Review – Music School Online…
Music School Online, a site that has it all for anyone from a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level, and not just bass! While this review will be focused mainly on the bass learning portion of the site, there are also courses for piano, guitar, voice, drums, rhythm section, and music theory with access of more than 400 video tutorials for all instruments combined. MSO kids is directed at the younger ones, getting them started in music and perking that interest.
Learning with Music School Online is based entirely off of your schedule. For the bass lessons, they are categorized as new, all tutorials, beginner, intermediate, advanced, tool kit and access to resources, giving you the skills you need to become the best musician you can be.
Each lesson is categorized with a lesson title, which can be a song, rhythm section exercise or toolkit. Lesson focus describes what the lesson is based on. This can be items such as a certain technique, groove, using pedals, chord progressions, triads, arpeggios, scales, patterns, rhythms, and more. If the lesson is based off of a song title, this is under the Song Title section and the artist is listed under the artist section. Skill level can be beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Genre describes the type of music, which lessons cover different genres including country, rock, pop, urban, reggae.
Videos are clear and concise showing a different angles of the bass videos are clear and concise showing a different angles of the bass, depending on the lesson being covered, and the majority of bass lessons come with pdf’s to go along with the lesson you are currently studying.
There are also free resources like chord books, drum charts, guitar and bass tab, MSO kids, music theory resources, play- alongs, and sheet music.
All bass lessons are given by Antar Goodwin and for some lessons he is accompanied by Dylan Wissing on drums. Antar has been teaching bass lessons for 15 years and has performed for such artists as Sting, Patty Smythe, 9 Days, X Factor USAís Khaya Cohen, Matisyahu, Abbey Lincoln, Benny Golson, Frank Viele, and Red Sahara. He is also a Berklee College of Music Alumni.
There are 30 beginner lessons, 23 intermediate lessons, and 20 advanced with new lessons being added every week with over 200 already in the queue. The toolkit category, mentioned earlier in the review, covers everything from arpeggios, pentatonic scales, chord progressions, slap scale patterns and positions, rhythms, triads, and tuning.
There is a 14-day free trial of the basic subscription and there are three different levels of membership. The MSO Basic is 9.99 month, 49.99 for 6 months, or 89.99 for a year, and includes 6 lessons per month on one instrument of choice, full access to beginner music theory, and MSO Kids.
MSO Core is 14.99 month, 74.99 for 6 months or 139.99 for a year and includes unlimited lessons per month on one instrument of choice full access to beginner and intermediate music theory MSO Kids and access to rhythm section lessons for drummers and bass players.
MSO All Access is 19.99 month, 99.99 for 6months, or 189.99 for a year and includes unlimited lessons per month on all, instruments, and full access to all music theory, MSO kids, and additional resources.
There is also a “free stuff” section with lessons and resources. Looking back, the All Access package, giving you access to everything, seems like the best value to me, especially for bass players. It gives us a chance to work on learning keyboard and drum skills for one low price that can’t be beat!