Your Sound Is Your Signature

In his all new course, Christian McBride guides you on how to develop your own unique signature sound on the upright and electric bass.

Get ready to walk with 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.

Want to try a free lesson?

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

Listen

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
  • Audio downloads of EVERY lesson and Guided Practice Session

Workbook included

Downloadable 144-page workbook is included in the course.
"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. (Canada)

"This is it! Fantastic advice straight from the source!"

Eero S. (Finland)

"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. (USA)

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.

Meet your teacher

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.

This is Christian's second course on Open Studio, following the acclaimed Fundamentals of Jazz Bass and Beyond.

See Christian's official website for tour dates and more.

Guided Practice Sessions™

Included in this course, Open Studio bass guru Bob DeBoo leads you through the course with Guided Practice Sessions.

Let Bob walk you through exactly what to practice, and how, so you can get the most out of the course material in 10 efficient and fun sessions.

FAQs

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.

I've got more questions.

Great - we've got more answers! Visit our Contact Page where we are happy to answer all your questions about this, or any of our courses.

What's in the course

Start Here

Welcome From Christian
  • 2 mins
  • 42.2 MB
How To Use Living Notation
    Workbook
    • 22 MB

    Sound and Technique

    Right Hand Technique 🎼
      Left Hand Technique 🎼
        Preview
        Concepts on the Bow 🎼
          Double Up! The Electric Bass 🎼
            Walking Bass Patterns 🎼
              Sound and Technique: Quiz

                Tunes and Feels

                How To Learn a Tune 🎼
                  Ballads 🎼
                    2-Feel 🎼
                      Playing in 3/4 🎼
                        Preview
                        Playing Fast 🎼
                          Playing Fast Play-Along 🎼
                            Playing in Odd Meters 🎼
                              Transitions 🎼
                                Tunes and Feels: Quiz

                                  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 🎼
                                              Solos and Theory: Quiz

                                                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 🎼
                                                            Musician Wisdom: Quiz

                                                              Guided Practice Sessions

                                                              Guided Practice Session 1
                                                                Preview
                                                                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

                                                                                  Audio Versions of Lessons

                                                                                  Right Hand Technique
                                                                                  • 6 mins
                                                                                  • 5.52 MB
                                                                                  Left Hand Technique
                                                                                  • 9 mins
                                                                                  • 7.82 MB
                                                                                  Concepts on the Bow
                                                                                  • 12 mins
                                                                                  • 10.6 MB
                                                                                  Double Up! The Electric Bass
                                                                                  • 24 mins
                                                                                  • 21.1 MB
                                                                                  Walking Bass Patterns
                                                                                  • 6 mins
                                                                                  • 5.12 MB
                                                                                  How To Learn a Tune
                                                                                  • 11 mins
                                                                                  • 9.74 MB
                                                                                  Ballads
                                                                                  • 13 mins
                                                                                  • 11.3 MB
                                                                                  2-Feel
                                                                                  • 7 mins
                                                                                  • 5.86 MB
                                                                                  Playing in 3/4
                                                                                  • 7 mins
                                                                                  • 6.41 MB
                                                                                  Playing Fast
                                                                                  • 7 mins
                                                                                  • 5.82 MB
                                                                                  Playing Fast Play-Along
                                                                                  • 5 mins
                                                                                  • 4.44 MB
                                                                                  Playing in Odd Meters
                                                                                  • 14 mins
                                                                                  • 12.5 MB
                                                                                  Transitions
                                                                                  • 6 mins
                                                                                  • 5.36 MB
                                                                                  Solo Breakdown - "Lined With a Groove"
                                                                                  • 14 mins
                                                                                  • 12.4 MB
                                                                                  Listening Sesh With Christian
                                                                                  • 16 mins
                                                                                  • 14.8 MB
                                                                                  Solo Breakdown - "The Wizard of Montara"
                                                                                  • 12 mins
                                                                                  • 10.8 MB
                                                                                  Theory Breakdown
                                                                                  • 19 mins
                                                                                  • 17.2 MB
                                                                                  Advanced Scale Usage
                                                                                  • 13 mins
                                                                                  • 10.7 MB
                                                                                  How To Trade and Solo Together
                                                                                  • 18 mins
                                                                                  • 15.5 MB
                                                                                  How To Record in a Studio
                                                                                  • 8 mins
                                                                                  • 7.15 MB
                                                                                  How To Hook Up With the Drummer
                                                                                  • 28 mins
                                                                                  • 24.4 MB
                                                                                  Building Under a Soloist
                                                                                  • 7 mins
                                                                                  • 6.77 MB
                                                                                  How To Get and Keep the Gig
                                                                                  • 16 mins
                                                                                  • 14.1 MB
                                                                                  How To Lose the Gig
                                                                                  • 15 mins
                                                                                  • 13.5 MB
                                                                                  How To Put Together a Setlist
                                                                                  • 16 mins
                                                                                  • 13.9 MB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 1
                                                                                  • 35 mins
                                                                                  • 27.2 MB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 2
                                                                                  • 31 mins
                                                                                  • 23.8 MB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 3
                                                                                  • 31 mins
                                                                                  • 24.3 MB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 4
                                                                                  • 32 mins
                                                                                  • 24.9 MB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 5
                                                                                  • 37 mins
                                                                                  • 28.9 MB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 6
                                                                                  • 25 mins
                                                                                  • 19.7 MB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 7
                                                                                  • 27 mins
                                                                                  • 21.2 MB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 8
                                                                                  • 31 mins
                                                                                  • 23.5 MB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 9
                                                                                  • 27 mins
                                                                                  • 20.7 MB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 10
                                                                                  • 27 mins
                                                                                  • 20.8 MB

                                                                                  Simple Player Versions

                                                                                  Right Hand Technique
                                                                                  • 6 mins
                                                                                  • 631 MB
                                                                                  Left Hand Technique
                                                                                  • 9 mins
                                                                                  • 949 MB
                                                                                  Concepts on the Bow
                                                                                  • 12 mins
                                                                                  • 1.28 GB
                                                                                  Double Up! The Electric Bass
                                                                                  • 24 mins
                                                                                  • 2.45 GB
                                                                                  Walking Bass Patterns
                                                                                  • 6 mins
                                                                                  • 612 MB
                                                                                  How To Learn A Tune
                                                                                  • 11 mins
                                                                                  • 1.16 GB
                                                                                  Ballads
                                                                                  • 13 mins
                                                                                  • 1.31 GB
                                                                                  2-Feel
                                                                                  • 7 mins
                                                                                  • 663 MB
                                                                                  Playing in 3/4
                                                                                  • 7 mins
                                                                                  • 743 MB
                                                                                  Playing Fast
                                                                                  • 7 mins
                                                                                  • 669 MB
                                                                                  Playing Fast Play-Along
                                                                                  • 5 mins
                                                                                  • 481 MB
                                                                                  Playing in Odd Meters
                                                                                  • 14 mins
                                                                                  • 1.43 GB
                                                                                  Transitions
                                                                                  • 6 mins
                                                                                  • 600 MB
                                                                                  Solo Breakdown - "Lined With a Groove"
                                                                                  • 14 mins
                                                                                  • 1.41 GB
                                                                                  Listening Sesh With Christian
                                                                                  • 16 mins
                                                                                  • 1.67 GB
                                                                                  Solo Breakdown - "The Wizard of Montara"
                                                                                  • 12 mins
                                                                                  • 1.23 GB
                                                                                  Theory Breakdown
                                                                                  • 19 mins
                                                                                  • 1.95 GB
                                                                                  Advanced Scale Usage
                                                                                  • 13 mins
                                                                                  • 1.28 GB
                                                                                  How To Trade and Solo Together
                                                                                  • 17 mins
                                                                                  • 1.8 GB
                                                                                  How To Record in a Studio
                                                                                  • 8 mins
                                                                                  • 845 MB
                                                                                  How To Hook Up With the Drummer
                                                                                  • 28 mins
                                                                                  • 2.91 GB
                                                                                  Building Under a Soloist
                                                                                  • 7 mins
                                                                                  • 749 MB
                                                                                  How To Get and Keep the Gig
                                                                                  • 16 mins
                                                                                  • 1.62 GB
                                                                                  How To Lose the Gig
                                                                                  • 15 mins
                                                                                  • 1.55 GB
                                                                                  How To Put Together a Setlist
                                                                                  • 16 mins
                                                                                  • 1.62 GB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 1
                                                                                  • 35 mins
                                                                                  • 3.7 GB
                                                                                  Preview
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 2
                                                                                  • 31 mins
                                                                                  • 3.18 GB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 3
                                                                                  • 31 mins
                                                                                  • 3.26 GB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 4
                                                                                  • 32 mins
                                                                                  • 3.4 GB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 5
                                                                                  • 37 mins
                                                                                  • 3.9 GB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 6
                                                                                  • 25 mins
                                                                                  • 2.64 GB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 7
                                                                                  • 27 mins
                                                                                  • 2.82 GB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 8
                                                                                  • 31 mins
                                                                                  • 3.19 GB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 9
                                                                                  • 27 mins
                                                                                  • 2.83 GB
                                                                                  Guided Practice Session 10
                                                                                  • 27 mins
                                                                                  • 2.81 GB