Bass Lessons to Learn the Basics and Beyond

Learn how to play bass with this best-selling bass guitar method. Noted bassist and teacher John Arbo takes you through a complete bass tutorial with 140 bass lessons that show you how to tune the bass, read bass tabs and notes, play bass scales, and master common bass parts.

eMedia Interactive Feedback technologies, like the Note and Finger Tracker, make learning bass faster. Bass lessons use popular, easy bass songs, like “Rock’n Me” by Steve Miller and the Grateful Dead’s “Uncle John’s Band”, to make learning how to play bass fun.

Instant Feedback on Your Playing!

Instant Feedback shows you when you play the correct notes on your bass as you progress through an exercise. With a microphone connected to your computer and a bass in your hands, play the notes in the exercise (or song) on any screen featuring the "ear" icon in the upper right corner, and the computer will highlight the notes for you in green. As you reach your goals of getting all notes to change color in each exercise, you’ll discover that reading tablature and music notation is easier than you ever thought possible!

New Note and Finger Tracker!

The Note Tracker and Finger Tracker tools help you see more easily what note you’re playing by displaying the note as music notation and on an animated fretboard. You’ll be able to correct your playing quickly and learn to read music fast!

Over 140 Step-by-Step Lessons

eMedia Bass Method makes playing bass easier than ever. This introductory level CD-ROM features step-by-step lessons with on-screen instructor John Arbo. Learn to play using triads, fills, and syncopation, and to create a bass line for any song you like. Learn to read tablature and standard music notation, including scales and intervals. eMedia Bass Method features songs in a variety of genres to make learning fun and memorable – including Rock, Pop, Country, and Folk! Many of these songs are also in eMedia Guitar Method, so bass and guitar students can jam along with each other as they learn. The latest version includes dynamic, enhanced, multi-track audio playback of hit songs popularized by well-known artists. Also included are popular songs, including "Scarborough Fair", "La Bamba", "Ode to Joy", "Shenandoah", "Drunken Sailor", "House of the Rising Sun", and more!

Over 30 Large-Format Videos

Professional bass instructor John Arbo guides you in over 30 videos with split-screens and close-ups (as needed). Watch your instructor demonstrate proper techniques for playing exercises. Pause, rewind, and replay to see proper fingerings and techniques at your own pace, as often as needed. John Arbo has been teaching bass for over 25 years, and is currently on the music faculty of the New School in New York City. He has performed with Liza Minelli and Les Paul, among others, and has been the bassist for many Broadway shows.

Animated Fretboard (two different skins!)

Displays fingering positions as the music plays. It allows you to see exactly how to play the song on a bass fretboard as you hear the music. Music tracking highlights the notes being played on the screen, making it simple to follow along. Includes both right- and left-handed options, as well as mirrored views. With the variable-speed MIDI tracks, the Animated Fretboard can step through fingerings at whatever speed you like.

Audio Tracks and Variable-speed MIDI

Includes full multi-track audio, as well as bass-only and no-bass audio options, so you can perfect your technique and play along with the band. With MIDI tracks, slow down the music to any tempo, while the Animated Fretboard shows song fingerings as the music plays. Learn at the pace best suited to you!