Bass Guitar Lessons

I’m not someone who wants to be a bass guitar teacher. In fact, when it comes to most instruments that I know, I know there are plenty of more passionate teachers out there than me.

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Instead of trying to half-bake some bass lessons for you, I’ve gone through all my best resources and curated a lesson plan from start to finish. Some are video lessons, and some are written - all of them interactive. You’ll find both beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons.

If you were to follow these lessons from #1 all the way to the end, you could easily find yourself a proficient bass player. 

I expect you’ll eventually outgrow this page and start looking for your own resources. Don’t avoid it - you won’t hurt my feelings! Branching out and becoming your own teacher is an important part of your development.

If you get to a point where you feel you can't grow anymore - go and hire a teacher. You'll have already done a lot of the heavy lifting by teaching yourself, and your teacher will really be able to bring you to the next level.

To start, what's your skill level?

Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced

Beginner Bass Lessons

  1. How to restring a bass
  2. StudyBass fundamentals one (54 lessons)
  3. From the top: intro to music and the bass
  4. Basic bass technique
  5. Reading music (part 1)
  6. How to practice
  7. Common bass patterns
  8. The rhythmic pulse
  9. Intervals (part 1)
  10. Rhythmic subdivisions
  11. StudyBass fundamentals two (52 lessons)
  12. Introduction to scales
  13. Introduction to chord patterns
  14. Major scales and chord patterns
  15. Minor scales and chord patterns
  16. Reading music (part 2)
  17. Introduction to keys and harmony
  18. Beginning diatonic harmony
  19. Introduction to the blues
  20. Applying patterns to the blues
  21. Boogie woogie
  22. Diminished chord patterns
  23. Memorizing the bass fretboard notes
  24. Practice reading classical notation
  25. Using a pick
  26. The walking bass line (part 1) (part 2)
  27. One of the most useful scales of them all - the pentatonic scale (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part 4)
  28. Setting up your bass strap height
  29. Victor Wooten’s bass lessons for beginners - he’s a MASTER
  30. ActiveBass beginner bass lessons - short songs that you can play along with to expand your technique. Try
  31. doing one of these a day to really increase your ability.

Intermediate Bass Lessons

  1. Open string muting
  2. Palm muting on the bass
  3. Ghost notes (part 1) (part 2)
  4. The flying fingers problem
  5. Beginning melodic sequences
  6. Tapping bass chords (with Victor Wooten)
  7. Get that vintage tone
  8. The Pino Palladino double stop
  9. Double your soloing speed
  10. How to play slap bass (beginner and intermediate)
  11. Slap bass: secret triplets
  12. Slap bass: Double thumping
  13. Soloing: how to use the entire fretboard
  14. Soloing: using simple shapes on the bass
  15. Awesome funk groove breakdown - for the funk in you
  16. The secret to great bass tone
  17. Exercise to learn dynamics
  18. How to practice arpeggios on the bass
  19. Letting the snare drum breath - when you’re playing with a band
  20. Victor Wooten bass technique (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part 4)
  21. ActiveBass intermediate bass lessons - play along with backing tracks and tablature to increase your skill.
  22. T.M. Stevens - heavy and funk bass technique
  23. Latin & african bass lessons
  24. More funk bass guitar lessons
  25. Experimental bass lessons
  26. Major tetrachords
  27. Minor tetrachords

Advanced Bass Lessons

  1. Victor Wooten super bass solo technique
  2. ActiveBass advanced lessons - go through thousands of bass examples to learn different styles
  3. Jaco Pastorius style groove breakdowns

If you have any suggestions for other lessons to include in this list, just let me know.

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