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Bogdan Radovic
Hello GMC!

I have made a bass course for you with all my lessons put in order in which you should practice them. By the end of this course you will have skills of an experienced bass player and be able to perform in various genres, construct your own bass lines, play in slap and pop style, tapping style and have many other techniques under your belt! As new lessons come out, this list will be updated with them in appropriate spots!

BEGINNER BASS:

Bass First Steps : Get Ready! - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bass_F...eps_Get_Ready_/
Bass First Steps : Essential Technique - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bass_F...tial_Technique/
Bass First Steps : Muting - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bass_First_Steps_Muting/
Bass First Steps : Notes - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bass_First_Steps_Notes/
Bass First Steps : Note Values - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bass_F...ps_Note_Values/
Bass First Steps : More Technique - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bass_F...More_Technique/
Bass First Steps : Legato and Staccato - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bass_F...o_and_Staccato/
Bass First Steps : Start Jamming - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bass_F..._Start_Jamming/
Bass First Steps : Basic Rhythms - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bass_F...-Basic_Rhythms/


TECHNIQUE:


Restringing the Bass Tutorial - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...-bass-tutorial/
Technique Exercises 1 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/technique-exercises-1/
Technique Exercises 2 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/technique-exercises-2/
Technique Exercises 3 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/technique-exercises-3/
Technique Exercises 4 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/technique-exercises-4/
Left and Right Hand Exercise - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...-hand-exercise/
String Crossing Workout 1 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/string...sing_workout_1/
String Crossing Workout 2 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/string...sing_workout_2/
String Crossing Workout 3 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/string...sing_workout_3/
String Crossing Workout 4 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/string...sing_workout_4/
String Crossing Variations 1 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/string...g_variations_1/
String Crossing Variations 2 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/string...g_variations_2/

THEORY:

Intervals Bass Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...ls-bass-lesson/
Arpeggios Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...peggios-lesson/
Arpeggios Extended Positions 1 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...nded-positions/
Arpeggios Extended Positions 2 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...ed-positions-2/
Major Scale Bass Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/major-scale-bass-lesson/
Modes Of The Major Scale - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/modes-...he-major-scale/
Chords on Bass - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...chords-on-bass/
Chords On Bass Part 2 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...on-bass-part-2/
Harmonizing the Major Scale - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...ng-major-scale/
Harmonizing Major Scale Part 2 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...r-scale-part-2/

BASS LINE CONSTRUCTION:

Root Notes Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/root-notes-lesson/
Country Style - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/country-style/
Rocking the 6th - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/rocking_the_6th/
Country Style 2 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/country-style-2/
Basic Bass Line Building Blocks Major Triads - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...s-major-triads/
Basic Bass Line Building Blocks Minor Triads - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...s-minor-triads/
Basic Bass Line Building Blocks Diminished Triads - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...inished-triads/
Basic Bass Line Building Blocks Triads Song - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...ks-triads-song/
Walking Bass Concept 1 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...bass-concept-1/
Walking Bass Concept 2 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...bass-concept-2/
Walking Bass Concept 3 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/walking-bass-concept-3/
Walking Bass Concept 4 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/walking-bass-concept-4/
Walking Bass Concept 5 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/walking-bass-concept-5/
Walking Bass Concept 6 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/walking-bass-concept-6/
Walking Bass Concept 7 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/walking-bass-concept-7/
Triad Approach - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Triad_Approach/


GROOVE:

Reggae Style - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/reggae_style/
Left Hand Muting Exercises - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...ting-exercises/
Motown Funk - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/motown_funk/
Dead Notes Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...d-notes-lesson/
Alternate Fingerpicking Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...picking-lesson/
Muse Style Bass Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...le-bass-lesson/
Strumming Power Chords - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...-chords-lesson/
Picking Gallop Rhythm Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...-rhythm-lesson/
Palm Muting With Dead Notes - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...d-notes-lesson/

GENRE STUDY:

Blues Bass Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...es-bass-lesson/
12 Bar Blues - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/12_bar_blues/
Blues Bass Groove 1 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/blues_bass_groove_1/
Blues Bass Groove 2 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/blues_bass_groove_2/
Blues Bass Groove 3 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/blues_bass_groove_3/
Fingerstyle Octaves Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...octaves-lesson/
Rock Bass Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...ck-bass-lesson/
Rock Bass Lesson 2 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...k-bass-lesson2/
Rock Bass Lesson 3 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/rock_bass_lesson_3/
Ska Walking Bass - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/ska_walking_bass/
Old School Ska Walking Bass - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Old_Sc...a_Walking_Bass/
Serbian Style Bass Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...le-bass-lesson/
Natural Harmonics Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...rmonics-lesson/
Outlandish Style Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/outlandish_style/
Midnight Special Song Arrangement - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Midnight_Special/
Blues Walking Bass - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Blues_Walking_Bass/

SLAP AND POP:

Start Slapping Now! - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Start_Slapping_Now/
Slap Bass Exercises - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...bass-exercises/
Thumping Practice 1 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/thumping_practice_1/
Thumping Practice 2 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/thumping_practice_2/
Slap Bass Exercises 2 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/slap-bass-exercises-2/
Double Stops Slap Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...ble-stops-slap/
Slap and Pop Grooving - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...d-pop-grooving/
Flea Style Slap Bass Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...ap-bass-lesson/
Larry Graham Style Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Larry_Graham_Style/
Intermediate Slap Technique - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Intermediate_Slap_Technique/
Hammer-On Slap Lesson 1 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/hammer-on-slap-lesson-1/
Hammer-On Slap Lesson 2 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/hammer-on-slap-lesson-2/
Hammer-On Slap Lesson 3 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/hammer-on-slap-lesson-3/
Hammer- On Slap Lesson 4 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/hammer-on_slap_lesson_4/
Double Thumb Slap Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...mb-slap-lesson/


TAPPING:

Christmas Tapping Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...tapping-lesson/
Ballad Tapping Lesson - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...tapping-lesson/
Pachelbel's Canon in D - Bass - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...ss-arrangement/
ZakkWylde
Very impressive learning package Bogdan!

Too bad I sold my bass -.-
TheOldOnes
Wow - what timing! I was just considering sending you a letter about how to start with the bass. I have been adding a few guitars to my collection and was thinking about adding a bass the next time I get the urge. To be honest, I have no idea how to go about it but this schedule is wonderful (I don't think I have ever even held a bass).

I have a few questions that may be relevant to other beginners as well.

1. I am not sure what model or make to start off with - I don't want to start off with a cheaper model (I have noticed that cheap guitars make lousy learning instruments) but something middle of the road.

2. I don't have an amp for the base but since I got my Pod Xt about 6 months ago, I have used my guitar amp for less than an hour since. I believe you can play the bass through the Pod XT but not sure.



Mrblomme
Wow this is wonderfull! Thanks Bogdy! smile.gif
Bogdan Radovic
QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Aug 6 2009, 04:04 PM) *
Very impressive learning package Bogdan!

Too bad I sold my bass -.-


I have finally put together this course! Its been years work! smile.gif Of course new lessons will fill in all the missing spots etc as they come out. You should have kept that bass sad.gif


QUOTE (TheOldOnes @ Aug 6 2009, 04:57 PM) *
Wow - what timing! I was just considering sending you a letter about how to start with the bass. I have been adding a few guitars to my collection and was thinking about adding a bass the next time I get the urge. To be honest, I have no idea how to go about it but this schedule is wonderful (I don't think I have ever even held a bass).

I have a few questions that may be relevant to other beginners as well.

1. I am not sure what model or make to start off with - I don't want to start off with a cheaper model (I have noticed that cheap guitars make lousy learning instruments) but something middle of the road.

2. I don't have an amp for the base but since I got my Pod Xt about 6 months ago, I have used my guitar amp for less than an hour since. I believe you can play the bass through the Pod XT but not sure.


Hello! smile.gif

Heheheh gotta love the perfect timing!


QUOTE (Mrblomme @ Aug 6 2009, 05:16 PM) *
Wow this is wonderfull! Thanks Bogdy! smile.gif


You're welcome! smile.gif You will be able to follow this course, lessons are arranged by relevancy and difficulty. As you can see there are different categories so you can choose several lessons to work on at the same time (from different categories). Once you get the bass we'll talk and make a custom plan for you.

Now for the questions (they are very good ones!!) :

1. I recommend starting with a Jazz style of bass, that means one with two single coil pickups. It will be easy to learn on and also versatile so you can cover pretty much everything. When getting a bass you want to pay extra attention to action (height of strings), if its comfortable for you and if it can be lowered. It can be really annoying to play a bass with "too high" action, and many have that problem (in cheaper and middle class). So make sure to check that out. Regarding sound, just listen to how you like it and possibly compare it to a really expensive bass!

Since you didn't want a cheap bass recommendation, here are some middle-high class ones that will do awesome job for sure:

American Fender Jazz Basses , deluxe one will have active electronics, standard has passive. Active uses battery and give more versatility and modern sound to the tone. Though standard passive basses sound very good too so its best to try them in store and see which type of tone you like better.

1. http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/pr...ass-?sku=511524

2. http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/pr...Bass?sku=515755

Mexican Fender Jazz Basses:

3. http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/pr...Bass?sku=501169

4. http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/pr...ass-?sku=511595

And this bass is somewhere in the middle between those classes above (its american made) :

5. http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/pr...Bass?sku=512761

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Second question:

2. Yeah you should be able to play through that POD. I'm not sure if it has bass amps models etc but you should be able to tweak a nice sound with it. After all if you don't, you can get a bass preamp pedal and put it in the middle (bass>preamp>pod) and it will sound great.

Pedals like :

1. (cheapest solution) http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-BDI21-V-To...s/dp/B000KIPUQG
2. http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/pr...r-DI?sku=480206
(behringer is a pretty similar copy of this preamp and works almost the same but its less quality and reliable)
3. http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/pr...tion?sku=151110

etc...

Hope this helps, tell me if you have any more questions!

Cheers,
Bogdan
Jollygreengiant1
WOW! this should be renamed as "The Bass players Bible" tongue.gif
NoSkill
Bogdan! Awesome man! So much work, so little time!
audiopaal
Wow, that's quite a list!
Thanks, I believe this will be most helpful for our aspiring bassist smile.gif

I'll take a few of them myself, just to keep my bass skills up to date! smile.gif
Mrblomme
QUOTE (Jollygreengiant1 @ Aug 7 2009, 05:00 PM) *
WOW! this should be renamed as "The Bass players Bible" tongue.gif

The new Bass testament by father Bogdan. biggrin.gif
jimmypw
Wow,

Thanks Bogdan! Fantastic effott!

Jimmy
Fusar
Wow wow wow!
Before I wanted to learn the e-guitar, I thought about playing the bass, but finally decided to play the e-guitar...not that I'm dissatisfied with this decision, but with this guide, playing bass seems more attractive than ever!
Now I focus on learning e-guitar, but maybe in a year or so, when I've reached a certain guitar-level cool.gif I'll also play the bass, and then this Syllabus will be the greatest help I can think of!
I really appreciate your work, that's great! Keep it up smile.gif
Bogdan Radovic
Thanks a lot guys for your feedback guys! smile.gif

@Fusar: If you ever start playing bass, I'm here to help you so make sure you ask questions you have and everything! smile.gif
Ivan Milenkovic
Tremendous work Bogdan, looks really professional! This should be a template that all instructors should use! smile.gif

PS I will do something similar now, I really like the way you made this layout.
Fusar
QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Aug 9 2009, 01:28 PM) *
Thanks a lot guys for your feedback guys! smile.gif

@Fusar: If you ever start playing bass, I'm here to help you so make sure you ask questions you have and everything! smile.gif


Cross out the if smile.gif I find that the bass is an attractive instrument, but now I want to focus on playing the guitar, and when I've reached a certain level, where I find that my playing is ok (maybe christmas, maybe next summer, no idea laugh.gif), I'll do both instruments simultaneously! A lot of bands in my area search for good bass players, so that would be another point why playing the bass can be interesting in (my) future. When the time has come, I'll inform you and you'll probably give me a lot of great advices smile.gif

@Ivan: Nice to hear that, I like your first lesson plan, but I like Bogdan's layout even more! So combining these two things will be great!
Bogdan Radovic
QUOTE (Fusar @ Aug 10 2009, 03:15 AM) *
Cross out the if smile.gif I find that the bass is an attractive instrument, but now I want to focus on playing the guitar, and when I've reached a certain level, where I find that my playing is ok (maybe christmas, maybe next summer, no idea laugh.gif ), I'll do both instruments simultaneously! A lot of bands in my area search for good bass players, so that would be another point why playing the bass can be interesting in (my) future. When the time has come, I'll inform you and you'll probably give me a lot of great advices smile.gif

@Ivan: Nice to hear that, I like your first lesson plan, but I like Bogdan's layout even more! So combining these two things will be great!


heheh cool I'm Crossing out the IF smile.gif I was also playing guitar before bass appealed to me and I had to start playing it was so attractive to I started isolating bass lines in my head when I listened to songs smile.gif
When playing bass you are going to get a gigs with a band very easily since everyone is in constant need of a bass player and good ones are taken immediately.
When you decide, I'll be here to help you with everything! smile.gif

Cheers my friend! smile.gif
Fusar
Bogdan, you will be the first to know when I start my bass-career smile.gif
Bogdan Radovic
Course syllabus updated with 3 new lessons in their appropriate positions:

Outlandish Style
Hammer-On Slap Lesson 4
Rock Bass Lesson 3


Enjoy wink.gif
Bogdan Radovic
New syllabus update with 2 lessons. As always I have put them in their appropriate spots in my bass course:

Old School Ska Walking Bass - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Old_Sc...a_Walking_Bass/

Larry Graham Style - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Larry_Graham_Style/

Bogdan Radovic
Added two new lessons to the syllabus:

Bass First Steps : Get Ready!

Start Slapping Now!


Enjoy! smile.gif
Alexiaden93
Wow that's a very complete syllabus, Bogdan ! biggrin.gif
Bogdan Radovic
QUOTE (Alexiaden93 @ Dec 22 2009, 09:21 PM) *
Wow that's a very complete syllabus, Bogdan ! biggrin.gif


Thanks man! smile.gif

I have just added two more lessons to the list.

Bass First Steps - Essential Technique
Bass First Steps - Muting
Fran
Hey Bogdan smile.gif

I juest added your Bass lesson plan to our knowledge base! It's Here!
Bogdan Radovic
QUOTE (Fran @ Dec 31 2009, 05:30 PM) *
Hey Bogdan smile.gif

I juest added your Bass lesson plan to our knowledge base! It's Here!


Thanks man! smile.gif I'll be updating this list and that one in the wiki with new lessons as they come up! smile.gif
Fran
QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Jan 6 2010, 04:42 PM) *
Thanks man! smile.gif I'll be updating this list and that one in the wiki with new lessons as they come up! smile.gif


Great! smile.gif
Toroso
Very cool Bogdan. I have to start giving my bass more attention!
Bogdan Radovic
QUOTE (Toroso @ Jan 6 2010, 06:58 PM) *
Very cool Bogdan. I have to start giving my bass more attention!


Thanks! Let me know if you need any help with the material! smile.gif

I have made a new update to the course listed in the first post - featuring new lessons (check it out):

Triad Approach
Blues Walking Bass
Bass First Steps: Basic Rhythms
Bass First Steps: Start Jamming
Bass First Steps: Legato and Staccato
Bass First Steps: More Technique
Midnight Special
Bass First Steps: Note Values
Bass First Steps: Notes
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