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.
The Latest StudyBass News
Important: Net Neutrality
This topic is important and affects us all. Current net neutrality rules require internet service providers to treat all internet traffic equally. This means they can't speed up some websites and slow others down. This is how we've always known the internet and how it was intended.
Telecom companies, like AT&T and Comcast, are at work persuading U.S. lawmakers to lift rules which currently make the internet a level playing field for all.
Your U.S. representatives will be voting on this on December 14th.
Lifting these rules means the telco companies can speed up some internet traffic and make other traffic slower. They get to be the gatekeepers charging consumers and creators to access one another.
What Could Losing Net Neutrality Mean?
They can make the internet like cable. Want to access YouTube, Facebook and Google? Select this package...
Small sites, like this one, could be asked to pay ISPs to have their content made more accessible. Small and new sites will struggle to compete with sites with more money. I predict lifting these rules will have the same effect on the internet as retail giants, like Walmart, have had on mom & pop stores.
Think about the business and political implications. Telcos, or those funding them, could push any products, viewpoints or agendas they wish while suppressing others.
The internet has already consolidated around a few big companies. Lifting net neutrality will only take it further in that direction. Big companies aren't worried about it because, as the Netflix CEO said, "we’re big enough to get the deals we want."
If consumers had many internet providers from which to choose, they could choose the best price and lifting these rules wouldn't have a big impact. However, half of US households have only one choice. Very few have three or more choices. And, the U.S. currently ranks 12th in the world for download speed. At least until we have more competition, we need to preserve current net neutrality rules.
Please Contact Your Representatives
There are bots posting fake comments supporting the lifting of the neutrality rules currently in place. Worse yet, the FCC is blocking the investigation of these fake comments.
Let your representatives know how you feel about lifting net neutrality rules. Phoning them is thought more effective than sending email.
Severe Technical Problems
The website hosting company StudyBass uses (ServerGrove) is experiences catastrophic failures--the worst I've seen. It has thrown the StudyBass.com site into a very unpredictable state. I'm working on a solution, but it may be a few days. I have to do some massive upgrades before I can move the site to another service.
I'm sorry for the unexpected inconvenience. I'll be sure to make it up to any subscribers and supporters of the site. In the end, we'll have a better site.
UPDATE (26 November): The site is still trying to fully recover. I have a number of compatibility issues to resolve. Thanks for your patience.
UPDATE (28 November): I've made significant progress with resolving major issues with login and registration. Most things are working as they should. Please report any problems you're experiencing.
UPDATE (5 December): The site has been running smoothly for several days without any significant errors. I still have a number of things to optimize on the new system. Please let me know if you're having any problems. Thank you.
Happy Birthday, StudyBass!
StudyBass is now 14 years old. Thank you StudyBassers for the support and for learning and putting more music out into the world.
Fretboard Printer Updates
I plan on rewriting the entire fretboard printer app, but I went ahead and tweaked some things I've received feedback about. Here's what's new:
- Dropped most of the drop shadows
- Slimmed the frets
- Added a dropdown with different web-safe font selections (Diagram Tab)
- Added a font size option (Diagram Tab)
Swapping Teacher/Webmaster Hats
You may have noticed I jump between adding instructional content and adding features/fixing technical issues with the site. Sometimes what comes next in the lessons is held up by something technical on the site.
I'm almost done with my current round of website updates which means I'll be putting my (preferred) teacher hat back on very soon. Thanks for staying with me.
Recent Server Upgrades
I've been tuning the server, and I've fixed some memory issues which have been plaguing the site. Hopefully you're finding the site running much faster and smoother.
New Bass Lesson Videos
I've started adding videos to the StudyBass lessons. There are many to do, and I'm starting with the ones which need the visual component the most. Then I'll go back and fill in videos for most lessons.
Check the sidebar for new videos. Or, subscribe to the StudyBass YouTube Channel!
Upgrades to StudyBass Lesson Features
Thanks to user support, I've been upgrading a lot of StudyBass features. I need to do this so I don't create more data conversion headaches from old lesson feature formats. So far I've improved the lesson exercises, lesson quizzes, user lesson history, and the mark lesson complete block.
I still have several of these updates to work on, but these were the most important and were getting in the way of adding new lessons. New lessons are nearly here! Thanks for your support and patience!
StudyBass is All HTTPS Now
I've made StudyBass use SSL encryption on all pages. Your ISP will no longer know how many times you forget the difference between a Major 7th and a Dominant 7th!
Keep Up-to-Date with StudyBass
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.