Course Description

The Rock Bass Guitar Essentials course take place over 12 weeks, you'll explore the fundamentals of rock bass playing. Whether you're new to the bass guitar or looking to refine your skills, this course will equip you with essential techniques and knowledge. Each week, the instructor will cover topics like rhythm, technique, scales, and playing with a band. Get ready to rock out and unlock your potential as a bassist!

In this course, the instructor will cover everything you need to know to get started, from holding and tuning your bass guitar to playing foundational bass lines and developing your own style. Each week, we'll explore a different aspect of rock bass playing, including rhythm and groove, essential techniques, basic scales and patterns, and playing with a band. Through a combination of hands-on instruction, practical exercises, and guided practice, you'll learn how to create solid bass lines, lock in with the rhythm section, and confidently perform with other musicians.

Whether your goal is to join a band, write your own bass lines, or simply rock out at home, this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to achieve your musical aspirations.

Bring your bass guitar, get ready to groove, and let's dive into the exciting world of rock bass playing together!


Course Outline

Week 1: Introduction to the Bass Guitar
Overview of the bass guitar and its role in rock music
Basic techniques for holding and tuning the bass guitar
Introduction to fretting hand and plucking hand techniques

Week 2: Fundamental Bass Lines
Study of foundational bass lines in rock music
Practice exercises to develop finger dexterity and accuracy
Introduction to playing along with backing tracks and metronome

Week 3: Rhythm and Groove
Exploration of rhythmic patterns and groove in rock bass playing
Study of syncopation, accents, and dynamics
Application of rhythm and groove techniques in playing popular rock songs

Week 4: Root Notes and Simple Chord Progressions
Understanding the concept of root notes and their role in chord progressions
Study of basic chord progressions and their variations
Practice exercises to develop proficiency in playing root notes and chord progressions

Week 5: Basic Scales and Patterns
Introduction to essential scales for rock bass playing (e.g., major and minor pentatonic scales)
Study of scale patterns and fingerings
Application of scales in creating bass lines and improvisation

Week 6: Technique Refinement
Refinement of fretting hand and plucking hand techniques
Study of muting techniques and string control
Practice exercises to improve speed, accuracy, and articulation

Week 7: Essential Rock Bass Techniques
Exploration of common rock bass techniques (e.g., slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs)
Study of fingerstyle and pick playing techniques
Application of techniques in playing classic rock bass lines

Week 8: Developing Your Own Style
Understanding the importance of developing a unique bass playing style
Study of influential bassists and their signature techniques
Practice exercises to encourage experimentation and creativity

Week 9: Bass Theory Basics
Introduction to basic music theory concepts relevant to bass playing (e.g., intervals, scales, chord construction)
Understanding the role of theory in creating bass lines and improvisation
Application of theory concepts in analyzing and deconstructing rock bass lines

Week 10: Playing with a Band
Tips for playing in a band setting and locking in with the rhythm section
Study of common song structures and arrangements in rock music
Practice exercises to develop listening skills and communication with other musicians

Week 11: Performance Preparation
Strategies for preparing for live performances and rehearsals
Tips for stage presence, communication, and interaction with bandmates and audience
Rehearsal techniques for effective band practices

Week 12: Final Project and Review
Completion of a final project showcasing acquired skills and knowledge
Review of key topics covered throughout the course
Reflection on personal growth and development as a rock bassist


Students must have their own bass guitar, amplifier, tuner, and metronome. 

Ages 15+
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Section Title
Rock Bass Guitar Essentials for Beginners (Ages 15+)
Online: With Live Meetings
5:00PM to 6:00PM
Sep 05, 2024 to Nov 21, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Course Fee(s)
Tuition and Fees non-credit $299.00
Section Notes

Minimum 4, Maximum 12

Live Online Meetings

Petros Dragoumis, Instructor ► Official Website

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