School of Bass Curriculum

Beginner Bass

Title:
Your Playing Position
Learning Names and Tunings
Understanding the Root and 5 Part 1
Understanding the Root and 5 Part 2
Introducing the Metronome
Disappearing the Click
Subdividing
Left Hand Technique
Your Hand as an Interval
Hand Interval Exercise 1
Hand Interval Exercise 2
Your Thumb
Basic Concepts Part 1: Closed Notes and Open Notes
Basic Concepts Part 2: Muting
Basic Concepts Part 3: Callouses
Body Energy: Using Your Body
Bass Setup
Strings
Major Scale Across 3 Strings: Part 1, G Scale
Major Scale Across 3 Strings: Part 2, A Scale
Major Scale Across 3 Strings: Part 3, C Scale
Major Scale Across 3 Strings: Part 4, B Scale
Practicing Major Scales
Minor Scale Part 1
Minor Scale Part 2
Right Hand Technique
Right Hand Exercise Part 1: Developing Alternating Finger Strength and the "Follow Thru"
Right Hand Exercise Part 2: Developing Dexterity and Finger Control
Finding G, C, and D
Finding A, D, and E
Two Dollar Bill in G
John Hardy in G
Will the Circle Be Unbroken in A

Intermediate Bass

Title:
The Role of the Bass in Bluegrass
Getting Good Tone: Tips vs. Meat
The Numbering System: Part 1
The Numbering System: Part 2
The Numbering System: Part 3
Playing in Different Keys Using Numbers: Part 1
Playing in Different Keys Using Numbers: Part 2
Using the Number System: "Old Home Place" in A
Using the Number System: "Old Home Place" in B
"Little Maggie" in A
Walking Lines: Part 1 Boogie Woogie Bass
Walking Lines: Part 2 Common Bluegrass Runs
"Head Over Heels" in G
Inverting the Root and 5
How to Play in Waltz or 3/4 Time "Rank Stranger"
Single String Scales
Single String Scales Descending
Metronome Exercises
Basic Slapping: Part 1 Single Slap
Basic Slapping: Part 2 Double Slap
The Soft Slap
Slapping Solo: "Ground Speed" in G
Embellishments, Accents, and Supporting the Soloist
Learning the Melody: Tune Breakdown

Advanced Bass

Title:
Introduction to Advanced
Building Your Own Walking Basslines: Part 1
Building Your Own Walking Basslines: Part 2
"Blackberry Blossom" in G
Embellishing the Melody "You Are My Sunshine" in G
Swing Feel: Accenting the 2 and 4
"Sweet Georgia Brown" in F
Vibrato: How to Do It and When to Do It
Ghost Notes in the Night
Groove: The Holy Grail, An Introduction
Groove: Part 1 Grooving with the Mandolin
Groove: Part 2 Grooving with the Guitar
"Cincinnati at Night" Double Stops
"Inside Out" Double Stops and "Drop Thumb"
"Silver Lake" 3rd Finger Drone
"Bells of Norfolk" Brushing the Strings