Books And Courses
Here is a list of the Books and Courses I currently have for sale on my webste. Click on the links for more detailed descriptions.
James Jamerson and the other Motown bass players invented modern bass playing in Detroit back in the 60s. Cracking The Detroit Code reverse engineers the stylistic elements that the motown bass players brought to modern bass playing, and shows you how to use those stylistic elements in other settings - not just r&b.
I used to run an online program of bass lessons - but it got full very quickly! And then I created a waiting list. And that got full! So I created a non-interactive, 30 Lesson Bass For Beginners course with PDF and Video elements. This is a course that's built around giving beginners simple yet effective left and right hand techniques, and then applying those techniques to a sequential more difficult series of song tutorials. Bass For Beginners.
This is a 32 lesson course looking at playing the blues and blues rock for bass players. There's a detailed syllabus on the sales page - but the course is all about taking vocabulary from real world bass lines - ranging from rock and roll to classic blues to blues rock - and practicing it in all 12 keys and different rhythmic feels (swing 8th note, straight 8th note, 12:8 and even funky 16th note style blues). There are a host of bass less backing tracks to practice both the vocabulary with in different time feels - and there are a host of bass less backing tracks for complete blues forms.
This is the book I wish had been written 20 years ago. Here's why - the path to getting better at just about anything has been mapped out in the last 20 years by peer reviewed scientists (so it's not 'new-agey' BS). I've applied it to the bass guitar - Deliberate Practice will show you how to ensure that you make constant and consistent progress in your bass guitar playing, irrespective of what level you currently are.
First Bass And Beyond is a weekly newsletter in PDF format. Each issue contains a main transcription, a 'beginner's corner' transcription, and 1 to 2 tutorial columns. Additionally the Beginners Corner lessons are all turned into video lessons that are uploaded to Youtube. The Subscribers of First Bass And Beyond get the option to download a high definition version of that lesson with additional content on it that's not found on the YouTube version.
Bass Hanon Volume 1 collects the first 20 Piano Hanon exercises and arranges each exercise in all 12 keys. These are great exercises for working on left and right hand co-ordination and taking your technique to the next level.
Want would you say if I offered to show you how you could gain 30 hours of practice time this month? Without even having to pick your bass up. That's what HOW TO PRACTICE IN YOUR DEAD TIME is about - leveraging the dead time we all have in our lives and putting it to work so that it will help you achieve your bass goals.