The Easiest Way to Learn to Play Bass
Interactive Feedback on Your Playing
Instant Feedback shows you when you play the correct notes on your bass as you progress through an exercise. With a microphone connected to your computer and a bass in your hands, play the notes in the exercise (or song) on any screen featuring the “ear” icon in the upper right corner and the computer will highlight the notes for you in green. You’ll discover that reading tablature and music notation is easier than you ever thought possible!
Note and Finger Tracker
The Note Tracker and Finger Tracker tools makes it easier to see what note you’re playing by displaying the note as music notation and on eMedia’s Animated Fretboard. You’ll be able to correct your playing quickly and learn to read music fast!
Over 140 Step-by-Step Bass Lessons
eMedia Bass Method makes playing bass easier than ever. This bass tutorial features step-by-step lessons with on-screen instructor John Arbo. Learn to play using triads, fills and syncopation, and to create a bass line for any song you like. Learn to read tablature and standard music notation, including scales and intervals.
eMedia Bass Method features songs in a variety of genres to make learning fun and memorable – including Rock, Pop, Country, and Folk! Many of these songs are also in eMedia Guitar Method, so bass and guitar students can jam along with each other as they learn. Our latest version includes dynamic, enhanced, multi-track audio playback of hit songs popularized by well-known artists, such as:
Also included are popular songs, including “Scarborough Fair,” “La Bamba,” “Ode to Joy,” “Shenandoah,” “Drunken Sailor,” “House of the Rising Sun” and more!
Over 30 Bass Lesson Videos
Professional bass instructor John Arbo guides you in over 30 videos with split-screens and close-ups (as needed). Watch your instructor demonstrate proper techniques for playing exercises. You can pause, rewind, and replay to see proper bass guitar fingerings and techniques at your own pace, as often as needed.
John Arbo has been teaching bass for over 25 years and has served on the music faculty of the New School in New York City. He has performed with Liza Minelli, Les Paul, and has been the bassist for many Broadway shows.
Animated Fretboard (two different skins!)
The Animated Fretboard displays fingering positions as the music plays. It allows you to see exactly how to play the song on a bass fretboard as you hear the music. Includes options for both right- and left-handed players, as well as mirrored views. With the variable-speed MIDI tracks, the Animated Fretboard can step through fingerings at whatever speed you like.
Highlighting of the music and lyrics as they’re heard makes it easy to follow along on bass.
Audio Tracks and Variable-speed MIDI
Includes full multi-track audio, as well as bass-only and No Bass audio options, so you can perfect your bass technique and play along with the band. With MIDI tracks, slow down the music to any tempo, while the Animated Fretboard shows song fingerings as the music plays. Learn at the pace best suited to you!
Bass Guitar Tuner
Tune your bass quickly and easily. A precision gauge allows you to play into your computer’s microphone and tune up interactively. Reference bass tuning notes are also included.
Includes recorded sounds for over 250 guitar chords. Easy access helps you learn songs with new chords quickly. An indispensable reference tool!
Set your tempo and practice keeping a steady beat with audio and visual indicators.
Save your recordings and play back to share and compare.
I. About the Bass
Types of basses and their parts; stringing; tuning; holding the bass; string numbering; hand and finger position; musical alphabet and the fretboard; right- and left-hand exercises; first bass line.
II. Simple Bass Lines with Catchy Rhythms
String dampening; right- and left-hand finger techniques; major scales; creating bass lines using major triads; rhythmic possibilities for bass lines; the “Intergalactic Bass Rhythm” with variations; first syncopated rhythms.
III. Developing More Bass Lines and Fills
Shifting from triad to triad; building bass lines combining rhythms with triads; changing bass patterns within a song; fingering rule exceptions; minor scales; minor triads; creating bass lines for songs using major and minor triads; fills and how to use them; bass lines with slash chords.
IV. Walkups, Walkdowns and Syncopation
Walkups and walkdowns; changing positions; connecting chords; fills within sections; eighth-note fills; understanding the blues or shuffle rhythms; learning new syncopated rhythms; using syncopation with chord notes; introducing the eighth-note groove and its rhythmic possibilities.
V. Reading Tablature
Learning how to read TAB – a simple music notation common to all fretted sting instruments; rhythmic notation; time signatures; songs and licks written out in TAB
VI. Reading Standard Music Notation
Introducing standard music notation – a universal music notation common to all instruments; note values; rests; time signatures; sharps, flats and naturals; key signatures; learning to read on every string and up the fretboard with songs and licks.
Theory: Intervals, Scales, and Triads
Learning the basics about intervals; how to recognize different intervals on the bass and in music notation; how to play major and minor scales in the nine most frequently used keys; how to play major triads; minor triads, diminished triads and augmented triads.
Button symbols; commands and shortcuts; Animated Fretboard; song looping; tools (Metronome, Recorder, and Finger Tracker); bass set-up; amplifying the bass; Instant Feedback.