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Bass Guitar Lessons

A learning tool for bass players, and an opportunity to be an original musician. Learn how to approach every gig with creativity, even when playing cover songs!  This is the idea behind this website, and my teaching style as well. And to do this you need a wide array of tools, from technique to music theory, and even to know some history of music. After all, why practicing countless hours in your room only to copy and paste someone else’s bassline, without adding anything of yours? Whether you just started your music journey, or you want to dive deeper into specific subjects, I can help you to reach your music goals with a course specifically tailored for you. Bass technique, music theory, Jazz, blues, R&B, soul, funk, rock, Cuban, Brazilian, Italian traditional music and more are all part of my teaching offer. Are you a bass player and want to set your performing skills to the next level? 

Click here for your 45 minutes free bass guitar lesson!   

Here's a list of the topics covered in the Bass Guitar course: 

1. Technique

a) The different parts of your bass, setup and tuning; b) Fretboard anatomy; c) Hand position, string resonation and muting technique; d) Right and left-hand exercises.

2. Ornaments in bass playing

a) Ghost notes: how to play and use them in context; b) Accent marks, slide, hammer on, pull off, trill, appoggiatura, acciaccatura, glissando: how to notate and play them on the bass.

3. Fundamentals of music theory

a) Music glossary 101; b) Treble and bass clef notation, notes values; c) Sound, timbre and pitch; d) Time signatures; e) Key signatures; f) Notes and rests values; g) Intervals and semitones; h) Articulations and ornaments.

4. Scales

a) Diatonic and chromatic scales; b) Major scale and its modes; c) Key signatures and major scale tetrachords; d) Major scale chords and arpeggios; e) Melodic, harmonic and natural minor scales; f) Minor scales modes.               

5. Chords and arpeggios

a) Definition; b) Major and minor chords; c) Arpeggios and chords in major modes; d) Arpeggios and chords voicings; e) Arpeggios over the circle of fifths.

6. Playing major

a) Mayor scale overview; b) Major scale over the circle of fifths; c) The major scale and its modes; d) Major triads and voicings; e) Triads over the major scale modes; f) Four notes arpeggios and voicings.

7. Playing minor

a) Melodic, harmonic and natural minor scales; b) Melodic minor scale modes; c) Minor triads and voicings; d) Four notes minor arpeggios and voicings.  

8. Functional harmony

a) Cadences; b) Most used chord progressions.

9. Chart reading 101

a) A comprehensive guide on how to read a chart.

10. The blues

a) Origins of blues and its artists; b) The basic blues chord progressions; c) Straight quarter notes and shuffle: difference and how to play; d) Minor blues; e) Advanced harmonic variations on major and minor blues; f) Improvise on major and minor blues; g) Repertoire.

11. Jazz

a) From the roaring twenties to free jazz and fusion music; b) Walking bass, how to keep the beat; c) Reading the melodies of jazz standards; d) From walking bass to improvisation; e) Artists and repertoire.

12. Rock and Pop

a) Rhythm exercises for the rock and pop bass player; b) Harmony: how the bass fits in a rock band; c) Learning the repertoire; d) How be creative and play your own basslines; e) Artists and repertoire.

13. R&B, Soul and Funk

a) Rhythm exercises for the comping-improvising bass; b) Analysis of notable bass players; c) Artists and repertoire.

14. Cuban music

a) Historical introduction to the music of Cuba; b) Cuban music styles; c) The 3/2 and 2/3 clave; d) Main rhythm divisions in Cuban music; e) Artists and repertoire.

15. Brazilian music

a) Historical introduction to the music of Brazil; b) Samba and bossa nova; c) Partido alto, choro and other styles; d) The Musica Popular Brazileira (MPB) and its artists; e) Artists and repertoire.

16. Italian music, from folk to pop and rock

a) Polka, waltz, mazurka and Neapolitan tarantella; b) Italian standard songs from folk repertoire of late XIX and XX century.

17. Ear training and transcription

a) Write the rhythm subdivisions; b) Chord recognition; c) Basslines transcriptions; d) Write your own basslines and play them.

Music Theory Lessons

If you need to learn the theory of music from zero to mastery, or need guidance over specific subjects, this is the right place for you! 

When you play only by ear, you have limited access to the potential of your creativity, since you are missing out the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic possibilities hiding behind your music. This is exactly what music theory does: it helps you to connect the dots between the music played and the logic behind that. Why, after all, a musician that knows the theory is more respected, and gets more jobs also as a freelancer? Simply because it's easier to work with, and that will save time on live shows or in the studio!

Become a knowledgeable, original and well respected musician with my complete music theory course!

Click here for your 45 minutes free music theory lesson!   

Here's a list of the topics covered in the Music Theory course: 

1. Theory basics

a) Treble and bass clef notation, notes values; b) Sound, timbre and pitch; c) Time signatures; d) Key signatures; e) Notes and rests values; f) Intervals and semitones; g) Articulations and ornaments; h) Embellishing tones; i) Pedal point.

 

2. Chart reading 101 

a) A comprehensive guide on how to read a chart.

 

3. Scales 

a) Diatonic and chromatic scales; b) Major scale and its modes; c) Key signatures and major scale tetrachords; d) Melodic, harmonic and natural minor scales; e) Melodic minor scale modes; f) Pentatonic and blues scales.                

 

4. Chords and arpeggios

a) Definition; b) Major and minor chords; c) Major scale chords and arpeggios; d) VII chord; e) IX chord; f) XI and XIII chords; g) Arpeggios and chords in major modes; h) Arpeggios and chords voicings.

 

5. Playing major

a) Mayor scale overview; b) Major scale over the circle of fifths; c) The major scale and its modes; d) Major triads and voicings; e) Triads over the major scale modes; f) Four notes arpeggios and voicings.

 

6. Playing minor

a) Melodic, harmonic and natural minor scales; b) Minor scales modes; c) Minor triads and voicings;  d) Triads over the minor scale modes; e) Four notes minor arpeggios and voicings; f) Relevant scales over major, minor and diminished chords.

 

7. Functional harmony: cadences

a) General aspects of cadences; b) Simple cadences: final and suspended; c) Cadence formulas or chord progressions.  

 

8. Modulation

a) General aspects of modulation; b) Modulation to the dominant and sub-dominant; c) Other close keys modulation; d) Distant keys modulation.

 

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