Beginner Bass Guitar

MASTER THE BASICS OF BASS GUITAR

From the essentials that every beginner needs to know, to the tips, tricks and techniques that will help you create your own unique playing style, this fun and flexible course offers the ultimate introduction to the bass guitar.

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Online bass guitar course

Master the basics of bass guitar on this immersive and interactive course, created by industry insiders and designed for you to work through at your own pace. Through videos, tasks and simple guides, you’ll learn how to read and understand the fundamentals of composition, explore the history and context of the bass, and even compose your own original basslines — and you can do it all in your own time, at a pace that suits you.

Discover live session masterclasses, HD Video Industry Insider hints and tips, and full downloadable lesson guides with lifetime access. Over 7 modules you’ll cover everything a beginner bassist needs to know in a flexible, self-led format on an accessible mobile-friendly platform and on completing your course you’ll receive a certificate. On this course you can there is also the option of extra 121 mentoring (at an additional cost).

Only £20

Learn to write a song

  • 38 Unique lessons across 7 packed modules
  • Created by practicing industry experts
  • Learn at you own pace in your own time
  • HD video industry insider hints & tips
  • Immersive interactive learning
  • Certificate on completion
  • Downloadable lesson guides
  • Lifetime access
  • Mobile friendly platform
  • Access to a live session masterclass

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Modules in this course

This online bass guitar course is packed full of HD video lessons,
suggested tasks and industry insider hints.

1
All about the Bass – the basics

Begin to build your skill and stamina as a bassist, learning how to hold, position and play your bass safely and comfortably, while getting to grips with the basic techniques of plucking and fretting.

2
Techniques and positioning

Grow your understanding of the most commonly used techniques in music today, building your vocabulary and learning how to identify and use scales, triads, arpeggios and more.

3
How to read and play

Whether you want to join a band or just play for fun, having a good knowledge of how to read and understand music is essential for any bassist. In this module, you’ll learn all about tabs, rhythm, tempos, time signatures and more, using your own favourite songs as examples and exercises.

4
Applying harmonic content

Grow your understanding of the most commonly used techniques in music today, building your vocabulary and learning how to identify and use scales, triads, arpeggios and more.

5
Discover the Blues

Get to grips with the fundamentals of bass playing through an introduction to blues. In this module, you’ll look at the history and style of the movement and apply its blueprints to your own practice.

6
Bassline and performance

Explore the special relationship between the bass and the rhythm section, and learn to compose and write your own memorable basslines and arrangements.

7
Alternative bass techniques

Now it’s time to explore some of the lesser-used techniques for playing the bass, experimenting and playing with sound and methods to create a unique style that’s all your own.

  • Beginner Bass Guitar
    1
    All about the Bass – the basics

    Begin to build your skill and stamina as a bassist, learning how to hold, position and play your bass safely and comfortably, while getting to grips with the basic techniques of plucking and fretting.

    2
    Techniques and positioning

    Grow your understanding of the most commonly used techniques in music today, building your vocabulary and learning how to identify and use scales, triads, arpeggios and more.

    3
    How to read and play

    Whether you want to join a band or just play for fun, having a good knowledge of how to read and understand music is essential for any bassist. In this module, you’ll learn all about tabs, rhythm, tempos, time signatures and more, using your own favourite songs as examples and exercises.

    4
    Applying harmonic content

    Grow your understanding of the most commonly used techniques in music today, building your vocabulary and learning how to identify and use scales, triads, arpeggios and more.

    5
    Discover the Blues

    Get to grips with the fundamentals of bass playing through an introduction to blues. In this module, you’ll look at the history and style of the movement and apply its blueprints to your own practice.

    6
    Bassline and performance

    Explore the special relationship between the bass and the rhythm section, and learn to compose and write your own memorable basslines and arrangements.

    7
    Alternative bass techniques

    Now it’s time to explore some of the lesser-used techniques for playing the bass, experimenting and playing with sound and methods to create a unique style that’s all your own.

Here what our students say

David F.

Beginner Bass Guitar

“For me as an absolute beginner and at an older age of 55 this course is really great. Very good and detailed explanations. Was just what I was looking for.”

Mckenzie B.

Beginner Bass Guitar

“I started playing bass several years ago, learned to play songs using tabs. Having not played in 2 to 3 years I wanted a course to get me back into playing in a more professional way. Have completed three of the lessons so far and it’s looking to take me beyond being only a tab player.”

Leigha C.

Beginner Bass Guitar

“I have played guitar to accomapny my songwiritng for a few years but have always wanted to play bass too. This course was really great and I’m already feeling my playing improving. It’s given me that bit of confidence and direction I needed to get going with it.”

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Thinking about this online music course?

  • I'VE NEVER PLAYED BASS GUITAR. IS THIS COURSE FOR ME?

    Yes, this course was created with exactly you in mind. Renowned bass player Freddie Draper developed this course to provide you with a thorough introduction to the bass guitar and excellent introductory tips on bass technique.

  • WILL I LEARN BASSLINES IN THIS COURSE?

    Yes, you’ll be taught dozens of songs and basslines. You’ll also be shown how basslines support songs, as you acquire the tools necessary to read bass tabs and create your own basslines.

  • DOES THIS COURSE COVER MUSIC THEORY?

    Yes, Freddie has included some foundational music theory and reading techniques, but has ensured you won’t be overwhelmed if it’s your first time learning theory. Once you finish the course, you’ll have a strong understanding of both basic music theory and bass harmony.

  • WILL I LEARN BASS SCALES ON THIS COURSE?

    Yes, you’ll cover lots of bass scales in this course, including major scales, minor scales, pentatonic scales and blues scales.

  • WHEN CAN I BEGIN MY COURSE?

    You can start whenever you’re ready! Elevate courses are accessed on demand, so you can start and pause your learning at any time. There are no deadlines to begin or complete your course by, so you can progress your studies when it suits you. All course materials are yours to keep, so you can take the course again further down the track if you’d like.

  • WHAT KIND OF DEVICE DO I NEED?

    To study an Elevate course, you just need to bring an inquisitive mind. You can easily complete your course on any mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

  • DO I RECEIVE ANY DISCOUNTS AS AN ELEVATE STUDENT?

    Yes. We work with a range of industry partners to provide Elevate students like yourself with discounted software to support your learning journey. Your courses will include links to discounts, where relevant.

  • WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MY COURSE?

    If you have any questions about your course, please send an email to hello@icmp-elevate.com. We aim to respond to all emails within 24 hours – if not sooner! You can also call our admissions team on 020 7328 0222

  • WHAT DO I RECEIVE WHEN I FINISH MY COURSE?

    Once you’ve completed all your course lessons, you’ll be awarded a certificate found on your dashboard page, which you can download and share.

  • DO I REALLY GET LIFETIME ACCESS?

    Yes – you absolutely do! Elevate courses are designed to be revisited, so you can reuse the course material to practice, develop and continue to improve. As long as you have an account with us, you’ll have access to all the courses you’ve purchased.

  • HOW CAN I PAY FOR A COURSE?

    We offer a range of payment methods for your course, including PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, Apple Pay and Google Pay. You can even use PayPal credit to spread your payments.

  • CAN I BUNDLE COURSES TOGETHER?

    Yes. In fact, many of our courses are designed to be taken together as a bundle, allowing you to progress your skill level in a particular area from beginner to intermediate. Explore our Elevate bundle offers to find your perfect course bundle.

Meet your tutors

Freddie Draper, Expert Bass Guitarist

At home both with the electric bass and acoustic double bass, Freddie Draper is an accomplished session musician, orchestrator, and instrument builder. His intimate knowledge of his instruments and advanced technical expertise give Freddie a unique insight into instrumental pedagogy. After graduating from ICMP with a first class honours degree and ‘Best Bass’ award to his name, Freddie joined the teaching faculty in 2014.

As a professional session player, he has been privileged to work with seasoned producers such as Bruce Woolley (The Buggles, Will Young, Grace Jones), Ray Stiles (Mud, The Hollies), and Mick Jones (The Clash, B.A.D.), and has recently played with acts including Fjokra, Gareth Gates, John Own Jones, Louise Dearman, Ejem Ugzor, The Glass Child and Lazy Habits. Freddie has toured internationally and performs on the major U.K. summer festival circuit, including appearances at Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight Festival.

“The idea behind this course is to offer simple, accessible insights into the craft of Songwriting, which creatives and writers from all different backgrounds can experiment with. In my own development as a songwriter and Songwriting teacher.

I have found a few key concepts and writing tricks that have helped me cultivate a more enjoyable process and unlock more purposeful songs. Sophie, Tim and I have worked together to create a course that we believe offers a strong skills foundation for any aspiring songwriter. ”

See what our guitar students say

Fun and educational

Rated 5 out of 5

Fun, challenging, and educational all at once. Although not specifically a part of the course, I’m also learning how to keep my hands more compact while playing which is a bonus!

Mike M.

Flexible payment method

We accept payments via Credit Card, PayPal, Google Pay and Apple Pay. You can even spread your payments using PayPal Credit.

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The Elevate special 4-in-1, (THE BASICS, CREATIVE PROCESS, CONTENT & GENRE & LYRIC WRITING) Complete Songwriter Expert Track reveals all, covering essential technical elements of music theory, as well as guiding you to generate, develop and refine your very own songs. It’s all led by music experts, and developed with today’s industry in mind.

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Beginner Bass Guitar

£20