Lessons To Go - Bass-Instruction Downloads (english)

"Lessons To Go" is my new series of downloadable lessons covering a wide range of different topics for the learning bassist.

Each lesson contains a multi-paged pdf-handout, many audio-files (mp3) and several video clips and can be purchased by Paypal for only $ 12,-. After payment i send you the download link within 24 hours, so you can immediately start to practice.

If you have any questions or problems concerning the lessons you can drop me an email at tom@stage-ahead.de and i get back to you as soon as possible.

Here's the list of the available Lessons (click on titles for example pages):

Lessons To Go #1:
Sightreading for Electric Bass (Part 1)

I've been teaching electric bass for over 25 years and with a little pride i can say that every single one of my students has learned to read music in my lessons. Even the reluctant ones were surprised how easy it is and how big the benefits are if you have this skill as a practicing musician.

So why are there still so many bassplayers who can't read music? I think the reason is that - until now - no reasonable method for bass-players existed. So I started to write down my teaching method, that taught hundreds of my students how to sight-read on bass.

Lessons To Go #2:
Blues Bass (Part 1)

In this first part of the Blues-Bass Lessons I will tell you about the 12-bar blues progression and how you can easily find the three blues chords in any key. I'll show you how to utilize chord arpeggios in order to built blues basslines and reveal the secrets of the mysterious "blue notes" and how you can incorporate them into your playing. Rhythmically we take a look at the shuffle groove and some very common patterns like "Uptown-Down" and "Uptown-Up". Furthermore we talk about the blues turnaround and how to play it on bass.


Lessons To Go #3:
Major arpeggios (part 1)

I often get asked by my students, how to make up your own bassline, when all you have is a sheet with chord symbols.
I want to show you in a multipart lesson about so-called "bassline building" how you can quickly come up with some good-sounding basslines, when all you know is the chords of the song.
The most important approach is to learn which notes belong to a particular chord symbol and to play them as an arpeggio. If you play an arpeggio you play the notes of a chord one after the other contrary to playing them simultaneously like a guitarist or keyboarder would do.
In this first installment I show you the "major arpeggios" i.e. the chord tones of major chords. We talk about some standard fingerings and as playing arpeggio can sometimes be demanding for the fretting hand I show you some exercises for your finger-fitness. We'll finally apply those fingerings in different basslines to accompany major chords.


Lessons To Go #4:
Sightreading for electric bass (part 2)

Here's part 2 of my Sightreading course for bass palyers. If you're done with part 1, here's more material to work on your sightreading abilities. Do the exercises for only 10 minutes a day constantly and you'll be surprised how quickly your sightreading skills improve.


Lessons To Go #6:
Blues Bass (Part 2)

Here's the second installment of my blues bass series. This time I want to show you how to play a walking blues line and how to connect the chords by using "chromatic approaches". The second topic deals with blues endings. I show you a few standard basslines to end the blues. And thirdly we want to discuss the basics of playing interesting basslines for a slow blues.


Lessons To Go #7:
Sightreading for electric bass (part 3)

In part 3 of the sightreading series we're going to work on the C major scale up to the 5th fret.


Lessons To Go #8:
Pentatonic scales (part 1)

In this installment of the "Lessons To Go" series I want to show you how to built basslines derived from the pentatonic scales. You learn the different pentatonic shapes and get to practice them with different jam tracks. In addition we're going to analyse some really famous pentatonic bassriffs.

Lessons To Go #9:
Pentatonic scales (part 2)

Continuing the lesson about the pentatonic scale, this time I'll show you how to play fills using the different shapes of the pentatonic scale.