Alex Scott

Alex Scott

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Alex Scott is a professional freelance bassist, drummer and recording engineer based out of Denver, CO. He has had the honor of sharing the stage with such artists as John Popper (Blues Traveler), Stanton Moore, Robert Randolph, DJ Logic, and many others. As a producer and engineer, he has 12 albums to his credit, as well as work in television and online content creation. He tours nationally with Fox Street, 40 Oz to Freedom, and performs and records all around Colorado wi... (more)

Alex currently offers 186 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 25 beginner lessons and 161 intermediate lessons.

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Bass Guitar For Beginners

Are you brand-new to bass guitar? Then this is the course for you! Join veteran touring and session bassist Alex Scott as we learn about the basics of bass. We start from the absolute beginning - covering how to hold and tune a bass guitar, as well as reading simple tablature and musical terms. From there, we cover playing easy beginner basslines in 4 different styles - country, rock, blues, and funk. By the end of the course, you’ll be ready to start your journey on the bass!



Alex shares a little bit about the upcoming lessons in this course.

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Getting to Know Your Bass

Learn about the parts of the bass, how to care for them, and why they matter.

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String Names and Tuning

Learn the names of the strings, and how to tune them.

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How to Hold Your Bass

Learn proper posture, hand positioning and how to sound notes on the fretboard.

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Reading Tablature and Notation

Learn how to read basic tablature and notation.

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Whole Notes on Open Strings

We kick things off with a simple exercise of plucking open strings and counting along with a simple drum beat.

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Whole Notes on Frets

We add in the left hand and learn to play fretted whole notes.

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Half Notes and Quarter Notes

We practice faster right-hand playing and discuss more about rhythm using a few simple fretted and open-string exercises.

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Moving Between Strings

Let’s get our right and left hands properly coordinated by moving between the strings with fretted notes.

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“Easy Days” - Pop-Rock Song

Using the same drum groove that we’ve been playing along with, we learn our first full bassline, incorporating quarter notes and simple string-to-string movement.

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Picking with Two Fingers

Let’s give our right hand technique a workout by learning to alternate our picking between index and middle fingers.

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Picking Eighth Notes

We increase the speed a bit more by learning to pick eighth notes on open strings alongside a slow rock groove.

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Fretted Eighth Notes

Let’s incorporate our left hand into our eighth-note picking exercise.

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Pedaling Eighth Notes

We step up the tempo of our rock groove and practice pedaling eighth notes on open and fretted strings.

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High Octane - Rock Song

Let’s put everything we’ve learned so far into practice over a medium-tempo rock song with a full 4-chord progression.

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Swing Time

We discuss more nuances of rhythm, including swing time vs straight time. We also talk about the importance of feel and rhythm on the bass.

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Swung Eighth Notes

Let’s practice pedaling eighth notes on fretted and open strings - but this time with a swung feel.

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Chord Progressions

Let’s discuss why chord progressions are so important, and why the bass “drives the bus” in modern music.

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Learning a 12-bar Blues

Let’s talk about the most famous chord progression in history - the 12-bar blues.

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Blue Velvet Shoes- Blues Song

Let’s put everything together in a slow, easy 12-bar blues form.

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Syncopation and Accents

What is syncopation, and why does it matter? Building on our discussions of rhythm and feel, we talk about this and more.

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Let’s talk about muting strings and playing staccato.

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Funk Pattern #1

We learn a simple two-note pattern that incorporates syncopation.

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Funk Pattern #2

Let’s learn a second example of syncopation, this time using octaves.

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Move On Over - Funk Song

We combine the last two lessons into a simple two-part funk form.

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