About the Course
The bass guitar often flies below the radar of those who are taken in by the flashy guitar solo or the visual energy of a screaming frontman, but it is no exaggeration to say that this humble instrument is the driving force behind a solid band.
Try imagining RHCP without Flea's smooth, sinuous grooves, the mighty Iron Maiden minus Steve Harris' signature galloping runs, or The Beatles sans Paul McCartney's busy, intelligent basslines, and you will know what we mean. Acting as a sonic bridge between the rhythmic foundations of the drums and the melodic contributions of instruments like the guitar and keyboard, the bass fulfills the crucial service of being the locus where melody, harmony and groove come together. Being a good musician demands maturity and generosity of spirit no matter the instrument, but it is a fundamental ask of almost any bass player. Good bass playing supports the other players and gives the band a solid foundation that makes the others look and sound good. But for the special person who is inimitably drawn to the warm, heavy resonance of a bass note, and the endless joys of grooving... this is all way more fun than sacrifice. If you are starting from scratch, it is important to know that there are no set limits on the instrument and many talented and visionary players like Michael Manring, Victor Wooten and many others are pushing the bass into exciting new settings... even as a solo instrument! While that's obviously a much longer road... the good news is that at NSM, you will be able to learn all the foundational tools to get you up and jamming with a band within weeks. It will be countless hours of musical fun there on.
Topics Covered-How to play with Bass.
Who should attend- Anyone passionate about music and who wants to learn and understand music better
- Anybody that wants to sit for professional music exams
- Professional Musicians
Pre-requisitesNone. We begin at your level and advance from there.
What you need to bringA notebook and your instrument (except piano)
Key TakeawaysYou pay for:
All teaching material and resources
Instruments provided in class to learn and practice on
Over 60 hours of direct instruction
Small focussed groups with individual attention
Shuffle classes- learn the rudiments of an other instrument
Classes on musicianship, music theory, a Q&A session, band dynamics, stage presence
Access to our fully equipped rehearsal room to jam before the concert
Certification of successful completion of the course.