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.

Organized Learning

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.

Andrew Pouska

I've been teaching private bass lessons since 1993.

I've taught tens of thousands of lessons to 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.

More about me...

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 New StudyBass - 25 December 2013

Welcome to the new version of StudyBass! I've spent months completely redesigning the site. It's been (and will continue to be) a lot of work. I'm happy to bring this to you before the end of the year.

What's New?

No more Flash Player required.

Now everyone can use the interactive bass lesson features of StudyBass. The tools like the fretboard printer, bass clef quiz, dictionary and metronome are all javascript-based.

Curriculum > Block > Lessons Structure

I think you will like this new structure. When you see where the site is headed, you'll know why I need to break it up like this.

Gear Section

I've integrated my gear articles (basses, amps, setup, strings, etc) from my other site into StudyBass. Now everything you need is in one place.

User System

This is still very much in beta mode. You can mark off lessons and blocks as you complete them. Keep your place in the lessons. Set custom options for the interactive fretboards and tools.

StudyBass is Still FREE!

I am committed to keeping the lessons FREE. The internet needs good instruction available for everyone. Of course, this project isn't free for me and teaching is my job. There will soon be new ways to support my efforts...

StudyBass Members

This will launch soon. Many of you have been asking how to support the site. Soon there will be extras for those of you who want to see StudyBass grow and want to take their practicing to another level.


If you don't want to be a member, another form of support will be the Curriculum StudyPacks. These will be downloadable extras to accompany the free lessons.

Give Me Your Input

Poke around the site. I'm hardly done. With your input and experience using the site, I'll be able to fix and improve StudyBass.

If you find any problems, please report them.

Known Issues and To Do List

  • Notation missing on a few exercises.
  • New technique videos coming soon.
  • Add Spotify and Rdio links to songs.

Thanks for Using StudyBass!