bass guitar lessons with nathan east

Multi-Grammy® nominee, Fourplay bassist, Toto Bassist, Clapton Bassist
Pop, Rock, New Age electric bass- all levels

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Learn Online with Bass Guitar Lessons from Nathan East

Nathan East has created a comprehensive video library that includes hundreds of bass guitar lessons. Students have unlimited access to all these online bass lessons plus bass tabs, backing tracks, and other study materials.

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

Top Quality Bass Guitar Lessons

  • 100s of bass lessons at your own pace
  • All levels from beginner to advanced
  • Slow Motion Isolation and Video Looping
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  • Submit practice videos to Nathan East
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Nathan East Electric Bass Lessons

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  • Beginner Bass
  • Intermediate Bass
  • Advanced Bass

Beginner Bass

  • Tuning Your Bass
  • Using Harmonics
  • Intonation
  • Ear Training
  • Right Hand Warmups
  • Tone Development
  • Left Hand Warmups
  • Left Hand Position
  • Major Scales
  • Minor Scales
  • Two Octave Major Scales
  • Two Octave Minor Scales
  • Chromatic Scales
  • Pentatonic Scales
  • Two Hand Warmup
  • Major and Minor Arpeggios Triads
  • Major and Minor Arpeggios 7ths
  • Arpeggios Warmup
  • Developing Speed
  • Note Lengths
  • Putting Your Sound Together
  • Basic Bass Lines
  • Music Theory
  • Chord Progressions 1-4-5
  • Chord Progressions: 1-6-2-5
  • Chord Progressions: 2-5-1
  • Chord Progressions: 2-5-1-6
  • Chord Progressions: 3-6-2-5
  • Walking Bass Lines
  • Double Stops
  • Suspended Chords
  • Relative Keys
  • Band Stand Rock
  • Slow Blues (Beginner)
  • Blues Shuffle (Beginner)
  • Slow Reggae (Beginner)
  • R&B (Beginner)
  • Creating Your First Bass Lines
  • Right Hand Technique Advanced
  • Speed Drills: Exercise 1 -NEW!
  • Speed Drills: Exercise 2 -NEW!
  • Arpeggio Speed Drills- Exercise 1 -NEW!
  • Arpeggio Speed Drills- Exercise 2 -NEW!
  • Arpeggio Speed Drills- Exercise 3 -NEW!
  • Arpeggio Speed Drills- Exercise 4 -NEW!
  • Arpeggio Speed Drills- Exercise 5 -NEW!
  • Right Hand Speed Drills: Techniques & Tones -NEW!
  • Right Hand Speed Drills: Exercise 1 -NEW!
  • Right Hand Speed Drills: Exercise 2 -NEW!
  • Right Hand Speed Drills: Exercise 3 -NEW!
  • Scalar Melodic Patterns -NEW!
  • Right Hand Posture -NEW!

Intermediate Bass

  • Introduction to Intermediate Bass
  • More Sounds On The Bass
  • Slapping
  • Slides
  • Playing In The Pocket
  • Putting It All Together
  • Creating A Bass Solo
  • Slow Blues - Intermediate
  • Blues Shuffle - Intermediate
  • Walking Blues
  • Reggae (Medium) - Intermediate
  • Rhythm And Blues - Intermediate
  • Funk - Intermediate
  • Rock - Intermediate
  • Jazz Blues - Intermediate
  • Pop - Intermediate
  • Smooth Jam in E - Intermediate
  • Jam in E Flat Minor - Intermediate
  • Rock Jam in A - Intermediate
  • Funk Groove in E Minor - Intermediate
  • Classic 80's Pop Groove
  • A Minor Funk Groove
  • 1-6-2-5 Progression
  • Show Preparation -NEW!
  • Playing with Feel -NEW!
  • How to Approach a New Song -NEW!

Advanced Bass

  • Introduction to Advanced Bass
  • Advanced Blues
  • Advanced Blues Shuffle
  • Advanced Reggae
  • Advanced R&B
  • Advanced Funk
  • Slaps, Slides & Octaves
  • Using Space and Simplicity
  • Staccato and Attitude
  • Major and Minor 10ths
  • Descending F Minor Scale
  • Continuous 16th Notes
  • Bossa Nova
  • Listening While Playing
  • Smooth Jam in E
  • Jam in E Flat Minor
  • Rock Jam in A
  • E Minor Funk Groove
  • Bass Accompaniment
  • Jam in F Sharp Minor
  • Five String Bass
  • Scatting
  • America The Beautiful
  • Walking the 2-5-1
  • Soloing the 2-5-1
  • Adding Flare
  • Introduction to the 5 String Bass
  • Tears in Heaven

About Nathan

Nathan East is one of the most in-demand bassists of all time. As the regular touring bassist for Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Toto, and Fourplay with Bob James, Nathan East has played with just about everyone in the music industry. Seamlessly blending rock, pop and funk, East’s bass influences include Charles Mingus, James Jamerson, Jack Bruce, Paul McCartney and Monk Montgomery.

In the studio, Nathan East has played bass for legendary artists including Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Elton John, Daft Punk, and many more. He played bass on Eric Clapton's multi-Grammy award winning Unplugged album, as well as the song “Change the World”, which won a Grammy in 1997. Nathan East also played bass on the Daft Punk's Grammy winning album Random Access Memories and in 2014 released his debut album as a solo artist to worldwide acclaim.  

Nathan has a B.A. in Music Performance from University of California San Diego, and as an educator has been teaching how to play bass guitar for decades. Nathan East has endorsed Yamaha instruments since 1981, and developed his own custom Yamaha 5-string bass called the BBNE2.

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