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Now is the time to learn bass from the best in the business. Featuring college professors, world-class educators and artists from top tier bands like Megadeth and Mr. Big, JamPlay has something for everyone. New players can start with our step-by-step beginner program, while those who have already have experience will enjoy our genre, style, artist and song lessons. JamPlay has the artists, the curriculum and the technology; all we need is you.

Bass Lessons from JamPlay

Each video lesson is professionally filmed in our studios located in Loveland, Colorado. All lessons are offered in high-definition quality and presented with 3-5 cameras depending on the material taught. Our lessons stream to you in 5 different qualities, with the additional capability to stream all video lessons to your mobile device!

Structured Lesson Sets

Freedom to Learn What You Want

Learning is only realistic with resources, and only possible with organization and some structure. Our teaching structure is insanely simple, but surprising effective. Instead of viewing a slew of random videos with little support, we seperate our teaching material into 4 distinct phases.


Phase 1 of our teaching method serves to teach you these absolute basics, such as tuning, posture, technique, reading tablature and playing bass lines. Our Phase 1 lessons begin as if you have just picked up a bass guitar for the first time, and follow step-by-step through the beginner process.


Phase 2 of our teaching method focuses on genre specific techniques and skills. After you have a firm grasp on the lessons and topics covered in Phase 1, you then move onto your preferred genre of music. Our phase 2 lessons are taught with the idea that you are already have a basic understanding of the bass.


A large majority of bass players simply want to pick up the instrument and play their favorite songs. While Phase 1 and 2 give you the building blocks to playing guitar, Phase 3 gives you an outlet to start playing music. Here, our teachers take your requests, and teach you how to play your favorite songs.


Anything goes in the Artist Series! This is where our artists teach you the techniques and styles that put them on the map! These exclusive lessons are some of our most popular on the website. Unlike our Phase 1 and Phase 2 lessons, artist-based lessons may not follow a set chronological order.

Full HD with up to 5 Angles

This isn't YouTube. We don't produce content in a bedroom. We offer the highest quality production values of any offering on planet earth, and are constantly striving to improve our operations. With up to 6 different camera angles, we are confident we have the angle you need!

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Responsive Interface

Mobile, Tablet and Desktop Ready

Control the content you want! Our new interface allows you to pull, stretch, resize and shape the interface as you please. This gives you ultimate control over your lesson experience and gives you a stable presentation on any cell phone, tablet, or desktop computer.

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From Professors to Rock Stars

Learn what you want, from who you want

We we have been assembling a broad collection of veteran players to provide the best possible bass lessons. Check out our current roster of teachers below, and keep in mind; this list will continue to grow as we hire new instructors to expand our platform.

Billy Sheehan

Mr. Big | Steve Vai | Niacin | Talas Billy Sheehan 27 Lessons at JamPlay

Quite possibly the best bass player on earth and a legendary figure in the almanac of bass players, Billy brings a wealth of knowledge to the JamPlay platform. Five-time winner of the "Best Rock Bass Player" readers' poll from Guitar Player Magazine, Sheehan teaches everything from beginner lessons on scales and posture to advanced lessons on two-hand tapping techniques.

David Ellefson

Megadeth David Ellefson 27 Lessons at JamPlay

David Ellefson has been a mainstay in the rock and metal communities for over 25 years. Internationally acclaimed as the bassist and co-founder of Thrash icons Megadeth, he is known for his unique and hard hitting style of bass playing, as well as his versatility in a wide variety of other musical settings across the globe. David has carved a vast musical career as a bassist, songwriter, record producer, clinician and author of his book "Making Music Your Business…A Guide For Young Musicians".

Bryan Beller

Aristocrats | Dethklok | Bryan Beller Bryan Beller 49 Lessons at JamPlay

Famed bassist for Steve Vai, power-trio "The Aristocrats", and Metalocalypse's very own "Dethklok", Beller has over 20 years of experience as a studio and touring musician. Graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 1992, he has also served as a contributing editor for Bass Player magazine. Beller contributes a critically important series of lessons to the JamPlay platform, with a central focus of identifying and playing songs by ear.

Evan Brewer

The Faceless Evan Brewer 69 Lessons at JamPlay

Bassist for legendary Sumerian Records metal band "The Faceless", Brewer offers a diverse and unique pallet of influences, brilliant technical prowess, and an unconventional approach to music. Brewer offers subscribers a full curriculum of bass education; beginning with lessons for the absolute beginner, and advancing to in-depth lessons for developing bass lines and perfecting techniques.

Steve McKinley

Professional Bassist Steve McKinley 12 Lessons at JamPlay

While playing in bands in his 20's, he began learning about amps. When they broke at the most inopportune times, he started learning how to fix them in a pinch. Later, with better understanding, he started helping out friends and soon became the local go-to guy for amps. Throughout the years he continued to gain knowledge from the likes of Aspen Pittman, Gerald Weber, Jeff Bakos, Ken Fischer and Ritchie Flieger.

Alan Skowron

AlanDave Alan Skowron 19 Lessons at JamPlay

Alan Skowron is an accomplished guitar performer and instructor in the Northern Colorado area. Alan has been a part of many groups over the years, such as the Wilson Winner Jazz Quintet, Monty Hogan Jazz Quartet, Dominant 7, Illusion, Albion Kross and most recently, Cab Night Rendezvous. Alan has been featured on many radio programs and is an active member of the Northern Colorado Classical Guitar Society.


Bonnie Raitt | Ringo Starr | Neil Young Freebo 26 Lessons at JamPlay

Freebo is an award-winning singer/songwriter and blues folk icon. For 30 years, Freebo played bass on recordings and toured with some of the great artists of our time; people like Bonnie Raitt (10 years), John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, CSN, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Michelle Shocked, Neil Young, Loudon Wainwright III, Dr. John, and many others. He has alsoappeared on Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special, Muppets Tonight, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap.

Larry Cook

Professional Bassist Larry Cook 185 Lessons at JamPlay

Larry Cook has been an in demand bassist and arranger since his professional debut in 1997. Equally adept on acoustic and electric basses, he graduated from Capital University in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies, where he studied with such musicians as Lou Fischer, Stan Smith, Mark Morton, and Andy Woodson. He has performed with artists as diverse as the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Megan Palmer, and Bobby Floyd.

Robbie Merrill

Godsmack Robbie Merrill 36 Lessons at JamPlay

American bass player, Robbie Merril, is best known for his work with the Alternative Metal band Godsmack, of which he was a founding member. Godsmack has released five studio albums, one EP, four DVDS, a compilation album and a live album. They have currently sold over 20 million records.

Brent-Anthony Johnson

Cadence | Kenetic Maschine | Sonal Anu Brent-Anthony Johnson 31 Lessons at JamPlay

Brent-Anthony Johnson is a recording and live performance bassist and producer with 30+ years of experience. For the past decade, "BAJ" has lived in Boulder, CO and Northwestern Illinois while writing several instructional books, teaching, and presenting bass and theory-oriented clinics.

David Keif

Professional Bassist David Keif 20 Lessons at JamPlay

David Keif is a freelance bassist, and has performed and recorded with Mark Lindsay, Rita Coolidge, Etta James, Freida Payne, Carla Olson, Darlene Love and the Platters, as well as on TV shows and movies, including “Smallville,” “The Horse Whisperer” and “Trekkies.” He is also very active in the Los Angeles area playing a variety of different venues.

Danny Morris

Professional Bassist Danny Morris 37 Lessons at JamPlay

Take bass lessons with a prominent faculty member from the Berklee College of Music. Danny works with a wide range of styles and skill levels. All bass players will benefit from his quality instruction.

Tom Appleman

Tom Appleman Band Tom Appleman 22 Lessons at JamPlay

Tom Appleman, a B.M., Berklee College of Music graduate, boasts performances with Kid Rock, JoJo, Robbie Krieger, the Drifters, Missing Persons, Brian O'Neal, Marco Benevento, the Slip,and Lettuce. Recordings include Money and Tell Me Why by Nick Panasevich (produced by Ray Bardani and Leo Sacks); Spread the Seed and Before, During, and After by Epileptic Disco; Transfarmerfunktet and Bumpercropofunk by the Jazz Farmers; and Peregrin by Peregrin. Tom was voted Boston’s Best Bass Player by Soundcheck Magazine (Vol. VII, 1996) and appeared at Disneyland, on Carnival Cruiselines, and at events for the NFL.

John DeServio

Black Label Society | Cycle of Pain John DeServio 41 Lessons at JamPlay

JD DeServio is an expert bassist who has played with Lita Ford, Vinnie Moore, Drill and Black Label Society. JD is endorsed by Samson, Hartke, Schecter, Monster, Korg and Coffin Cases.

Joe Santerre

Jon Finn Group Joe Santerre 29 Lessons at JamPlay

Joe Santerre is an electric bassist, who plays primarily 6 string electric bass. Joe is a member of the Bass Department at the Berklee College of music. He has 3 bass books published by Hal Leonard.., Rock Bass Lines, Slap Bass Lines & Fingerstyle Funk Bass Lines.

Dave LaRue

Steve Morse Band | Dixie Dregs Dave LaRue 28 Lessons at JamPlay

Rex Brown

Pantera | Kill Devil Hill | Down Rex Brown 13 Lessons at JamPlay

Dive in to the playing of Rex Brown. As the bassist for Pantera, and now Kill Devil Hill, Brown's real world experience spanning over 30 years will shed new light on bass playing for any skill level and genre! Check out full song lessons from Pantera and Kill Devil Hill as well as a complete Artist Series discussing Rex's technique, tone and more!

Michael Mennell

Lovelies | Deep Cut Michael Mennell 29 Lessons at JamPlay

Michael Mennell has been a musician most of his life. He started playing violin at age four, and drums at 14. At 16, his brother's band needed a bass player; he gave it a try, and found his musical home. Mike maintains a busy schedule between teaching at the Musician's Institute in Hollywood and recording commercials, television, (The Vineyard), and other projects.

Braun Khan

Braun Khan 15 Lessons at JamPlay

Braun Khan studied classical and jazz bass studies at Central Michigan University, where he was also hired to teach jazz theory and oversee community outreach. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Arts in Jazz Studies at University of Northern Colorado as well as being very active in the Northern Colorado music scene. He can frequently be found gigging with various jazz and funk/rock groups in the area.

JamPlay Membership Features

Features galore. While any dummy can film a few bass lessons and toss together a website, few can compete with the years of development and range of features we have built. From instructor interaction to enharmonic scale diagrams, we take pride in offering you the best bass learning website available. Period.

Interactive Tabs & Notation

Each lesson we offer is complimented with interactive tabs and learning material to aid your development as a guitarist. Interactive tabs give you the following benefits:

Interactive Tabs
  •    Works on mobile devices & tablets
  •    No flash or other plugins required
  •    Fully responsive to your browser
  •    Change playback without pitch loss
  •    Print in native display (no images)
  •    Tab along with standard notation

Custom Progress Reports

As you will continually find with our service and website, learning is in your hands. No other feature exemplifies this more than our customized Progress Reports. Unique to, this feature allows you to update, monitor, and build your own reports for your progression through our bass lessons.

Badass Scale Library

We can humbly say that this library is the most comprehensive collection of guitar scales available online. Fretboard diagrams, playing applications, theory, famous solos, and interactive video examples? Yes, sir. Applying a bit of math, a touch of music theory, a sprinkle of ingenuity, and our library allows you to view any fretboard diagram for any scale and in any key.

Learning Material

Each lesson we offer is supplied with customized learning material to supplement each lesson. Download, print, or save the material for any lesson, any time!

Slow Motion

Our new platform gives you the ability to slow down video playback from 10%, 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%. This gives you a major advantage in learning from our videos.

Video Bookmarks

With thousands of lessons, JamPlay can be a bit intimidating for a first time user. With Progressive Bookmarking, you can bookmark a section of any video to quickly access later.

A/B Looping

Loop any section of a video lesson, anytime you need it. This also functions along with slow motion control to give you ultimate control over video playback.

Thousands of Members. Lots of Moral Support.

Pretty bonkers, really... the rate at which these "Online Communities" are popping up. Guess we will play our part in being the only guitar-related community of bass n00bs. But honestly, we all know that learning a new skill is always difficult, so the least we can offer for your "moral" support, is a few thousand people to relate with.


JamPlay is exactly what you need to move forward...

After spending years just picking up this or that via free tablature and not really having any specific purpose or direction, but really wanting to get better, I stumbled across a review of this website. There was a post by an older gentlemen who had been frustrated for years, and signed up with JamPlay and it has only gotten better for him. I saw the demo videos and had to try it myself. I am NOT disappointed and have been practicing more than I have in a while since I am back to enjoy learning my instrument and loving it again. If you want to learn as a complete beginner, are stuck in a spot like I was or just need some new material to spark your passion again, learn with Jamplay, and even offer advice in the forums for those that have a desire to know what you may know and help the community grow. All I will say is you gotta at least try it. Seriously.. Jeff H

JamPlay is really great!

Never before I found such a great site or real teaching for guitar or bass. At JamPlay are so many interesting lessons, that (if I have the time to learn) I found some amazing new lessons. I m very appreciated to be here at JamPlay.. :-) Best wishes and greetings Susanne Susanne Ernst

Bring out your best musical self!

If you want go from being the average guitarist or bassist and rise to a level of professional or near professional in the shortest possible time, then JamPlay ought to be at or near the top of your short list of resources to accomplish that lofty goal. All the resources that a guitarist or bassist would need is in one place! Terry Tolley