StudyBass Fundamentals Two

StudyBass Fundamentals Two

Curriculum Overview

You can do a lot with what you learned in StudyBass Fundamentals One. We're going to keep building on that foundation. In this curriculum we're going to start learning scales and the bassist's best friend: CHORD TONES!

Next you'll learn some beginning harmony and why notes and chords go together. Then, we'll end with the blues. The blues is at the root of almost all popular music styles.

You'll learn a couple more chord patterns. And finally, it's time for you to start memorizing the notes on the fretboard.

You're going to be busy.

In this StudyBass curriculum you will learn:

  • Seven major scale and chord patterns
  • Six minor scale and chord patterns
  • More about music notation
  • About major and minor keys
  • A common musical structure - The 12-Bar Blues Form
  • Applying common patterns, scales and chords to the blues
  • An almost century-old bassline: The Boogie Woogie
  • Three diminished chord patterns
  • Several approaches to memorizing the notes on the fretboard

StudyBass Fundamentals Two
Lesson Blocks

Introduction to Scales

Before we talk about the most important notes - chord tones - we need a quick look at scales.

Introduction to Chord Patterns

The notes within chords are the most essential note patterns for bassists to study.

Major Scales and Chord Patterns

Common major-type scales and chord patterns and their application.

Minor Scales and Chord Patterns

Common minor-type scale and chord patterns and how to apply them.

Reading Music Part Two

More explanations of common things you'll see in written music.

Introduction to Keys and Harmony

The basics about what harmony is and the concept of keys in music.

Beginning Diatonic Harmony

A brief introduction to how chords fit within keys and music's most used chords - the I, IV and V chords.

Introduction to the Blues

Blues is the root of most music to which we listen.

Applying Patterns to the Blues

A look at using some common patterns on the 12-bar blues form.

Boogie Woogie

Some common variations of the blues form and a well-known blues bassline called the Boogie Woogie.

Diminished Chord Patterns

Some less common, but essential chords for you to know.

Memorizing the Bass Fretboard Notes

Methods for learning all of the note names on the entire fretboard.

Where Next?

Great job! Another curriculum completed. You should be out of the awkward beginning phase now. Naturally, there's still tons more to learn.

Next up is StudyBass Fundamentals Three. This will be the last "Fundamentals" curriculum. (You didn't think there would be 100 of them, did you?)

In SB F3 we'll keep building your bass and music foundation. We'll take care of some common technique issues you're probably experiencing and lots more.

I'm still adding more to SB F3. Stay tuned!

Go to StudyBass Fundamentals Three

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