Online Bass Lessons Streaming in HD
We are excited to enter the bass guitar market and bring you the same quality audio, video and instruction that made our online guitar lessons the best in the industry. Over the past 12 months, we have been assembling a broad collection of veteran players to kick off our launch into the instrument.
Each lesson is professionally filmed in our studios located in Greeley, Colorado and Kent, Ohio. All lessons are offered in high-definition quality and presented with 3-5 cameras depending on the material taught. Our lessons stream to you in 5 different qualities, with the additional capability to stream all video lessons to your mobile device!
- MOBILE150 kbps streaming, 640x360 resolution.
- MEDIUM450 kbps streaming, 640x360 resolution.
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- SUPER HIGH1200 kbps streaming, 800x448 resolution.
- 720p1500 kbps streaming, 1280x720 resolution.
A JamPlay.com subscription allows you to access any lesson, from any teacher, at anytime. You can watch any video as many times as you need, and there is no restriction on how many times you view any lesson.
Structured Phases of Learning, Freedom to Learn What You Want
Learning is only realistic with resources, and only possible with organization and some structure. Our teaching structure is insanely simple, but surprising effective. Instead of viewing a slew of random videos with little support, we seperate our teaching material into 3 distinct phases.
Phase 1 of our teaching method serves to teach you these absolute basics, such as tuning, posture, technique, reading tablature and playing bass lines. Our Phase 1 lessons begin as if you have just picked up a bass guitar for the first time, and follow step-by-step through the beginner process.
Phase 2 of our teaching method focuses on genre specific techniques and skills. After you have a firm grasp on the lessons and topics covered in Phase 1, you then move onto your preferred genre of music. Our phase 2 lessons are taught with the idea that you are already have a basic understanding of the guitar.
A large majority of bass players simply want to pick up the instrument and play their favorite songs. While Phase 1 and 2 give you the building blocks to playing guitar, Phase 3 gives you an outlet to start playing music. Here, our teachers take your requests, and teach you how to play your favorite songs.
Professionally Tabbed with Comprehensive Lesson Documentation
For each lesson and topic of bass guitar, we provide a printable write up which summarizes the contents of each scene of the lesson. This allows you to print the
documents to study while you are away from the computer. Keep the documents for life, regardless if you cancel your membership.
When a teacher is giving a guitar demonstration, he will reference certain chords or scales... find all lesson material neatly organized in our supplemental content window. This visual representation of the topic at hand will give you a great way to study the material presented.
- This feature will allow you set any two points in a video's timeline, and loop them to repeat any particular portion of a video lesson. This can be helpful if you are practicing along with a teacher, or need to loop a section to freely practice along.
- Printing something from the internet is typically a nightmare. At JamPlay, we take extreme measures to ensure that all supplemental content, song tabs, chord charts, or any other lesson material can be printed accurately in any web browser.
- While most users enjoy our normal video size, any video can be resized to full screen. This gives you the ability to get the most out of your monitor resolution.
- In-video bookmarking allows you to pause a video lesson at anytime, and gracefully insert a bookmark with a title of your choice. This will allow you to save, and note, any trouble spots you may need to revisit later.
Online Bass Teachers at JamPlay.com
We we have been assembling a broad collection of veteran players to provide the best possible bass lessons. Check out our current roster of teachers below, and keep in mind; this list will continue to grow as we hire new instructors to expand our platform.
Billy SheehanMr. Big | Steve Vai | Niacin | Talas
Quite possibly the best bass player on earth and legendary figure in the almanac of bass players, Billy brings a wealth of knowledge to the JamPlay platform. Five time winner of the "Best Rock Bass Player" readers' poll from Guitar Player Magazine, Sheehan teaches everything from beginner lessons on scales and posture, to advanced lessons on two hand tapping techniques.View 27 Lessons at JamPlayGet Instant Access with a JamPlay Membership
Artist Series - Lessons With Billy Sheehan
Delve into the mind of one of the greatest bass players of all time.
|1||Right Hand 3 Finger Technique||Billy Sheehan||4.0 of 5||13:32|
|2||Right Hand Embellishment||Billy Sheehan||4.0 of 5||14:47|
|3||Advanced Right Hand Exercises||Billy Sheehan||4.0 of 5||8:00|
|4||Raking Technique||Billy Sheehan||4.0 of 5||6:28|
|5||Left Hand Chop Building Exercises||Billy Sheehan||4.5 of 5||15:17|
|6||Advanced Tapping||Billy Sheehan||5.0 of 5||14:48|
|7||Octaves||Billy Sheehan||5.0 of 5||18:18|
|8||Advanced Arpeggio Ideas||Billy Sheehan||5.0 of 5||11:44|
|9||Bending And Detuning||Billy Sheehan||3.5 of 5||9:07|
|10||Harmonics||Billy Sheehan||3.0 of 5||15:00|
|11||Billy's Gear Philosophy||Billy Sheehan||2.0 of 5||15:00|
|12||Playing In A Cover Band||Billy Sheehan||2.0 of 5||12:00|
|13||Songwriting||Billy Sheehan||2.5 of 5||15:12|
|14||Being A Bass Player In The Music Business||Billy Sheehan||2.5 of 5||12:00|
|15||Interview With Billy Sheehan||Billy Sheehan||3.5 of 5||50:00|
Phase 1 - Beginner Bass With Billy Sheehan
Legendary bassist Billy Sheehan gets you up and running fast with his beginner bass guitar series. You'll learn foundational techniques that every good bass player must know!
|1||Getting Started With Your Bass||Billy Sheehan||0.0 of 5||9:00|
|2||The Role Of The Bass And Your First Note||Billy Sheehan||0.5 of 5||10:21|
|3||Right Hand Techniques||Billy Sheehan||0.5 of 5||9:44|
|4||Left Hand Techniques And Your First Bass Line||Billy Sheehan||0.5 of 5||12:06|
|5||The Octave||Billy Sheehan||1.0 of 5||4:21|
|6||Playing With A Band||Billy Sheehan||1.0 of 5||13:09|
|7||Locking In With The Drummer||Billy Sheehan||1.5 of 5||23:20|
|8||Scale Basics||Billy Sheehan||1.5 of 5||5:55|
|9||Hammer-ons, Pull-offs, And Tapping||Billy Sheehan||2.0 of 5||12:44|
|10||Muting And Rhythmic Strumming||Billy Sheehan||2.0 of 5||7:27|
|11||Weaving Cool Techniques Into Bass Lines||Billy Sheehan||2.5 of 5||6:10|
|12||Putting Everything Into Practice||Billy Sheehan||3.0 of 5||7:38|
David Ellefson has been a mainstay in the rock and metal communities for over 25 years. Internationally acclaimed as the bassist and co-founder of Thrash icons Megadeth, he is known for his unique and hard hitting style of bass playing, as well as his versatility in a wide variety of other musical settings across the globe. David has carved a vast musical career as a bassist, songwriter, record producer, clinician and author of his book "Making Music Your Business…A Guide For Young Musicians".View 27 Lessons at JamPlayGet Instant Access with a JamPlay Membership
Phase 3 - Megadeth Songs With David
Learn how to play Megadeth songs on the bass with David Ellefson.
|1||Dawn Patrol||David Ellefson||1.5 of 5||4:43|
|2||New World Order||David Ellefson||4.0 of 5||9:38|
|3||Peace Sells||David Ellefson||3.0 of 5||11:11|
|4||Public Enemy No. 1||David Ellefson||2.5 of 5||12:25|
|5||Symphony Of Destruction||David Ellefson||1.5 of 5||7:45|
|6||Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)||David Ellefson||2.0 of 5||7:38|
Phase 2 - Metal Bass With David Ellefson
If you have mastered David's beginner bass series then this is where you want to go next. David teaches you intermediate right and left hand techniques, scales, chords, and riffing.
|1||Right Hand Techniques||David Ellefson||1.0 of 5||8:15|
|2||Left Hand Techniques||David Ellefson||1.0 of 5||7:37|
|3||Scales||David Ellefson||1.5 of 5||6:30|
|4||Note Durations||David Ellefson||1.0 of 5||1:41|
|5||Chords||David Ellefson||1.5 of 5||4:30|
|6||Five String Basics||David Ellefson||1.5 of 5||5:19|
|7||How To Groove||David Ellefson||2.5 of 5||6:25|
|8||Riffing||David Ellefson||3.0 of 5||8:43|
Artist Series - David Ellefson Artist Lessons
Take lessons with legendary thrash metal bassist David Ellefson who is a founding member of Megadeth.
|1||Artist Series Introduction||David Ellefson||2.0 of 5||8:17|
|2||David's Picking Technique||David Ellefson||3.0 of 5||4:00|
|3||David's Gear||David Ellefson||2.0 of 5||12:19|
|4||Performance And Studio Tips||David Ellefson||2.5 of 5||5:00|
|5||Interview With David Ellefson||David Ellefson||2.0 of 5||30:00|
Phase 1 - Beginner Bass With David Ellefson
If you are new to bass and want to rock then this is the series for you! What better way to start off then having a bona fide rock star taking you step by step?
|1||Series Introduction||David Ellefson||0.5 of 5||10:46|
|2||Fretboard Primer||David Ellefson||0.5 of 5||7:30|
|3||Picking And Plucking||David Ellefson||1.0 of 5||3:35|
|4||Metronome Practice||David Ellefson||0.5 of 5||3:03|
|5||The Major And Minor Scale||David Ellefson||2.0 of 5||5:35|
|6||Creating Your First Bass Line With The Pentatonic Scale||David Ellefson||2.5 of 5||8:48|
|7||Developing Your Ear||David Ellefson||3.0 of 5||3:00|
|8||Practice Tips||David Ellefson||1.0 of 5||3:25|
Bryan BellerAristocrats | Dethklok | Bryan Beller
Famed bassist for Steve Vai, power-trio "The Aristocrats", and Metalocalypse's very own "Dethklok", Beller has over 20 years of experience as a studio and touring musician. Graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 1992, he has also served as a contributing editor for Bass Player magazine. Beller contributes a critically important series of lessons to the JamPlay platform, with a central focus of identifying and playing songs by ear.View 28 Lessons at JamPlayGet Instant Access with a JamPlay Membership
Phase 2 - Six Steps to Learning Songs By Ear
Bryan Beller of the Aristocrats, Dethklok, and Steve Vai takes you inside his six step method to learning any song by ear. This series is specifically aimed at bass players who want to get out there and play with others.
|1||Series Introduction||Bryan Beller||0.5 of 5||8:37|
|2||Basic Meter||Bryan Beller||1.5 of 5||19:18|
|3||Advanced Meter||Bryan Beller||2.0 of 5||19:44|
|4||Pitch||Bryan Beller||2.0 of 5||17:16|
|5||Rhythm & Groove||Bryan Beller||2.0 of 5||20:51|
|6||Harmonic Context||Bryan Beller||1.5 of 5||11:58|
|7||Real Songs: Harmonic Context||Bryan Beller||2.0 of 5||18:37|
|8||Song Form: Pop Song||Bryan Beller||1.5 of 5||16:22|
|9||Song Form: Rock/Fusion Part 1||Bryan Beller||2.5 of 5||12:03|
|10||Song Form: Rock/Fusion Part 2||Bryan Beller||2.0 of 5||12:43|
|11||Style of AC/DC||Bryan Beller||2.0 of 5||27:06|
|12||Style of Led Zeppelin||Bryan Beller||2.0 of 5||33:14|
|13||Style of the Red Hot Chili Peppers||Bryan Beller||0.0 of 5||25:57|
|14||Style of Metallica||Bryan Beller||2.0 of 5||27:57|
|15||Style of Muse and Mixed Meters||Bryan Beller||3.0 of 5||22:00|
|16||Style of Muse and Modal Shifts||Bryan Beller||3.0 of 5||16:16|
|17||Style of Rage Against The Machine: Riff of Doom||Bryan Beller||3.0 of 5||21:05|
|18||Style of Rage Against The Machine: Complex Song Form||Bryan Beller||2.5 of 5||18:03|
|19||Bubblegum Pop||Bryan Beller||2.5 of 5||29:16|
|20||Style of the Allman Brothers: Tonal Centers and Major Pentatonic||Bryan Beller||2.5 of 5||15:30|
|21||Allman Brothers: Fast, Frequent Chord Changes||Bryan Beller||2.5 of 5||15:48|
|22||Allman Brothers: Put It All Together||Bryan Beller||2.5 of 5||15:02|
|23||Play Hard Part 1, Final Exam||Bryan Beller||3.0 of 5||16:55|
|24||Play Hard Part 2, Final Exam||Bryan Beller||3.0 of 5||18:27|
|25||Play Hard Part 3, Final Exam||Bryan Beller||3.0 of 5||17:02|
|26||Play Hard Part 4, Final Exam||Bryan Beller||3.0 of 5||27:33|
Phase 3 - Songs with Bryan Beller
Learn songs from the Aristocrats and Dethklok taught by the man himself.
|1||Sweaty Knockers||Bryan Beller||4.0 of 5||66:31|
|2||I Want A Parrot||Bryan Beller||4.5 of 5||40:14|
Evan BrewerThe Faceless
Bassist for legendary Sumerian Records metal band "The Faceless", Brewer offers a diverse and unique pallet of influences, brilliant technical prowess, and an unconventional approach to music. Brewer offers JamPlay.com subscribers a full curriculum of bass education; beginning with lessons for the absolute beginner, and advancing to in-depth lessons for developing bass lines and perfecting techniques.View 24 Lessons at JamPlayGet Instant Access with a JamPlay Membership
Phase 3 - Song Lessons With Evan Brewer
Learn songs from Evan's solo album as well as songs from his band The Faceless.
|1||Xenochrist||Evan Brewer||4.0 of 5||34:00|
|2||A Climate For Change||Evan Brewer||4.5 of 5||33:48|
Phase 1 - Beginner Bass With Evan Brewer
Here is a methodical, step by step approach to learning the bass as a complete beginner. When you are done with this series, you'll have a solid foundation and as well as some concepts to push you into the intermediate arena.
|1||About Your Bass||Evan Brewer||0.0 of 5||9:17|
|2||Left Hand Muscle Development||Evan Brewer||0.5 of 5||7:24|
|3||The Notes On The Fretboard||Evan Brewer||1.0 of 5||11:23|
|4||Scale Primer||Evan Brewer||1.0 of 5||18:30|
|5||The Role Of The Bass||Evan Brewer||1.0 of 5||7:00|
|6||Right Hand Technique Basics||Evan Brewer||1.5 of 5||26:43|
|7||Chords||Evan Brewer||1.5 of 5||10:00|
|8||How To Read Tablature||Evan Brewer||1.0 of 5||3:00|
|9||Counting Time||Evan Brewer||1.5 of 5||4:23|
|10||Basic Left Hand Techniques||Evan Brewer||2.0 of 5||6:00|
|11||Harmonics||Evan Brewer||2.0 of 5||6:08|
|12||Diatonic And Chromatic Playing Explained||Evan Brewer||2.0 of 5||3:43|
|13||Basic Explanation Of The Modes||Evan Brewer||2.0 of 5||9:24|
|14||The Minor And Minor Pentatonic Scales||Evan Brewer||1.5 of 5||7:29|
|15||Playing Scales On The Fretboard||Evan Brewer||2.5 of 5||8:26|
|16||Learning The Chords Of G Major||Evan Brewer||2.0 of 5||10:10|
|17||Dynamics||Evan Brewer||1.5 of 5||2:39|
|18||Intro To Tapping||Evan Brewer||2.5 of 5||7:19|
|19||How To Practice||Evan Brewer||2.0 of 5||10:00|
|20||Writing Music||Evan Brewer||2.5 of 5||6:05|
|21||Advancing Your Fingerstyle Technique||Evan Brewer||2.5 of 5||8:06|
|22||Right Hand Thumb Plucking Techniques||Evan Brewer||2.5 of 5||13:24|
FreeboBonnie Raitt | Ringo Starr | Neil Young
Freebo is an award-winning singer/songwriter and blues folk icon. For 30 years, Freebo played bass on recordings and toured with some of the great artists of our time; people like Bonnie Raitt (10 years), John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, CSN, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Michelle Shocked, Neil Young, Loudon Wainwright III, Dr. John, and many others. He has alsoappeared on Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special, Muppets Tonight, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap.View 26 Lessons at JamPlayGet Instant Access with a JamPlay Membership
Phase 1 - Beginner Bass with Freebo
Freebo, a world-renowned bassist, begins teaching the bass guitar. This series starts at the very beginning and progresses from there and as such is suitable for an absolute beginner. As the series progresses it also becomes suitable for intermediate or more advanced players.
|1||Introduction to the Series||Freebo||0.5 of 5||19:51|
|2||Tuning the Bass||Freebo||3.0 of 5||13:00|
|3||The Parts of the Bass Guitar||Freebo||0.5 of 5||10:17|
|4||Notes and the Fretboard||Freebo||2.5 of 5||14:34|
|5||Right Hand Technique||Freebo||1.0 of 5||14:39|
|6||Left Hand Technique||Freebo||3.0 of 5||13:31|
|7||Left Hand Fingering Positions||Freebo||1.5 of 5||17:33|
|8||The Major Scale||Freebo||2.0 of 5||31:23|
|9||The Dorian Mode||Freebo||3.0 of 5||14:37|
|10||The Minor Pentatonic Scale||Freebo||2.0 of 5||18:15|
|11||The Major Pentatonic Scale||Freebo||3.0 of 5||23:40|
|12||The Value of Notes||Freebo||1.0 of 5||14:45|
|13||The Groove||Freebo||1.5 of 5||21:14|
|14||Practical Music Theory||Freebo||3.0 of 5||29:44|
|15||Bass Patterns||Freebo||2.5 of 5||16:29|
|16||I - IV - V Progressions||Freebo||2.5 of 5||22:50|
|17||Moving from One Chord to Another||Freebo||3.0 of 5||15:18|
|18||Moving from One Chord to Another Pt 2||Freebo||2.5 of 5||14:09|
|19||Playing with a Drummer||Freebo||3.0 of 5||18:53|
|20||The Five String Fretless Bass||Freebo||3.0 of 5||20:02|
|21||My Personal GPS||Freebo||3.0 of 5||13:31|
|22||To the Light||Freebo||3.0 of 5||16:01|
|23||She Loves My Dog More Than Me||Freebo||3.0 of 5||12:28|
|24||In the Afternoon Heat||Freebo||3.0 of 5||7:00|
|25||Before the Separation||Freebo||3.0 of 5||12:46|
|26||The Final Lesson||Freebo||3.0 of 5||14:43|
Larry Cook has been an in demand bassist and arranger since his professional debut in 1997. Equally adept on acoustic and electric basses, he graduated from Capital University in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies, where he studied with such musicians as Lou Fischer, Stan Smith, Mark Morton, and Andy Woodson. He has performed with artists as diverse as the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Megan Palmer, and Bobby Floyd, as well as legends such as Mavis Staples, Kirk Whalum and Lou Marini.View 30 Lessons at JamPlayGet Instant Access with a JamPlay Membership
Phase 1 - Beginner Bass with Larry Cook
Larry Cook teaches the fundamentals and a few tricks on your bass learning journey. He starts with the history and roll of the bass and progresses through note learning and basic techniques.
|1||Series Overview and the History of the Bass||Larry Cook||0.5 of 5||15:24|
|2||Role of the Bass||Larry Cook||0.5 of 5||6:03|
|3||Parts of the Bass||Larry Cook||0.5 of 5||33:57|
|4||Tuning Your Bass||Larry Cook||0.5 of 5||13:38|
|5||Your First Notes||Larry Cook||0.5 of 5||25:57|
|6||Adding More Fingers||Larry Cook||1.0 of 5||11:11|
|7||Basic Music Theory||Larry Cook||0.0 of 5||18:44|
|8||Musical Alphabet||Larry Cook||1.0 of 5||13:44|
|9||Finding Notes on the Fingerboard||Larry Cook||1.5 of 5||47:50|
|10||Getting Your Hands Working Together||Larry Cook||1.5 of 5||8:48|
|11||String Skipping||Larry Cook||1.5 of 5||8:06|
|12||Left Hand Exercises||Larry Cook||1.5 of 5||22:03|
|13||Major Scale||Larry Cook||1.5 of 5||15:42|
|14||Three Blind Mice||Larry Cook||2.0 of 5||24:05|
|15||Minor Scales||Larry Cook||1.5 of 5||23:39|
|16||When Johnny Comes Marching Home||Larry Cook||2.0 of 5||27:35|
|17||Pentatonic Scales||Larry Cook||2.0 of 5||33:06|
|18||Intervals||Larry Cook||2.0 of 5||13:42|
|19||Chords and Arpeggios||Larry Cook||2.0 of 5||29:57|
|20||The I-IV-V Progression||Larry Cook||2.0 of 5||20:17|
|21||The I-vi-IV-V Progression||Larry Cook||0.0 of 5||28:29|
|22||i-bVII-bVI-V Progression||Larry Cook||1.5 of 5||25:49|
|23||12 Bar Blues Progression||Larry Cook||2.0 of 5||25:10|
|24||Advancing the 12 Bar Blues||Larry Cook||2.0 of 5||25:57|
|25||Introduction to Slap Bass||Larry Cook||2.0 of 5||26:51|
|26||Walking Bass||Larry Cook||2.0 of 5||21:01|
|27||Additional Left Hand Techniques||Larry Cook||2.0 of 5||14:03|
|28||Additional Right Hand Techniques||Larry Cook||2.0 of 5||12:46|
|29||Playing With A Pick||Larry Cook||2.0 of 5||21:23|
|30||Practice Techniques||Larry Cook||1.5 of 5||17:28|
Alan Skowron is an accomplished guitar performer and instructor in the Northern Colorado area. Alan has been a part of many groups over the years, such as the Wilson Winner Jazz Quintet, Monty Hogan Jazz Quartet, Dominant 7, Illusion, Albion Kross and most recently, Cab Night Rendezvous. Alan has been featured on many radio programs and is an active member of the Northern Colorado Classical Guitar Society.View 19 Lessons at JamPlayGet Instant Access with a JamPlay Membership
Phase 1 - Beginning Bass with Alan Skowron
Accomplished Performer and Instructor Alan Skowron starts with the very basic of Bass Guitar playing. This series covers all the essential techniques, note reading, and playing in a real band context.
|1||Series Introduction||Alan Skowron||0.0 of 5||2:01|
|2||Tuning & Basic Technique||Alan Skowron||1.0 of 5||21:48|
|3||Tablature and Note Reading||Alan Skowron||0.5 of 5||15:21|
|4||1st Position Notes and Reading Exercises||Alan Skowron||1.0 of 5||14:01|
|5||Sharps and Flats in 1st Position||Alan Skowron||1.0 of 5||10:20|
|6||First Songs Using Note Reading||Alan Skowron||1.0 of 5||11:31|
|7||Beginner Song: Amazing Grace||Alan Skowron||1.0 of 5||9:37|
|8||Riffs in G||Alan Skowron||1.0 of 5||8:37|
|9||1 - 3 - 5 Patterns||Alan Skowron||1.0 of 5||5:46|
|10||Walking Bass Lines||Alan Skowron||1.5 of 5||13:09|
|11||Walking Through The Rye||Alan Skowron||1.0 of 5||7:05|
|12||Sixties Surf||Alan Skowron||1.5 of 5||9:09|
|13||Love That Sunshine||Alan Skowron||1.5 of 5||8:48|
|14||Impossible Mission||Alan Skowron||1.5 of 5||5:58|
|15||Rock Jam #1||Alan Skowron||1.0 of 5||7:20|
|16||Rock Jam #2||Alan Skowron||1.5 of 5||11:28|
|17||Rock Jam #3||Alan Skowron||1.5 of 5||8:15|
|18||Rock Jam #4||Alan Skowron||1.5 of 5||10:53|
|19||Spy Riff||Alan Skowron||1.5 of 5||9:59|
While playing in bands in his 20's, he began learning about amps. When they broke at the most inopportune times, he started learning how to fix them in a pinch. Later, with better understanding, he started helping out friends and soon became the local go-to guy for amps. Throughout the years he continued to gain knowledge from the likes of Aspen Pittman, Gerald Weber, Jeff Bakos, Ken Fischer and Ritchie Flieger.
In 1998, Steve opened Atlanta Tube Amp and worked out of his band’s rehearsal room. However, space was limited so he moved his workshop to his garage, where ATA currently exists. Over the years he's expanded his services to include the dying art of speaker repair (so his customers can keep their amps original) and effects pedal modifications. Steve offers popular mods like converting your SD-1 to a TS-808, as well as his own custom mods. In 2005 he launched Steve McKinley Electronics.
Phase 2 - Bass Maintenance & Mods
Steve McKinley, a knowledgeable player who specializes in guitar, bass and pedal modification, creates a series that will make modifying your gear look like child's play.
|1||Bass Guitar Overview||Steve McKinley||0.0 of 5||12:47|
|2||Pickups||Steve McKinley||0.0 of 5||8:17|
|3||Evaluating Your Bass||Steve McKinley||1.0 of 5||9:26|
|4||Tuning & Intonation||Steve McKinley||1.0 of 5||6:39|
|5||Adjusting Pickup Height||Steve McKinley||2.0 of 5||9:01|
|6||Changing Your Strings||Steve McKinley||2.0 of 5||9:52|
|7||Upgrading Your Output Jack||Steve McKinley||2.0 of 5||8:01|
|8||Replacing Your Pots||Steve McKinley||2.0 of 5||21:01|
|9||Changing Your Capacitor||Steve McKinley||2.0 of 5||5:25|
|10||Changing Your Pickup||Steve McKinley||2.0 of 5||9:02|
|11||Gibson '50s Wiring||Steve McKinley||2.0 of 5||5:18|
|12||Installing a Killswitch||Steve McKinley||2.0 of 5||10:54|
American bass player, Robbie Merril, is best known for his work with the Alternative Metal band Godsmack, of which he was a founding member. Godsmack has released five studio albums, one EP, four DVDS, a compilation album and a live album. They have currently sold over 20 million records.View 31 Lessons at JamPlayGet Instant Access with a JamPlay Membership
Artist Series - Robbie Merrill Artist Series
Godsmack bassis Robbie Merrill teaches bass concepts and techniques and touches on band life in his JamPlay Artist Series.
|1||Introduction||Robbie Merrill||0.0 of 5||4:40|
|2||Interview||Robbie Merrill||0.0 of 5||27:43|
|3||Chromatic Fretting Exercise||Robbie Merrill||2.0 of 5||14:32|
|4||G Major Scale||Robbie Merrill||2.5 of 5||8:47|
|5||Major Scale Run||Robbie Merrill||2.0 of 5||5:29|
|6||Three Note Single String Exercise||Robbie Merrill||2.0 of 5||3:25|
|7||Five Note Patterns||Robbie Merrill||2.5 of 5||4:55|
|8||Scale Based Jam||Robbie Merrill||2.5 of 5||5:02|
|9||Chromatic Jam||Robbie Merrill||2.5 of 5||3:52|
|10||Blues Jamming||Robbie Merrill||2.5 of 5||8:38|
|11||Reggae Jam||Robbie Merrill||2.5 of 5||5:08|
|12||Locking in with the Drummer||Robbie Merrill||2.5 of 5||4:40|
|13||Country Jamming||Robbie Merrill||3.0 of 5||12:13|
|14||Harmonics||Robbie Merrill||2.5 of 5||8:22|
|15||Soloing||Robbie Merrill||3.0 of 5||6:01|
|16||Developing Mood||Robbie Merrill||3.0 of 5||8:00|
|17||Tapping||Robbie Merrill||2.5 of 5||4:37|
|18||Pedalling||Robbie Merrill||2.0 of 5||5:33|
|19||Playing in Patterns||Robbie Merrill||3.0 of 5||5:57|
|20||Plucking Hand Technique||Robbie Merrill||2.5 of 5||8:34|
|21||More Tapping Technique||Robbie Merrill||2.5 of 5||6:54|
|22||Tapping with Chords||Robbie Merrill||2.5 of 5||2:34|
|23||Thumping Technique||Robbie Merrill||2.5 of 5||7:01|
|24||Soloing||Robbie Merrill||3.0 of 5||8:18|
|25||Playing with a Pick||Robbie Merrill||2.0 of 5||6:32|
|26||Harmonic Riffing||Robbie Merrill||2.5 of 5||6:18|
|27||Common Questions Answered||Robbie Merrill||0.0 of 5||11:02|
|28||Robbie Merrill's Rig||Robbie Merrill||0.0 of 5||11:56|
|29||Grooving in G||Robbie Merrill||3.0 of 5||6:50|
Phase 3 - Godsmack Songs with Robbie Merrill
Godsmack bassist Robbie Merrill teaches popular songs from the Godsmack library.
|1||Keep Away||Robbie Merrill||2.5 of 5||16:41|
|3||Awake||Robbie Merrill||2.0 of 5||14:03|
Brent-Anthony JohnsonCadence | Kenetic Maschine | Sonal Anu | Keith Rosenhagen | Amy Fletcher | Bruce Fleet | Austin Vallejo
Brent-Anthony Johnson is a recording and live performance bassist and producer with 30+ years of experience. For the past decade, "BAJ" has lived in Boulder, CO and Northwestern Illinois while writing several instructional books, teaching, and presenting bass and theory-oriented clinics.View 26 Lessons at JamPlayGet Instant Access with a JamPlay Membership
Phase 1 - Beginning Bass with Brent-Anthony Johnson
Get started playing the bass guitar with Brent-Anthony Johnson. From basic hand positioning all the way to scales and the circle of 5ths, this series covers all the basics!
|1||Beginning Bass Series Introduction||Brent-Anthony Johnson||0.0 of 5||2:58|
|2||Bass Basics #1||Brent-Anthony Johnson||0.0 of 5||27:15|
|3||Bass Basics #2||Brent-Anthony Johnson||0.0 of 5||14:15|
|4||Tuning Your Bass||Brent-Anthony Johnson||0.0 of 5||9:58|
|5||The Major Scale||Brent-Anthony Johnson||1.0 of 5||17:27|
|6||Plucking Hand Technique Part 1||Brent-Anthony Johnson||0.5 of 5||15:07|
|7||Plucking Hand Technique Part 2||Brent-Anthony Johnson||1.5 of 5||13:08|
|8||Fretting Hand Technique||Brent-Anthony Johnson||1.0 of 5||15:29|
|9||Bass Approaches for Different Genres #1||Brent-Anthony Johnson||1.0 of 5||14:08|
|10||Bass Approaches for Different Genres #2||Brent-Anthony Johnson||1.0 of 5||13:51|
|11||Building Bass Lines||Brent-Anthony Johnson||1.5 of 5||12:52|
|12||Scale Intervals||Brent-Anthony Johnson||1.0 of 5||14:33|
|13||Pentatonic Scales||Brent-Anthony Johnson||1.5 of 5||11:12|
|14||Circle of Fifths - Part 1||Brent-Anthony Johnson||2.0 of 5||16:17|
|15||Circle of Fifths - Part 2||Brent-Anthony Johnson||2.0 of 5||9:17|
|16||Harmonics Part 1||Brent-Anthony Johnson||2.0 of 5||13:41|
|18||Influences||Brent-Anthony Johnson||0.5 of 5||14:32|
Phase 2 - Modes and Arpeggios
Brent-Anthony's series on Modes and Arpeggios covers everything from modal fingerings and static pitch modes to groove concepts!
|1||Series Introduction||Brent-Anthony Johnson||0.0 of 5||2:16|
|2||Modal Fingerings 1||Brent-Anthony Johnson||3.0 of 5||10:54|
|3||Modal Fingerings 2||Brent-Anthony Johnson||3.0 of 5||16:45|
|4||Diatonic 7th Chord Arpeggios in C Major||Brent-Anthony Johnson||3.0 of 5||10:18|
|5||Static Pitch Modes Part 1||Brent-Anthony Johnson||3.0 of 5||10:49|
|6||Static Pitch Modes Part 2||Brent-Anthony Johnson||3.0 of 5||14:12|
|7||Modes Around the Circle of Fifths Part 1||Brent-Anthony Johnson||3.0 of 5||20:48|
|8||Modes Around the Circle of Fifths Part 2||Brent-Anthony Johnson||3.0 of 5||22:00|
|9||The Harmonic Minor Scale and Modes||Brent-Anthony Johnson||3.0 of 5||6:17|
David Keif is a freelance bassist, and has performed and recorded with Mark Lindsay, Rita Coolidge, Etta James, Freida Payne, Carla Olson, Darlene Love and the Platters, as well as on TV shows and movies, including “Smallville,” “The Horse Whisperer” and “Trekkies.” He is also very active in the Los Angeles area playing a variety of different venues. As an author, David has written several bass method books. The titles range from Arpeggios for Bass and Grooves for Electric Bass to Classic Rock Bass and Latin Bass (with George Lopez), all for Hal Leonard Publishing. David is also a faculty member of Musicians Institute, a renowned music college in Hollywood, Ca. He has taught there for over 20 years.View 16 Lessons at JamPlayGet Instant Access with a JamPlay Membership
Phase 2 - Pentatonic Scale with David Keif
Accomplished bassist David Keif presents a very clear and systematic approach to learning the pentatonic scale for bass guitar. This series will teach you every note on the bass and allows the student to create a methodical practice routine.
|1||Series Introduction & 5 Patterns of C Major Pentatonic||David Keif||0.5 of 5||23:45|
|2||A Major Pentatonic||David Keif||2.0 of 5||21:17|
|3||F Major Pentatonic||David Keif||2.0 of 5||27:00|
|4||D Major Pentatonic||David Keif||2.0 of 5||22:44|
|5||Ascending Bb Major Pentatonic||David Keif||2.0 of 5||15:16|
|6||Descending Bb Major Pentatonic||David Keif||2.0 of 5||16:07|
|7||12 Bar Blues in G||David Keif||2.5 of 5||24:41|
|8||Connecting Bass Lines||David Keif||2.5 of 5||22:25|
|9||R&B Groove Fills||David Keif||2.0 of 5||24:37|
|10||C Minor Pentatonic Scale||David Keif||2.0 of 5||19:34|
|11||F Minor Pentatonic Scale||David Keif||2.0 of 5||21:44|
|12||B Minor Pentatonic Scale||David Keif||2.0 of 5||34:11|
|13||B Minor Reversed Drill||David Keif||2.0 of 5||22:21|
|14||A Minor Pentatonic||David Keif||2.5 of 5||16:20|
|15||4 Note Sequence Continued||David Keif||2.5 of 5||16:21|
|16||Reggae Minor Grooves||David Keif||2.5 of 5||18:22|
Take bass lessons with a prominent faculty member from the Berklee College of Music. Danny works with a wide range of styles and skill levels. All bass players will benefit from his quality instruction.View 28 Lessons at JamPlayGet Instant Access with a JamPlay Membership
Phase 2 - Creating Original Bass Lines
Join seasoned Berklee Professor Danny Morris in a unique series that breaks down the essentials needed to create fresh sounding bass lines over common chord progressions.
|1||Introduction to the Series||Danny Morris||0.5 of 5||4:56|
|2||Groundwork||Danny Morris||2.5 of 5||17:21|
|3||Working with Scale Degrees||Danny Morris||2.5 of 5||18:36|
|4||Using Triads||Danny Morris||2.5 of 5||16:25|
|5||Applying Pentatonic Scales||Danny Morris||2.0 of 5||12:10|
|6||Scale Fragments||Danny Morris||2.0 of 5||12:54|
|7||Applying The Natural Minor Scale||Danny Morris||2.5 of 5||13:52|
|8||Playing with 6/8 Time||Danny Morris||2.5 of 5||22:06|
|9||Playing over Sus4 Chords||Danny Morris||2.0 of 5||14:56|
|10||Diatonic Harmony||Danny Morris||2.0 of 5||17:30|
|11||Seventh Arpeggios||Danny Morris||2.5 of 5||9:30|
|12||The Hendrix Chord||Danny Morris||2.5 of 5||10:01|
|13||Funky #9||Danny Morris||0.0 of 5||13:14|
|14||Major/Minor Pentatonic Ideas||Danny Morris||2.0 of 5||11:27|
|15||Major/Minor Ideas over Progression||Danny Morris||2.5 of 5||11:12|
|16||Developing Your Rhythm Sense||Danny Morris||3.0 of 5||17:53|
|17||Changing Tonalities||Danny Morris||2.5 of 5||10:39|
|18||Leaving Space||Danny Morris||2.5 of 5||9:04|
|19||Changing Tonalities #2||Danny Morris||2.5 of 5||11:54|
|20||Changing Tonalities #3||Danny Morris||2.0 of 5||12:16|
|21||Changing Tonalities #4||Danny Morris||2.5 of 5||12:17|
|22||Stacking Chords||Danny Morris||3.0 of 5||17:50|
|23||Stacking Minor Chords||Danny Morris||2.5 of 5||12:12|
|24||Stacking Chords - sus2 Chords||Danny Morris||2.0 of 5||10:57|
|25||Stacking Power Chords||Danny Morris||2.0 of 5||7:46|
|26||Stacking Power Chords - Minor Progression||Danny Morris||2.0 of 5||8:14|
|27||The 5 to 1 Resolution||Danny Morris||2.5 of 5||7:37|
|28||Warming Up & Timbre||Danny Morris||2.0 of 5||7:22|
Custom Progress Reports
As you will continually find with our service and website, learning is in your hands. No other feature exemplifies this more than our customized Progress Reports. Unique to JamPlay.com, this feature allows you to update, monitor, and build your own reports for your progression through our bass lessons.
Custom Progress Reporting
At JamPlay, we give you the ability to monitor your own progress for any lesson! If you watch one of our lessons and feel as though you understand around half of it, mark your progress at 50%. This adds the lesson to your customized Progress Report, and gives you an incredible ability to document what you need to work on, and where you left off.
With thousands of lessons at your fingertips, JamPlay can be a touch intimidating to a first-time user. With Progressive Bookmarking, we give you the ability to systematically bookmark sections of any lessons you are working on to quickly access later. After all, what is the point of all this content if it isn't easy to use?
Save Your Notes
JamPlay also gives you the ability to leave notes for yourself on any bass lesson. Just like in any educational system, taking your own notes while learning gives you the ability to highlight the instruction that is important to you. Leave your notes, and we store them in our database for you to reference each and everytime you come back to the lesson.
Thousands of Members. Lots of Potential Friends... And Moral Support.
Pretty bonkers, really... the rate at which these "Online Communities" are popping up. Guess we will play our part in being the only guitar-related community of guitar n00bs. But honestly, we all know that learning a new skill is always difficult, so the least we can offer for your "moral" support, is a few thousand people to relate with.
JamPlay.com subscribers enjoy the following features of our growing community.
Upon signup to JamPlay.com, you can create your own member profile comprised of facts, photos, musical background, and a wide variety of additional traits. Members can search to find, contact, and add you as a friend.
All members of JamPlay form a great community of aspiring musicians. Find & make new friends for guitar help, or just some ol' fashion time-killing. Learning any instrument can be tough, so make friends who can help support you on the way.
Our community management system allows you to search for fellow musicians by gender, instrument played, skill level, or if they play in a band. This is a great feature to find like-minded individuals to connect with while engaging with our platform.
Interactive chat room running 24/7. Chat in real-time with your fellow Members and JamPlay teachers. Hop in anytime to ask guitar questions, or general conversation.
Your own private, personal online message center to manage your communication with other JamPlay members and our administrative staff. Fully equipped with Inbox, Sent Items, Deleted Items, and Compose features to manage your messages.
The run-of-the-mill, flame-war- aggression user forums you've come to love. Oh, except the flame-war part. Discuss current lessons, pose your questions to our teachers, and keep up to date with the buzz around the JamPlay.com Community.
Badass Scale Library
We can humbly say that this library is the most comprehensive collection of guitar scales available online. Fretboard diagrams, playing applications, theory, famous solos, and interactive video examples? Yes, sir. Applying a bit of math, a touch of music theory, a sprinkle of ingenuity, and our library allows you to view any fretboard diagram for any scale and in any key.
Our robust library displays full note diagrams (for all 12 keys), with interactive fretboard logic for the following scales:
- Major Scale
- Minor Scale
- Harmonic Minor Scale
- Real Melodic Minor Scale
- Major Pentatonic Scale
- Minor Pentatonic Scale
- Major Blues Scale
- Minor Blues Scale
- Bebop Dominant Scale
- Bebop Major Scale
- Chromatic Scale
- Diminished Scale
- Whole Tone Scale
6 Note Exotic Scales
- Iberian Hexatonic Scale
- Minor Hexatonic Scale
- Prometheus Scale
- Raga Todi Scale
- Wonder Hexatonic Scale
7 Note Exotic Scales
- Arabian Scale
- Byzantine Scale
- Hindustan Scale
- Hungarian Scale
- Hungarian Gypsy Scale
- Hungarian Gypsy (Persian)
- Hungarian Minor Scale
- Javanese Scale
- Jewish (Ahaba Rabba) Scale
- Neapolitan Scale
- Oriental Scale
- Persian Scale
- Raga Hanunat Todi Scale
- Spanish Gypsy Scale
8 Note Exotic Scales
- Algerian Scale
- Arabian (diminished) Scale
- Jewish (Adonai Malakh) Scale
- Jewish (Magen Abot) Scale
Interactive Fretboard Diagram, with Note Logic and Enharmonics
Scales, as many of you already know, are simply patterns. These patterns are created from simple "steps" on the fretboard.. 1 fret being a "half" step, 2 frets being a "whole" step. Scales are simply
a group of steps played in order, and the differences between scales are the arrangement or length of their steps. Based on this idea, you can imagine how guitar scales relate to mathematics, and how
nerds like us have fun programming an algorithm to spit out any note based on these steps.
Once we have applied the scale steps and produced the notes for the scale, we are now ready to apply them to the fretboard. As you probably know, each fret for each string produces a note... and our job now is to place the notes we have found on the fretboard. Obviously doing this note by note, string by string would take some time, so each key is already generated for you. Not bad!
TuningFrom simple Drop D to intimidating Open E, our library gives you a variety of tunings to visualize scales. Additionally, each string setup setting gives you various tunings, even a low E setup for a 6 string, or a low B and high E!
MP3 Audio EventsClick any note and hear the corresponding note! Our library utilities MIDI note value references to play each note for any given setup or guitar scale. We even go as drop B on a 6 string bass!
Fretted NotesMarkers on the fretboard are identified with a solid marker, which will be either red or black.
String CountOur library gives you the ability to select from 4, 5, or 6 string bass guitars. Each setting also gives you various tunings, even a low E setup for a 6 string, or a low B and high E!
Changing KeysUse this menu to select whichever key you'd like to view the fretboard diagram. Typically this menu will have all 12 keys, but occassionally will be limited to whichever key can function for each particular scale.
Pattern HighlighterFor each scale, you have the ability to highlight each pattern available with any given key. This box will automatically highlight the pattern being played. Additionally, this highlighter can be made visible by clicking the specific links in the "Patterns" tab.
While in high school, we all used to make stacks and stacks of the glorious notecards; mindlessly reading and flipping all night to lock our brains into memorization. JamPlay is goin' green, saving some paper, and making these nifty little games to help you commit these subjects to memory.
Current Selection of Available Games
Find our current games below, all available with a JamPlay Membership. Becoming a member will enable you to track your scoring history, as well as compare your performance to the JamPlay community.
Our fretboard memorization game will test your ability to identify the notes on the fretboard. As unmarked dots appear on the fretboard, you are challenged to identify them as quickly as you can. Don't do too well, the timer gets faster as you progress through each level!
Learning to read music notation can be a challenge. This game will gradually train you to recognize the hundreds of various symbols used in common score. Proposed answers are selected in multiple choice format, with points awarded for correct answers.
Still reduced to using tabs? This game can be an invaluable tool to transition you to recognizing notes on the staff.. a vital skill for any musician of any age. Use this in conjuntion with our Notation Quizzer to finally conquer reading music notation.
Being able to distinguish pitch will further your ability to develop as a musician. This game challenges your ability to identify intervals (or the distance between two notes), which will refine your auditory skill.
Accessible to JamPlay.com Members Only
The bass platform is current accessible to JamPlay.com Members only, and as an upgrade to their current guitar membership. Official launch to the public will occur sometime in the next 2 to 3 weeks.
Our apologies for the delay in launch!