote learning of scales.
Secondly, the HTPB50 Songs program is (as it says on the tin) built around this spine of 50 songs. There are two reasons for this: (i) nearly everyone who picks up the bass has some kind of song based reason for picking up the instrument (e.g. they want to play in a band with their friends, they want to play along with their favourite songs, they aspire to be in a band, etc....all of which require songs); (ii) the songs serve as an ‘audit point’ to check your playing, look for things that aren’t being executed correctly and fix them.
Thirdly: deliberate practice. Whether you take up this program or not - and I’m going to try and put together an offer for you that will make it harder to say no than to say yes! - I recommend that you read a book called PEAK by Anders Ericsson. Read it several times. And apply it to your learning...in my opinion this is one of the most important books out there for folks like you and me who are learning new skills. It will both teach you the correct way to learn a new skill and also help you identify teachers who aren’t teaching in a way that will ensure that you learn from their “teaching.”
I’ve been studying deliberate practice for 10 years now - and the principles of deliberate practice are hard wired into the DNA of the program.
How Does The HTPB50 Songs Program Work?
Here’s what happens:
1. When you enroll on the course you automatically start on Module 1.
2. Every 30 days the next module is unlocked for you until all 10 Modules are unlocked.
3. Each module contains a number of topics to work on - and if you saw the graphic at the start of this pdf or on any of the web articles - you’ll have seen a silhouette of a figure climbing a staircase. And might have thought that was a strange logo.
Actually, it’s a great visual metaphor for how the course works. If you think of each complete module as a different floor in a building, and the units in each module are the steps that you need to raise your level until you can reach the next module. And the learning built into the course is very much patterned on this step-by-step process. You can even see this in action in the unit titles.
Here’s a screenshot of the different units in Module 1:
Paul’s Note: PLEASE don’t email me and ask to see the complete lay out of units for all the modules. I have a competitor who copies what I do and as far as I’m concerned the HTPB50 Songs program is proprietary information - the only way to find out exactly what’s contained in the entire course is to take the course.
However to give you a flavour of things, here are the first 25 songs in the course:
1. Imagine - John Lennon
2. I’ll Follow The Sun - The Beatles
3. Yesterday - The Beatles
4. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
5. A Whiter Shade Of Pale
6. Love Me Do - The Beatles
7. Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival
8. Looking Out My Back Door - Creedence
9. The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
10 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
11. Dance The Night Away - The Mavericks
12. All My Loving - The Beatles
13. Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
14. Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
15. Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
16. If I Fell - The Beatles
17. Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
18. Take It Easy - The Eagles
19. She Loves You - The Beatles
20. I Feel Fine - The Beatles
21. Tramp - Otis Redding
22. Born Under A Bad Sign - Cream
23. Fa Fa fa The Sad Song - Otis Redding
24. The Ballad Of John And Yoko - The Beatles
25. Jackson Cage - Bruce Springsteen
Now that might seem a relatively random collection of songs - but when you see them in context of the course the progression will make perfect sense to you. The remaining songs feature - amongst others - The Police, Wilson Pickett, Booker T and the MGs, The Four Tops, Journey, The Killers, U2 and more.
An (Important) Word On The Assignments
As I’ve mentioned the course has been road tested by a number of students and we had a private facebook group where they share their assignments and I provide feedback on those assignments.
For the self study version of the course feedback on the assignments isn’t an option. But I’ve left the assignments in the course because they serve as great audit points for YOU to film yourself and self audit. (More on this in the bonus section too....there are some other alternatives as well. But I highly recommend - HIGHLY RECOMMEND - that you don’t skip this!)
Feedback From The Beta Students
Before we start getting into the hard details I though it would be good to share some feedback from the beta students. Now the context for the screenshots that follow is this....a lady called Ann wanted to know if she should join the course and so I just added her to the private Facebook Group the beta students have and told her she could ask as many questions of the students as she wanted in order to work out if she should join or not.
So please bear in mind that when people mention the learning with the others aspect, that’s not something that’s available with the self study version of the course.
First up here’s John F from the UK replying to Ann's questions:
Next up is Tracy from Wales:
Here's Michael from Australia:
And here's John S from The US:
As an addendum, John F emailed me and said a couple of things that I think are important:
“Most importantly of all, this course is about how to do, not just what to do. This definitely separates it from the rest.”
“I have bought from you a reference library (i.e. the course materials) that will be with me forever.”
“ I would definitely recommend the HTPB50 Program to as many bass players as possible.”
Bonus #1 Presentation Lesson: How To Self Audit (value $50)
Again, as mentioned above I left the 'assignments' that I built into the original run of the Course in the course so that you could self audit. In order to successfully self audit yourself though you need a set of "auditing guidelines" to work by. In this presentation I'll go through what you need to do to successfully self audit. (Paul's Note: before the beta run of the course I thought that self auditing was something that only high level intermediate players and above could do. I was wrong and this presentation will help you with this skill that every other bass teacher will tell you is beyond your current capabilities)
Bonus #2 Articles From The Practicarium (value $30)
In the original Beta Run of the course I wrote some articles to address in more detail questions that were asked in the Private Forum that the Beta Students and I shared. I've included those articles in the self study version of the course. Plus I plan to write at least 10 more at some stage and they'll be added to the self study version of the course as well.
Bonus #3 Vanishing Song Tutorial" Library (value $100)
Every Tuesday on my free how-to-play-bass.com website I post a new song tutoral in a series of 50...and the previous song tutorial in the serious simply vanishes. Like the fabled elephant's graveyard there's a place these tutorials go to though...and that's a permanent library for Premium Students of How To Play Bass In 50 Songs! (Paul's Note currently there are 25 tutorials in the library...a new one is added every week until we get to 50!)
Bonus #4 "Promotional Song Tutorials" Library (value $40)
One of the ways that I'll be promoting the HTPB in 50 Songs Program is by posting basic versions of beginner level song tutorials on places like YouTube and Facebook. Fuller and more detailed versions of those tutorials will go into another secret library for HTPB 50 Premium students. There will be at least 20 songs in this library. (NOT YET DELIVERED...WILL START SOON)
The Million Dollar Question - What's The Enrollment Cost?
Before we look at the investment (in yourself as much as the course) required to join the How To Play Bass in 50 Songs course, let's first look at some context.
If you were to try and get a similar amount of learning material as contained in the course from a private teacher, I estimate that you’re talking of at least 50 lessons worth of material.
Let’s say a good private teacher with a detailed step-by-step plan exists (they don’t) and that they cost $50 per lesson (if they did exist AND had this kind of plan they would charge more) then trying to get the same results privately would cost around $2500. (Said figure doesn’t include travelling time or travel costs either)
As I said above if I was ever to run an active group version of the course in the way the beta run has been developed the investment required would be north of $1900.
The self study version of the How To Play Bass In 50 Songs Program doesn’t require a four figure investment however.
It doesn’t require an investment of half that - say $1000 -either.
When I came to price the course I had to estimate how many copies would be sold over two years and at what price as this affects the application for the copyright licenses for the songs contained in the course.
As I had to make these applications on a per module basis I estimated the price to be $30 per module.
That's obviously $300.
But I'm not 100% happy with the interactive version of the course and am working behind the scenes to try and change this. I'm not sure when - or even if - the interactive version will go back on sale. It won't be before Easter 2020 - and it will be more than $300.
That doesn't help you though RIGHT NOW.
So if you're focused and disciplined and believe you can work through the Self Study Version of the Course (that used to cost $300 and may soon cost substantially more) you can do so starting today from just...
My 30 Day Guarantee
Just in case you're not certain if this will work there's a straightforward 30 Days/No Questions Asked/100% Money Back guarantee.
Within 30 days of enrolling on the course if for any reason you're not happy then just drop me an email and I'll sort out your refund as soon as I can.
So all the risk is on me....
As detailed above....you're covered by my 30 Days No Question Asked Full Refund Guarantee.
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