How To Play Bass In 50 Songs...The Self Study Version - 2020!
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 been being road tested by a beta group of 40 students
The HTPB50 Songs Program is built around a spine of 50 songs that are spread 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 that led you here - 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 the first half of 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 10 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. Bad Moon Rising
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
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.
Paul's Note: please make sure you've read and understood the important information about how the songs are taught in the course below!
How The Songs Are Taught
Before we move onto some of the details I just want to talk about the song learning format that we're going to use in the Program.
First, the songs are going to be chunked down into sections...e.g. Intro, Verse, Chorus.
Second, each section will have three components:
- A 'playalong' of the section with either the original track or a soundalike backing track, the playalong will be edited in picture in picture so you get good views of plucking and fretting hands
- For the majority of songs there will also be a playalong of the section played with a chordal metronome at a slower tempo than performance tempo and also edited in picture in picture as described above
- The third video section will be a note-by-note walkthrough of what's going on plus that walkthrough will reference learning elements from the HTPB50 Course
Here's a section from SONG#1 so you can see what I mean:
And here's an example of the note by note walkthrough:
IMPORTANT: there are no written representations of the notation and tab with any of the song lessons.
It is possible that at some stage in the future this may change - but it's only a possibility. And do not rely on this when making your decision on whether to enroll or not.
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 shared their assignments and I provided 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 facebook group and "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 - Deliberate Practice For Bass Version 1.0 (value $47)
In 2010 I wrote a 300 plus page book about applying Deliberate Practice for bass which used to sell for $77. Now I no longer sell this book because my understanding of deliberate practice has outgrown what I originally wrote about - but the information isn't outdated in any way and is still 100% relevant. One day I'll write Version 2.0 which will layer in the understandings I've gained in the last 8 or 9 years that go beyond this...but this is still a great place to start learning about what should be a foundational level topic but that: (a) no-one really teaches and (b) no-one who does mention it seems to properly understand
Bonus #2 Deliberate Practice Version 2.0 (value $47)
Bonus #3 How To Practice In Your Dead Time (value $47)
This is an eBook I wrote several years ago about how you can use time when you don't have your bass handy to practice your bass. If you productively use 30 minutes of 'dead time' a day you'll get an additional 150 hours of practice in the next 12 months! (Which is actually priceless!)
Bonus #4 "Music Theory For Bass Tutorials" Library (value $47)
A few years ago I created a series of tutorials working through some basic music theory topics (and beyond basic music theory). Starting from Module 5 this series of tutorials will go live on the site and you'll be able to access these from your Home Page.
Bonus #5 Getting The Best Out Of Band In A Box (value $47)
Band In A Box is a practice tool that I use throughout the Course - and you'll hear in many videos. As well as providing a rhythmic and harmonic background for some of the teaching you can also use it to focus on specific rhythms and we'll be using it a lot to focus on time studies. This series of screen capture videos will show you how to get the most out of this program in your practice space. NOTE: this goes live in Module 5 and it's NOT necessary to purchase Band In A Box to go through the program. But if you're serious about bass you should give serious thought to adding this software to your practice space.
Bonus #6 Vanishing Tutorial Library For Beginners (value $75)
Starting Tuesday 5th May I'll start a series of tutorials aimed at beginners on the free how-to-play-bass.com website. These tutorials will follow the format in the Program - namely playthroughs of each section of the song plus note by note walkthrough video. Every tuesday when a new tutorial goes live the previous tutorial will vanish....and it will appear in the Library in the HTPB50 in 2020 Self Study Group. Not only will you get unlimited access to the tutorial that has been vanished but I'll also in some extras (practice tracks for the sections at different tempos, songsheets to fill in and take notes in PDF format and so on). PLEASE NOTE once I've got 4 or 5 of these "vanished" to the HTPB50 Program the price of the program will go up to as noted below. That will be around the end of May - so don't delay!
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 the opportunity cost of 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 $2000.
The 2020 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 wanted to do the following things:
- reflect the value that's in the course (the most comprehensive course for beginners out there)
- make the cost of enrollment reasonably affordable (remember that a 30 minute lesson with a good teacher is at least $50 without travel time/travel costs. A skype lesson with someone like Ed Friedland who IS a really good teacher is around $85 as far as I know).
- make the cost of enrollment help the students who enroll commit to learning so that they actually take action on the information shared throughout the program (that's based on years of personal learning, teaching and most importantly two years of going through this program with beta students)
One of the beta students told me that pricing the self study course at $500 would still be cheap.
In many ways I think he's right - one day I'll pay one of my kids to comb through the course and detail how many pages of content there are, how many videos, how many MP3s to download and so on. I CAN tell you that there are over 1500 pages of content in the Unit PDFs and that there are over 500 Practice Tracks to download! (So when I say it's the most comprehensive beginners course out there I'm really not joking!)
CAVEAT: if you're focused and disciplined and believe you can work through the Self Study Version of the Course I've decided to let you do that starting today for just...
PLEASE NOTE: once I've got 4 or 5 Vanishing Tutorials in the Vanishing Tutorial Library section of the program the price will go up to $227 or $247. So act now!
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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P.S. This is the most cost effective way to learn bass - and from what I've seen (and I confess I've not seen everything!) this is the only method where all the principles of deliberate practice were deliberately built into the course from the ground up.
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Paul Wolfe/ www.how-to-play-bass.com