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Watch the Learn Bass 1: First Steps for Beginners online guitar lesson by Stu Hamm from Learn Bass 1: First Steps for Beginners

Hi I'm Stu Hamm, one of TrueFire's top bass instructors. Welcome to Learn Bass 1: First Steps for Beginners.

Over the past 25 years, we've taught thousands of people — beginners just like you — how to play bass. Our accelerated, hands-on method is specifically designed to get you up and running quickly and painlessly. From the very first lesson, you'll be playing bass lines and making music. In fact, you'll play your way through the entire course.

You'll learn how to play essential bass lines and rhythms, how to build up your finger strength to play open and fretted notes, get a good solid tone, learn basic hand positions, transpose bass lines to different keys - everything you need to start jamming with your buddies.

Our lessons are presented in easy-to-digest, bite-sized chunks so you'll never feel overwhelmed or frustrated. And unlike other learning methods that show you something and then send you off to practice on your own, with our unique playalong practice sessions, I'll guide you through each practice session, every step of the way. Plus, you'll be able to apply everything you learn by playing along with our band tracks so you can hear how your bass parts sound with a real band.

Ready to learn how to play bass? Grab your bass and let's dig in.