Bassic Fundamentals

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A massive 10 Hours of lessons covering every area of playing from technique to reading to bass setup, effects and much more!



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Bassic Fundamentals

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Bassic Fundamentals Course?

The Bassic Fundamentals Course is designed to provide a complete core foundation of bass guitar skills and musical knowledge. The course is split into four modules, each one covering a different general topic and set of goals.

What level of player is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at any player from beginner to intermediate level although even advanced players might benefit from certain aspects of the course. It’s always good to go back over the fundamentals.

What Will I Learn?

The 48 lessons are split into 4 distinct modules and each module addresses a different range of topics that are listed in the lesson rundown below. However as a brief overview, after finishing the course you will have acquired the following skills and knowledge:

  • A solid bass technique in both hands. This covers both fingerpicking and other styles such as slapping.
  • An understanding of how to create basslines and lock in with a drummer
  • The ability to tune, re-string and setup the relief, action and intonation of a bass guitar.
  • An understanding of the basics of music theory and how it can be applied to the bass.
  • A greater familiarity of the notes all over the fretboard
  • An introduction to sight reading music and reading chord charts
  • A detailed understanding of bass tone and effects pedals
  • A set of essential tips on playing in a band and learning songs
  • A solid and comprehensive approach to practice using the R.A.I.S.E concept

How Long Are The Lessons? 

The lesson length’s vary but the complete course is over 10 hours in length.

How is the course presented? Do I Download Anything? 

The course is hosted on the Talkingbass website so there are no video files to download. There is a lesson material zip file for each module containing a Course Workbook and any relevant practice tracks.

13 reviews for Bassic Fundamentals

  1. Chris

    I have had the Basic Fundamentals course for some time now and working through it. There is so much content to work on and incredible value for money. I have tried another well known course, and although it was good, I don’t think it was as good as Marks. Mark is a brilliant tutor who makes learning more easy and enjoyable. I particularly enjoy the practice room.

  2. Fred Turatti

    The methodology behind this course is simply genius. It’s the best and most efficient way I’ve found of learning bass, bar none. Each small section builds upon the last and you make rapid progress before you realize. The key is, of course, to master each small section of each lesson before going onto the next. You won’t fail to make progress if you work at each section and listen carefully to Mark’s guidance. Thanks for a brilliant course. I’ve now bought four.

  3. Dave garratt (verified owner)

    Invaluable information presented in a structured format – the best there is out there (and I have tried a few!)

  4. Diego Vargas

    A very round course to learn a lot of basics and not too basics concepts from the art of playing bass guitar. Even if you are an intermediate or advanced player, you can find some interesting stuff in this massive course. Months of work ahead wait for you in this 10 hours long course. Some lessons contain material to revisit time to time. Mark have made the lessons very enjoyable. He is without doubt the best online teacher out in the web.

  5. DAVID BORTONE (verified owner)

    I can’t say enough good things about “Bassic Fundamentals”. Mark’s teaching style is spot-on and the course is designed to keep building on what you’ve learned. The amount of content for the price is just an incredible value. I haven’t even finished yet and my playing is already improving. I highly recommend this course (even if you’ve played before), and I will definitely be taking more courses from Mark and TalkingBass!

  6. David Gill (verified owner)

    I started watching Mark and several other YouTube bass instructors for about one-year before I owned a bass.
    When my bass arrived, I worked through some of Mark’s free material (still utilize them). Having played guitar 25-years ago, I felt Mark’s Bassic Fundamentals would be the best place to start, and I was right.
    The ad says there are “Over 10 hours of video spread over 48 lessons,” but I think that is incorrect. I believe this course provides a lifetime of material that you can always revisit.
    The combination of videos and downloadable workbooks, means I’m able to take this course with me, even if I don’t have my bass with me.
    Thank you Mark, for providing this 60+ year old new bass player the tools to play along with some of my favorite songs.

  7. Chris Wrigley

    I found this course ideal for me when I started out and I still go over it regularly, Mark is a fantastic teacher.

  8. Mark Simmons (verified owner)

    Excellent value course for beginners, already taken the beginners course and now working through all the hours of videos and supporting documentation to support the theory. Already purchased more courses. The best bass teacher I can find.

  9. Katerina Mateickova

    Thank you Mark for this course! I am beginner bass player and I want to learn not just easy riffs and tap versions, but actually take a little deeper look into music theory, learn different bass techniques, know more about the instrument… anyway, this course has so far, fulfiled my expectations.

  10. jason thompson

    Excellent course so far. Have tinkered with the bass guitar for years and never made much progress, tried Scottsbass and Jamplay but found too much waffle and lack of direction. Mark gets straight down to business with a clear no nonsense approach. I finally feel like my playing is improving. Mark doesn’t sugar coat the fact that practise is the only way to get to where you want to go and with his enjoyable lessons and invaluable wealth of knowledge the sky’s the limit. Sign up, its a blast!

  11. Tiziano (verified owner)

    Amazing course to start learning. Complete and focused on what you really need to get started. Very “step by step” explanations easy to understand and to translate in practice. Lot of material very well structured and Mark takes you by hand on all of it. I wish I had known him before. I am enjoying the learning process as never before. Without any doubt best material I’ve ever had. Thanks Mark!!

  12. David Haddock

    I have been self-teaching on the bass for a little over a year, with decent results, but not always confident I was spending my time on the right things, or learning correctly. I had viewed several of Mark’s free courses on youtube, and always found his teaching style practical and sensible. So, a few months ago, I purchased Bassic Fundamentals and started from the beginning. Some of the lessons have confirmed what I’ve been learning already; some have fixed things I learned incorrectly, and all of these courses have filled in a lot of gaps I had in my self-teaching progress.
    Mark’s teaching style is easy to consume. We all know it takes years and years to become a master at anything, but Mark presents the topics in ways that you can develop useful skills very quickly. His lessons have improved my technique, timing, groove, fretboard knowledge…everything. I’m even allowed to play in the band once in a while. :)
    Thanks, Mark, and the entire team at TalkingBass!

  13. Agustín Montero

    Very good course for learning how to start with the bass without vicious, movements, incorrect hand position….Very recommended to all bassists. Also Mark is an incredible teacher, with a very clear methodology and a clean english. Very important for people who english is not his native lenguage. Buy this course without doubt

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