The BASSICS: Beginner to Bassist programme is a fun and engaging course designed to teach students of all ages how to play the bass guitar, whether you’ve never plucked a single note or have already started learning at home on your own.

Learn how to play the bass guitar by learning cool classic bass lines and riffs that will keep you motivated and inspired to play the music that you hear. Clear and simple sheet music handouts ensure that your attention remains focused on one concept at a time.

If you like what you see why not check out our Six Great Beginner Bass Lines To Learn blog post!

BASSICS students are also welcome to join our Band LAB sessions at Stage 2 Studios and participate in our annual Student Showcase events at Burdall’s Yard.

During this course you will learn:

  • Learn the parts of the bass guitar
  • Know the different types of bass guitar
  • How to hold your bass guitar
  • How to tune your bass guitar; notes of the strings
  • Finger and plectrum techniques
  • Learn the notes on the fingerboard: Musical Alphabet
  • Left and Right hand positioning
  • Read Easy Tablature (TAB w/ standard notation)
  • Single-notes picking
  • Melodic and Walking Bass Lines
  • Picking Technique; Plectrum vs Fingers
  • Bass Chords

In addition you will learn:

  • Major and Minor Scales
  • Sequencing Scales
  • Scales, Triads, Arpeggios
  • Pentatonic Scales (Major and Minor)
  • Relative Major and Minor Scales
  • Harmonising Scales; 3rd, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, 7ths
  • Muting, Note Length and Hand Shifts
  • The Circle of 4ths and 5ths
  • Times Signatures, Beats, Bars, Rhythms and Rests
  • 8th, 16th Notes and Triplets
  • Subdividing the Beat
  • Develop Speed, Dexterity and Stamina
  • Slap Bass Techniques
  • Improvisation Skills
  • Aural Training; learn to play what you hear!
  • How to Write Bass Lines in a variety of styles
  • Songwriting; Rhythm, Melody and Harmony
  • Style Focus: Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Country and Reggae


This is a weekly one-to-one lesson course and is suitable for any beginner student.

This course is available in the following formats:

  • Weekly (£17.50)
  • 4-weeks (Monthly; £70)
  • 6-weeks (Termly; £105)
  • 10-weeks (Full course; £175)

Each lesson lasts for 30-minutes. Longer lessons are available on request.

Please contact us if you would like to sign up to our BASSICS: Beginner to Bassist programme.

August 1, 2020