Bass Lesson Study Guide
On this page you will find studybass' bass lessons organized into lesson blocks. You should study the lesson blocks, and the lessons within each block, in order. This follows, more or less, how I present these topics in my private lessons.
If you've been studying the lessons on the site so far, the order is still close to the menu layout. As I add more lessons, this guide will keep you from getting lost within each subject category.
Be patient and don't rush through the lessons. Spend time on the exercises. Practice on the quizzes. Learn a few of the example songs when they are suggested in a lesson. Play cleanly and accurately -- not fast and sloppily. Finally, try to apply these concepts in your own creations by yourself or with other musicians.
Good luck with your musical pursuits!
An important group of lessons introducing you to music and the bass guitar.
Building a foundation of strong technical habits and coordination.
An introduction to music notation. Reading music will help you study the lessons here and elsewhere.
Tips and advice on how to practice. Doing it right makes a big difference.
Simple note patterns bass players often use.
Rhythm is a key ingredient to playing bass. Learning to play a steady pulse is critical.
Intervals are the building blocks of all scales and chord patterns.
Other rhythms you'll play are divisions of the basic pulse.
Before we talk about the most important notes - chord tones - we need a quick look at scales.
The notes within chords are the most essential note patterns for bassists to study.
Common major-type scales and chord patterns and their application.
Common minor-type scale and chord patterns and how to apply them.
More explanations of common things you'll see in written music.
The basics about what harmony is and the concept of keys in music.
A brief introduction to how chords fit within keys and music's most used chords - the I, IV and V chords.
Blues is the root of most music to which we listen.
A look at using some common patterns on the 12-bar blues form.
Some common variations of the blues form and a well-known blues bassline called the Boogie Woogie.
Some less common, but essential chords for you to know.
Methods for learning all of the note names on the entire fretboard.
A review of the first 20 lesson blocks and their essential points.
Taking care of some technique issues, and improving your facility on the bass.