What to Expect Taking
Bass Lessons from Me
I teach every student differently depending upon who they are, what they know, what they want to know, what strengths and weaknesses they have and how old they are. When you start we will cover good technique so you get a good sound and don't injure your hands. I will then teach you a number of fundamental bass-playing concepts. These concepts include rhythms, chords, arpeggios, scales, harmony and techniques. I will have you practice these concepts with exercises and by playing real basslines that apply these concepts. I try to choose tunes by well-known bassists covering most styles of music. I will also have you create and improvise your own basslines applying each concept. It is essential for you to learn to be creative on the bass. You can't just be a bassline jukebox! I will also teach you basslines by your favorite bassists.
As serious as all this sounds, I always keep your interests in mind and make it fun.
Once you have grasped the fundamentals which apply to all styles, where we go will depend on your goals as a musician. Nearly all of my students study at least a little of each of the following:
Rock, Pop and R&B
Detailed study of basslines by legendary bassists such as James Jamerson, Paul McCartney, Jack Bruce, John Paul Jones, Geezer Butler, Sting and many other more recent bassists. How to create effective basslines in these styles.
Learn to play blues in all its variations and in all keys. Walking lines and famous blues tunes.
How to improvise walking bass lines, solo over changes, learn tunes, and analyze jazz harmony.
Fingerstyle funk and slap and pop. Study of the basslines of Bootsy Collins, James Jamerson, Larry Graham, George Porter, Jr., Jaco, Flea and many, many others. What makes all these basslines tick and how to get in touch with your inner funkiness.
What all those lines and dots mean and how easy it is to actually read them.
Fretboard Knowledge and Music Theory
Knowing the note names all over the neck. Learning to play every scale and arpeggio all over the neck. Music theory taught clearly and in an applied way. You'll always know why you are learning something and how to use it.
You're always welcome to bring in songs you want to learn. (I won't only teach you songs though. If that's all you want, you should just buy songbooks.) If you need help coming up with basslines for your band's songs, I can help you with that too.
There's a lot more than that, too. After hundreds of students, I've taught most everything many times over. There's a lot to learn, but you'll be surprised how quickly you can learn much of it.