Freebo, a world-renowned bassist, begins teaching the bass guitar. This series starts at the very beginning and progresses from there and as such is suitable for an absolute beginner. As the series progresses it also becomes suitable for intermediate or more advanced players.
Freebo opens up by playing one of his original songs and then moves on to introduce himself and the instrument.Length: 19:51 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Freebo demonstrates how to tune the bass using both an electronic tuner and the harmonic tuning method. Tuning the instrument is crucial and must be mastered.Length: 13:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Freebo talks about the different parts of the bass guitar and how they function.Length: 10:17 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Freebo talks about the notes on the fretboard and explains how they relate to each other.Length: 14:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Freebo covers the basics of right hand technique. This lesson is essential for all up and coming bassists.Length: 14:39 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Freebo covers the basics of left hand technique. He discusses proper fretting, hammer-ons, pull-offs and offers his advice on practicing.Length: 13:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Freebo talks about finger placement when playing patterns of notes. Proper finger placement will speed up your playing.Length: 17:33 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Freebo introduces the major scale. He discusses the notes that make up this scale as well as possible applications.Length: 31:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Freebo introduces the Dorian mode and explains how it can be used.Length: 14:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Freebo introduces the minor pentatonic scale and demonstrates its uses.Length: 18:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson Freebo, introduces the major pentatonic scale and demonstrates its many uses.Length: 23:40 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Freebo explains what a whole note, half note, quarter note, eighth note, and sixteenth note are. Some rhythm exercises are provided to help you improve your timing.Length: 14:45 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Freebo talks about groove and its absolute importance in bass playing.Length: 21:14 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Freebo demonstrates usable bits of music theory for the bass guitarist. He examines how to apply the theory to both the bass and the keyboard for clarity's sake.Length: 29:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Freebo looks at some of the most popular genres of music and talks about rhythm patterns that can be used with them. He also talks about adding licks to a blues shuffle.Length: 16:29 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Freebo talks about what a I - IV - V progression is and teaches how it can be used in several genres. He teaches a 12 bar blues progression and several variations.Length: 22:50 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson Freebo talks about transitioning smoothly from one chord to another.Length: 15:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Freebo further elaborates on how to effectively move between chords. Having variety in this aspect of your playing is crucial. Without it your playing will become repetitive and bland.Length: 14:09 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Freebo discusses how to properly play with a drummer.Length: 18:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In this lesson Freebo introduces the five string fretless bass and demonstrates it's many uses.Length: 20:02 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Freebo takes the information from earlier lessons and demonstrates it using his original song "My Personal GPS."Length: 13:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Freebo uses his original song "To the Light" to demonstrate pertinent bass patterns and techniques. This lesson is useful for further understanding how to play along with real music or tracks.Length: 16:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Freebo demonstrates his song "She Loves My Dog More Than Me" and talks about the techniques he uses in it.Length: 12:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Freebo uses his original song "In the Afternoon Heat" to demonstrate bass technique.Length: 7:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Freebo demonstrates his original song "Before the Separation" and talks about his bass playing in it.Length: 12:46 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In the final lesson of Freebo's bass series he visits a classic American folk tune called "This Land Is Your Land". He uses this song as an opportunity to talk about playing in different styles.Length: 14:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Freebo is an award-winning singer/songwriter and blues folk icon. For 30 years, Freebo played bass on recordings and toured with some of the great artists of our time; people like Bonnie Raitt (10 years), John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, CSN, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Michelle Shocked, Neil Young, Loudon Wainwright III, Dr. John, and many others. He has alsoappeared on Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special, Muppets Tonight, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap.
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