Fundamentals of Jazz Bass and Beyond by Open Studio

Fundamentals of Jazz Bass and Beyond

Learn what to play, and what NOT to play.

Your sound is your signature.

It's all about taste, choices, knowing what to practice, and learning the right way. Make better musical decisions by learning from the best. 

Use the transcriptions, interactive notation and enhanced video player to immerse yourself in the material. Gain insights into sound, solos, time, and feel from modern jazz bass master, Christian McBride.

Includes lifetime access to entire course.

After completing this course.....

You'll be able to:
  • Develop your sound
  • Build better bass lines
  • Create a practice routine that works for you
  • Understand how the masters approach the instrument
  • Incorporate Christian's techniques for playing fast, bowing, and practicing good intonation into your playing

You'll also get:
  • PDF transcriptions
  • Audio downloads

Living Notation

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

Applause from our members

"I am thrilled with the lessons and I feel they are a perfect match for what I need. You don't waste time with unnecessary concepts, theory and beating around the bush. You get right to the point!"
Dwight A. (USA)
"Loving this technique and teaching. A true artist with so much zest and generosity in sharing his wealth of knowledge to people like me, who are constantly looking for a mentor to have instant chemistry with. With Open Studio’s guidance, I can see myself becoming a better player as well."
Lorna C. (JAP)

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Meet Your Teacher

Christian McBride is a six-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.

What's included?

Video Icon 21 videos File Icon 36 files Text Icon 23 text files

Contents

Start Here
Welcome to Fundamentals of Jazz Bass...and Beyond!
How To Use Living Notation
Lessons
Building a Bassline
Developing Your Sound
Intonation
Body Control
Bass Influences
Constructing a Solo
Practice Routine
Piano for Non-Pianists
"Lullaby for a Ladybug"
The 2 Feel
Rhythm Changes
Different Grooves
Leading a Band
Learning a Solo - "Pfrancing"
Bebop - "Cherokee"
Playing Fast
Soloing with a Bow
Setup
Ron, Ray, and Paul
Ballads
Interview
Transcriptions
Building a Bassline
2.16 MB
Bass Influences
2.65 MB
Constructing a Solo
1.58 MB
Practice Routine
321 KB
Piano for Non-Pianists
1 MB
2 Feel
979 KB
Rhythm Changes
2.05 MB
Different Grooves
636 KB
Leading a Band
690 KB
Learning a Solo
1.08 MB
Bebop
1.18 MB
Playing Fast
342 KB
Soloing with a Bow
1.52 MB
Ron Ray and Paul
1.79 MB
Ballads
1.41 MB
Audio Versions of Lessons
Building a Bassline
24 mins
Developing Your Sound
18 mins
Intonation
9 mins
Body Control
10 mins
Bass Influences
18 mins
Constructing a Solo
11 mins
Practice Routine
5 mins
Piano for Non-Pianists
14 mins
"Lullaby for a Ladybug"
13 mins
The 2 Feel
5 mins
Rhythm Changes
9 mins
Different Grooves
5 mins
Leading a Band
4 mins
Learning a Solo - "Pfrancing"
11 mins
Bebop - "Cherokee"
8 mins
Playing Fast
6 mins
Soloing With a Bow
9 mins
Setup
6 mins
Ron, Ray, and Paul
11 mins
Ballads
8 mins
Interview
41 mins
Simple Player Versions
Building a Bassline
24 mins
Developing Your Sound
18 mins
Intonation
9 mins
Body Control
10 mins
Bass Influences
18 mins
Constructing a Solo
11 mins
Practice Routine
5 mins
Piano for Non-Pianists
14 mins
"Lullaby for a Ladybug"
13 mins
The 2 Feel
5 mins
Rhythm Changes
9 mins
Different Grooves
5 mins
Leading a Band
4 mins
Learning a Solo - "Pfrancing"
11 mins
Bebop - "Cherokee"
8 mins
Playing Fast
6 mins
Soloing with a Bow
9 mins
Setup
6 mins
Ron, Ray, and Paul
11 mins
Ballads
8 mins
Interview
41 mins

FAQs

Is this course right for me?

Fundamentals of Jazz Bass and Beyond is the perfect fit for you if:

  • You're an intermediate to advanced bass player
  • You want to learn Christian's specific techniques and concepts
  • You can learn by listening and imitating or reading notation

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