Are you as good at bass as you think you are? Use this 17-point checklist to test if you’re an intermediate bass player… or not.
0:00 - Do You Sound Like This?
1:21 - Tuning Your Bass 1:46 - Fretboard Memorizing 2:43 - Four Finger Fretting 3:13 - Alternating Plucking 4:12 - Playing With Metronome 4:46 - Playing Legato 5:39 - Muting 6:30 - Basic Scales 7:20 - Basic Rhythms 8:26 - Knowing Your Gear 9:08 - Reading Notation 9:29 - Playing With Drummers 10:11 - Jamming 10:56 - Listening 11:54 - 12 Bar Blues 12:15 - Creating Bass Lines 13:26 - Playing Full Songs
If you struggled with anything in the video, here are some helpful resources: Learn to Tune - https://youtu.be/MjyFJYcr6-o Start Learning Your Fretboard - https://youtu.be/tcok98Vk6uA Fretting Technique - https://youtu.be/ux-i7FWOLzs Plucking Technique - https://youtu.be/CR8yQCZX2HQ Muting - https://youtu.be/b2HBaiTgOxE Get Started With Scales - https://youtu.be/2PzUVcDkjX8 Fix Your Bass Tone - https://youtu.be/0KgB7wIyTUw How to Play Bass With a Drummer - https://youtu.be/PSw5uqkTPzs Ear Training - https://www.musictheory.net/exercises 12 Bar Blues Basics - https://youtu.be/tiloGr59WOg Create Bass Lines - https://youtu.be/lAMRqLNo6yk Jam Skills, Learn to Read, Basic Rhythm, Syncopation, Basic Muting + More - https://www.bassbuzz.com/lessons/beginner
What does being an ‘intermediate bassist’ actually mean? Well, it’s subjective. But based on over a decade of personal teaching experience, plus reviewing a lot of other teachers’ lists, these are 17 things I think anybody should be able to do at the intermediate level.
To make this list more digestible, I broke it up into three chunks -
First, we’ll tackle the basics. (or bassics, if you’re some kind of pun nerd) This includes tuning quickly, learning the fretboard “money notes,” alternating plucking, four finger fretting, keeping good time, playing legato, and basic muting.
The second chunk is about theory, which I kept to a functional minimum. We’ll talk about learning basic scales, common rhythms and time signatures, and having a decent handle on your gear.
Last up is musicianship, which covers a whole range of skills that make you not just a good bassist, but a good musician. I’ll walk you through reading, playing bass with a drummer, jamming, listening, playing the blues, creating bass lines, and playing along with full songs.
Whew! It’s a lot to learn, which is probably why my Beginner to Badass course (which covers all this stuff) is over 30 hours of lessons… check it out (and more free lessons you can’t get on YT) over at https://www.bassbuzz.com/
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