jazz bass lessons with john patitucci

"I've been wanting to study with Patitucci for a long time. This is a no brainer if you're serious about your playing."
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John Patitucci has created a comprehensive video library that includes hundreds of jazz bass lessons. Students have unlimited access to all these online bass lessons plus tabs, backing tracks, and other study materials. Newly added material includes an electric bass curriculum for 4 and 6 string bass guitar.

What ultimately sets these online lessons apart from other offerings however, is the ability to submit a video for review using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange® learning platform. John Patitucci reviews each submission and records a video response, offering tips about how to progress. All students can access John’s Video Exchange library, which is always expanding and may contain the key to unlock your playing.


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  • 100s of bass lessons at your own pace
  • All levels from beginner to advanced
  • Slow Motion Isolation and Video Looping
 
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John Patitucci Jazz Bass Lessons

  • Beginner Upright Bass
  • Intermediate Upright Bass
  • Advanced Upright Bass
  • Music Theory
  • Beginner Electric Bass
  • Intermediate Electric Bass
  • Advanced Electric Bass

Beginner Upright Bass

  • Standing and Sitting Position
  • String Names
  • Calluses, Blisters and Muscles
  • Tuning the Bass
  • Basic Bass Setup
  • End Pin
  • Right Hand Position
  • Left Hand Position
  • Rhythm Exercises - Basic Position
  • Rhythm Exercises - Basic Position: "Triplet Feel"
  • Basic Sound Production
  • Left Hand Positions and Division of Neck
  • Basic Shifting Part 1
  • Basic Shifting Part 2
  • One Octave Major Scales - Introduction
  • One Octave Major Scales - E Major
  • One Octave Major Scales - F Major
  • One Octave Major Scales - G Flat Major
  • One Octave Major Scales - G Major
  • One Octave Major Scales - A Flat Major
  • One Octave Major Scales - A Major
  • One Octave Major Scales - B Flat Major
  • One Octave Major Scales - B Major
  • One Octave Major Scales - C Major
  • One Octave Major Scales - D Flat Major
  • One Octave Major Scales - D Major
  • One Octave Major Scales - E Flat Major
  • One Octave Minor Scales - Introduction
  • One Octave Minor Scales - E Minor
  • One Octave Minor Scales - F Minor
  • One Octave Minor Scales - F Sharp Minor
  • One Octave Minor Scales - G Minor
  • One Octave Minor Scales - A Flat Minor
  • One Octave Minor Scales - A Minor
  • One Octave Minor Scales - B Flat Minor
  • One Octave Minor Scales - B Minor
  • One Octave Minor Scales - C Minor
  • One Octave Minor Scales - D Flat Minor
  • One Octave Minor Scales - D Minor
  • One Octave Minor Scales - E Flat Minor
  • Major Modes - Introduction
  • Major Modes - E Major
  • Major Modes - F Major
  • Major Modes - G Flat Major
  • Major Modes - G Major
  • Major Modes - A Flat Major
  • Major Modes - A Major
  • Major Modes - B Flat Major
  • Major Modes - B Major
  • Major Modes - C Major
  • Major Modes - D Flat Major
  • Major Modes - D Major
  • Major Modes - E Flat Major
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - Introduction
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - E Major
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - F Major
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - F Sharp Major
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - G Major
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - A Flat Major
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - A Major
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - B Major
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - C Major
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - D Flat Major
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - D Major
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - E Flat Major
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - E Minor
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - F Minor
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - F Sharp Minor
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - G Minor
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - A Flat Minor
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - A Minor
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - B Flat Minor
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - B Minor
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - C Minor
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - D Flat Minor
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - D Minor
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - E Flat Minor
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions: Dominant 7th's - Introduction
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions: Dominant 7th's - E7
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions: Dominant 7th's - F7
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions: Dominant 7th's - F Sharp 7
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions: Dominant 7th's - G7
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions: Dominant 7th's - A Flat 7
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions: Dominant 7th's - A7
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions: Dominant 7th's - B Flat 7
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions: Dominant 7th's - B7
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions: Dominant 7th's - C7
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions: Dominant 7th's - D Flat 7
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions: Dominant 7th's- D7
  • Arpeggios: Basic Inversions: Dominant 7th's - E Flat 7
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - Introduction
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - E Major
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - F Major
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - G Flat Major
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - G Major
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - A Flat Major
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - A Major
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - B Flat Major
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - B Major
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - C Major
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - D Flat Major
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - D Major
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - E Flat Major
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - Minor Keys: Introduction
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - E Minor
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - F Minor
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - F Sharp Minor
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - G Minor
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - A Flat Minor
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - A Minor
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - B Flat Minor
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - B Minor
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - C Minor
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - C Sharp Minor
  • Arpeggios: Low Positions/Inversions - D Minor
  • Arpeggios: Dominant 7th's - Introduction
  • Arpeggios: Dominant 7th's - E7
  • Arpeggios: Dominant 7th's - F7
  • Arpeggios: Dominant 7th's - F Sharp 7
  • Arpeggios: Dominant 7th's - G7
  • Arpeggios: Dominant 7th's - A Flat 7
  • Arpeggios: Dominant 7th's - A7
  • Arpeggios: Dominant 7th's - B Flat 7
  • Arpeggios: Dominant 7th's - B7
  • Arpeggios: Dominant 7th's - C7
  • Arpeggios: Dominant 7th's - D Flat 7
  • Arpeggios: Dominant 7th's - D7
  • Arpeggios: Dominant 7th's - E Flat 7
  • Elementary Ear Training - Intervals
  • Elementary Ear Training - Broken Chords and Scalar Movement
  • Elementary Ear Training - Call and Response Bass Lines
  • Rhythmic Drills - Triplet Feel for 8th Notes Part 1
  • Rhythmic Drills - Triplet Feel for 8th Notes Part 2
  • Rhythmic Drills - Triplet Feel for 8th Notes Part 3
  • Rhythmic Drills - Triplet Feel for 8th Notes Part 4
  • Play Along: Basic Bolero
  • Play Along: Simple 6/8 Groove
  • Play Along: Slower Bossa Nova
  • Play Along: Simple 2 Beat With 2/5 Progression
  • Etude 1: C Major
  • Etude 2: F Major
  • Etude 3: B Flat Major
  • Etude 4: E Flat Major
  • Etude 5: A Flat Major
  • Etude 6: D Flat Major
  • Etude 7: G Flat Major
  • Etude 8: B Major
  • Etude 9: E Major
  • Etude 10: A Major
  • Etude 11: D Major
  • Etude 12: G Major
  • Etude 13: C Minor
  • Etude 14: F Minor
  • Etude 15: B Flat Minor
  • Etude 16: E Flat Minor
  • Etude 17: G Sharp Minor
  • Etude 18: C Sharp Minor
  • Etude 19: F Sharp Minor
  • Etude 20: B Minor
  • Etude 21: E Minor
  • Etude 22: A Minor
  • Etude 23: D Minor
  • Etude 24: G Minor

Intermediate Upright Bass

  • Introduction to Intermediate
  • Major Scales in Closed Positions Part 1
  • Major Scales in Closed Positions Part 2
  • Minor Scales in Closed Positions
  • 2 Octave Major Scales Part 1
  • 2 Octave Major Scales Part 2
  • 2 Octave Major Scales Part 3
  • 2 Octave Natural Minor Scales
  • 2 Octave Melodic Minor Scales Part 1
  • 2 Octave Melodic Minor Scales Part 2
  • 2 Octave Harmonic Minor Scales
  • 2 Octave Dorian Scales
  • Ear Training: Singing Intervals Against Bass Notes
  • Ear Training: Major 7th Chord Sounds
  • Ear Training: Minor 7th Chord Sounds
  • Ear Training: Dominant 7th Chord Sounds
  • Ear Training: Diminished and Augmented Chord Sounds
  • Walking Bass Line Construction Part 1
  • Walking Bass Line Construction Part 2
  • Walking - Cells Part 1
  • Walking - Cells Part 2
  • Walking - Cells Part 3
  • Walking - Cells Part 4
  • Arpeggio Practice Part 1
  • Arpeggio Practice Part 2
  • Arpeggio Practice Part 3
  • Arpeggio Practice Part 4
  • Introduction to 2 Feel Jazz
  • 2 Beat Feel Jazz - Performance
  • 2 Beat Feel Jazz - Faster Tempo
  • 2 Beat Feel Jazz with Triplets
  • 2 Beat Feel Jazz with Triplets - Faster Tempo
  • Play Along: Bossa Nova
  • Play Along: 6/8 Feel
  • Play Along: Samba
  • Play Along: Samba - Faster Tempo
  • Play Along: Baiao
  • Play Along: Baiao - Faster Tempo
  • Play Along: "Summer's Eve"
  • Play Along: "First Time"
  • Play Along: "Blues On The Bottom" Rhythm
  • Play Along: "Blues On The Bottom" Solo
  • Play Along: "Blues On The Bottom" Melody Part 1
  • Play Along: "Blues On The Bottom" Melody Part 2
  • Play Along: "Blues On The Bottom" Melody Part 3
  • Play Along: "Blues On The Bottom" Melody Part 4
  • Play Along: "Blues On The Bottom" Scales for Improvising Part 1
  • Play Along: "Blues On The Bottom" Scales for Improvising Part 2
  • Play Along: "Blues On The Bottom" Scales for Improvising Part 3
  • Play Along: "Blues On The Bottom" Scales for Improvising Part 4
  • Play Along: "Blues On The Bottom" Scales for Improvising Part 5
  • Play Along: "Blues By The Bay"
  • Double Stops - "Moon and Sun" Part 1
  • Double Stops - "Moon and Sun" Part 2

Advanced Upright Bass

  • Introduction to Advanced Bass
  • Thumb Position - Transition Exercise Part 1
  • Thumb Position - Transition Exercise Part 2
  • G Thumb Position Exercise
  • Moveable Thumb Position
  • Introduction to Scales
  • 3 Octave Major Scales
  • Introduction to Arpeggios
  • 2 Octave Arpeggios
  • 3 Octave Arpeggios Part 1
  • 3 Octave Arpeggios Part 2
  • Bebop Vocabulary Part 1
  • Bebop Vocabulary Part 2
  • Bebop Vocabulary Part 3
  • Rhythmic Independence Exercises
  • Altered Dominants Part 1
  • Altered Dominants Part 2
  • Sequential Tempos
  • Playing With Expression Part 1
  • Playing With Expression Part 2
  • Playing With Expression Part 3
  • Augmented Scales
  • Diminished Scales Introduction
  • Diminished Scales Part 1
  • Diminished Scales Part 2
  • Thumb Position Part 1
  • Thumb Position Part 2
  • Thumb Position Part 3
  • Walking Chords With Alterations
  • Sus and Slash Chords Part 1
  • Sus and Slash Chords Part 2
  • Play Along: "Lost Melody" Introduction
  • Play Along: "Lost Melody" Piano Outline
  • Play Along: "Lost Melody" Performance
  • Play Along: "Daughters" Introduction
  • Play Along: "Daughters" Piano Outline
  • Play Along: "Daughters" Performance
  • Play Along: "Do You" Introduction
  • Play Along: "Do You" Piano Outline
  • Play Along: "Do You" Performance
  • Play Along: "Bird's Way" Introduction
  • Play Along: "Bird's Way" Piano Outline
  • Play Along: "Bird's Way" Performance
  • Play Alongs - Call For Video

Music Theory

  • Basic Concepts - Part 1
  • Basic Concepts - Part 2
  • Triads and Inversions
  • Learning to Read Music - Part 1
  • Learning to Read Music - Part 2
  • Sus and Slash Chords - Part 1
  • Sus and Slash Chords - Part 2

Beginner Electric Bass

  • History of the Electric Bass in Jazz
  • Introduction to Beginner Electric Bass
  • Electric Bass: String Names
  • Electric Bass: Tuning the Bass
  • Electric Bass: Basic Bass Setup
  • Electric Bass: Right Hand Position
  • Electric Bass: Left Hand Position
  • Electric Bass: Standing Vs. Sitting
  • Electric Bass: Basic Sound Production 1
  • Electric Bass: Basic Sound Production 2: Finger Exercise with 3rds
  • Electric Bass: Basic Sound Production 3: Finger Exercise with 5ths & 3rds (Spider)
  • Electric Bass: Basic Sound Production 4: String Crossing Exercise in 4ths
  • Electric Bass: Dividing the Neck
  • Electric Bass: One Octave Natural Minor
  • Electric Bass: How To Practice
  • Electric Bass: Practicing With Shapes
  • Electric Bass: Major Arpeggios with Inversions
  • Electric Bass: Minor Arpeggios with Inversions
  • Electric Bass: Major Arpeggio Exercises
  • Electric Bass: Minor Arpeggio Exercises
  • Electric Bass: Dominant 7th Arpeggio Exercises
  • Electric Bass: Rhythmic Mapping with Basic Arpeggios
  • Electric Bass: Introduction to Basic Etudes
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – C Major
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – F Major
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – Bb Major
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – Eb Major
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – Ab Major
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – Db Major
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – Gb Major
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – B Major
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – E Major
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – A Major
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – D Major
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – G Major
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – C Minor
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – F Minor
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – Bb Minor
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – Eb Minor
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – G# Minor
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – C# Minor
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – F# Minor
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – B Minor
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – E Minor
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – A Minor
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – D Minor
  • Electric Bass: Basic Etudes in All 12 Keys – G Minor
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Bolero (Slow)
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Simple 6/8 (Slow)
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Bossa Nova (Slow)
  • 4 String vs. 6 String Bass

Intermediate Electric Bass

  • Introduction to Intermediate Electric Bass
  • Electric Bass: 2 Octave Major Scales
  • Electric Bass: Extended Fingerings
  • Electric Bass: Finding Major and Minor Arpeggios in Second Position
  • Electric Bass: 2 Octave Major Arpeggios
  • Electric Bass: 2 Octave Minor Arpeggios
  • Electric Bass: Alternating Picking and String Crossing - II/V Arpeggios
  • Electric Bass: Arpeggios for Common Chords Found in Jazz
  • Electric Bass: Walking Bass: Cells Based on Scale Degrees & Chord Tones – F7
  • Electric Bass: Walking Bass: Cells Based on Scale Degrees & Chord Tones – Bb7
  • Electric Bass: Walking Bass: Cells Based on Scale Degrees & Chord Tones –Amin7
  • Electric Bass: Walking Bass: Cells Based on Scale Degrees & Chord Tones – D7
  • Electric Bass: Walking Bass: Cells Based on Scale Degrees & Chord Tones – Gminor
  • Electric Bass: Walking Bass: Cells Based on Scale Degrees & Chord Tones – C7
  • Electric Bass: Simple Jazz 2 Beat Feel II/V Progression - Play Along
  • Electric Bass: Simple Jazz 2 Beat Feel II/V Progression - Play Along w/ Triplets
  • Electric Bass: Walking Bass: II minor V/VII Progressions In the Lower Positions
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: First Time
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Bossa Nova (Medium)
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Cha Cha
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Bolero (Fast)
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Baiao (Medium)
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Samba (Medium)
  • Electric Bass: Basic Chord Voicings 1: Major 7 and Minor 7
  • Electric Bass: Basic Chord Voicings 2: Progression Exercise
  • Electric Bass: Basic Chord Voicings 3: Dominant 7th
  • Electric Bass: Basic Chord Voicings 4: Minor 7 Flat 5
  • Electric Bass: Basic Chord Voicings 5: Minor 7 – II/V Progression
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Blues On the Bottom
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Summers Eve
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Blues By the Bay
  • Electric Bass: Breaking Down the Modes

Advanced Electric Bass

  • Introduction to Advanced Electric Bass
  • Electric Bass: Etude for 4th & 5th Position Using Triads, Scales & 4th Note Chords
  • Electric Bass: Blues Around the Board
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Simple 6/8 (Fast)
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Baiao (Fast)
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Samba (Fast)
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Blues by the Bay (Advanced)
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Moon and Sun
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Daughters
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Lost Melody
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Birds Way
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: Do You
  • Electric Bass: Play Along: The Search

Reviews for Bass Lessons with John Patitucci

  • "I have been wanting to study with Patitucci for a long time and have all of his materials. I think this is a no-brainer if you're serious about your playing. I'm feeling the results."Robin Ruscio
  • "I am finding the beginner bass lessons extremely helpful right from the start. Something I really appreciate is that I can use the site and watch the videos from my iPad/iPhone as well as from my laptop. That makes it about 10 thousand times more useful for me than something limited to a laptop or desktop or TV set (such as DVD type lessons)."Mekanamom
  • "The Video Exchanges are so helpful. Thanks to everyone who has submitted something. Combined with John's lessons and individual responses, this is such a great and challenging learning experience."Trey
  • "I really like John's enthusiasm, his talent, his caring attitude, and his musical brilliance. I think it's probably helpful to people that he refers to the basic theory underlying the music as well."Deirdre
  • "It's a very complete video curriculum that keeps growing with new Video Exchanges. I'm not about to run out of practice material, that's for sure. 3 important things you get from John's online school: What to practice, How to practice, Motivation and drive to keep at it."FSSimon
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About John

One of the world’s most respected jazz musicians and educators, John Patitucci has played with some of music’s biggest names including B.B. King, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, and many others.

Known for his versatility, sensitivity and tone, Patitucci is widely regarded as one of today’s most influential jazz musicians and composers. Patitucci has won 2 Grammy awards and gained 8 nominations along the way. In 1986 Patitucci was voted “Most Valuable Player” on acoustic bass by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and his debut solo album, John Patitucci (1988) reached number one on the Billboard Jazz charts. He has been voted “Best Jazz Bassist” in the annual Readers’ Poll for Guitar Player and Bass Player Magazine 7 times. John is the Artist in Residence at the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music, and continues to compose and record music that reflects his interests in jazz, classical, Brazilian, and pop. 


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