Are YOU a Bass Player?...
What is StudyBass?
- FREE bass lessons, tools and resources.
- Lessons are based on my tens of thousands of hours teaching hundreds of students over 20 years.
- Start from zero and learn step-by-step. Lessons are highly-organized so you don't get lost.
The StudyBass Approach
StudyBass is for bass creators—bassists who want to use the bass in a creative, original way.
Anyone can learn to play other peoples' basslines and bass solos. Does learning to recite a poem make you a poet? No! And, that's where StudyBass is different...
The goal of StudyBass is to educate you on how music works and how to create your own basslines and solos, not just to parrot those of others.
Bass—The Misunderstood Instrument
Bass is a unique instrument. Unfortunately, it is often taught the same way as other instruments causing lots of needless confusion for the student.
Don't waste years of precious practice time learning the wrong things.
Even good lessons are ineffective when presented to the student in the wrong order or at the wrong point in his or her development.
On StudyBass I've organized and paced my bass lessons based on seeing hundreds of students learn to play the bass.
What Does StudyBass Cover?
Technique, Harmony, Rhythm, Music Reading, All Styles, Fretboard Note Names, and there's lots more on the way.
I've been teaching private bass lessons since 1993.
I've taught tens of thousands of lessons to well over 2000 students.
In 2003, I started developing StudyBass—my dream of the best bass lessons on the net.
Everything you see on StudyBass was created by me. I think you'll see my passion and commitment to help you become a great musician and bassist.
I love music. I love the bass. And, I love teaching it to you.
First, read over the using the site page. That will help you understand how the site's features work and how I expect you to use it.
Next, go to the bass lesson study guide and get started with the lessons. Even if you feel like you know the contents of a lesson already, go through it anyway. Most of the lessons build on prior lessons. If you skip ahead, you may end up lost.
StudyBass respects your privacy and collects little data. New EU laws (GDPR) require greater transparency and specificity, and it's a good thing for the internet.
Continued use of this site means you consent to the updated policy.
The Latest StudyBass News
Announcing a New Section to StudyBass
StudyBassers! I'm excited to announce a new area on StudyBass I'm calling "StudyBass Says...". Some things I want to tell you about just don't belong in the context of the lessons and aren't related to gear.
You can expect a few dull posts like technical site updates, but mostly it will be about improving your learning and understanding of music and the bass. That's why you're here, right?
I am currently working on the Bass Articulations Block of Curriculum: Bass Fundamentals III. I am writing, recording and mixing dozens of new exercises for these lessons. I'm shooting videos for them, too.
As I produce all of these new lessons, I am simultaneously streamlining my new back-end lesson deployment system. With each lesson the system gets less clunky. The process never goes fast enough. It's a lot for one person to do, but I'm crazy enough to keep plowing away. I can't wait to get to the really good lessons.
Keep practicing and playing. You're worth the time you spend learning to play the bass and deserve it.
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I Appreciate Your Support
I couldn't continue this project without user support. It's enough work for 10 people, but it's all just me. I, and many other bass players, truly appreciate your help keeping this alive.
Good luck with your musical pursuits,
StudyBassers Are Saying:
Man since I have been studying your course it has made a huge impact on my playing. I have spent hundreds of dollars on bass guitar programs but I have never seen anything that can compare to the bass lessons that you have written.
Excellent course, I'm only at lesson two and have learnt more from your site than five years of fumbling around with text books.
[StudyBass] united theory in a way I hadn't experienced, and it made light bulbs kind of explode in my brain! Talk about an epiphany!
In a nut shell you start out presuming I do not know a thing about the bass or music (true) and build a foundation from that perspective. Thank you.
I want to thank you for all your effort into this website. I think it's fantastic. I've learned a ton about music in the past couple months. From knowing next to nothing on the bass, I'm already in a band and getting better every week. Keep it up!
I played Tuba through HS and 3 years of under grad so I thought I understood the bass clef. In two weeks I have learned more from your site than 2 decades of "experience". Every new or experienced player should study with you.