Review of Decoding the Bass Guitar | Bass Guitar Theory
Product Name: Decoding the Bass Guitar | Bass Guitar Theory
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From the Desk of: Jonathan Boettcher
Special Report: How To Put The “Special Sauce” Into Your Bass Playing
The first time I ever picked up a bass guitar, a big grin slid instantly across my face… I’m sure you can probably relate to that feeling – just loving that deep, rich tone of a great sounding bass.
But you know what? That day when I first played the bass, I sucked.
Now, to be fair, I already knew how to play guitar fairly well, so I at least knew where the notes were… but most of the songs I played ended up sounding remarkably the same.
I honestly remember being surprised that I couldn’t play the bass well, considering I knew how to play guitar already! I figured it should be easy as falling off a log…
You see, I had no idea what to play other than the root note of the chord…
Shortly after, someone showed me the octave trick, but it wasn’t until I really dug in and started to understand the theory that my bass playing really took off.
(Betcha didn’t see that one coming!)
In fact, classical music theory is so boring I’d rather watch paint dry in the middle of a snowstorm!
Terms like “hemidemisemiquaver” and “quindicesima bassa” just about make my eyes jump out of my head! (and yes – those are real terms… you can look them up if you don’t believe me!)
And this is exactly why music theory has gotten such a bad rap: well-meaning but completely misguided music teachers have been teaching people for years all of this arcane theory that only about one-tenth of one percent of the population would ever have a use for.
Fact is, most people just want to play their instrument for:
Am I right? Very few people ever go on to become truly professional musicians, and most who do, STILL don’t understand, let alone use, all that mumbo-jumbo!
So how can I say that theory is what made such a tremendous difference in my playing? Well, perhaps I should replace the word ‘theory’ with something a bit less misunderstood… like ‘basic principles’.
You see, once I began to understand the basic principles of my bass guitar, I began to see all kinds of new ways of playing it.
I don’t know a whole lot about cars – so when something happens to mine, I basically end up taking it to the mechanic. That’s like playing the root note, okay? Having a single response for pretty much every situation.
In contrast, a good friend of mine knows a great deal about cars, and anytime he’s got a problem with his vehicle, he just pops open the hood and gets creative. That’s because he knows what he’s working with. He understands how it works, what the problem is, and what can be done to fix it.
That’s the equivalent of taking a very different approach to the music, and playing intervals and riffs that sound incredibly cool… understanding the mechanics of what makes your music work, and putting that knowledge to good use!
I’m not talking about complicated theory here! My basic requirements are these:
If you answered YES to all three, then you’re already well on your way to mastering the bass guitar.
The basic principles I’m going to show you about your bass guitar don’t require anything more than you already have… and yet these principles are so powerful, that you could use them to go all the way to Nashville, should you have the desire to do so.
(No one’s forcing you beyond your living room here… I’m just sayin’…)
And here I thought you’d never ask…
My Decoding The Bass Guitar lesson is almost exactly 2 hours long, so I’m actually leaving room in there for a washroom break if you need it. 🙂
Fact is, I believe that once you watch through this bass guitar lesson, and the principles I teach in there sink into your head, you will automatically start playing differently. That’s what knowledge does to you – it actually renews your mind into a different way of thinking!
It’s no wonder they say Knowledge is Power!
After going through this lesson, you will not look at your bass guitar the same way again… I guarantee it. (think I’m pulling your leg? I’m dead serious…)
Now – time for the disclaimer – I don’t have any secret potion of bass mastery that I can send you, so just like everyone else in this world, you’re going to have to practice in order to improve. There’s no getting around that. No pain, no gain, right?
However – with these principles in mind, your practicing will be far more effective, and you will literally notice yourself improving very rapidly.
…but only on video! 🙂
Have you ever been trying to learn a particular thing on your bass, perhaps from a friend or another musician, and you just couldn’t get the hang of it, no matter how hard you tried? It can be a bit embarrassing… (I’ve been there!)
One of the reasons why video lessons are such a great investment is the fact that the video does not get frustrated or impatient if you have to replay a section a dozen times before you get it right.
Fact is, if you wanted to learn the same material that I cover in Decoding the Bass Guitar from a local music teacher, you would end up paying far more for the same information.
Why is that? Well, it’s pretty simple. I’ve taught people in real life, and the process is very different from video. You spent time chatting, you get distracted on a cool riff, you have a question about something else. Time goes by quickly…
On video, the material has been distilled into the purest form of musical goodness… Every last minute has been thoughtfully considered and included in order to offer the student the greatest benefit. Tons of material was first recorded, then considered, then cut, and lastly refined in order to deliver you the best all in one shot.
That means that a two hour video lesson is easily equivalent to at least four hours of in-person lessons… in fact, probably more.
Toss in the fact that you don’t have to pay to go back and hear the same thing again if you didn’t get it the first time, and you’ve got a powerful combination.
And, that’s IF you could find one that would teach you the same thing, and didn’t try pulling the old “quindicesima bassa” -style boring theory move on you.
Have you ever seen that video clip of a smart bomb being dropped precisely on its target? Well, Decoding the Bass Guitar is NOT a complete ‘learn to play bass guitar’ course… Instead, it is laser focused on the principles you need to understand in order to take you to the next level.
If you’re a beginner, you may need to learn a few things elsewhere, but I guarantee you will find Decoding the Bass Guitar a tremendous help as you’re learning the bass. With the principles I’ll teach you, you will find yourself:
If you’ve already played bass for a while, chances are you’re either quite advanced, or you’re looking for some new ideas. Seeing as you’re here reading this, I’m going to go out on a limb and go with looking for new ideas…
And that’s exactly what Decoding the Bass Guitar is intended to give you… in spades!
As I mentioned earlier, Decoding the Bass Guitar is a laser focused bass lesson. It will NOT teach you:
All of these things are important, but really you need to be adding those to a proper understanding of the bass guitar… not the other way around! Riffs and grooves are cool, but if you don’t understand how and why they fit the song, you’ll never be able to use them productively. Decoding the Bass Guitar is designed to give you that core understanding, thus building a strong foundation from which you can take your bass playing to new levels in any direction.
One of the most common problems I see with bass and guitar players is that they don’t really have a good understanding of why certain chords work together. They know how to play the chords – but they have a really hard time trying to anticipate which one will come next, or which chord groupings belong in a particular key.
With Decoding the Bass Guitar, I’ll teach you not only how and why these chord groupings work together, but I’ll also show you why it is so important for the bass player to understand this. Many bass players jam away blissfully unaware that the band is playing a major or a minor chord, because they’re just playing the root note. However, if you truly want to open up your potential as a bass player, you simply must understand the concepts of I IV V.
Let’s face it – the bass player’s main function is to hold down the rhythm section, along with the drummer. But who doesn’t want to make things a bit more interesting?
Picture yourself for a moment holding down that rock solid bass groove, locked in tight with the drummer, and then flawlessly and intuitively creating bass fills on the fly, at the end of every phrase – adding a depth to the song that your jam mates have never seen before…
That is the kind of playing that becomes possible when you understand your bass and how it works – you’ll begin to notice your playing improving purely due to a different way of looking at your instrument!
That is the kind of playing that truly makes the bass guitar the heart and soul of any song!
The Decoding the Bass Guitar lesson contains 2 hours of video instruction jam packed with content that is going to improve your bass playing. If you were to cover the same amount of material with a local instructor, it would take you far longer than 2 hours – that is the nature of in-person instruction… the topic changes, you go back over and over stuff, etc.
Not so on video – I remain laser focused the entire time, easily comparing to what you would learn in 6-8 hours of one on one instruction. Not only that – but you’d first have to actually find a teacher that will teach you the same concepts that I cover! I’ve only ever met one guy that approaches the bass the same way I do… (and he’s the guy that taught ME, years and years ago!).
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P.S. Decoding the Bass Guitar will greatly improve your knowledge of the bass, and your ability to play it. It will give you a strong foundation to take your playing in any direction you later choose to go.
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Decoding the Bass Guitar | Bass Guitar Theory