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Instruments > Bass > Electric Bass with Stu Hamm

Electric Bass
with Stu Hamm

Rock bass guitar powerhouse Stu Hamm takes his decades of performance experience supporting guitarists like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani to craft a series of online electric bass guitar lessons designed for players of all levels. Students have access to hundreds of video lessons, play-along tracks, bass guitar tabs, and the added option to submit videos to Stu for personal feedback.

Slap Bass + Tapping MethodRock, Funk, & Jazz Lessons

Bass Guitar Tabs + TracksBass Guitar Notes + Scales

Electric Bass with Stu Hamm

What You'll Learn

What ultimately sets these electric bass guitar lessons apart from other offerings is the ability to submit a video for review using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange Learning® platform. Stu reviews each submission and records a video response, offering specific guidance to take your bass playing to the next level. All students can access the Video Exchange library and watch each other’s interactions with Stu. This library is constantly expanding and may contain the key to unlock your playing.

Top Quality Bass Lessons

  • 100s of bass lessons at your own pace
  • All levels and styles of playing welcome
  • Slow Motion & Looping on videos

About Stu Hamm

Stu Hamm is a technique-pioneering powerhouse of the low-end and is widely considered one of the premier bassists of the progressive rock and fusion scenes. With a unique style all his own, Stu is recognized and revered by bass players around the globe and has shared the stage with some of the world’s best musicians.

Most commonly known for his boundary-pushing, funk-inspired thump supporting shred and rock guitar giants like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Frank Gambale, Greg Howe, Gretchen Menn, and more, Stu employs a unique combination of two-hand tapping, slapping, and sliding harmonics alongside traditional fingerstyle techniques to create an approach that has reinvented the rock bass guitar paradigm.

In addition to countless hours performing on stages around the globe, Stu is also an experienced and dedicated music educator. In 2011, Stu accepted the position of Director of Bass Programs at the prestigious Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA, a role which he held for several years. He also continues to be one of the world’s most sought-after and in-demand bass clinicians, traveling worldwide to teach bass students of all levels. Like many world-class musicians, Stu calls Los Angeles, CA his home and has been teaching at ArtistWorks since May 2022.

Electric Bass Lessons


Introduction to the School - Overview of Curriculum, Meet your teacher
Amps and Gear
Get to Know Your Bass (Nuts & Bolts)
Tune Your Bass
Physical Aspects of Playing Bass
The Right Hand
The Left Hand
The Blues Form
Octaves - "YMCA"
Walking Bass - "Killer Joe"
Walking Bass - "Moondance"
6/8 Triplets - "House of the Rising Sun"
Tied Notes, Dotted Notes and Swung 8th Notes
Dotted, Quarter, 8th, and Half Notes - "Dreams"
Basic Scale Construction - Intervals
The Major Scale
The Aeolian Minor Scale
The Dorian Minor Scale
The Dominant 7 Scale
Major & Minor Scale Exercise
The Major Pentatonic Scale
Major Pentatonic - "Mind Your Own Business"
The Minor Pentatonic Scale
Minor Pentatonic - "Shakin' All Over"
The Importance of Left Hand Position
Octaves - "Gimme Some Lovin'"
The Fifth
The Fifth - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"
The Fifth - "Song For My Father"
Triads - Major vs. Minor
Major 3rd Triads - "Save the Last Dance for Me"
Minor 3rd Triads
Palm Muting
Palm Muting with Triads - "Stir it Up"
Walking Jazz Chords
Straight 8ths Slow - "Every Breath You Take"


Introduction to Intermediate
Practice, Patience, and the Passage of Time
Fast Rock Straight 8ths - "Ain't Talkin Bout Love"
String Skipping and Building Speed - "River People"
Odd Time Signatures
6/4 Time Signature - "Hey Ya"
5/4 Time Signature - "Take 5"
7/4 Time Signature - "Money"
Double Stops - Major & Minor 3rds
Double Stops - Major & Minor 10ths
Double Stops - Play Along Exercise
Double Stops - "School Days"
Harmony/Fretboard Deep Dive
Major & Minor Arpeggios - Root, 3rd, 5th, Octave
7th Chord Arpeggios - Root, 3rd, 5th, 7th, Octave
Arpeggios Play Along Exercise
Simple Chords - E, D, G String
Walking Through Jazz Changes - "Rhythm Changes"
Modal Jazz
Modal Jazz - "So What"
Getting Up and Down the Neck - 2 Octave Major Scales
Mixolydian 2 Octave Scale
Dorian 2 Octave Scale
Aeolian 2 Octave Scale
2 Octave Major Open Note Arpeggios
2 Octave Minor Open Note Arpeggios
2 Octave Major 7th Open Note Arpeggios
2 Octave Dominant 7th Open Note Arpeggios
2 Octave Minor 7th Open Note Arpeggios
Open Note Arpeggios Play Along Exercise
G Major Pentatonic - Moving Start Position (Inversions)
A Minor Pentatonic - Moving Start Position (Inversions)
Slapping with the Thumb
Slapping with the Thumb - Play Along Exercise
Slapping - P Bass and Flatwound Strings
Popping with Fingers 1 & 2
Popping with Fingers 1 & 2 - Play Along Exercise
Slapping & Popping - "Dance to the Music"
Slapping & Popping - "School Days"
Slapping & Popping - "I Want to Take You Higher"
Hammer-ons & Pentatonic Scales
Popping with Pull-Offs
Popping and Hammer-ons - "Forget Me Nots"
Introduction to Tapping
Introduction to Tapped G Major
Tapping Up & Down the G Major Scale
Two handed Independence for Tapping
Two handed Independance for Tapping - Play Along Exercise
Tapping Repeated Notes
Introduction to Harmonics
Harmonics - "The Fish"
Tuning with Harmonics
Harmonic Chords


Introduction to Advanced
4 note chords
Barre Chords
Comping Jazz Blues with Chords
Finger Plucking and 5/4 Time Signature - "Infinite"
Advanced Right Hand - "Obligatory Boogie"
Walking Through Jazz Changes - Fast "Rhythm Changes"
7/4 Time Signature - "Times Like These"
11/8 Time Signature - "Whipping Post"
7/8 Time Signature Fusion - "Led Boots"
Double Stops and 5/4 Time Signature - "Katahdin"
Open Note Bends
Open Note Bends and Odd Time - "Book of Lies"
Advanced Harmony/Fretboard Deep Dive - Introduction to Modes
Diatonic 10ths - Play Along
Diatonic Modes in G & C - Naming the Modes
Diatonic Modes in G & C - Fingerings & Hand Positions
Diatonic Modes in G and C - 7th Chords
Other Arpeggios Created with Open Notes - "Open Note Aria"
Advanced Harmonics: Artificial Harmonics
Advanced Harmonics: Sliding Harmonics ("Windsor Muse" Intro)
Solo Bass Demonstration - "Going to California"
Advanced Double Stops - "Just a Blues"
Hammer-Ons & Double Stop Pops - "Sexually Active"
Hammer-On Triplets
Flamenco Popping - "Count Zero"
How to Build a Solo - Introduction
How to Build a Solo - Basic Solo Construction Exercise
How to Build a Solo - Emotional Response
How to Build a Solo - Modal Ideas
How to Build a Solo - Pentatonic Patterns
How to Build a Solo - Changing Chord Tones
Tapping - Adding the Pinky
Tapping - Hammer-ons and Pull-offs
Tapping - Advanced Two Handed Independence
Rhythmic Tapping & Doubling Notes - "Terminal Beach"

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