BEGINNER BASS FORMULA
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BEGINNER BASS FORMULA

FROM ROOKIE TO ROCK STAR? LEARN AND MASTER THE BASS GUITAR!!
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Created by Danny Merriman
Last updated 8/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course you will be able to play the bass guitar by learning and practicing the exercises
  • Play bass riffs by practicing the exercises
  • Tune up the bass guitar
  • Position and hold the bass guitar
  • Ready for more advanced playing styles
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Requirements
  • Bass guitar, amp, spare strings, tuner.
Description

" Excellent Course

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ROOKIE TO ROCK STAR? LEARN TO MASTER THE BASS GUITAR!!

Are you overwhelmed with over complicated music books? Frustrated with confusing advert ridden carrot on the stick how to play the bass guitar videos? Getting nowhere fast?

That was me too...


My story

"I struggled to get motivated and commit basic bass principles to memory. Unable to find a user friendly way to learn the bass I ended up putting it in the cupboard and not playing it for weeks at a time. It took 5 teachers about a hundred books and years of frustration and money to get started playing the bass."

Hi,

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It's all about the bass eh...


"When I first started playing with other musicians I didn't know where the notes were on the fret-board. I struggled to play anything and didn't feel confident enough. I'd feel embarrassed when I didn't know where an F# or the Bb was. The more I studied where the notes were on the bass fret-board, the easier I could interact with musicians and play music. When someone said lets play E, A & then Bb I'd know where the notes were on the fret-board, and what to do."

"It's important to say the notes out loud that you're playing so that they're committed to your memory."

"Don't worry it does eventually sink in so keep practicing the exercises and you'll get there."

"I found that learning the 12 bar blues pattern helped me to interact with other musicians, as there's a lot of songs out there that use that same pattern. Most rock and roll and blues songs use it so knowing it is a very useful tool to get you going and playing some cool stuff."


  • This course is about how to play the bass guitar

materials included are

  • video instructor exercises
  • slides
  • docs

the course is ongoing as you can go back as many times as you like for practicing purposes

The course is structured into progressive sections

  • the basics
  • note recognition
  • playing arrangements

Reasons to take this course are

  • to learn the bass technique
  • to improve bass playing
  • learn riffs
  • locate notes on the fretboard
Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner level
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Curriculum For This Course
59 Lectures
01:10:45
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Introduction
2 Lectures 01:30
  • This course is about how to play the bass guitar

materials included are

  • video instructor exercises
  • slides
  • docs

the course is ongoing as you can go back as many times as you like for practicing purposes

The course is structured into progressive sections

  • the basics
  • note recognition
  • playing arrangements

reasons to take this course are

  • to learn the bass technique
  • to improve bass playing
  • learn riffs
  • locate notes on the fretboard
Preview 00:44

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Starting Point
9 Lectures 10:47

In this section we'll cover;

. Choosing a bass

. Choosing an amp

. Positioning

. How to play the on-screen exercises

. and playing finger-style

Exercises covered in this section are;

. Finger-style finger strengthening

. Tuning the bass

Preview 00:32

Choosing a good bass will make it a lot easier for you.

Some bass guitars are badly made which makes it a lot harder for you to play and will put you off continuing to learn.

Preview 01:58

Bass amps vary in size, shape and power outputs.

It's a good idea to start with the smaller, less bulkier amps when starting out.

Preview 01:33

The way you hold your bass will affect your technique.

Make sure you're holding it in a way that agrees with your posture in as comfortable a way as possible.

Preview 01:09

When you play the exercises on the screen the appropriate position of your finger placement will usually be displayed on the screen .

For example, when you see the letter E followed by the number 3 it means that you would play the E string on the third fret (G note). E (open) means that you'd just play the open E string on its own.

more examples;

  • D 2 -- 2nd fret on the D string = an E note
  • A 5 -- 5th fret on the A string = D note
  • G2 -- 2nd fret on the G string = A note
  • D (open) -- D string only = D note

Most of the notes are stated until you get to the latter part of the course in the arrangements section (5) where the letter E would mean that you play the E arpeggio riff or a B means play the B arpeggio riff, etc..

Preview 01:45

This course uses the finger-style technique. There are other ways to play the bass but we will be using this technique as it is widely used and very popular in music.

Preview 01:10

This is a good exercise for strengthening your fingers.

Useful for the finger-style technique.

Preview 00:41

Tuning up the bass guitar will be essential to playing the riffs accurately

Tuning the bass guitar
01:32

Fingerstyle involves playing with your thumb

Fingerstyle question
1 question

points covered -

1. choosing a bass

2. choosing a bass amp

3. positioning

4. how to play the upcoming exercises

5. fingerstyle

6. tuning your bass

Closing
00:27
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Note recognition.
13 Lectures 12:41

When I first started playing with other musicians I didn't know where the notes were, so I struggled to play anything. I didn't feel confident enough. I'd feel embarrassed when i didn't know where an F# or Bb was So the more I studied where the notes were on the bass the easier I could interact and play stuff with others. So when someone said lets play E, A and then Bb I'd know where the notes where and what to do.

When I first started playing bass
00:40

In these exercises you will locate E, A, D, G, and B notes on the four strings up to the 12th fret.

Its always useful to know where they are on the fretboard. The exercises will help you find them.

also you'll locate and play the first five notes on each string.

Introduction
00:38

Find all the E notes up to the 12th fret

Exercise 1. E notes
01:19

Find all the A notes up to the 12th fret

Exercise 2. A notes
01:38

Find all the D notes up to the 12th fret

Exercise 3. D notes
01:14

Find all the G notes up to the 12th fret

Exercise 4. G notes
01:09

Play all the B notes up to the 12th fret

Exercise 5. B notes
01:22

Play the first five notes on the E string

First five notes on the E string. E-G# exercise
00:41

First five notes on the A string

First five notes on the A string. A-C# exercise
00:53

First five notes on the D string

First five notes on the D string. D-F# exercise
00:49

First five notes on the E string

First five notes on the G string. G-B exercise
00:55

Play the second five notes on the G string

Second five notes on the G string C-E exercise
00:46

So now you should have an understanding of where the notes are on the first few frets. The more you know where to locate the notes the easier you can play the following exercises.

Closing
00:37
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Sharps and Flats
7 Lectures 09:02

In these exercises you will locate sharpened/flattened notes....

In these exercises you will locate sharpened/flattened notes.

Sharp notes are located after the F, G, A, C and D notes but not after E and B. i.e. F#, G#, A# etc.

Flat notes are located before the B, D, E, G and A notes but not before C and F. i.e. Bb, Db, Eb etc.

It's useful to know where they are on the fretboard.

These exercises will help you find them on the first few frets.

Intro
00:45

Play the ascending sharp notes F# G# and A#

Sharps and flats Exercise One
01:35

Play the ascending sharp notes A# C# and D#

Sharps and flats Exercise Two
01:11

Play the ascending sharp notes D# F# and G#

Sharps and flats Exercise Three
01:16

Play the ascending sharp notes G# A# and C#

Sharps and flats Exercise Four
01:11

Flat notes are played when you play down the neck and the scale making them flat notes as opposed to playing up the neck and scale making the notes sharp.

So a Gb can also be called F# and an A# is a Bb etc..

It can be confusing using both shaps and flats but it doesn't strictly matter what you call them as long as you remember one or the other.

Sharps and flats Exercise five
02:31

It can be confusing using both shaps and flats but it doesn't strictly matter what you call them as long as you remember one or the other.

Coming up - Your first few riffs....

You now have a better understanding of where sharps and flats are on the fretboard.

Exercises in the coming lectures;

  • slides
  • trills
  • hammer-ons
  • arpeggios
Closing
00:33
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First Few Riffs
17 Lectures 16:32

In this section your first few riffs will consist of a slide a trill, hammer-ons and arpeggios.

They will form the basis of your introduction to the bass guitar.

Use the previous exercises on note recognition to find where the notes are in the next few exercises.....

In this section your first few riffs will consist of a slide a trill, hammer-ons and arpeggios.

They will form the basis of your introduction to the bass guitar.

Introduction
00:21

Slides can be used as fills at the beginning of a phrase in a song i.e.

  • intro
  • chorus
  • verse
  • or mid 8
Slide exercise
00:57


Trills add rhythmic character to phrases consisting of a rapid alternation between two adjacent notes, usually a semitone(one fret) or tone(two frets) apart.

Trill exercise
01:09

A hammer-on is like a trill but slower.

They are used to make a riff more interesting and fluid-like.

Hammer-on Exercise number One
01:01

Hammer-on exercise

Hammer-on Exercise number Two
00:57

Hammer-on exercise

Hammer-on Exercise Number Three
01:10

Understand walking baselines.....

The following exercises are made up of walking basslines.

Walking baselines are played with your left forefinger and index (right for lefties) finger.

The first note is always the root note of the arpeggio.

Starting with your dominant forefinger on the first note and then your index finger on the second note alternate the two creating a walking pattern bass line.


They are used a lot in popular music especially when playing arpeggio riffs.

Walking basslines
00:37

Arpeggios are groups of notes that are played one after the other.

They are the components of a chord.

Practice these exercises and get used to playing them as you will be using them extensively in all types of music.

Arpeggios
00:22

Play and practice the E arpeggio riff

E arpeggio (open string exercise)
01:21

Play and practice the E arpeggio riff

E arpeggio (closed string exercise)
01:07

Play and practice the A arpeggio riff

A arpeggio (open string exercise)
01:04

Play and practice the A arpeggio riff

A arpeggio (closed string exercise)
01:06

Play and practice the B arpeggio riff

B arpeggio (closed string exercise)
01:35

Play and practice the D arpeggio riff

D arpeggio (closed)
01:06

Play and practice the B minor arpeggio riff

B minor arpeggio (closed)
01:08

Play and practice the G arpeggio riff

G arpeggio (closed)
01:06

Now you have your first few riffs, you're set up for the next section.

Armed with your arpeggios you will be able to play the following arrangements....

Closing
00:25
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Playing an arrangement
8 Lectures 13:02

points covered -

In this section we'll cover;

. 12 bar blues arrangements

. Turnarounds

. play-a-long exercises

Introduction
00:18

The 12-bar blues chord progression is the basis of thousands of songs, not only formally identified blues songs. The vast majority of boogie-woogie compositions are 12-bar blues, as are many early rock songs.......


12 Bar Blues
00:42

Play the 12 bar blues arrangement using

  • E arpeggio
  • A argeggio
  • and B arpeggio
12 bar blues in E (open)
02:29

Play the 12 bar blues arrangement using

  • E arpeggio
  • A argeggio
  • and B arpeggio
12 bar blues in E (closed)
03:41

Play the 12 bar blues arrangement using

  • C arpeggio
  • F argeggio
  • and G arpeggio
12 bar blues in C
02:26

A turnaround is a group of chords/arpeggios that repeat at least twice in a section of a song.....

A turnaround is a group of chords/arpeggios that repeat at least twice in a section of a song.

Quite often a whole song is made up from a turnaround.

Normally groups of three or four chords are used for turnarounds, this example is a four chord pattern or a 'Vamp'.

examples of a four chord turnaround are;

  • Stand by me,
  • Dianna,
  • Oh Carol and
  • This boy by the Beatles.
Turnarounds
00:36

Play the Turnaround arrangement using

  • D arpeggio
  • Binor argeggio
  • G arpeggio
  • and A arpeggio
Turnaround in D
01:52

points covered -

1. 12 bar blues

Try this pattern in different keys

2. turnaround

This popular pattern can also be played in different keys.

Closing
00:58
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Bonus Section
2 Lectures 06:11

Variation of a 12 bar blues arrangement in B.

You can also play a long to it using these arpeggios.

  • B arpeggio
  • E argeggio
  • and F# arpeggio
12 bar blues in B
04:51

Take a look The Slap Bass Formula. If you want a go at slap bass, here's a preview of whats in store in the course.

All you need to get off the ground from the basics to the more advanced part of slap bass.

introduction to the slap bass formula
01:20
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Danny started playing bass in 1986 inspired by bass legends Jack Bruce, Mark King, Larry Graham, Louis Johnson and Paul McCartney.

He is now well known in musical circles for his awesome bass guitar skills in many different styles and his own funky, slap bass style. Daniel's love of playing music led to producing his own music including the album "Something Splendid" on splendid music records.

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