StudyBass Fundamentals One

StudyBass Fundamentals One

Curriculum Overview

Welcome new StudyBasser! In this first curriculum my intention is to put you on the right track to be not a bass player, but a bass-playing musician. The way you think about music and learning music has a big effect on how fast and well it goes for you. This curriculum gets you thinking right. The lessons start with a fair amount of important reading. Then we start playing!

In this StudyBass curriculum you will learn:

  • A broad overview of music
  • The role of the bass
  • Essential beginning music theory
  • Basic bass technique
  • Reading music notation, bass tab and StudyBass AlphaTab
  • Tips on practicing
  • Simple bass note patterns used in most basslines
  • Essential basic rhythm skills
  • Beginning intervals

StudyBass Fundamentals One
Lesson Blocks

From the Top

An important group of lessons introducing you to music and the bass guitar.

Basic Bass Technique

Building a foundation of strong technical habits and coordination.

Reading Music Part One

An introduction to music notation. Reading music will help you study the lessons here and elsewhere.

How to Practice

Tips and advice on how to practice. Doing it right makes a big difference.

Common Bass Patterns

Simple note patterns bass players often use.

The Rhythmic Pulse

Rhythm is a key ingredient to playing bass. Learning to play a steady pulse is critical.

Intervals Part One

Intervals are the building blocks of all scales and chord patterns.

Rhythmic Subdivisions

Other rhythms you'll play are divisions of the basic pulse.

Where Next?

Congratulations on making it through the first curriculum! The beginning of playing an instrument is the hardest, most frustrating part. You're on your way.

The next phase is StudyBass Fundamentals Two. In the next curriculum you'll learn about the most common scale patterns and, more importantly for bassists, chord patterns. You'll learn some basics about harmony. And lastly, we'll start on the blues--the roots of a lot of music and great musicians like you're going to be.

Go to StudyBass Fundamentals Two

StudyBass Fundamentals One