Beginner Bass for Guitarists

Live Guitar Course: Helping Guitar Players Pick Up the Bass

At some point, almost every guitar player will end up picking up a bass. Whether there’s no bass players at a jam session, a band member can’t make it to a practice, or you’re just hanging out in a music shop, you’ll inevitably find yourself playing the guitar’s lesser-stringed brother. But while the superficial similarities are obvious, to really understand the role of the bass and how to play it takes more thought than one may think. Enter a fun new live course from JamPlay. Over 10 weeks, veteran bassist Alex Scott takes you through the basics of bass guitar. We learn about the differences between bass and guitar playing techniques, and discuss simple aspects of music theory and note knowledge that are sure to have you grooving in no time. Learning bass as a guitarist has never been easier!

Beginner Bass for Guitarists

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  • The Basics of Bass
  • Jam Along with Tracks
  • Common Blues and Rock Grooves
  • Using Scales on Bass
  • The Techniques You Need
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Beginner Bass for Guitarists Guitar Course

About our Live Courses

We have upgraded, revamped, and organized in-studio, live weekly workshops broadcasted in 1080p. These focused, task-based workshops include full tablature, interactivity with the instruction, and even homework each week.

Guided Practice

Download guided practice videos to accompany your practice routine. Keep them for life regardless of your membership status. Just a simple, effective and purpose-driven way to learn the material.

Filmed in 4k

In 2016 and 2017, we completely re-engineered our recording studio with top of the line gear, including a full suite of 4k cameras complimented by a new audio outfit. The result is beautiful live streams!

Tabs & Tracks

Each live course is equipped with full tablature and even backing tracks. Our live lessons are focused, planned, and even provide homework on how to improve and look forward to the next week.

Interact Live

Our staff fields questions from the audience throughout each section, and opens for questions throughout each course. You also have the ability to call in live with your own video stream!

Our live platform has been a major focus over the past 18 months, and we are very excited to fully unleash it's capability! Attend any of these courses with a full JamPlay subscription and get the benefit of full interaction with our instructors in a focused, planned course. We even have the ability to field your questions with live video call in!

Full Course Schedule

And of course, we keep everything, so if you miss a week you can always watch our archive of live courses. Tabs, backing tracks, and a full course PDF are provided for students, along with homework for each week! Interact with other students along with the teacher and get the instruction you need to advance your playing.

Date Topic

Week 1

02/27/2018 at 8pm

One of These Things is Not Like the Other

In the first week, we look at the physical similarities and differences between bass and guitar. We cover tuning, playing position, setup, and equipment. We also talk about differences in approaching the instrument, such as use of open strings and capos.

Week 2

03/06/2018 at 8pm

To Pick or Not To Pick?

We play along with our first track, focusing on simple fretting patterns to get acquainted with wider string and fret spacing. We also cover fingerstlye playing vs. playing with a pick.

Week 3

03/13/2018 at 8pm

Scaling Up I - Major

We take our knowledge of chords on guitar and apply them to scales on the bass over the next 3 weeks. We begin with major by looking at a major barre chord, and finding all of the in-between notes to make a major scale. We also discuss intervals.

Week 4

03/20/2018 at 8pm

Scaling Up II - Minor

Continuing from the previous week, we look at a minor barre chord and turn it into a minor scale.

Week 5

03/27/2018 at 8pm

Scaling Up III - Dominant

We blend major and minor to get the third most common chord/scale variant - the dominant.

Week 6

04/03/2018 at 8pm

Genre Grooves I - Rock

Moving into the next section of the course, we take what we’ve learned in the first half and apply it to real-world music, starting with learning a simple pedal bassline over a rock chord progression.

Week 7

04/10/2018 at 8pm

Genre Grooves II - Blues

We turn our attention to a walking bassline over a 12-bar blues form. We also discuss feel through playing along with a shuffle groove.

Week 8

04/17/2018 at 8pm

Genre Grooves III - Country

Continuing along with the genre concept, we learn about the tradition of 1-5 basslines in country.

Week 9

04/24/2018 at 8pm

Genre Grooves IV - Funk

Our last genre study is one in rhythm and syncopation as we learn a simple funk groove. We also tackle a new key, moving away from the simple, open-chord keys that many guitarists are used to.

Week 10

05/01/2018 at 8pm

The Grand Finale

We learn the most engaging song yet in the final week - a 3-part Southern rock form that incorporates all of the techniques learned thus far.

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