Your Sound Is Your Signature

Christian McBride guides you on how to develop your own unique signature sound on the upright and electric bass.

Get ready to walk like Christian!

Ready to develop your own signature bass style?

Gain a unique perspective on being a bassist from undisputed bass heavyweight champion of the world – Christian McBride! Wherever you are on your own musical developmental path, Christian can help you take that next step.

Through meticulous demonstration and honest discussion he lays out not only the how, but the “why” of his personal musical choices. Why does he play the basslines, solos, and compose the way he does? How does he think about interacting with drummers? And more.

See what to practice from this course, and how, with bonus of 10 Guided Practice Sessions from Bob DeBoo.

  • LEVEL 4
  • 36 Videos
  • 10 hours
  • 10 guided practice sessions
  • 144-page PDF workbook
  • Subtitles: English • Italian


Sit and listen with Christian as he points out what to (and what not to) emulate in your playing.

Lock In

Joined by legendary drummer Carl Allen, Christian shows how to lock in with your drummer.

It’s Electric

Christian breaks down how to get the job done right on the electric.

After completing this course…

You’ll be able to:

  • Have a better perspective on how both hands affect your sound
  • Really learn a tune and be able to put it in any key
  • Hear chords more deeply, and know the theory that goes with them
  • Solo better with the bow
  • Understand Christian’s concept on the electric bass
  • Play many different feels and time signatures
  • Hook up better with drummers
  • Play faster
  • Listen deeply to music the way Christian does
  • Have a better understanding on how to be a world-class working musician

You’ll also get:

  • Guided Practice Sessions showing you exactly how to practice the concepts that Christian teaches
  • PDF transcriptions of EVERY note Christian plays
  • 144-Page Workbook to download for your music stand

Workbook Included

Downloadable 144-page workbook is included in the course.

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“Christian is an amazing teacher! Full of knowledge and experience with such an inspiring sound, watching his lessons has made me pick up my bass right after and hit the shed!”

Brock M.


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“This is it! Fantastic advice straight from the source!”

Eero S.


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“Nothing less than spectacular! The transcriptions and the notes Christian plays are amazing! Lots of wisdom to keep the wheel turning… Money well spent!”

Kurt M.


Tunes covered

  • Bebop
  • I Thought About You
  • The Shade of the Cedar Tree
  • Stick and Move
  • Tenderly

  • The Girl From Ipanema
  • The Wizard of Montara
  • Used Ta Could
  • and more

Living Notation

Our exclusive Living Notation allows you to follow Christian’s playing and demonstrations in real time with moving, interactive notation.

Extensive transcriptions are included, along with ability to change speed, a/b loop, and more as you practice along with Christian.


Is this course right for me?

Christian McBride’s Your Sound Is Your Signature is the perfect fit for you if:

  • You’re an intermediate to advanced bass player
  • You want to learn how to lock in with your drummer
  • You can learn by listening and imitating or reading notation
  • You are looking for inspiration to practice better to become a better player

How is this course different from Fundamentals of Jazz Bass and Beyond?

Christian developed this course to dive deeper on topics like connecting with your drummer and electric bass.
This course goes beyond the music and into the truths of how to be a successful professional musician like Christian.
If you liked Fundamentals of Jazz Bass and Beyond, you will love Your Sound Is Your Signature.

Meet Your Instructor

Christian McBride is a eight-time GRAMMY® Award-winning bassist/composer.

Aside from various stints with Sting, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, and others, McBride has been artist-in-residence and artistic director with organizations such as Jazz Aspen, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Jazz Museum in Harlem, Jazz House Kids, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Newark, the Montclair Jazz Festival, and the Newport Jazz Festival.

Meet Your Drummer

With over 200 recordings to his credit, drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator, Carl Allen’s profound and propulsive percolations provided soulful and syncopated support for nearly three decades.

Carl has played with Christian McBride, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Jennifer Holliday, J.J. Johnson, Rickie Lee Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Lena Horne, Ruth Brown, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, and many more.

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

Start Here

  • Welcome From Christian

Sound and Technique

  • Right Hand Technique
  • Left Hand Technique
  • Concepts on the Bow
  • Double Up! The Electric Bass
  • Walking Bass Patterns

Tunes and Feels

  • How to Learn a Tune
  • Ballads
  • 2-Feel
  • Playing in 3/4
  • Playing Fast
  • Playing Fast Play-Along
  • Playing in Odd Meters
  • Transitions

Solos and Theory

  • Solo Breakdown – "Lined With a Groove"
  • Listening Sesh With Christian
  • Solo Breakdown – "The Wizard of Montara"
  • Theory Breakdown
  • Advanced Scale Usage
  • How to Trade and Solo Together

Musician Wisdom

  • How to Record in a Studio
  • How to Hook Up With the Drummer
  • Building Under a Soloist
  • How to Get and Keep the Gig
  • How to Lose the Gig
  • How to Put Together a Setlist

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
  • Guided Practice Session 8
  • Guided Practice Session 9
  • Guided Practice Session 10