Brad Carlton's Blues Bass

Every guitarist knows that the key to achieve the all-important "groove," especially in a blues band setting, is a capable bass guitar player. Additionally, almost every guitarist has at one point or another picked up a bass and messed around with it, but most haven't taken the time to actually learn the instrument correctly. Luckily for us all, Brad Carlton has cooked up a killer set of beginner bass lessons designed to get you from ground zero to blues bass hero in a quick, fun, and interactive way.

Video Introduction

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About the Guitar Lesson Plan

Interactive Playalong Video Guitar Instruction

In this Freshman Series course, Brad Carlton teaches you basic theory, breaks down essential techniques, explains ear training, and most importantly, shows you how to get that groove and be a real bass player. In the end, Blues Bass will take you from an absolute beginner to solid player holding down the groove in a 12 bar blues format.

You'll start with the extreme basics like learning how to hold and tune the bass guitar and then dive deeper into right and left hand techniques and simple bass line constructions.

You'll learn a ton of variations along the way like 6th arpeggios, 7th arpeggios, straight eighth and shuffle eighth rhythms, I IV V layouts on the fingerboard to accommodate all keys, the “quick change”, ascending and descending turnarounds, and “the skip.”

The best part is that this course is fully interactive. Not only will you receive 5 jam tracks with drums and guitar so you can be the bass player sitting in the driver's seat driving the band, but you'll also have the opportunity to actually play along with Brad Carlton for more hands-on learning.

Tab, fingerboard diagrams, and charts for different combinations of notes are also included. You'll have a great overview of your options for creating great blues bass lines. Everything you need to get up and running with the bass guitar is included in this course, and it's guaranteed to give you the chops to add "Blues Bass Player" to your resume. Dig in and get that groove!

About Your Instructor

Brad Carlton

Brad Carlton's reputation as one of the most sought after "stunt" studio guitarists is well deserved. His mastery of the fretboard is exceeded only by his working knowledge of theory, harmony and technique. Carlton is best known for his uncanny ability to improvise impeccably executed solos over any changes, in any style -- with little or no rehearsal time.

Carlton is as proficient on bass guitar as he is on electric and classical guitar. Brad has worked with all of the major guitar publications, is an Educational Director at TrueFire and has authored hundreds of educational articles, courses and study programs for all levels of play, across all styles of guitar and bass.

About the Freshman Series

Get from Ground Zero to Playing in No Time

TrueFire's Freshman Series guitar lessons waste no time getting you the information you need to start playing the instrument. The fully interactive Freshman Series courses skip over all of the tedious theory, boring exercises and drawn-out explanations with one end in mind - help students start playing guitar, making music and having fun as quickly and easily as possible. Once the student is up and running, they'll have the confidence and inspiration to dig deeper into the finer details and expand their knowledge base.

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What you Get:

Video software (Windows and Mac) with TrueFire's Lesson Player, PIP, full-screen, looping, slow motion, keyboard shortcuts, plus...

  • - 187 Minutes of Video
  • - Text Commentary
  • - Tab
  • - Notation
  • - Jam Tracks
  • - Bass Line Charts



Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Holding the Bass and Tuning
    Posture and How To Tune
  3. Picking Hand
    Playing Open Strings
  4. Fretting Hand
    Damping and Articulation
  5. Rhythm 101
    Straight vs. Swing
  6. Straight 8th Grooves
    The Feel of Rock Music
  7. Swing 8th Grooves
    The Feel of Blues Music
  8. The 7 Arpeggio (no 3)
    The 3rd-less Arpeggio
  9. 12 Bar Blues in E Part 1
    Applying Bass Patterns
  10. 12 Bar Blues in E Part 2
    Applying Bass Patterns
  11. 12 Bar Blues in G
    Applying Bass Patterns
  12. The 6 Arpeggio
    Applying Bass Patterns
  13. The 7/6 Arpeggio
    Applying Bass Patterns
  14. The 7 Arpeggio
    Applying Bass Patterns
  15. I IV V Layouts
    Locating Intervals
  16. The Quick Change
    12 Bar Blues Variations
  17. The Ascending Turnaround
    Applying Turnarounds
  18. The Descending Turnaround
    Applying Turnarounds
  19. The Skip
    Rhythm and Melody Variation
  20. 12-Bar Blues in G
    Play-along #1
  21. 12-Bar Blues in A
    Play-along #2
  22. 12-Bar Blues in C
    Play-along #3
  23. Slow 12-Bar Blues in G
    Play-along #4
  24. Slow 12-Bar Blues in E
    Play-along #5
  25. Blues Bass

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