Blueprint for Jazz Bass

Learn how to create an iconic sound and construct legendary bass lines directly from the Maestro himself, Ron Carter.

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The Maestro has a plan, do you?

Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished pro, Ron Carter will guide you in creating your own unique sound in this brand new course, Blueprint for Jazz Bass.

Maestro Cartemasterfully breaks down his techniques for getting an iconic sound. You’ll learn how he “connects the dots” to create some of the greatest bass lines in jazz history.

You’ll also get Open Studio’s popular Guided Practice Sessions. Pro bassist Bob DeBoo practices with you, holding your hand through the course material. You don’t just take in the teaching; you practice, play, and absorb it.

“Creativity is not a property of exceptional people. It is an exceptional property of all people.”  – Ron Carter

  • All levels
  • 18 videos
  • 4.5 hours
  • guided practice sessions
  • pdfs
  • Subtitles: English

Meet Your Instructor

Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. He has recorded over 2200 albums, and has a Guinness world record to prove it!

From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet. Over his 60 year career, he has recorded with so many of the jazz greats greats: Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, Bobby Timmons, Eric Dolphy, Cannonball Adderley and Jaki Byard to name a few. He can be heard on many iconic jazz records of the 60’s and 70’s such as Speak No Evil, Maiden Voyage, Red Clay, Speak Like a Child, Nefertiti and Miles Smiles, to name a few.

Carter continues to do worldwide tours with his various groups. The Golden Striker Carter Trio, The Foursight quartet, the Ron Carter Nonet and Ron Carter’s Great Big Band. He has recorded multiple albums with his groups.

Meet Your Practice Guru

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, James Carter, Matt Wilson, Ron Miles, the 442s, 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 more

Course Contents


  • Posture
  • Sound & Right Hand Technique
  • Warm Up
  • Note Length & Playing Horizontally
  • Bass Du Jour
  • Half Position
  • First Position
  • Functions of Non-Chord Tones with Peter Martin
  • Filling Space
  • Drops & Details
  • A Pianist and A Bassist Have A Conversation

Guided Practice Sessions

  • Guided Practice Session #1
  • Guided Practice Session #2
  • Guided Practice Session #3
  • Guided Practice Session #4
  • Guided Practice Session #5
  • Guided Practice Session #6
  • Guided Practice Session #7