Do You Know The Best Way To Become A Better Bass Player?
Here's a hint: the answer is NOT to learn every mode of the major, melodic minor and harmonic minor scales in one, two and three octave combinations. The only thing that kind of "learning" will teach you is to play scales.
Instead what bass players who want to get better should do is learn songs. And real world bass lines.
And not just any songs...if you really want to get better at the bass guitar then you can do a lot worse than learn a series of songs that get sequentially harder. Not only do you start acquiring a repertoire of songs that you can actually use at jams, rehearsals and gigs - but you also get exposed to the kinds of technical challenges that you're actually going to face in the real world.
The absolute best way to do this is to take lessons with a good private teacher. Sadly, good private teachers are few and far between.
And for sure there are a gazillion tabs and tab sites out there on the old Interwebz....but (a) often the tabs you can find on the Interwebz are inaccurate and (b) have you ever tried learning a line from tab where the line has some rhythmic variety? It's next to impossible!
In the absence of a teacher, the best way to learn songs is via a combination of accurate notation (and tab) plus video instruction. And back when I started How To Play Bass Dot Com the beginner and intermediate player had no resource like that.
That's why I started First Bass And Beyond.
So What Is First Bass And Beyond?
First Bass And Beyond is a weekly publication that is a unique combination of PDF and Video content. First Bass And Beyond is all about teaching song, song tutorials, and instruction on bass topics that is always placed within the context of songs or real world chord progressions.
Each week there is a detailed song tutorial aimed at beginner/intermediate players.
Learning songs in a structured manner is a great way to improve your skills....so I created a 30 Lesson course for Beginners that was a featured column in the magazine. All Subscribers get access to the full course - and I've just started the follow up, another 30 Lesson course called Blues Bass For Beginners.
Personally I think you'd have value for money if you got just these courses.
But there's much more.
So What Exactly Is In First Bass And Beyond?
Each weekly issue contains the following:
- a bass line transcription in notation and bass tab (songs have ranged from Stone Temple Pilots to Allman Brothers Band to John Mayer Trio to Rush to Earth Wind And Fire to James Jamerson)
- a 'beginners corner' transcription in notation and tab. This is usually a transcription that's either suited to beginners or those looking to move on from being a beginner. Every video that you see on the How To Play Bass website is attached to a beginners corner, so you should already have a good idea of the range of content. Subscribers get the option to download a high definition version of each video too - and those videos contain extra content that you won't see on YouTube.
- 2 tutorial columns. Previous columns have included How To Sight Read, How To Transcribe, How To Analyze Bass Lines, Deliberate Composition, Doing The 'Rocco' Shuffle and more. Currently we've just started a 30 Week Column called Blues Bass For Beginners and a new column by guest contributor Gordon Clayton called Bass In The 2 Tone Zone (this is a combination of a bunch of Gordon's Ska songs, and his experience having to sub for a Ska band).
- a detailed book or DVD or app review. Each week I review something of interest to bass players....and I don't pull any punches either. If I think something sucks, I'll tell you why I think it sucks and I'll tell you what the Author could have done so it didn't suck. And if I think something should be on your wish list, I'll tell you that too!
There's still more though.
You'll Also Get This...
- 30 Lesson Bass For Beginners Course. This is a course I created covering basic left and right hand exercises, learning the notes of the fretboard, basic rhythm training, a bunch of articles on good practice habits and of course a bunch of song tutorials. The Bass for Beginners Course contains downloadable PDFs plus is in a 'web page plus embedded video format' as well. It sells separately on the HTPB website for $97.
- Access to the 'free monthly ezine' archive. So far I've created about 20 song tutorials for the free monthly ezine....the only place they can be found in one location is in the membership site of First Bass And Beyond. Plus there will be some PDFs only of bass lines going into that archive later this year. (Value - $49)
- Analyzing Bass Lines PDF. Analyzing Bass Lines was originally a column in First Bass And Beyond. It's now been compiled into a separate eBook and that's one of the bonuses for joining First Bass And Beyond. (Value - $15).
- 5 Complimentary Back Issues (value $12.50). Your subscription is for the next 50 issues of First Bass And Beyond. We're currently at Issue 142 - so there's a lot of material in the archives. You can purchase back issues at $2.50 each....but you get 5 issues of your choice as a bonus/thank you for joining!
THE $1,000,000 QUESTION: SO HOW MUCH DOES THE ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION TO FIRST BASS AND BEYOND COST?
|50 Magazines delivered weekly in PDF format
Each magazine contains a transcribed bass line in music notation, and in notation with bass tab
|Each magazine contains a simpler bass line with a video lesson on Youtube|
Weekly tutorial columns and a detailed book or DVD review
PREMIUM VERSION ONLY!
|High Definition versions of each new YouTube lesson to download with extra content (value $10 each)|
|Access to the back issues of the 'free monthly' ezine. (value $47)|
|30 Lesson Bass For Beginners Course (value $97)|
|PDF - How To Analyze Bass Lines (value $15)|
|5 Complimentary Back Issues (Value $30.00)|
|Purchasing access to the back issues archive|
|Annual Subscription Price||
|Note: All prices are in US dollars|
|NEW! Quarterly Subscription||
$49 per quarter
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If you wish to join as a Standard Member, please email me.
So Who Should Join First Bass And Beyond?
If you're a beginner or intermediate player, First Bass And Beyond is for you. If the 'only' benefit you got from First Bass And Beyond was the 30 lesson Bass For Beginners course, and the follow on 30 Lesson Blues Bass For Beginners...that's plenty of bang for your buck.
Think what 60 lessons with a private instructor would cost....plus the travel time/opportunity cost of getting to the instructor. And you can take these lessons to suit your schedule. Whenever you're ready for a lesson, simply head over to the First Bass And Beyond website and sign in!
But you'll find value in some of the other content too. The weekly cost of the subscription works out to around $3.00 - if you were having regular lessons you'd probably spend more than that on gas or train fare.
(A Note For More Advanced Players)
First Bass And Beyond is aimed squarely at beginners and low level intermediates. But that doesn't mean there's no value in it for players with higher abilities. I have a couple of subscribers who've been to Berklee and use First Bass And Beyond for the main transcriptions and some of the columns. But I have to be honest...if you're at this level you should probably email me before subscribing!