For Gigging Bass Players - And Those That Want To Be!
Announcing: Working Basslines Volume 2!
Second Collection Of Songs Played By 'Working Joes' All Over The World
When most of us picked up the bass, we did so for one of three reasons:
- To play in a band with our friends
- To play in a band with other musicians
- Both of the above!
When I started out my journey on the bass that was my goal too.
But for years I was the archetypal bedroom musician. And when I actually summoned up the courage to go out and play with other musicians, although I was a reasonable player I lacked one essential piece of knowledge:
A library of songs that gigging bands play.
Despite the name of 'Volume 2' this is the fourth collection of song tutorials that I've put out following on from Volume 1, Funk Soul And Disco Basslines and Classic R&B Basslines. If you've seen the information pages for any of those collections then you should know what to expect from this collection!
Working Basslines Volume 2
Learning a song with Working Basslines Volume 2 is a snap. If you're sat at your computer then all the resources you need are just a mouse click or two away! In fact there's a small demonstration further down the page for you to check out - each song tutorial allows you to focus on each important chunk of the song in isolation, learn that, and then put all the song chunks together when your learning is complete.
The notation and tab - as well as being in the downloadable PDF - are also adjacent to the video so that you can cross-reference as you learn from the video tutorial.
When I Originally Created Some Of these Videos I filmed material for two versions - a version that went on YouTube and a version with extra content that only my First Bass And Beyond subscribers saw. And in preparing the videos for this collection they have all been re-edited and re-rendered in higher quality - and a lot of that bonus footage that you won't find on the plain 'YouTube' versions is included. Plus there are plans to add more footage to existing tutorials using the picture in picture technology that you'll see in the Play That Funky Music demo below.
Why Should I Listen To You?
For the best part of 20 years I made my living as a "working bass player." I've gigged all over the UK and throughout Europe - and in that time played at nearly 2000 gigs and racked up over 100,000 miles on the road! And those gigs have spanned multiple genres - reggae, rock, funk, soul, disco, pop, big band and more. So I have a pretty good idea of what songs working bands have in their playbooks in those genres.
But before I started compiling these volumes of Working Basslines I asked those bass players who subscribe to my weekly magazine First Bass And Beyond to send in their set lists so I could check them out. And I got set lists from bands in America, Canada, Germany, Australia, South Africa and even Brazil and Chile! And I cross referenced my list of working songs with the set lists that I collected - so you can be confident that the songs in these volumes are songs that working bands play - and that working joes just like you need to learn and know!
Plus I'm Guessing That If You're Here Now you've seen one of the 300 or so tutorials that I currently have on YouTube and contributed to the close to 10 million views I've racked up teaching bass players just like you to play the kind of songs I'm talking about. Only now you can finally get access to all the components of the song lesson (and song tutorials that have never been posted to YouTube).
What Are The Benefits?
Here are the main benefits of Working Basslines Volume 2:
What Other People Say?
Here's what just three of the previous students of Working Basslines Volume 1 have to say about the collection:
David Rothenberg - Florida, USA
For me the only potential obstacle in buying BassLines Vol 1 was the expansive variety of songs. In other words, the diversity of songs wasn't something I was initially looking for. But I am very happy that I have now. I think it makes me a more well rounded bass player. As a result of buying Working Bass Vol 1, I have learned more songs in a shorter time frame than ever before. I think the 'Band in a Box instructions' was are really helpful during the learning phase of the song.T I really like the way you present the material. I have been using tutorials for about 3 years now. I have checked out other cyber instructors. No one comes close to your instructional style. I can never thank you enough!!! David
Donald Mick, USA
Time to utilize the site is my biggest concern. I am an online student at Berklee College of Music, and am currently one class away from receiving my Bass Professional Certification. During periods when I am taking a class, I don’t have time to use Working Bass Lines, but in between, I find it really helpful in quickly adding to my repertoire of songs.
Breaking down the instruction into verse, chorus, intro etc is a great way to do it. It allows me to review sections where I need it, and skip the rest. I really like having access to both a video and the notation used.
I think Working Baselines Vol 1 has value to both beginners and to more experienced players. I recommend it highly!
Jean Marc Kerou - France
Please excuse my English! What I really like about Working Basslines Volume 1 is the opportunity to immediately access the MUSIC and with direct practice it is a great joy to rapidly get results. I appreciate The "real life" aspect of your pedagogy = efficiency (efficacité ) and your professionalism ( the fact you've been playing thousands of songs transpire obviously and make your tutorial very fruitfull ).
Working Basslines Volume 1 is not expensive and allowed me to get fast results. I would highly recommend it to bass players ! Because this is the first site where one can learn for true , get results and make real and very stable improvements .
PS, I can't wait to start Blues Course !
What Do I Get?
Working Basslines Volume 2 consists of 55 Song Tutorials and each song has its own dedicated page. Navigating to the song you wish to learn is simple - and everything you need to learn that song will be at your fingertips.
Each song tutorial in the Working Basslines volume 2 library includes the following:
Each song is split into its main parts – e.g. verse, chorus, bridge, etc – and each main part has its own video tutorial. There are two styles of tutorial used – note by note (my older style) or performance temp/slow tempo playthroughs with picture in picture editing (my new style). The notation and tab for each section is posted so that you can cross-reference as you’re going through the video portion of the lesson.
Downloadable PDFs For Each Song
Each song has its own downloadable PDF which contains the notation and tab and some thoughts on playing through the song – and often a ‘road map’ of the song (i.e. what order you play the basic part to play through the song).
Bass Less Backing Tracks
Each song tutorial has audio content as well – either a bass less backing track to play along to, or backing tracks for different sections of the song generated in Band In A Box.
Detailed Band In A Box Programming Instructions
The PDF for each song in the Working Basslines library also contains detailed instructions on how to program the individual song sections in Band In A Box. These instructions include key, suggested real tracks to use, suggested performance tempos and so on.
(Note: Band In A Box is NOT included with Working Basslines – but is the best practice software out there for bass players and is highly recommended.)
BONUS PDF: (to be announced)
What Are The Songs Included In Working Basslines Volume 2?
Don't Stop Believing
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Sympathy For The Devil
Losing My religion
Stray Cat Strut
Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
Thinking Out Loud
Listen To The Music
Weather With You
One Way Or Another
I'm A Believer
The Boys Are Back In Town
Money For Nothing
Beds Are Burning
Shake A Tailfeather
Light My Fire
The Jean Genie
Come As You Are
20th Century Boy
Oh What A Night
The Thrill Is Gone
Take Me To The River
Walk This Way
More Than A Feeling
The One I Love
Rock This Town
Unchain My Heart
You're The One That I Want
You Can Go Your Own Way
I Can See Clearly Now
Let Me Give You A Demo
Let me give you a short demonstration of how everything is set up on the Working Basslines site.
Let's Assume You Need To Learn Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry - and let's assume you're working on the chorus. Here's how it would look on the Funky Music Page.
First you'd have the notation and tab:
Then you'd have the video underneath it so you could watch the video and cross reference with the notation and tab:
Then after all the song sections you'd have the downloadable PDF (which includes all the notation and tab, plus the Band In A Box programming instructions),and the bassless backing tracks to practice along with (or Band In A Box files.)
So you've got everything on hand to learn the different sections of the song and then put those sections together.
So How Much Does Working Basslines Volume 2 Cost?
Working Basslines Volume 2 is just....
60 Day 100% Money Back Guarantee: We know that you'll find the unique tutorial combination of video, notation/tab and backing tracks in Working Basslines Volume 2 will help you learn a ton of the kind of songs that working bands the world use at their gigs. We want you to be just as confident with your purchase though, so there's a full 60 day guarantee period. After your purchase you've got a full 60 days to go through the songs in the Volume 2 Library. If for whatever reason you're not satisfied, all you have to do is drop us an email and let us know. We'll refund your purchase ASAP with no hassles and no hoops to jump through, and we can part as friends.
So It's Time To Make A Decision: You should have all the information you need to decide whether you want to learn these working songs, starting in the next few minutes. Simply CLICK the big yellow 'JOIN NOW' button below and you'll be taken to a Paypal screen where you can purchase Working Basslines Volume 2. (If you don't have a Paypal account you can still purchase using a Credit Card.) You should be redirected upon checkout straight to the index page of Working Basslines Volume 2! So go ahead. Click the big yellow button below and JOIN NOW.
P.S. When you go to a gig, a jam or a rehearsal no-one will care whether you can play diminished scale licks or machine gun triplets or non-muddy chords. Instead they'll ONLY care whether you know a large repertoire of the kind of songs that working bands all over the world play. If you don't know the songs....you don't get the gig. Period.
Hitting the 'Join Now' button is the easiest and most cost effective way to get started learning these working songs.
P.P.S RECAP of the above. For just $127 you'll get detailed tutorials to the 55 songs listed. Each tutorial covers the major sections of the song and you'll see video for each section, plus notation and tab. Additionally there is notation and tab in the downloadable PDF. There is also detailed programming instructions to create practice tracks for each song chunk with the software Band In A Box (Band In A Box NOT included) And there's either a bass less backing track for you to play with once you've learned all the song sections, or Band In A Box files to practice with (MP3 format). Don't forget that you're covered by my 60 Day No Questions Asked Guarantee if you decide this is not for you - so all the risk is on me.
Q.How Many Volumes Of Working Basslines Are There Going To Be?
A.At least 7. Currently available is Volume 1, Funk Soul and Disco Basslines, Classic R&B Basslines and Volume 2 this one. Next up is Ska and Reggae (hopefully mid feb 2016). And following that will be a Beatles Volume, a Blues Rock volume and a Country/New Country volume.
Q.How Long Is This Resource Available To Me Once I've Joined?
A.My business plans work in 5 year cycles…and I’m currently a year into my second cycle – so the first answer is at least 4 years. I don’t envisage selling or closing How To Play Bass Dot Com so the realistic answer is probably much longer than that. 4 years is as good a place as any to start.
Q.I Don't Have Band In A Box - Are The Programming Instructions Of Any Use?
A.Firstly you might not have Band In A Box now, but if you’re serious about getting better at bass guitar then this should be high on your wish list. It’s the best practice tool for bass players out there. Secondly, even if you don’t have Band In A Box the programming instructions include screen shots of how each song section looks when programmed in Band In A Box – and this will give you a clear guide to the chord progressions being used in each section of the song.
Q.What If There's A Specific Song I Need To Learn That's Not Covered By Your Library?
A.I’ve taught over 400 songs on video down the years I’ve been running How To Play Bass Dot Com – so if you don’t see it listed, it’s always worth dropping me an email to see if I have it gathering virtual dust in my archives.