Watch the The Upright Bass Handbook online guitar lesson by John Goldsby from Upright Bass Handbook

Hi, I'm John Goldsby and welcome to The Upright Bass Handbook. The upright bass is the granddaddy of all bass instruments and offers the player an organic, tactile experience that no other instrument provides. Electric bass players and guitarists can expand their sonic arsenal and musical options by learning to apply what they already know to the upright bass.

I've organized the course into four sections: In the first section, we'll learn about the parts of the bass and how to properly hold and handle the instrument. Then in the second section you'll develop your left and right hand technique, while learning how to find notes on the fingerboard and tune the bass. In the third section, I'll get you up and playing your first basslines on the upright. And in the fourth section, we'll dig into ten more essential studies focusing on the fundamental approaches for playing walking basslines on the upright.

For each of the studies, I've broken the basslines up into several focused exercises that will help you build your technique step by step. I'll give you a detailed demonstration and then we'll play each of the basslines together first at a slow tempo and then a bit faster. And as always, you'll get standard notation including all necessary fingerings plus all of the live-band rhythm tracks to work with on your own. Alright, grab your dog house, and let’s get started!