This beginning course introduces students to the bass guitar, often considered the backbone of a great band. In addition to being enjoyable, learning to play the bass will give you an understanding of the mechanics of stringed, fretted instruments, making it easier for you to learn other instruments such as guitar, ukulele, mandolin, and banjo.

Course Details

Must have access to a playable bass guitar, bass guitar strap, guitar pick, tuner, amplifier, and instrument cable (see course); a way to make a video of yourself playing the guitar; and a webcam for appointments with the instructor.
Course Outline
Unit 1: An Introduction to the Bass Guitar
Unit 2: Playing on the Fretboard
Unit 3: Reading Tablature and Rhythms
Unit 4: Introduction to Standard Notation
Unit 5: Bass Guitar Maintenance
Unit 6: Learning Bass Lines Efficiently
Unit 7: Muting Technique and Closed Position
Unit 8: Accidentals
Unit 9: Dotted Quarter Note Rhythms
Unit 10: Major Scales