Building Blocks of Bass

A back to basics on bass from Bob DeBoo.

A fun and detailed journey through the essential concepts for becoming a more complete upright bassist.

Start laying a solid foundation

In the Building Blocks of Bass course you will get a carefully guided step-by-step collection of "building block" fundamentals to become a solid upright bassist, from a professional double bassist of many years.

Bob has a fun and easy way to build your bass skills that will have you sounding better in no time!

Using a Guided Practice Sessions™ approach and a set of provided play-alongs, Bob shows you exactly what to practice and how.

After completing this course...

You’ll be able to:
  • 🧱 build your ‘sound’ on the bass with both hands
  • 🧱 learn the basics of playing with the bow
  • 📈 play better in tune
  • 🚶develop a solid rhythmic concept for triplets, walking, and playing in a two-feel
  • 👂 train your ears to hear bass lines and chords
  • 🧰 choose good notes for building great bass lines
  • 🧠 learn and remember the chords and melody to a tune
  • 💿 play along with records

This course is right for you if...

  • the upright bass is new to you or you are crossing over from electric bass
  • you are a ‘classical’ bassist looking to get into jazz
  • you've been playing for a while but want to revisit the basics
  • it’s a challenge to find a teacher
  • you aren't sure what to practice


"Bob is a super supportive teacher. From basic techniques to creative improvisation ideas, he helped me increase in skill and confidence on the upright bass."

Janet E. (USA)

“On top of being an incredible player, Bob's teaching has been just as inspiring and I’ve always felt motivated while studying with him.” 

Chano C. (USA)

Guided Practice Sessions™

Bob not only teaches you in the lessons, he will show you exactly how to practice to them.

PDF Workbook

Find all of worksheets from the course that you need to get your groove on.

Audio Play-Alongs

Practice with the 16 audio play-alongs that Bob uses in the lessons.

Try a free lesson

Check out a full length sample lesson and see if the course is right for you!

Meet your teacher

Bob DeBoo is an in-demand performer on both the double and electric bass. Some of the projects he’s been involved with the last couple years include playing with David Sanborn’s Acoustic Quartet, Peter Martin, Geoffrey Keezer, Alarm Will Sound, Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up In Your Bones” Opera, James Carter, Matt Wilson, Ron Miles, the 442s, the Adam Maness trio, the St. Louis Symphony, leading his own quartet, and much more.

Bob has also been a part of numerous Open Studio live concert events and courses. He is also highly active in education, having worked with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People program, JazzSTL’s JazzU program and teaches bass at Missouri State University, University of Missouri - Saint Louis, and Jefferson College.

See Bob's official site for more

What's in the course:

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Workbook
  • 7.3 MB

The Mental and the Physical

Physical Issues
    The Mental and the Physical: Quiz

      Sound and Technique

      Sound & Bass Anatomy
        Right Hand
          Left Hand
            Bow Basics
              Intonation
                Sound and Technique: Quiz

                  About Time

                  Triplets
                    Quarter Notes & Walking
                      Half Notes and the Two Feel
                        About Time: Quiz

                          Training the Ear

                          Ear Training With Intervals
                            Ear Training With Chords
                              Training the Ear: Quiz

                                Building Bass Lines

                                Building a Bass Line With Scales
                                  Building a Bass Lines With Chromatics
                                    Building Basslines: Quiz

                                      Learning a Tune

                                      Learning a Tune: Chord Progression
                                        Learning a Tune: The Melody
                                          Learning a Tune: Quiz

                                            Playing Along With Records

                                            Playing With Records
                                              Playing Along With Records: Quiz

                                                Audio Play Alongs

                                                Intonation - Bb majorScale, 1 Octave, 60bpm, 2x
                                                • 1 min
                                                • 10.3 MB
                                                Intonation - BtoC#, 60bpm, 4x
                                                • 1 min
                                                • 5.86 MB
                                                Intonation - C majorScale, 1 Octave, 60bpm, 2x
                                                • 1 min
                                                • 10.3 MB
                                                Intonation - Chromatic GtoG, 60bpm, 4x
                                                • 4 mins
                                                • 35.2 MB
                                                Intonation - DtoE, 60bpm, 4x
                                                • 1 min
                                                • 5.86 MB
                                                Intonation - FmajorScale, 1 Octave, 60bpm, 2x
                                                • 1 min
                                                • 10.3 MB
                                                Intonation - FtoG, 60bpm, 4x
                                                • 1 min
                                                • 5.86 MB
                                                Intonation - G majorScale, 1 Octave, 60bpm, 2x
                                                • 1 min
                                                • 10.3 MB
                                                Intonation - GtoBb, 60bpm, 4x
                                                • 1 min
                                                • 8.79 MB
                                                Quarter Notes and Two Feel - Drum Loop, 90bpm
                                                • 3 mins
                                                • 61 MB
                                                Half Notes and Two Feel - Conga Beat, 110bpm
                                                • 3 mins
                                                • 47.9 MB
                                                Ear Training with Intervals - Bb Drone
                                                • 1 min
                                                • 9.09 MB
                                                Ear Training with Chords - Bbmaj7, 8 Bars
                                                • 2 mins
                                                • 11 MB
                                                Ear Training with Chords - Bb7, 8 Bars
                                                • 2 mins
                                                • 11 MB
                                                Ear Training with Chords - Bb Min7, 8 Bars
                                                • 2 mins
                                                • 11 MB
                                                Ear Training with Chords - Cycle Of 4th Random
                                                • 8 mins
                                                • 74.3 MB
                                                Building a Bass Line: Scales - Drum Loop, 90bpm
                                                • 3 mins
                                                • 61 MB
                                                Building a Bass Line: Chromatics - Drum Loop, 90bpm
                                                • 3 mins
                                                • 61 MB
                                                Playing Along with Records - Count Basie 'All of Me'
                                                • 2 mins
                                                • 1.53 MB

                                                Simple Player Versions

                                                Physical Issues
                                                • 8 mins
                                                • 286 MB
                                                Sound & Bass Anatomy
                                                • 17 mins
                                                • 668 MB
                                                Right Hand
                                                • 20 mins
                                                • 793 MB
                                                Left Hand
                                                • 18 mins
                                                • 719 MB
                                                Bow Basics
                                                • 17 mins
                                                • 665 MB
                                                Intonation
                                                • 13 mins
                                                • 501 MB
                                                Triplets
                                                • 10 mins
                                                • 392 MB
                                                Quarter Notes & Walking
                                                • 13 mins
                                                • 513 MB
                                                Preview
                                                Half Notes and the Two Feel
                                                • 15 mins
                                                • 606 MB
                                                Ear Training With Intervals
                                                • 12 mins
                                                • 468 MB
                                                Ear Training With Chords
                                                • 14 mins
                                                • 559 MB
                                                Building a Bass Line With Scales
                                                • 14 mins
                                                • 540 MB
                                                Building a Bass Lines With Chromatics
                                                • 10 mins
                                                • 404 MB
                                                Learning a Tune: Chord Progression
                                                • 15 mins
                                                • 593 MB
                                                Learning a Tune: The Melody
                                                • 11 mins
                                                • 415 MB
                                                Playing With Records
                                                • 9 mins
                                                • 333 MB

                                                Audio Versions of Lessons

                                                Physical Issues
                                                • 8 mins
                                                • 12.9 MB
                                                Sound & Bass Anatomy
                                                • 17 mins
                                                • 30.6 MB
                                                Right Hand
                                                • 20 mins
                                                • 35.1 MB
                                                Left Hand
                                                • 18 mins
                                                • 31.8 MB
                                                Bow Basics
                                                • 17 mins
                                                • 29.5 MB
                                                Intonation
                                                • 13 mins
                                                • 22.2 MB
                                                Triplets
                                                • 10 mins
                                                • 17.3 MB
                                                Quarter Notes & Walking
                                                • 13 mins
                                                • 22.7 MB
                                                Half Notes and the Two Feel
                                                • 15 mins
                                                • 26.8 MB
                                                Ear Training With Intervals
                                                • 12 mins
                                                • 20.9 MB
                                                Ear Training With Chords
                                                • 14 mins
                                                • 24.8 MB
                                                Building a Bass Line With Scales
                                                • 14 mins
                                                • 23.9 MB
                                                Building a Bass Line With Chromatics
                                                • 10 mins
                                                • 17.9 MB
                                                Learning a Tune: Chord Progression
                                                • 15 mins
                                                • 26.3 MB
                                                Learning a Tune: The Melody
                                                • 11 mins
                                                • 18.4 MB
                                                Playing With Records
                                                • 9 mins
                                                • 14.8 MB