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Start gathering and hunting out song ideas. You must start to develop at least one and be able to explain what your intention for the song is. It does not need to have any real shape: this is just a very rough outline!

Try to capture all and any source material that might be relevant so that you can talk through your process.

This week your assignment is to record a short video. Start by introducing your idea, explaining your intention, your sources, and then finish by performing what you have so far created. It need not be finished or complete; think of it as just idea at the moment.

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Learning to play a new instrument is an incredibly rewarding creative challenge – but it can be a long and frustrating journey.

That’s why it’s important to be patient with yourself, especially in the first few weeks. Stay curious, even when things feel overwhelming, and make sure you always find a way to keep it fun. Because like all good things, learning the bass gets better and easier with time, and will be well worth the effort.

Be Patient (and kind to yourself)

Stay Curious (even if it may seem overwhelming)

Have Fun (and find the fun in all stages of learning a new instrument)

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Learning to play a new instrument is an incredibly rewarding creative challenge – but it can be a long and frustrating journey.

That’s why it’s important to be patient with yourself, especially in the first few weeks. Stay curious, even when things feel overwhelming, and make sure you always find a way to keep it fun. Because like all good things, learning the bass gets better and easier with time, and will be well worth the effort.

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Using the TAB button of your keyboard or clicking on the three horizontal lines in the tool on the top right of the screen you will be able to see the ARRANGEMENT VIEW, Click to view the Arrangement View screen

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Learning to play a new instrument is an incredibly rewarding creative challenge – but it can be a long and frustrating journey.

That’s why it’s important to be patient with yourself, especially in the first few weeks. Stay curious, even when things feel overwhelming, and make sure you always find a way to keep it fun. Because like all good things, learning the bass gets better and easier with time, and will be well worth the effort.

Learning to play a new instrument is an incredibly rewarding creative challenge – but it can be a long and frustrating journey.

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Learning to play a new instrument is an incredibly rewarding creative challenge – but it can be a long and frustrating journey.

That’s why it’s important to be patient with yourself, especially in the first few weeks. Stay curious, even when things feel overwhelming, and make sure you always find a way to keep it fun. Because like all good things, learning the bass gets better and easier with time, and will be well worth the effort.

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Learning to play a new instrument is an incredibly rewarding creative challenge – but it can be a long and frustrating journey.

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To practise is to rehearse something repeatedly in order to progress and improve our skills.

Some educators will tell you that you need to practise for several hours a day in order to be successful – but ultimately, it’s the quality of your practice that determines how you move forward. 7 hours of distracted, disorganised practise may be less useful than 30 minutes of concentrated, focused time spent with your bass.

Through regular good practice, it’s guaranteed that your abilities will start to improve. But remember – the goal isn’t perfection, but exploration. Your knowledge and skills will continue to expand long after this course has ended, so try to stay relaxed and accept that not everything will come to you immediately. Here are a few tips to get the most out of every practice session.

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Write Down your Musical Inspiritaiton​

Make a list of 5 songs you’d love to learn to play on the bass. These can be short or long-term goals, and we’ll look back on them throughout the course as a reminder of what you’re working towards.

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Learning to play a new instrument is an incredibly rewarding creative challenge – but it can be a long and frustrating journey.

That’s why it’s important to be patient with yourself, especially in the first few weeks. Stay curious, even when things feel overwhelming, and make sure you always find a way to keep it fun. Because like all good things, learning the bass gets better and easier with time, and will be well worth the effort.

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P-Bass

Fender P Bass

Although there are many makes and models of bass guitar, none are more popular than the Fender Precision (P-Bass) and the Fender Jazz The P-Bass has one pickup and features a thick fretted neck, which helps it to create a more accurate pitch and a deep, powerful sound.

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Fender J Bass

The J-Bass – also known as the ‘Jazz Bass’ – has a slimmer neck and two pickups, making it better suited for fast, complex changes. It’s great for playing funk and blues music. Helps it to create a more accurate pitch and a deep, powerful sound. It’s your classic bass.

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Fender PJ Bass

There’s also the super-versatile PJ bass, which features a Precision pickup and a Jazz bridge pickup, allowing you to easily mix and match different styles and sounds. Helps it to create a more accurate pitch and a deep, powerful sound. It’s your classic bass.

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P-Bass

Fender P Bass
Although there are many makes and models of bass guitar, none are more popular than the Fender Precision (P-Bass) and the Fender Jazz The P-Bass has one pickup and features a thick fretted neck, which helps it to create a more accurate pitch and a deep, powerful sound. It’s your classic bass.

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Fender J Bass

The J-Bass – also known as the ‘Jazz Bass’ – has a slimmer neck and two pickups, making it better suited for fast, complex changes. It’s great for playing funk and blues music.

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As bass amplifiers are already designed to amplify the low-end frequencies – quite often this setting doesn’t need to be increased due to the existing strong bass frequencies coming from the instrument.

  • Increase the bass setting if the tone sounds thin
  • Decrease the bass setting if the tone sounds too heavy or “boomy”

Mids, or ‘middle frequencies’, give a punch to the bass sound – but be wary how much you dial in, as too much can interfere with the frequencies of other band members.

Some amps will have the mids setting split into two controls: low-mids, and high-mids. These allow you to control whether you want to play emphasis on the bass or the treble.

The treble control on a bass amplifier controls the upper-range frequencies.

  • High treble settings make the tone brighter, sharper and crisper, allowing distinct notes to be heard more individually.
  • Low treble settings will make the tone warmer and more mellow. This blends different notes together with a smoother result.

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