Free DVD Giveaway

Win a Free Copy of Decoding the Bass Guitar!

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As I mentioned in the video above, I’m giving away 3 free copies of Decoding the Bass Guitar on DVD.

All you need to do to enter to win is:

1) In the comments section below, please post your #1 question about the bass guitar and,

2) You must also tell me why you need the Decoding the Bass Guitar DVD.

NOTE: This isn’t about financial reasons, but about why Decoding the Bass Guitar will finally help you reach your goals of playing the bass.

So just follow those 2 steps and I’ll announce the 3 winners on Thursday, June 24th.

This contest ends Wednesday, June 23rd at midnight.

Good luck, and I look forward to hearing from you.

To your bass-playing awesomeness,

Jonathan Boettcher

PS – The contest closes at midnight Wednesday, June 23rd. No Exceptions.

So make sure to post your entry below.

I’ll read each and every entry and pick the winners for Thursday.

UPDATE: Contest is now closed – the winners are Cindy Masino, AJ, and Kermit Hale. Congratulations guys!

412 Responses to Free DVD Giveaway
  1. Barannik Barannik
    June 21, 2010 | 8:12 pm

    My question about the bass guitar:

    Whats the longer neck made for , compared to electric?

    My reason for the awesome DVD:

    I want to learn what notes go best together for different styles of music.

    Im a beginner player, but i think bass is really cool. Thank you.

  2. peet AnimA
    June 21, 2010 | 8:37 pm

    hope to got a copy to see what kind of course is it :P

    my biggest question about bass guitar: how to got a nice sexe groove

    why i need a copy: to upgrade my skill

  3. CJ Allan
    June 21, 2010 | 9:01 pm

    ???….What will learning the bass do to help my intermediate/hobby blues guitar playing ??

    I plan on getting a bass, because i’ve always liked it, but I feel it will vastly improve my guitar playing…at 68, and getting back to playing after a 40+ yr layoff from everything but my harp..I just want to catch up on things missed or lost. :)
    Gonna get the DVD regardless , but SS income sure cramps my $$ abilities… :)
    Thanks Man..You’ve been a big help to me….Keep it up !! :)

  4. Mick
    June 22, 2010 | 1:13 am

    How should you play with a drummer?

    I would like to discover more music theory with the bass guitar and believe your DVD would help.

  5. Christian Joli
    June 22, 2010 | 1:19 am

    Hi, Jonathan,
    Is it too late for me, at 60+, to become proficient on the bass guitar?
    I don’t seem to go anywhere with the recently purchased bass :-(( Your Decoding the Bass Guitar teachings will probably help.
    Regards,
    Ch.

  6. mark
    June 22, 2010 | 1:22 am

    i’d like to learn to decode the neck of the bass
    because i love jazz walking lines (coltrane, miles) but dont really understand how those bassists can play so fast and compose instantly on the neck.
    i want to drastically improve my theory and practical because i really want to get into jazz!
    thanx!

  7. Al Prindle
    June 22, 2010 | 1:27 am

    I know absolutely nothing about playing bass guitar. I don’t understand any of it and just understanding how to play bass (I would think) would increase my understanding of not just the bass but playing in general.

  8. John Andrews
    June 22, 2010 | 1:29 am

    I’m a guitar player, but want to learn more about my bass, and how to play it. To my surprise, I’m not instantly a great bass player because I can play guitar pretty well… :-(

  9. Ben
    June 22, 2010 | 1:32 am

    My number one question: What is the proper technique to strike the strings/hold your hand to get different effects?

    I’m very much a beginner player on both acoustic and bass. So far my learning for bass has been simply by trying to copy people I’ve seen playing, which is useful, however limited when it comes to fundamentals that I think I would be able to pick up much better with a course like this, where I can replay things and work at my own pace.

    Thanks!

  10. earl brackett
    June 22, 2010 | 1:32 am

    I can create great bass lines on the keyboard, but I find that I can’t break out of the patterns that I’m playing on the actual bass guitar, how can I learn to translate what’s in my head to the neck ?

  11. Rickcene Ulysse
    June 22, 2010 | 1:33 am

    The reason i am interesting in the decoding the bass guitar, is because i am bass player. I am usually concentrate on funk style. I believe your materials has a lot of bass phrases. In which i need a lot

  12. John Andrews
    June 22, 2010 | 1:33 am

    Oh yeah….my biggest question about Bass (aside from how to play well) is how to tie bass in with the drummer.

  13. Bill
    June 22, 2010 | 1:33 am

    I’m switching from drums to bass.I play in a Christian rock band and I’m the oldest guy in the band,so I need all the help I can get.

  14. Warren
    June 22, 2010 | 1:34 am

    How does the bass and drums interact to form the rhythm section is my main question.

    Why do I need this course? I cant play bass and hope to win this course to learn how.

  15. Mike Salvio
    June 22, 2010 | 1:38 am

    How does bass guitar compare and contrast to regular electric guitar in it’s methods of scale and song development.

    I need the DVD to help figure out those so easily fleeting ways of combining notes, on the bass, to contruct a solid foundation of note combinations that will make my playing sound, at least, melodic.

  16. Herman
    June 22, 2010 | 1:38 am

    Hi, I’m normaly play the electric guitar, but ocasionly I have to play bass, my question is ; What can you do to prevent getting sore fingers, on both hands, if you play ocasionly bass?

    I hope that the DVD teaches you a lot more than playing root notes most of the time ?

  17. Tom
    June 22, 2010 | 1:38 am

    My mzin question about playing bass is how do you determine the pattern of notes needed to play along with other musicians?

    I think that this DVD will go a long way towards answering my question.

  18. Wayne S.
    June 22, 2010 | 1:44 am

    I have recently been trying to teach myself guitar. I am 46 years old and had never played before, but have decied to “give it a shot” for a couple of reasons. One reason is that life IS short, and I’ve always wanted to learn to play, so I figured it’d be better to have alate start than to never pick up a guitar at all. My second reason is that I think it will be good “physical therapy” for improving the condition of the fingers on my left hand, three of which which were pretty severely damaged during my days as a motorcycle roadracer.

    As I have been working through the basics of the guitar, I have found forming some of even the most basic chords, and performing quick chord changes, to be VERY challenging (almost too challenging) and frustrating due to the current limited mobility/movement in my fingers.

    I am considering switching to the bass guitar (at least until/unless I can get my fingers in better shape) because playing the bass, at least at a beginner level, seems to involve less complicated hand/finger movements and to demand fewer quick finger position changes.

    Your site helped me get started on guitar and I certainly think it will help me with the bass as well. Thanks.

  19. Gerry
    June 22, 2010 | 1:44 am

    My son has expressed frustration with trying to improve his bass guitar playing and that leads to my question: is there a method to get someone (even a beginner) playing several recognizable and enjoyable songs in a reasonable time that would contribute to their learning and enjoyment.

    I need Decoding the bass guitar to give it to my son and hopefully help him.

  20. Ben Tan
    June 22, 2010 | 1:47 am

    Q1 – How can i pick up learning the bass asap so that i can immediately play in our church band?

    Why do I need this course?
    Currently, we don’t have a bass player in our church band (and i just knew that something is amiss in the music w/o the bass ;-) hence i need to pick it up fast so that i can play the bass for the church service every Sunday. (so as to fill up this MISSING gap ;-)

  21. Joe Curatolo
    June 22, 2010 | 1:47 am

    I am very frustrated. I have been playing for 20 + years,and never learned to read music. I need help.

  22. AJMatt
    June 22, 2010 | 1:52 am

    I’m looking for all the great material I can find that will help improve my playing, and this sounds like it will real do the job. I have always had a passion for the low end sounds, and I can’t wait to see what’s inside.

  23. DLO EADS
    June 22, 2010 | 1:52 am

    Why is it that the bass player is always the coolest guy in the band?

    I need to win this DVD cause the better I play the more fun people have playing with me.

    Thanks man

  24. Gary
    June 22, 2010 | 1:54 am

    I have always loved the Bass and really want to become the next victor wooten – LOL

  25. monty
    June 22, 2010 | 1:55 am

    1) I am about to buy my first bass guitar because I think it will do two things…strengthen my fingerwork and prepare me for using more original bass lines on the lower stings of my other (eleven- but don’t tell the wife) guitars.

    2) The DVD sounds cool and could lift both comping and soloing with some different riffs rather than the stuff of old habits.

  26. Jim
    June 22, 2010 | 1:56 am

    I am trying to improve my overall guitar playing, and I think learning to play the bass would really add to that. Plus, I’d be able to lay down some additional tracks when I record!

  27. Rowena
    June 22, 2010 | 1:56 am

    I would like to play. I feel that the bass guitar may be easier to understand and even help me in my endevor to play. I enjoy singing with the guitar and have a decent ear. That’s about all.

  28. Carl Murphy
    June 22, 2010 | 1:57 am

    Why is it that many bass players in recent years insist on turning on the treble and making bass so much like another guitar? I think it sounds awful.. Much prefer a deep gutsy bass sound which holds down the bottom end and gives a fuller richer sound overall.

    I need the DVD to see what you are all about

  29. Dana
    June 22, 2010 | 1:59 am

    I would like improvise will playing in my church chior

  30. John
    June 22, 2010 | 2:07 am

    What are the best sounding strings to put on a bass guitar?

    I need this dvd to be a better Bass player and how to make good sounding runs

  31. Dana
    June 22, 2010 | 2:08 am

    Where do play or go in reference to the bass when all you have is the guitar chords on sheet music?
    I need this skill to be a better bass player and to play better in my churchs chior and not over play or just playing the whole notes

  32. Mark
    June 22, 2010 | 2:12 am

    How to get away from just playing the root…

    I’ve been a solid sideman for years, never had lessons, just been playing by ear…I speak the language, but with a very limited vocabulary……looking for more.

  33. Ron
    June 22, 2010 | 2:12 am

    I’m just starting with the bass. Should I use two fingers or three?

  34. Ron
    June 22, 2010 | 2:13 am

    I’m just starting on bass. Should I use two fingers or three?

  35. rob
    June 22, 2010 | 2:17 am

    What is the best way to learn on a fretless- by tone or position?

    I took lessons for a short period more than 30 years ago and now want to really learn. My youngest and 14 year old is now playing guitar and if he can do it why not an over 50 chap.

  36. Kevin J. Finglas
    June 22, 2010 | 2:20 am

    I’ve played 6 and 12 string acoustic as well as 6 string electric and a little keyboard for nearly 40 years now, mainly cabaret/ rock. I now find myself trying to keep up playing 5 string Bass in a Metal band.I need to know 1# why is the B string added below the E and 2# on a 6 string Bass is the string higher than the G a B or a C tuning?? I would love this CD to help an old rocker go that one step further and become the Metal Bass player I need to be. Cheers Kevin

  37. Andy
    June 22, 2010 | 2:22 am

    How do you know what notes combine well together to make progression, and how do thet differ in the different generas?

    I really need this so I can start jammin with my buddies and not get left behind during the song. I’m just a beginner, but I practice every day.

  38. Cindy Masino
    June 22, 2010 | 2:26 am

    1) What are the benefits of playing chords on the bass?

    2) I have played bass, 4 string and 5 string, in a gospel group for many years, but it seems as if I am stuck playing the same ole riffs and notes. Some a little faster, some I add a note or walk or something to make it sound different, but they are all basically the same. I really would LOVE to expand my playing ability and be able to play all styles of bass.

  39. peter
    June 22, 2010 | 2:27 am

    as 100% novice to bass guitar I have lots of main questions, most of them hopefully answered by your DVD :-)

  40. Scott
    June 22, 2010 | 2:30 am

    I would like to learn finger picking techniques for the bass. I would like the DVD for this reason.

  41. Chris
    June 22, 2010 | 2:30 am

    Is it true that if you play bass with a pick you’re just a frustated guitar player?

    I want to be able to play runs like the motown bass players used to do.

  42. Marvin
    June 22, 2010 | 2:39 am

    My Grandson is just getting started on the road to becomming an awsome Guitar Player/Performer. He has showed some intrest In learning the bass guitar. He has an bass and on his owen figured out the tab for Still doll so he can record and play along with his guitar. I think your DVD would be of great benifit to him.
    Sencerly, Marvin

  43. Dave Patterson
    June 22, 2010 | 2:41 am

    Question: I know several bass players. Some use the 4 string bass, others use the 5 or six string. And then there’s the fret/fretless debate. Why all the different types and is there a LEGITIMATE reason for each? Other than just “it depends on what you like…”.

    Why I need it: I play guitar in our band, and would like to be more versatile, in order to make myself a more valuable member.

  44. wilfredo
    June 22, 2010 | 2:44 am

    1.- Which are the best finger stretching exercises for bass players?

    2.- I’m stuck with almost no good technique. Can you help me in learning different playing styles?

  45. MIKE
    June 22, 2010 | 2:44 am

    Is it true that bass players are cool?
    I would like have your dvd so I can find out for myself.

  46. Patrick Carroll
    June 22, 2010 | 2:46 am

    Are Bass Guitars really that BIG? Or are Bass Guitarists heads really that small?

    I need the DVD cuz I have a small head (like most bass guitarists)…

  47. JIM
    June 22, 2010 | 2:51 am

    going to help me .. w/ my spirit 5string.. so i can jam w/ my ladys son and his two boys.. i am not interested in playing guitar .. only bass.. been a fan for many many years. thank you ..thanks you .. thank you !

  48. Faisal Anderson
    June 22, 2010 | 2:52 am

    My #1 Question is how do I improvise and create my own riffs or songs on Bass guitar?

    I want the DVD because in my band I want to play more than just root notes and simple riffs. I think the Bass has much more to offer than just adding to the rythm and complimenting the guitar! (John entwhistle did a lot more and made the music amazing!)

  49. Harry
    June 22, 2010 | 2:55 am

    I am 51yrs young and I am trying to learn everthing so I can be a one man band.

  50. Gerry Bailey
    June 22, 2010 | 2:56 am

    Hi Jon, I cannot understand how a walking bass is worked out,
    Also many other things on a similar line, there is just no info
    out there,they tell you what but not how it works.

    I just need this DVD to make me a bass player, so I can die a happy man.
    Regards Gerry.

  51. Tim Martin
    June 22, 2010 | 3:00 am

    It would be way cool to learn how to play the bass,really well!!! ;-)

  52. lindsay
    June 22, 2010 | 3:01 am

    I am just beginning at bass but I seem to always play scale runs, like 1, 3, 5, 7. I want to learn some real walking bass lines……..

  53. Don McCaaughey
    June 22, 2010 | 3:01 am

    I am 75 years old and play bass in a cajun band. I love playing bass but tend to use the same old bass lines. I would like to color up my bass playing to keep myself from getting bored when playing the same old songs, without putting to much in them of course. Thanks Don

  54. j.t.parsons
    June 22, 2010 | 3:02 am

    How do learn to play away from the root notes?

  55. Johnny West
    June 22, 2010 | 3:08 am

    Well, I”ve studied the Number System for at least 23 years, on guitar and I’m using that knowledge on the bass (which I just got 2 years ago). If I won a vid, I would work with it, do a review of it and post it to my website that I”m putting together. I’m all about networking. I think the vid would inspire me and help me build and expand on my knowledge. I probably don’t deserve to win because I joined in with Slappy on the fish comments (lmao!). Take Johnathan. Will link up to your new site, as soon as I finish my morning coffee routine. Peace bro.

  56. James Christiansen
    June 22, 2010 | 3:08 am

    How different is playing the bass from a regular guitar. I have always wanted to be able to plau the bass

  57. Joanne Drury
    June 22, 2010 | 3:10 am

    I know nothing about playing the bass but am anxious to learn.

  58. Bob
    June 22, 2010 | 3:12 am

    At age 65 I decided to learn the guitar. Now a few months later at age 66 I realize that it’s the bass that moves me. Am I taking on too much at one time? Am I too far along in my years to be learning guitar and bass? I played piano pretty well as a teenager but gave it up when I went into the military for nearly 9 years. (yes, I have a digital piano now, too!)

    I don’t have a lot of years left; I know that. I need to learn as much as I can as fast as I can and I believe your DVD will be a big help.

  59. GUY REDDOOR
    June 22, 2010 | 3:21 am

    HEY COOL THAT SOMETHING IS COMING OUT FOR THE BASS GUITAR, I HAVE BEEN A BASS PLAYER IN WORKING BANDS FOR 30 YEARS, AND LOVE THE BASS. BUT IT SEEMS THAT IT IS HARD TO FIND SOMETHING NEW AND REFRESHING FOR THE BASS, SOMETHING THAT MAKES IT EXCITING AGAIN. WELL FROM WHAT I HAVE LEARNED FROM THE GUITAR LESSONS, THE SIMPLE AS WELL AS MORE PROGRESSIVE ASPECTS OF GUITAR FROM YOU, I AM SURE I WILL LEARN A LOT FROM THE BASS LESSONS, AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE CD’S. I WOULD LIKE TO GAIN SOME INSITE THAT I MAYBE MISSING FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE WITH PLAYING, AND I WANT TO BE ABLE TO PLAY OUTSIDE OF MY BOX THAT I HAVE DEVELOPED.

  60. brett jennings
    June 22, 2010 | 3:23 am

    Is it true that the 4 strings on the bass are the same as the bottom 4 strings on a guitar? I need these lessons badly because I love music,it’s been inside me since I was born! I know I could be great if someone would just point me in the right direction.Mabey this little contest is my lucky break.

  61. Shea Scherer
    June 22, 2010 | 3:24 am

    I play guitar, but I have always wanted to play bass. What is the best way for me to transition over to playing bass?

    I play with two other guitar players and we do not have a bass player. Your DVD would help me to learn the bass guitar and add some bottom to our music. Thank you in advance if I win!!!

    Regards,

    Shea (aka Cool Papa Shea)

  62. David
    June 22, 2010 | 3:28 am

    I want to learn where the connection is between the bass player and the Guitarest. For instance when playing guitar I find that most guitarist play the upper notes the higher end strings and they don’t drop down and play on the bass strings to much while playing a song because that’s where the bass guy is. He’s there giving that song the funk, the jazzy part, the thumping background down and the slamming beat at the same time. So I guess that’s my question. Where’s the connection?
    I want a copy of your Decoding the Bass Guitar so I can learn to play the lower end and that lead thumping vibration that makes the song kick or the smooth tones in the background that carry you away with the music. I think your course could help me to understand a great deal of this. I already bought a second hand Bass and I am ready to learn more about this wonderful sounding instrument. Thanks,
    David

  63. Tim Cottrell
    June 22, 2010 | 3:29 am

    I love the Bass. I started my interest in music playing the bass violin and then began playing the bass guitar. I am always looking for ways to expand my knowledge on the bass. Bass is the bottom that keeps a band together. I want to use your course to learn more theory about the finest instrument I own my Ovation hollow body bass. I would like to learn how to come up with new bass riffs easier to make jamming better for me.

    If I get this course I will use it to help me get to a new level of playing the bass. This will put me back on track with my music which is a very important part of my life, it always has been and always will be.

  64. Wayne White
    June 22, 2010 | 3:30 am

    I have played bass for many years. I want to pick up any simple tips I can benefit from….

  65. jaime hernandez
    June 22, 2010 | 3:31 am

    How do you choose a bass guitar that produces a great sound for rock, jazz, and other genres? I have always wondered how some bass players are so creative and can really make a key difference in making a song sound so great.

    I believe the “Decoding the Bass Guitar” dvd will help me to understand how to learn how to be diverse and creative when learning to play original and other artist’s songs.

  66. joe stefan
    June 22, 2010 | 3:32 am

    I was wondering if you can tune a bass guitar to an open chord like G and play harmonics. I would like a free copy to learn alternate notes up and down the neck, thank’s joe

  67. Christopher Brophy
    June 22, 2010 | 3:32 am

    What is the best way to form a Walking Bass line?

    I need this video because I have hit a roadblock in my Bass guitar studies…After three years, I feel my learning curve has plateaued.

  68. joe stefan
    June 22, 2010 | 3:33 am

    i would also like to learn chords on bass

  69. melvin
    June 22, 2010 | 3:36 am

    my question is why do some bass have 4 strings and some have 5 strings.

  70. Sean Fletcher
    June 22, 2010 | 3:37 am

    They say it’s never to late to learn.Just hoping it’s not to late.
    Your Dvd looks like what i am looking for.

    Do all the great bass Guitarists use the same system when learning or do they all play by ear.

    Many thanks for your time.

  71. Nerash ishwarduth
    June 22, 2010 | 3:40 am

    I play in a church band in South Africa and I am inspired by artists like Abraham Laboriel and Terrance palmer. I would like to progress to another level. I believe God has positioned music for a purpose and would like to use this DVD to firstly achieve more in my Bass playing and secondly inspire other people.

  72. John Noel
    June 22, 2010 | 3:43 am

    My son learned to play electric guitar from me when he was 8 years old and he hasn’t stopped playing and learning ever since. With pressures from the job, etc I quit playing 20 years ago and started again late last year when I got laid of and upon urging from my son. It’s been great and we jam together now at least twice a week. We have been using Ableton Live to record separate tracks with my son’s electric drums, Fender Strat and keyboard. While I am OK with putting down tracks for Rhythm (and some lead) guitar, I went ahead and bought an electric bass guitar recently to add that vital element to our jam sessions. I want to know how different playing with a bass guitar is compared to a standard 6 string guitar, what techniques you use to play (with and without a pick), how to recognize quickly and play chord progressions and show my son that the old man still has it in him! Your DVD would be most timely and helpful in my situation and help me complete my strategy. Music has been a great tool for my son and I to be together on a regular basis and your DVD will be, well, the icing on the cake! One of my main questions is: where does a bass guitar come in in a recording session? There might be many answers here but generally speaking, Is it after you have played the lead and drums? Many songs we use have tabs available for lead and rhythm guitar and drums but seldom for bass. What can I do with the bass to write the tabalture and add some interesting background to the songs we play? I have a lot of other basic questions which hopefully will be answered (even partly) with your DVD. Thank you for listening to my story.

  73. Ronnie
    June 22, 2010 | 3:50 am

    I always wondered how bass players actually play along with a chord progression, do they play a few notes from each of the chords and how long do you stay on each note to complement the song just right, in order to let it flow, to be honest I’ve always just guessed and bluffed it I suppose as I’ve never been quite sure how it’s played right or taken lessons on it despite taking them on guitar well dvd lessons at least.

    Anyway I would love to learn to play bass properly so as to be able to understand music better and how it all goes together, I also feel it will be helpful when creating original songs as great ideas often come from a bass line alone.

  74. Mark Campagna
    June 22, 2010 | 3:54 am

    I have been playing for 35 years, why do my hands hurt?

    Actually my question is >….
    What is the trick to playing and singing as a bass player, it is harder than singing as a guitarist.

    I play in church and classic rock bands and I am bored sitting in the pocket all the time, I want to contribute to the melody.

  75. Mike Manzella
    June 22, 2010 | 3:58 am

    #1 Why is there such a strong push to limit bass to a background rhythm keeping tool in rock music there are too many musicians that don’t expand the capabilities of their music through the bass.

    #2 I want to expand my ability to create something fresh on my bass to use in my compositions.

  76. McAdams
    June 22, 2010 | 4:01 am

    what’s the difference between a jazz bass and a precision bass?
    the dvd will help me move along all over the neck, knowing where I am…

  77. Fran Vogel
    June 22, 2010 | 4:05 am

    are there diffrent types of electric basses for diffrent styles of music?

    I play piano and always listen to bass lines. I would like to learn to play some bass to have a better understanding of how to build a bass line

  78. Chris Kidd
    June 22, 2010 | 4:10 am

    I have played jazz bass for sometime, but I want to expand my understanding of it.

    For me if I don’t have sheet music, my improv skills really lack.
    I need to understand how to unlock my skills.

  79. Lingers Fingers
    June 22, 2010 | 4:10 am

    ? = Whats the best way to transfer any lessons into actual playing.

    I would like to add color to my playing. Its fine to be a pocket player but I want the lines to be tasteful.

  80. Frank Cramblitt
    June 22, 2010 | 4:12 am

    Hi Jonathan,

    Here are my two responses:

    1) My number one question about the bass guitar is how should I go about learning to play bass in the pocket, make my grooves feel good, and be a team player in the rhythm section.

    2) I need the Decoding the Bass Guitar DVD to give me a solid foundation in the fundamentals of how to play the bass and associated grooves that will make me a stand out bassist.

    Thank you for considering my entry.

    Sincerely, Frank

  81. JR
    June 22, 2010 | 4:21 am

    Other than the ‘Tone’ is there any great difference between playing bass on a bas or a s string guitar?

    The lessons would help because playing on 6 strings seem to be 50% harder!!!

  82. Mike Campbell
    June 22, 2010 | 4:24 am

    What’s the advantage of playing chords instead of single note runs on bass?

    I’ve played bass for a while and I’ve hit a wall. I only play a country style of bass and would to expand my knowledege to learn other styles for blues and southern rock as well as other music.

  83. Jimmy D Hall
    June 22, 2010 | 4:28 am

    Is there such a thing as an acoustic bass? I know most of what I have seen are electric.

    I want the DVD because I am passionate about guitars but know very little about the bass. We have some string players in our church and would like to form a Christian band. We feel a bass would be important.

  84. Warren Nelson
    June 22, 2010 | 4:29 am

    Never played bass…play guitar….are higher scale positions used regularly in normal backup?

  85. Josue
    June 22, 2010 | 4:29 am

    I’ve playerd bass for a while and want to expand my knowledge

  86. Blair O'Howe
    June 22, 2010 | 4:29 am

    Can the pentatonic scale be used when deciding what riffs you’d like to play?

    I’m from the old school and need to sharpen my skills. I’m auditioning for a bass part in a younger band.

    Thanks Johnathan for all the input you bring us.

    Best Regards Blair

  87. AJ
    June 22, 2010 | 4:31 am

    I am retired. I never had the chance to learn music when I was young; then I joined the Army to serve my country and break the mold of living in one place and doing the same thing as my brothers and sisters. I travelled the world, got an education and raised a productive and loving family. There was never any time to learn music. Now I am 65 years and retired. Learning how to play music is Number 1 on my Bucket List. Learning to play the Bass and ‘How’ the Bass fits into the music in order to enrich the piece is my goal. I have a number of your Learn to Play Guitar DVDs. I would like this one to have my grandson learn Bass and play with me in a family group.

    AJ

  88. Rod
    June 22, 2010 | 4:31 am

    Jonathan,

    How will the Decoding the Bass Guitar DVD help me learn bass in the easiest, and most effective way?

    I need your DVD to get me going in the right direction!

    Thanks Jonathan!

    Sincerely, Rod

  89. Ken Levings
    June 22, 2010 | 4:32 am

    want to learn base so can play in our church group
    played rhythm guitar for years. really enjoy your guitar tips and lessons. Ken

  90. Reno
    June 22, 2010 | 4:32 am

    I have always had an excellent ear for music. I finally have decided to seriously study the Bass Guitar. I feel the it is the foundation of most music today and I want to be the one responsible for establishing the grove of the songs. I have yet to see a good explaination as to the design and markings on the fretboard. I understand the 12th fret Octive markings, but I cant seem to get an understanding or explaination of the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th fret markings. I have a feeling there may be some relationship to the Black and White keys on a piano. Can you help with this explaination for me ?

    With the Name of your CD being DECODING the Bass, Im hopeful It may be the answers to many of my Theory questions and be one of the missing pieces of the puzzle.

    Thanks’

    Reno

  91. Tony
    June 22, 2010 | 4:34 am

    It’s always nice to know how to play Bass guitar when the Bass player don’t show up. My # 2 reason is, I like to get things for free!

  92. Mel
    June 22, 2010 | 4:34 am

    How come a BASS doesn’t look like the fish?

  93. Warren Nelson
    June 22, 2010 | 4:34 am

    I would like a copy of the DVD to get myelf ready to play bass when needee in my ensemble which contains players who switch instruments…I’m ready to roc k!

  94. Rick Neal
    June 22, 2010 | 4:35 am

    #1 Question is; How do you know what scales work to gether and how to transition smoothly from one scale to another in a song.

    I need the ‘Decoding The Bass DVD’ because I am a serious student of the Bass and I learn better through ‘visual’ examples than by listening to CD’s because I learn better when I see how the instructor does his ‘fingerings’ and moves up and down the fret board as he explains.

  95. Brian Richard
    June 22, 2010 | 4:37 am

    I want to know how basslines correspond to chord progressions on guitar.

    I play bass in an original rock/pop band. I feel that I am fairly creative but only thru trial and error. I know what sounds good, but I have technically have no rationale for what I come up with. It would be nice to know the “theory” behind what I am playing and remove some of the mystery going forward.

  96. Gary Haigh
    June 22, 2010 | 4:41 am

    How are bass guitar patterns determined from the guitar scales?

    I have been playing guitar off and on for about 40 years. I have a Yamaha 4-string bass guitar and this DVD will vastly improve my knowledge of the bass guitar.

  97. Louis Bosco
    June 22, 2010 | 4:41 am

    trying to get my Grandson interested in bass he now plays drum in the school band I think it would be a great fit and a good summer project.his bass is in the case ready to go to work.

  98. Deano
    June 22, 2010 | 4:43 am

    Awh the Bass ..Now there is a place in the beat of music that’s just not right without the BASS some where between the drums and your foot stomp lies the deep sound of a 16 inch wofer that brings it all together…My question is: when is the bass lines best played inbetween the drum beat that makes the guitar sound so clean?? And is a riff or run done in the same chord formate?? Sincerly, D. Osborn

  99. Laurie
    June 22, 2010 | 4:43 am

    HELP!!!!!!!!!! been trying to understand the theory behind playing for years,I can play acoustic or electric by ear, now i just bought a bass think I’m in trouble lol, someone save me! Please :)

  100. Wayne Powers
    June 22, 2010 | 4:44 am

    Are pick ups on a bass similar to those on a 6 string; that is, are there humbuckers and single coil wound; and, if so, what are the pros and cons of each, besides getting rid of the 60 cycle hum? If that’s the only difference then why even make a single coil?

  101. Joe
    June 22, 2010 | 4:45 am

    My question is:
    Why do some bass players use a pick. Most I see do not.

    Reason to get course:
    I am just starting learning guitar, but I think ultimately I want to play the bass.

  102. Damon
    June 22, 2010 | 4:46 am

    How do you know where to solo based on what key a song is in?

    I don’t want to be just a good bassist, I want to be frekin awesome!

  103. Deano
    June 22, 2010 | 4:50 am

    Oh Thanks Jon your free lessons should qaulify american stimulus money…why not they give the green backs away like candy rite…

  104. Richard Carr
    June 22, 2010 | 4:53 am

    1. How does one adjust the pickups to get that deep low-end sound, but have the high tones when you need them?
    2. I believe this DVD will will help me expand my knowledge and help me get out of the box I’ve been in for years.

  105. DG
    June 22, 2010 | 4:53 am

    What is an easy way to learn the proper transitions between chords? What are the best practice drills to get better?

  106. john
    June 22, 2010 | 4:54 am

    well play guitar and want pickup on another insturmentthis would help me out just wondering do u play cords on bass like on 6 string guitar

  107. Rich Solomon
    June 22, 2010 | 4:55 am

    There’s always room for improvement.

  108. john
    June 22, 2010 | 4:57 am

    well wanted to exsplore another insturment and this would help just wondering do play chords on bass and being 4 strings would it be consider triads

  109. Manny B
    June 22, 2010 | 5:00 am

    My No.1 question is,does bass guitar have minor and major pentatonic?
    i also play bass guitar but i feel there’s something missing when i play i cannot understand it now,but maybe decoding it will give me some lights…thanks and more power

  110. Bryant Cochran Jr
    June 22, 2010 | 5:03 am

    I need to learn bass. I’m a certified martin guitar Master repairman. Now I am getting requests from my motorclub to play in the band but I have not ever touched a bass guitar with playing in mind. I know this video will put me on the right track to learn enough to shine on the bass and I want that ability.

  111. Barry Whitley
    June 22, 2010 | 5:05 am

    #1. I hear some very exciting bass on cd’s that seem to really be on the move and carry a song so well. How can I learn to do that?
    #2 I was playing piano at church until January of this year when I had an accident with a garage door and crushed my pinkie finger on my right hand. There was not enough bone left even after surgery to support the tip anymore. So I have begun playing the bass now but would love to play something other than it I, IV badk and forth notes. I also play the guitar

  112. Danee' Akason
    June 22, 2010 | 5:10 am

    My Question-how can I choose the best chord progression for any particular song?

    I will benefit from your teaching as I am trying to teach myself to play Bass with a new band. Being a girl the band thinks its cool that I play Bass.

    Please consider my request as one of your winners. It would really make a difference to me.

    Thanks so much

  113. Doyle Thomas
    June 22, 2010 | 5:11 am

    I really like your approach to scales and blues.
    I want to hear your philosophy on bass and learn some bass techniques.
    Thanks for your passion.

  114. Thomas Boise
    June 22, 2010 | 5:12 am

    I played guitar for a few years and would really like to learn to play the bass, i think it would help me all around. What is the best bass guitar to purchase? thanks Tom Boise

  115. Gerry
    June 22, 2010 | 5:13 am

    1) I would like to know the music theory behind the bass guitar compared to playing an acoustic or electric. What notes when, where and why.

    2) Why do I need your DVD? Simply put it is ten times easier to learn by example. That is the beauty of recorded media. You can help hundreds of thousands of people to learn the bass guitar with one recording.

  116. Kerry
    June 22, 2010 | 5:14 am

    I have always wondered what made playing bass so different than regular guitar.

    I have always been put off from buying a bass and starting to learn, but if I had the CD, I could start learning on my guitar and see if I really like it.

    Thanks!

  117. Charles
    June 22, 2010 | 5:16 am

    What is the easiest way to learn the fret board? and what’s
    the best way to discover the link to the logic?
    I’ve been playing for a while but there is a glass ceiling and it takes a new approach to break through.

    Regards

    Charles

  118. Dan Johnson
    June 22, 2010 | 5:20 am

    What is cooler than a bass player?

    I want this DVD set so that I can be a cool bass player.
    My daughter plays bass, and she’s the coolest cat I know.
    Her grandfather was a bass player, and he was cooler than cool.
    I want to be part of that heritage.

  119. mike torchio
    June 22, 2010 | 5:21 am

    I have always wanted to find a way to use the whole fretboard effortlessly from the deep bottoms to the sweet melodic highs without stumbling. Tell me how, please.

    I need the bass guitar DVD beacause I bought your guitar scales DVD and it has helped me tremendously as I am sure that the bass DVD will make me a much better player.

  120. greg sidley
    June 22, 2010 | 5:23 am

    I have been playing bass guitar for about six years. I really need some music theory to move forward.I would like to be able to contribute alot more in jam sessions rather than just keep up with other musicians who i jam with.

    I feel like your dvd could propel me to the next level.

  121. jun javier
    June 22, 2010 | 5:29 am

    BASS GUITAR,HOW MYSTERIOUS CAN YOU BE. WHY DO YOU HAVE TO COME IN VARIOUS SHAPES AND WAYS…4,5,6 OR MORE STRINGS, THAT BLOWS ME AWAY. I’D LIKE TO LEARN AND CARESS YOU NIGHT AND DAY.

  122. Alex
    June 22, 2010 | 5:30 am

    #1 How can I become more proficient at improvising on the bass guitar?

    #2 I’ve been playing bass for more than 40 years. Learning songs by ear the whole time. I’ve played in a few very good cover bands that have had musician go on to be some of the best players in the field. One in particular was once described in Wikipedia as perhaps the fastest guitar player in the world. I’ve been in recording studios several times to lay down bass lines for musician friends of mine. But I’ve always had their music before hand for me to figure out some nice bass lines for their songs. I am adequate but was never great at improvising on the spur of the moment (lack of theory I suspect). So why do I would want your DVD? It’s because I would like to expand my improvisational skills.

  123. Tyler
    June 22, 2010 | 5:32 am

    Is it more important to keep with the drummer or to stay with the guitar as the changes come along? Or does it simply vary from song to song?

    I feel like I’ve got the basics down, but I’d like to get far more in-depth with my bass and really learn more about how to get the most from playing it.

  124. JACO
    June 22, 2010 | 5:35 am

    HI JONATHAN,
    1)I AM STRUGGLING WITH THE RIFFS, DON’T NOW HOW TO IMPLEMENT THEM WILE PLAYING A SONG SO I END UP JUST PLAYING BUM,BUM,BUM…
    2)STARTED PLAYING ABOUT 2 MONTHS AGO, I AM THE YOUTH PASTOR OF OUR CHURCH AND WE DON’T HAVE A BASS PLAYER SO I DECIDED TO FILL THE GAP. NOW I DO ENJOY IT VERY MUCH BUT THERE IS NOT MUCH MATERIAL ON THE MARKET TO TEACH NEW BASS PLAYERS LIKE MYSELF.YOUR DVD SEEMS LIKE IT COULD HELP ALLOT AS FOR SOMEONE WILL TELL YOU WHAT TO DO BUT STILL YOU DON’T KNOW WHY?

  125. Jay Green
    June 22, 2010 | 5:45 am

    Never tried to play bass, so my #1 question is: How much guitar knowledge will translate over to playing bass?
    I need the CD to make this transition and also to help my grandson learn some bass to help him with his guitar studies.

  126. Jim
    June 22, 2010 | 5:45 am

    My question & reason:

    1) How do you link the different pentatonic or blue scale positions on the neck to come up with a melodic bass lead?

    2) Hopefully you’ll answer number 1 so my playing will not sound like a bunch of disconnected random notes but have a theme.

  127. dave steen
    June 22, 2010 | 5:49 am

    will the dvd REALLY help me become a better bass player ??

    Having been a guitar player [ & getting "stuck" ] i found the bass a great way to “escape” & try a new way of playing.
    I actually spend more time with bands in a bass setting rather than a 6 string guitar. Hoping this will help me on the bass …. cuz I need it man.
    Thx all ……………. Dave

  128. Mark
    June 22, 2010 | 5:50 am

    1)How do I get the proper sound using a slap technique?
    2)I picked up my bass (and my guitars) about a year ago after about a 20 year layoff (starting a family can do that to you…). Now I can’t put them down. I tend to stick with the bass when I have other people to jam with but get bored when playing alone so then I play my other guitars. I’d really like to improve my bass skills and possibly get a blues/classic rock band together so I think the DVD set would really be helpful.

  129. timothy
    June 22, 2010 | 5:52 am

    Hey Jonathan. I like what you’re doing.

    I bought a bass years ago to fill out my studio. Had some money; didn’t want to keep borrowing other folks’ guitars. Now i want to learn how to play it. I don’t have a bass amp, but the guitar seems loud enough for practice purposes without an amp. Is it important to have an amp when starting out, or is that something I can wait to get later on?

    Thanks!

    Tim

  130. timothy
    June 22, 2010 | 5:56 am

    Oh yeah. I’d love a copy of the DVD to get me started and help build some confidence so I can keep at it.

  131. Robbie
    June 22, 2010 | 5:56 am

    I woould like more knowledge of the base (1) To help in my creativity (2) I think that knowledge would transfer over to my guitar playing (3) Get out of that same old same old rut.

    I record my own music on a personal digital and find I have to play the base parts myself as the machine never seems to have that “perfect” progression or sound.

    Thanks.

  132. Bob S
    June 22, 2010 | 5:59 am

    First of all, Jonathan, it is fabulous that you are making this course available at this time. Playing bass and doing vocals will get me to the stage faster than playing blues leads and vocals. Every band needs a bass player. Bass players are the kindred spirits of goalies. Seems they all have the same temperament.

    My question about bass is, have I made a mistake in buying a Cort 30″ neck 4 string bass? I was able to negotiate a great deal on it at my local music store, but as I begin playing it, I sense it does not have the range of a 36″ neck bass.

    Another question is what kind of amp is recommended? My Laney LX65D seems not to like being hooked up to my bass unless I keep the volume WAY DOWN.

    My reason for trying to win the free DVD is simple. I am married to a marvelous, very talented ‘fine’ artist. In Canada artist’s make no money. I am the sole source of income. Playing music is an expensive undertaking. So, everything I need to support my music habit has to be saved for. This takes time and makes a serious dent in my beer money. Frequently I am forced to make the choice between music or beer, music or beer. Music always wins. I want so much to be an accomplished player that I always choose music over beer. I know three bass players who say playing bass supports their other musical endeavours because every band needs a good bass player there is steady work. A good bass player can fit in anywhere, with any style! With what I have learned from your free course materials, it will be a simple step to progress to a good bass player to augment my drive to become a full time player.

  133. Robert Kaye
    June 22, 2010 | 6:01 am

    Jonathan,

    I’m interested in obtaining “Decoding the Bass Guitar” because as as a semi-pro bassist and instructor I know there is always more material I can share with my students as well as incorporate in to my own playing.

    Thanks for making this DVD available!

    Robert Kaye

  134. Dale
    June 22, 2010 | 6:07 am

    Hey, you are a bass player to,(JACK OF ALL TRADES)you play drums as well? lol. I have been following your guitar lessons and your teaching techniques are top notch, you make it seem like a close friend is teaching me. I feel that anyone that takes advantage of the bass lessons will feel comfortable in learning all you have to offer. i have thought about learning the bass. Now i just might follow your course so i to can play the bass and electric just like you my friend. you play anything else? LOVE to win it. ether way i’m in. Have a great day.

  135. Keith Gibson
    June 22, 2010 | 6:08 am

    I have been playing the guitar for a long time and recently started taking lessons to improve. Part of the lessons is on writing music and they teach through writing. While taking these lessons my instructor has encouraged to play the bass parts. I had no idea how important the bass is and its foundation in music. While playing basic bass, my question is, how to when playing basic notes integrate with a beat versus playing triads and mixing this up to come up with compelling songs to keep the listener involved and wanting to hear more.

    I would like a chance to win this to continue, learn and develop my bass technique at my own pace.

    Thank you.

  136. andy levine
    June 22, 2010 | 6:09 am

    Why is that sometimes a relativly easy line just fits right in and makes the whole song flow? I need this DVD b/c I am trying to expandd my horizons and really undrstand music from the perspective of different instruments( and I really want to play bass better)

  137. Joe Dean
    June 22, 2010 | 6:13 am

    I’ve been playing Bass for a few years now in a contemporary group at church. I use music sheets to play basic root chords. I would like to augment the chords to “spice up” the Bass. My hope is that your course can assist me in this fashion.

    I would appreciate a copy in use to encourage the youth of our church to play bass through your course content.
    Thanks,
    Joe Dean

  138. JoAnn Clark
    June 22, 2010 | 6:16 am

    I have a friend who plays bass and is trying to teach me in the winter when we are both in Florida, but I need something to help me the rest of the year.

    I feel sure your DVD is the answer. I learn well from self-regulated instruction, and I am impressed with your methods, which I have learned from your emails.

  139. Martin Krohne
    June 22, 2010 | 6:16 am

    1. How can I create truly awesome walking bass lines on the fly?

    2. I want to expand my skills beyond playing riffs, roots and fifths into smoothly moving bass lines that really work!

    I’ve been playing guitar for a long time and just dabbling in bass. I have a pretty good sense of rhythm but need to take the next step! Can your DVD help me?

  140. George M
    June 22, 2010 | 6:17 am

    Jonathan,
    Like you, I started as a guitar player and I love the instrument. Lately I have found there were more opportunities to play with others If I took up the bass. I like the fact that playing the bass lets me get into the mix with others and make music but I seem to be stuck following the basic rhythm of songs and therefore confined to the background.

    How can I make my bass playing stand out in songs while still being respective of the song?

    I am currently playing bass in a three piece with a singer and we seem to be a little stagnant. I believe that winning this video can help me improve my playing enough to put some spark back into our music and help me to learn to love playing bass as much as I do guitar.

  141. Charles Davis
    June 22, 2010 | 6:17 am

    The #1 question for myself is: Can I add some “theory knowledge” quickly to take my bass skills to the next level. I am already a fairly accomplished “mid-level” bass player, but I want to figure out how to “unlock” my ability to take it to the next level. I don’t have working knowledge of “theory” as it relates to playing the bass, so at this point, I would like the opportunity to learn that in a “fast track” method.

    My other purpose for this dvd is, I have a market for teaching beginning bass, but I want some good material to help me develop a good “beginning” curriculum.

  142. Ray Parry
    June 22, 2010 | 6:21 am

    How do I learn how and when to insert the cool intervals between the foundational notes?

  143. Mark D
    June 22, 2010 | 6:21 am

    Being self taught on guitar and then transferring knowledge to bass, there are a lot gaps I know I need to fill.

    Other than “hearing” riffs in my head I’m not sure if there are more standard types of riffs for bass that one can use in lots of situations. If there are, what are they and when might you use one over another one?

    Being a music teacher in the public schools, I HAVE to include bass in my guitar class. We need it musically and invariably one kid eventually gravitates to bass more than guitar. So it is incumbent on me to learn everything I can about playing bass as I am NOT a bass player and indeed barely qualify as a guitar player. Your DVD could be a great tool in learning what I need.

  144. K.B.
    June 22, 2010 | 6:29 am

    I always heard playing bass lines would help to improve the playing of someone trying to learn lead guitar.Any truth to this?

    I have a bass I bought just to play in case we needed a bass player (mostly just jammin’).I play mostly country and gosphel rythym guitar.I found out that there is a lot more to playing the bass than I thought and would like to really play it better.
    Thanks

  145. tommyc
    June 22, 2010 | 6:31 am

    I LOVE THE BLUES AND THINK THAT EVERYTHING MUSICAL IS BASED ON BLUES MUSIC AND ITS FUNDAMENTALS. I AM A BASSIST AND WANT TO IMPROVE ON MY KNOWLEDGE OF BASS MOVEMENTS IN CHORD STRUCTURES. I AM ALWAYS INTERESTED IN BLUES/JAZZ SCALES AND WALKING THE DOG SO TO SPEAK. TIME CHANGE AND SIGNATURE IN A SONG NEED TO BE ADDRESSED FOR ME AND I HOPE YOUR LESSONS MIGHT BE OF SOME HELP FOR ME.
    THANK YOU! TOMMYC.

  146. vic
    June 22, 2010 | 6:36 am

    Jonathan ,I’ve always just played the basic root note plus the 4-5 notes and some other notes that seem to fit for bass lines and seemingly always just sort of guessing,it would be great to be able to understand what’s really going on in theory and apply that to the song,I really want to understand where to play and more importantly and WHY am I playing a particular pattern or sequence of notes.

  147. Cowboy
    June 22, 2010 | 6:40 am

    Even though I don’t play in a band I have several friends who have bands.It seems that they have more problems needing a last minute bass player . I would love to be that go to guy that they could call and say they need a bass player for that night.I have learned so much from your lessons that I think I could learn enough theory from this DVD that I could be that guy.

  148. Manny Robas
    June 22, 2010 | 6:40 am

    need to learn some cool bass riffs

    to upgrade my skills….thanks!

  149. Frank
    June 22, 2010 | 6:47 am

    How do the bass patterns differ for minor versus major key?

    I play guitar, I bought my wife a bass guitar and would like to teach her to play bass so we can play together.

  150. debby fuller
    June 22, 2010 | 6:48 am

    Is the bass a good instrument for playing solo jams. I’ve had my bass for 2 years and need some new inspiration and something new to practice. I’m 62 and just have learned to play a musical instrument

  151. GregO
    June 22, 2010 | 6:49 am

    Good Morning Jon,

    I hope that all’s well in the Great White North. I’ll be visiting there in about a month. I purchased both your guitar lesson DVD’s and absolutely love them! They have improved my playing exponentially. I’m 49 and have been a percussionist since grade 3 and have done well with my chops. I picked up a friend’s ’57 Les Paul and fell in love! SO~ I bought my son a guitar and a pretty decent drum kit (He lives with his Mother… ;v)). Not wanting to upset the balance for the lead and drums, I bought him a fantastic Fender Jazz Bass and 400 Watt Amp. *SMILE*
    So, he visits me often and we jam here at my place. He asked me if “The guy who made my Guitar Scale Patterns DVD’s had any bass lessons”? Now, I can tell him “Yes Scooby, Jon has a Bass Lesson”. So to help us sound better, learn faster than the average bear, and help us reach new Bass heights never before achieved internationally by Jaco Pastorius and in the Southern Continental USA by ZZ Top, The Van-Zant Brothers, Molly Hatchet, and so on….
    So, please help us out Jonathon and help us rock! I can help Scooby with co-ordinating of playing with the drummer and vice-versa. You can help us learn the essentials and we can take it from there..with your help! Thanks Jon, keep on rocking in the Great White North. I’d like to jam with you sometime too. Check your schedule and get back with me :) Happy Canada Day!
    Sincerely,

    GregO

  152. bob
    June 22, 2010 | 6:51 am

    i’m filling in for our bass player for a big show, and i have about 2 months to learn! my biggest question is what is the proper fingering with the right hand?

  153. Jim
    June 22, 2010 | 6:54 am

    Hi!
    How similar is playing the bass to play lead?

    I’d like to give the bass a try. Winning you dvd would probably give me a great head start.
    Thanks,
    Jim.

  154. Fred Davidson
    June 22, 2010 | 7:00 am

    Can you take the lessons and techniques used to play the guitar and transfer those learned to the Bass?

    I would really like to be able to lay down the Bass riffs used in alot of the Motown songs (Papa was a Rolling Stone for instance).

  155. Gary Brockway
    June 22, 2010 | 7:06 am

    I have played bass and guitar for a few years and understand that the first four strings on a guitar are the same as the bass.
    I would like to learn where and what the bass notes are when a guitar hits a minor chord.
    I am trying to teach my wife to play bass while I play guitar.
    I could really use some expert advice and not teach her some bad habits that I am sure I have picked up.
    Thanking you in advance.
    Gary

  156. Jason Pontalion
    June 22, 2010 | 7:07 am

    Question: Why’s the neck so long?

    Reason: I need to master bass so I can start up a band and start a revolution in music! :D

  157. Becky
    June 22, 2010 | 7:11 am

    I got myself a nice little bass and now I want to learn to play!

    Question: What’s the best way to get started?

    Thank you :)

    Becky

  158. Carl
    June 22, 2010 | 7:12 am

    Is it true that there are chords for the Bass Guitar too?

    I think that this DVD “Decoding The Bass Guitar” will help me with my musical ambitions to learn the Bass Guitar and learn to play with other musicians.

  159. jim
    June 22, 2010 | 7:23 am

    should you start with a four string five or six, and why. My wife and i have been playing guitar for a while, 1 of my son’s started playing the drums,my wife can also play the keyboard or piano, but we have been missing a bass player,we can record and play back when adding instruments,so there are a few of us interested in learning bass,one of my other 5 boys said he may even join in.the video would be a big boost to get things moving in that direction. good luck to everybody

  160. Terence McNally
    June 22, 2010 | 7:24 am

    What are bass patterns and are there bass chords and how are they both used?

    I have been a basic strumming and finger style guitar player since I was a kid of 12 and am self taught(I’m over 60 now. I bought your I IV V DVD and really got a lot out of it. I want to be able to learn how to apply that information to the bass. My son gave me his old bass he messed around with in high school and I have no idea what to do with it. I have tried playing around with it on my own but I need help. I really like the simple explanations you give on your guitar DVD and expect that your bass DVD will be great, too. Thank you for sharing your gift of teaching.

  161. Luis Gutierrez
    June 22, 2010 | 7:35 am

    Can you figure out the chords of a song with the bass?

    I would love to learn to play the Bass to play in my church, I have been playing guitar for a years, but only chords, I hope the bass may get me also playing lead guitar. And there is not as many Bass playes as guitar players, I love the way they keep the song going.

  162. Rafe
    June 22, 2010 | 7:37 am

    To learn to play the bass after almost 45 year lay off. I began in junior High School and fell in love with the guitar. My old flame is the bass though.

    I picked up a Roland Bass in the mid eighties and now have traveling bass to study with at work. This DVD will be a tool for me to study with and full fill my lifes path.

  163. Maria Gironas
    June 22, 2010 | 7:38 am

    My question for bass guitar is:
    What is the key to switching from mode to mode with bass as oppose to guitar?

    This bass guitar DVD would help me a lot in being able to play patterns across the fretboard and shake things up a bit as a bass player, I think it would help me completely change my sound so I don’t blend in with the rest of the music. Thanks :)

  164. Floyd
    June 22, 2010 | 7:39 am

    Hey Jonathan, I have a nephew who plays trombone in his high school jazz band and wants to learn more bass guitar. He already owns one. His birthday is coming up and this would be a great way he and I could jamm together. And I could also learn with him. I greatly appreciate all your tips for the guitar, it has made me a more savy player. As soon as I can get some dough together, I would like to purchase your I-IV-V lesson, soon, I hope, Thanks for all you do, keep up the good work, Floyd.

  165. Catherine Lewis
    June 22, 2010 | 7:44 am

    Bass is awesome! I’m 60 years old and have arthritis, so it helps keep my hands warmed up. My husband plays guitar and I would like to be able to jam with him.

  166. phil
    June 22, 2010 | 7:50 am

    How can I use this dvd to help me learn songs by ear…?

  167. Nick Loeffler
    June 22, 2010 | 7:57 am

    I am a newbie Bass player and am looking for the best way to really learn it right. Your program looks like a great way to really hit the ground running!

  168. Don
    June 22, 2010 | 8:02 am

    1. A few nights ago I went to a concert by a great five piece group, “Kathleen Grace Band.” They played an eclectic mix of Rock, Folk and Jazz. They are all excellent musicians…the Bass player (upright acoustic)was the coolest. From time to time he would switch to using a bow, and even worked it into the grove. The guitar player had a sweet vintage Gibson Jazz guitar. From time to time he would slip on a glass slide and create wonderful voices with the Vocalist(Kathleen). Why don’t other groups use the bow and the slide more?
    2. Are the Pentatonic scales used on the Bass?

  169. kenne rogers
    June 22, 2010 | 8:15 am

    I can easily play with only chord symbols + 3rd&7th&6th.etc. However, I need a better concept of Walkling Bass and appropriate solo styles, amongst others. Can your DVD help me in these areas?

    I’m confident that with your programs I can’t but improve and with a name like mine I’ve got to be way more than just good.

  170. Gary Eller
    June 22, 2010 | 8:17 am

    I played the guitar as a teenager with a dream of playing in a band. Unfortunately, I allowed the pressures of this world (making money to pay for wife, kids, dog, etc) to steal my dream. I now have time to learn to become an effective musician and the bass guitar is a dream that I would like to fulfill. I presently have limited knowledge of the guitar. I can play a lot of chords, but that is about it; with that in mind, I would like to begin from scratch and become a successful bass guitar player:)

    The above statement sort of includes both requests. I feel that I have undeveloped musical ability that I would like to see come to fruition. Additionally, with the bass guitar, I would like to incorporate the regular guitar in the process as the opportunity afforded itself. Thanks!

  171. Mark Williams
    June 22, 2010 | 8:26 am

    I am just adding Bass to my instruments and so:

    Biggest question – How is the Bass different than the guitar? Not just tunings and fingerings and such, but how to put it all together to play the Bass lines and rhythms.

    How your program can help – from what you are telling us, your program will clear up a lot of the basic questions and get me going on teh right track and not waste a lot of time spinning my wheels in the wrong direction!

    Thanks for your programs, help and the opportunity to get a free copy of this new DVD!

  172. CW Hendricks
    June 22, 2010 | 8:52 am

    I would love to learn the Bass to add to my guitar playing skills. I have always loved the riffs played in hit songs on the bass and would like to add some of these to my bass guitar playing skills. I think the bass just kicks off a good song ans sets the mood. I want to be able to pick up a guiate or bass and just rock!! Thanks for this great site!!

  173. Denton Chase
    June 22, 2010 | 9:03 am

    1. My biggest question about the bass guitar:
    How can one apply learned music theory as it pertains to the bass guitar and apply it practically to better practice and play the bass in a meaningful way?

    2. Why I need a copy of Decoding the Bass Guitar:
    I am very typical of new bass guitar learners- I picked it up after a few failed attempts at other instruments and it just felt like the right instrument for me, both mechanically and in attitude. I have taken lessons, followed several beginner books, but have yet to really get “over the hump” of getting it. I need a copy of Decoding the Bass Guitar because I am at the crucual stage where I am either going to learn the hard way and develop some bad habits, or learn the right way and acquire the right habits. Simply put, I need a decoding guide, something that helps me not just practice the bass, but better understand it so I can practice and play with purpose.

  174. Chuck
    June 22, 2010 | 9:05 am

    I have been playing the bass guitar for many many years. I am 53 years old and have been playing since high school. I have a four string and a six string. I love playing my four string, but I cannot for the life of me figure out why anyone would need a six string. What does one do with the big sixth string? I can play just as easily and or play the same notes on my four string!
    I would like to have the “Decode the bass” for just improving my playing.
    Thanks!
    Chuck

  175. Dean Savoie
    June 22, 2010 | 9:09 am

    I Think all the good questions Have been asked. I just want to play better. I Have two bases, one is a 4 string Fender and the other is a 5 string Fender.

  176. Gabe Hagwood
    June 22, 2010 | 9:16 am

    My number one question is how do you do amazing harmony chords and give it that slap effect AND BASICALLY LEAD SONGS…I KNO THEY SAY A LEAD GUITAR OR DRUMS LEADS SONGS BUT I TOTALLY THINK THE BASS IS THE HEARTBEAT OF A SONG AND SOMETIMES LEAD.

    i really need this dvd because i want to have many more opportunities to make it somewhere and me playing the bass plus the lead guitar will give me a tremendous reputation…i Jus want to be known and i really KNOW THIS DVD AND YOU AND GOD WILL HELP ME ABOVE ALL..where i play at also really needs a bass player…we hav to lead guitars but i we really need a bass player and i kno im the one to do it. This can also help my lead guitar skills..this will really take me to the next level in not only the musical generation but being known in the social world…The feeling of being wanted at places because of your talent..I STILL HAVE PLENTY MORE TO LEARN..ESPECIALLY WITH THESE DVDS AND YOU HELPIN ME ALONG THE WAY…

  177. Cindy Angel
    June 22, 2010 | 9:35 am

    I play string bass and would like to play electric also What are the similarities.

    I teach in a private school, and I don’t have as much time to get out and get lessons, with my 4 kids and responsibilities I have to teach multiple instruments, and I love it, but any insight from someone like you who has always made everything so clear would really help. Since I have so many instruments to keep up on.. It would really help me. Thanks so much.

  178. Dan Davis
    June 22, 2010 | 9:36 am

    I’ve been playing bass for about half a year now. I play a lot of different kinds of music and experiment a lot with different tunings. What I would like to know is how to write beneath guitar riffs properly. Do you treat them as notes in an arpeggio and play the root? Do you add low harmonies? Like if there was an A note in a guitar riff, could I play the D below it? I know how to walk and write bass lines with drums, as well as with many different styles of piano and keyboard. Now it’s onto guitar :) I need this dvd to improve my musicianship and to help with my audio production aspirations, which I am continuing to improve at.

  179. Jeffrey Priess
    June 22, 2010 | 9:38 am

    how are the modes applied in walking patterns?
    The decoding the bass DVD would be very helpful for me to expand my knowledge and ability, I’m always looking to find new and different ways to approach the bass and learn techniques.

  180. David
    June 22, 2010 | 9:44 am

    I’m currently played accoustic guitar. What’s a way for me to start on the bass guitar? Thanks.

  181. John
    June 22, 2010 | 9:44 am

    My question: Why do so many think playing bass is simple?

    Need lesson because: I began playin bass by direction then learned there was such a thing as a scale and a I IV V progression. How ever I want to play smooth swing walking patterns with ability to improvise.

  182. John
    June 22, 2010 | 9:46 am

    Last comment excluded my last line.

    I need knowledge !!!!!

  183. chris
    June 22, 2010 | 9:46 am

    Although I’ve played for many years now, I still am not always happy with my playing. I need that “turbo-boost” to get to a new level of awareness and peformance skills including playing while singing. maybe this course would do it?

  184. David Espinosa
    June 22, 2010 | 9:48 am

    Jonathan,
    I have been playing bass for about a year now. I play in my chruch group because they don’t have a bass player to fill the empty spop in the music. My quesiton is, I play basic cords off lead sheets, how can I spice up my playing so I could play with more style and be able to play the right passing notes?

    I feel that yor new DVD designed for bass will help me play with more style. I have not found much for bass guitar so I feel theis is a big plus for beginner base players. I goal is to play worship music.

    Thank you for steping up and looking out for new bass players.

    Dave Espinosa

  185. Ed
    June 22, 2010 | 9:48 am

    #1: How much help do I need?

    #2: Because… I need help!

  186. Dave Taylor
    June 22, 2010 | 9:49 am

    I would like a copy of Decoding the Bass Guitar in order to break out of the root 5 to create more interesting bass lines.

    My number one question is how to improve my slap and pop technique, and how to play funk better. Also I would like to know how to build finger speed so I can play a faster shuffle.

  187. joyce
    June 22, 2010 | 9:55 am

    I just want to learn to play. So far your tips are helpful. Thanks

  188. Comon
    June 22, 2010 | 9:56 am

    I’ll b direct and to the point……like the Bass should be.
    I need the DVD cuz…….I need all the help I can get, iwant to be a better player not just a good player, and funds are tight ….. Just like the Bass and drums ..should be..

  189. Daved Terrell
    June 22, 2010 | 10:01 am

    I need the Decoding Bass DVD because I need to learn technique and different bass styles. I tend to play bass like a guitar player.

    One of the main techniques I would love to master is the rocker thumb for “walking basslines”

  190. thomas a prater jr
    June 22, 2010 | 10:04 am

    im just startting would like to see what i could learn this is just for myself

  191. Rich Robbins
    June 22, 2010 | 10:15 am

    I am very interested in Bass instruction video. My son , who is 15, has started playing the bass and even bought a Viola bass like Paul McCartney’s. I taught him what I can about the bass, but I am not a Bass player. For him to grow in his understanding and skills, he needs some real instruction. Helpppp !!!!!

  192. Travis
    June 22, 2010 | 10:27 am

    My biggest question about the bass is why dont many chords sound good on bass but do on guitar and Why i need it is because i have a band and my band is trying as hard as we can but we all need to get better and this would be a good way for our bassist to get better besides his birthday is this friday not even kidding so he would like this gift

  193. Mick Smith
    June 22, 2010 | 10:36 am

    I learned to play a six string by ear – is Bass a simple step from six string? I would like the DVD to accelerate the learning process.

  194. Charles McEachern
    June 22, 2010 | 10:39 am

    I just picked up aelectric bass and would really like to learn to play it so that I can play it in church. I’m 71 and just can not hold most guitars proper but I believe I can the bass, I’m also learning the Dob ro

  195. Damian
    June 22, 2010 | 10:43 am

    My biggest question about playing bass is, why is the bass so cool?

    The reason I would like to win a free copy of you DVD is that I want to know what mates are talking about when I try to jam with them.

  196. Mike Ferrara
    June 22, 2010 | 10:47 am

    Why do music store techs always tell me it’s better to use my finger instead of a pick to play bass?

    I need to win your DVD “decoding bass” because so many other DVD GUITAR lessons (with full songs on them) do not come with a bass tab, in fact the tabs arent even available to BUY.

  197. Gary Johnson
    June 22, 2010 | 10:52 am

    Hi Jonathan i’m 59 years and i started music in 1965 with the guitar and drums, now i also play ukulele, The Dulcimer,Piano
    and i fake the bass. This dvd would give me a good start at learning thr bass the right way.I’m disabled so i got plenty of time on my hands now. I also write Christian and a little country music (about 35 songs)Thanks for the DVD if i win if not thanks for the chart in E. Gary Johnson

  198. Abel Gonzalez
    June 22, 2010 | 11:06 am

    I’ve been playing bass guitar for over 30 years, BUT! you never stop learning. You seem to think you know it all but then here comes this young AXE Slammer, and plays his Axe and WOW! Blows you away. And you ask your self… How did he do that? So there it is, I play a Conklin Sidewinder 7 string, Custom made for me 20 years ago, Serial #5, and I can Thump,Pluk, hammer on’s Hammer off’s Funk, Jazz, etc. But there is always Theory, Tabs, etc. So You see there is so much to learn. And I want to Learn!
    Thank You… Abel Gonzalez

  199. Gary Fossum
    June 22, 2010 | 11:07 am

    I want to learn finger movements and become a good bass player Right now I plat with two fingers and I find it’s a little hard to stay in control of the song .I really need help Thanks for takening the time to do a video for bass players. Gary

  200. kim watts
    June 22, 2010 | 11:10 am

    i need this dvd cos the bass is my main instrument. any new ideas are always helpful.

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