By Paul Wolfe… How To Play Bass Guitar In 50 Songs Module 2: An 80-20 Device Method Book For Beginners.
How To Play Bass Guitar in 50 Songs is a comprehensive learning method for bass guitar beginners split into 5 modules that encompass key technique development from rhythmic awareness to plucking hand to fretting hand to fretboard mastery and incorporates the 10 most common and foundational devices used in bass lines. These foundational techniques and ideas are also taught with practical applications using “practice songs” that are based on the kind of real-world chord progressions you’ll find when you start playing with other musicians.
Here’s some of what’s covered in Module 2:
- Building plucking hand facility with uptempo quarter note exercises
- More fretting hand exercises.
- First two common 8th note rhythms – practicing these to build facility as well as internalize these foundational rhythms.
- Whole note, half note, quarter note and quarter note with quarter note rest rhythms.
- Lessons 5 to 9 of Level 1of fretboard mastery.
- Three more of the first ten “80-20 devices” from the 80-20 Bass Library.
- Common chord progressions.
- Internal Clock Exercises – introducing the harmonic metronome and the “drop” series.
- 10 practice songs based on the kind of chord progressions you’ll find in the real world. These practice songs are ‘graded’ in exactly the way classical piano pieces would be, and are practical applications of previous theory and facility exercises. (8 songs were covered in Module 1 and the remaining 22 songs will be spread over Modules 2 to 5).
Based on where you are on the bass, right now, as you’re reading this, this Module contains the equivalent material to between 10 and 20 face-to-face lessons with a good bass teacher. (Sidebar: good bass teachers are as rare as hen’s teeth.)
Point is…a good bass teacher will charge $75 and up for a 30-minute/45-minute lesson. So even if there were only the equivalent of 5 face to face lessons in this book (so equivalent to $375 in teacher’s fees), you should be able to make a value judgment on this volume as it’s less than half the price of a face to face lesson.
Additionally, there’s an “online” version of the book with the majority of the musical examples filmed and presented at two tempo levels and with picture-in-picture editing so you get close-ups of the fretting hands and plucking hands and don’t need to get distracted by “pretend” bass faces. (Go onto most YouTube bass videos and you’ll quickly see what a ‘pretend’ bass face is). That online version is free: just email/forward me a copy of your Amazon receipt (to firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as you’ve purchased the book and I’ll add you as soon as I see the email and will let you know how to log on to this.
There are also over 200 MP3 practice tracks to download to help you with the different practice exercises in this volume. You’ll find those on the individual lesson pages in the online version of this volume.
How To Play Bass Guitar In 50 Songs Module 2: An 80-20 Device Method Book For Beginners – available at Amazon.com