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I’m not someone who wants to be a bass guitar teacher.
In fact, when it comes to most instruments that I know, there are plenty of more passionate teachers out there than me.
Instead of trying to half-bake some bass lessons for you, I’ve gone through all my best resources and curated a lesson plan from start to finish.
Some are video lessons, and some are written – all of them interactive.
You’ll find both beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons.
If you were to follow these lessons from #1 all the way to the end, you could easily find yourself a proficient bass player.
I expect you’ll eventually outgrow this page and start looking for your own resources. Don’t avoid it – you won’t hurt my feelings! Branching out and becoming your own teacher is an important part of your development.
If you get to a point where you feel you can’t grow anymore – go and hire a teacher. You’ll have already done a lot of the heavy lifting by teaching yourself, and your teacher will really be able to bring you to the next level.
Obviously there are multiple basses you can play, you may prefer the electric bass, jazz bass, or bluegrass bass. Whichever one you prefer, if you want to take your playing further, having an expert critique your style and give you tips on what you can improve on is a great idea.
With technology where it is today, you can simply record a video of yourself playing and have a well renowned artist watch your video and critique you on it.
See if you recognize any of the experts here.
To start, what’s your skill level?
Beginner Bass Guitar Lessons
- How to restring a bass
- StudyBass fundamentals one (54 lessons)
- From the top: intro to music and the bass
- Basic bass technique
- Reading music (part 1)
- How to practice
- Common bass patterns
- The rhythmic pulse
- Intervals (part 1)
- Rhythmic subdivisions
- StudyBass fundamentals two (52 lessons)
- Introduction to scales
- Introduction to chord patterns
- Major scales and chord patterns
- Minor scales and chord patterns
- Reading music (part 2)
- Introduction to keys and harmony
- Beginning diatonic harmony
- Introduction to the blues
- Applying patterns to the blues
- Diminished chord patterns
- Memorizing the bass fretboard notes
- Practice reading classical notation
- Using a pick
- The walking bass line (part 1) (part 2)
- One of the most useful scales of them all – the pentatonic scale (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part 4)
- Setting up your bass strap height
Intermediate Bass Guitar Lessons
- Open string muting
- Palm muting on the bass
- Ghost notes (part 1) (part 2)
- The flying fingers problem
- Beginning melodic sequences
- Tapping bass chords (with Victor Wooten)
- Get that vintage tone
- The Pino Palladino double stop
- Double your soloing speed
- How to play slap bass (beginner and intermediate)
- Slap bass: secret triplets
- Soloing: how to use the entire fretboard
- Soloing: using simple shapes on the bass
- Awesome funk groove breakdown – for the funk in you
- The secret to great bass tone
- Exercise to learn dynamics
- How to practice arpeggios on the bass
- Letting the snare drum breath – when you’re playing with a band
- Victor Wooten bass technique (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part 4)