Bass Guitar Course Reviews

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Want to learn bass guitar from the comfort of your own home? If so, online bass lessons might be just what you’re looking for. We’ve gone out and reviewed, rated, and compared all the bass guitar courses we could find on the internet.

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Looking for Online Bass Guitar Lessons?

Until only a couple years ago there weren’t all that many online bass guitar courses available on the internet. Thankfully, times have changed and there are some excellent choices out there to learn bass without having to hire an expensive tutor! If you happen to find other online bass courses, we encourage you to drop us a line and let us know about them!

Enjoy learning the bass, and remember to keep it groovy!

Best DVD Bass Lessons

Teach Me Bass Guitar Review »

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Teach Me Bass Guitar

Publisher: The Learning Dock

Website: www.TeachMeBassGuitar.com

Best Price: $187.50 (25% OFF SALE)

Suitable For: Beginners-Advanced

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For years, there’s been a dearth of quality video-based bass guitar courses for new bassists available online. That all changed with the creation of Teach Me Bass Guitar, a brand new course from The Learning Dock, a multimedia music education company.

Teach Me Bass Guitar is comprised of 10 full-length DVDs and 20 lessons that clock in at over 16 hours of bass instruction. This is by far the largest and most complete dvd bass course we’ve seen to date. The course contains over a year’s worth of bass lessons, so this is not a bass program you'll want to rush through. If you are able to master everything through lesson 10, you will already be a very competent bassist. Though the course was designed with beginners in mind, it doesn’t leave you there long. Intermediate bass players will find the course relevant to their development as well.

I'm going to spill the beans right off the bat… Teach Me Bass Guitar is the definitive A-Z bass guitar course on the market today and we highly recommend it. In addition to the accolades Teach Me Bass Guitar has garnered from the greater bass community, it has been the recipient of an AEGIS Video & Film production award in 2009 and a Telly Award.

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Best DVD Bass Lessons

Jamplay Bass Review »

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Jamplay Bass

Publisher: Jamplay LLC.

Website: www.Bass.Jamplay.com

Best Price: $19.95 (Coupons Avail. on Review Page)

Suitable For: Beginners-Intermediate

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Already the web's leading guitar instructional website, Jamplay launched their bass guitar product in early 2013.

Jamplay Bass employs most of the same technology as their Jamplay Guitar website. If you want to read our in-depth review of Jamplay guitar instead, you can find it here.

A Jamplay Bass membership is best suited for those new to the instrument as many of the lessons are geared towards beginners. That will likely change however, as more and more lessons are added to the site.

When Jamplay put together its team of instructors, they certainly didn't cut any corners. Taking lessons from musicians of this caliber would be impossibly expensive were it not for the internet and the service Jamplay provides. Half of the instructors Jamplay chose to teach bass guitar have their own Wikipedia page. They include David Ellefson (Megadeth), Robbie Merril (Godsmack), and Evan Brewer (The Faceless). Not only are the instructors world-famous musicians, they are excellent instructors. It's worth a mention, since skill doesn't always teach well.

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Best DVD Bass Lessons

Bass Guitar Secrets Review »

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Bass Guitar Secrets

Publisher: Bass Guitar Tips (Alex Sampson)

Website: www.BassGuitarSecrets.com

Best Price: $49.95

Suitable For: Beginners-Advanced

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Bass Guitar Secrets is a multimedia eBook package for people looking to learn the bass guitar from the comfort of their own home. Bass Guitar Secrets (or BGS) is taught by Alex Sampson, an extremely gifted bassist with an engaging and inspirational writing style. He is easily able to explain and demonstrate bass concepts and theory, which Bass Guitar Secrets has a lot of.

Bass Guitar Secrets also has good value. When you compare the cost of the download version of the course and a couple 30-minute private lessons, you’ll come out farther ahead with Bass Guitar Secrets every time.

Some people might be turned off by the over-the-top sales pitch that BassGuitarSecrets.com employs, but if you can get past that, you’ll find Bass Guitar Secrets a good resource for bassists that are just starting out, or have been playing for a while.

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Fretboard Formula Review »

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Fretboard Formula

Publisher: Bass Guitar Tips (Alex Sampson)

Website: www.FretboardFormula.com

Best Price: $127

Suitable For: Beginners-Advanced

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It can be rather difficult to find good-quality educational products that specifically teach how to play bass guitar online. So we were highly interested when we discovered that Alex Sampson (Bass genius and author of Bass Guitar Secrets or BGS) had recently released a new multimedia bass guitar course called Fretboard Formula. We placed our order for the course as soon as it became available, and were pleasantly surprised with what we found.

The Fretboard Formula contains many learning elements that other bass courses leave out, such as video training, solid musical theory, and audio demonstration tracks. The video element of the course is fairly substantial containing over nine and an half hours worth of instruction.

There are three versions of Fretboard Formula; The Platinum, Gold, and Lite version. I’ll just take moment to explain a few of the differences. While the teaching material is virtually identical, the Lite version includes digital copies of the manuals, and the Gold & Platinum have printed workbooks. Gold and Platinum also have better support options (such private email support) and several other valuable bonuses which you can read more about on their site. However, besides being more expensive the Gold & Platinum packages are very limited in their releases. (The next release date is in October of 2009) However, the Lite version is usually always in stock, ships immediately and is a better economical choice for most people.

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Bass Guitar Lesson Listing

Teach Me Bass Guitar
Jamplay Bass
Learn and Master Bass Guitar
Bass Guitar Secrets
Fretboard Formula
Guitar and Bass
Music Master Pro
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