Chord Tone Essentials

(24 customer reviews)

$110.00

Unlock The Door To A World Of Musical Possibilities

Chord Tones Are Your Key To Better Bass Practice. 53 Step By Step lessons that will change your bass playing forever!

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Chord Tone Essentials

Create Bass Lines, Fills and Solos Through ANY Chord Progression

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‘Chord Tone Essentials provides literally years of material for you to work on and improve your bass playing.’ David Kilborn – Canada

‘Chord Tone Essentials is a great course. I have played guitar for 40 years and thought I understood a fair bit of theory but Mark’s approach is an eye opener.’  Trevor Boyd – UK

‘Chord Tone Essentials was a great experience. I don’t think you could ever progress from an intermediate level without this foundation – eliminates just noodling on Pentatonics! ‘ David Willis – USA

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Chord Tone Essentials Course?

Chord Tone Essentials is a complete, step by step guide to understanding chord construction principles and how chord tones can be applied to every area of music from bass lines to melodies and solos. Note: This is not a ‘bass chords’ course. The chord tones are presented in arpeggio form.

What level of player is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at any player from beginner to advanced level.

What Will I Learn?

After completing all 3 Modules you will understand the construction principles behind EVERY chord you’re ever likely to see, you’ll know the notes of EVERY chord, you’ll have the ability to see chord tones and arpeggios over the entire fretboard and you’ll be able to apply all of this knowledge to every area of your bass playing.

How Long Are The Lessons?

The lesson lengths vary but the complete course is over 8 hours in length and provides an entire lifetime of practice material.

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 containing all of the course material arranged in appropriate folders.

24 reviews for Chord Tone Essentials

  1. ANDREW MALESKI (verified owner)

    I picked up and put down instruments my whole life. This is my 3rd attempt at playing bass. I always started with Scales and learning to read music but I never understood why learning scales is important. This course has really set me on a path of understanding how/why music works. Not just some patterns to memorize on the bass to play up and down with no thought behind it. This course has not only helped me understand how to play the bass better but has helped me start to think musically for the first time. There are so many “Ah-Ha!” moments within this course. If you are wondering how some players just know what the right notes are while improvising a solo or bass line this is the BEST place to start. You will get familiar with the notes that outline a chord. What everyone else in the band is most likely playing. Having this knowledge will unlock so many doors into taking the first steps toward musical freedom and expression. ***Disclaimer*** This is not a course you just complete/finish. Some of these lessons may take some time to get down. I honestly feel that I will be using/revisiting some of these lessons for years to come and will still get great stuff out of them. This is not the fast track but in my opinion, it is the right track. 5/5 and then some.

  2. erica bunce (verified owner)

    Are you looking to take bass playing to next level? If so, the Chord Tones Course is the way to go! Prior to this course I was mostly a memorizer of other musician’s bass lines. Now I am understanding how they create these bass lines and I am on track to create my own. I agree with others that have taken this course, there is a lifetime of practice material in this course and this course will stretch your brain to apply many different ways to play the notes of a chord all over the neck, and how to take these notes and create a bass line or solo that has rhythm and melodic quality. To say the least this course is well worth the money!!!!

  3. Gary (verified owner)

    You will be able to reference this course for years.

  4. Diego Vargas

    Definitely a game changer. If you want to understand the basics behind bassline construction and apply these concepts to real life situations, this course is for you.

  5. Remi Berthelet (verified owner)

    Mark has put together a great tool to introduce us to chord tones and harmony. I’m gigging in a funk, R&B, blues trio and this course has made our voicings and inter-play between the bass and guitar so much more tasty as my understanding of chord tones, arpeggios and improving basic fretboard knowledge has been jump started. As the lead (and only singer), the harmony knowledge has improved my vocal improvisation as well. The drills and exercises are invaluable reference material. As Gary says above, this will be a reference for me for life.

  6. Gregory Donohoe

    I’m a retired educator just getting into bass guitar. I find Mark’s courses to be excellent, his pedagogy spot on. His presentation is enthusiastic and engaging, while being focused and to the point. The focus is on learning the material, not how “cool” the teacher is or how fast he can play. The material is broken down into bite-size topics, with easy-to-follow demonstrations and plenty of practice exercises. The lessons are well-organized and logically sequenced. Excellent supporting material is provided: backing tracks and sheet music. Highly recommended.

  7. Michael Floyd (verified owner)

    I have tinkered with the bass for years, but never really had a full understanding of this magnificent instrument. I stumbled on talkingbass.net by accident and watched a few of Mark’s free videos and I was hooked on his teaching style. I needed a step by step approach with a thorough explanation of why I am doing something, not just somebody telling me what fret to hold. That is when I started taking the paid courses. It is exactly what I needed. It is by far the best online bass courses on the internet, at a very reasonable price. I can’t thank Mark enough for the strides I have made on my bass playing. It is what I look forward to doing after work every day.

  8. Rick Roach (verified owner)

    Chord Tones Essentials is quite possibly the most beneficial electric bass course you’ll find on the PLANET! Why do I make such a bold declaration? Two reasons….. #1: after completing the course, you’ll UNDERSTAND how chords are created, and how chords can be APPLIED to your bass playing. To me, chords are similar to the words of any language, and chord TONES are the “ABCs”. Once you understand the principles taught in this course (and practice what you’ve learned!), your understanding of this “music language” will improve DRAMATICALLY. You’ll also learn every note on the fretboard. #2: Mark Smith is a PHENOMENAL teacher. He has a gift for explaining things very clearly. ALL of his courses are professionally developed and easy to follow.

  9. TOMMY LEAD (verified owner)

    Working through this course at the moment and enjoying it. Very well laid out , I can see it could be easy to skip ahead as for some reason we all like to practise the things we can already do and avoid the hard bits. Stick with it the only person you are cheating is yourself, some of these exercises will last you months when applying them to all chord types and running cycles. Thanks for rejuvenating a stale practise schedule. Great course.

  10. Avi Gabay (verified owner)

    this is a great course
    i spent a lot of time on the free courses as they have so much data, however after completing this course i am sorry i didn’t do it 2 years earlier
    the course is very organized and structured, it builds up the knowledge gradually and start the journey to become someone who understand music rather than just play song covers
    there is lifetime practice material, but you do not need to be an expert in one lesson to move to the next (i found myself practicing more every day as the practice is fun and effective)
    i highly recommend this course, i really enjoyed it and i feel it moved me to the next level, defiantly opened my appetite to do more structured courses

  11. Earl Duncan (verified owner)

    This is a great course for helping me ex[and my understanding of chord tone essentials.

    I am unlocking more of the fingerboard due to this course!

  12. Mark Lowden (verified owner)

    First off, I need to explain that I don’t really consider myself a bass player. I’ve been playing guitar for over 50 years and also mandolin for the last 7 years. I had played bass in a country / rock band for a few years in the early 80’s, and just recently started playing bass again with a group of neighbors because it adds so much more to the sound than having 3 guitars backing up a vocalist. That said, I have been working on learning some jazz tunes on guitar and started playing around with them on the bass. This led me to explore Mark’s walking bass course, and that led me to the Chord Tone Essentials. I think this is a fantastic course not only for bass, but for anyone wanting to play a musical instrument. Mark presents the information in a way that makes sense when you are watching the course and practicing, but also when you are actually jamming. Although I am only about 65% though the course so far, it has helped me in all my musical endeavors. Thank you, Mr. Smith for such a great presentation.

  13. Bill Owen (verified owner)

    Like many others, I played bass in a high school garage band. I was OK, but I never really understood a lot of what I was doing. Now, after many years away from the instrument, I found Mark’s courses, and for the first time I am beginning to understand what bass playing is all about. This course is an EXCELLENT introduction to music theory, without being boring; indeed I think I know more theory and how to construct chords than my classically trained pianist wife. And after being mostly stuck in first position, I’m learning how to move about the neck, greatly expanding my playing. Kudos to Mark on this and the other great courses he has put together!

  14. Benn Haynes (verified owner)

    I am a 79 year old senior citizen and took this course after the Basic Fundamentals and Walking Bass courses. This was prior to Marl’s video suggesting the order of courses. He was correct in his suggestions. However, the Walking Bass course did make it easier to understand some elements of the Chord Tone Essentials course. Taking the Chord Tone Essentials Course followed by the Scale Essentials course definitely results in a better understanding of the Walking Bass Course. My plan is to repeat most of the Walking Bass Course after finishing the Scale Essentials Course.
    I like the fact that Mark gets down to business in all his courses. Each lesson builds on the previous lessons and his teaching style is excellent. He can also “walk his talk’ regarding what he is teaching.
    I will never be a fantastic bass player and my musical goal is to be better than I was six months ago.
    Thanks Mark for spending the amazing amount of time it required ( and still requires ) to develop a great product at a more than reasonable price.

  15. Graham Davies (verified owner)

    A thorough coverage of chord tones with enough exercises to keep me busy for years to come.

    Clear explanations and lots of examples. Just add lots of time and practice to improve not just your bass playing but also your all round musicality and musicianship.

  16. Christoph Weik (verified owner)

    Excellent course to give insight into bassline construction throughout any
    chord progression. I haven’t been playing bass for a long time and this course really helped me to solidify my understanding of chord tones.

  17. Dave Dixon (verified owner)

    Brilliant course. I’m only part way through and I have gained so much knowledge already. I started by purchasing one course and was so impressed with the way Mark shares his knowledge that I purchased 3 more courses in less that a week. I’m happy to say my playing and my understanding have both become significantly better.

  18. Dick (verified owner)

    I took the course simultaneously with the Scale Essentials course. My comfort level both playing and improvising have evolved steadily and reliably. Most importantly for me, I’m able to discuss material with other musicians on their level.
    On to Walking Bass.

  19. Emily (verified owner)

    Mark gets to the point, gets across the knowledge, and you have access to lots of lesson materials to practice with. Great course for learning an essential aspect of being a bass player. I use it on guitar noodling, too.

  20. Lee Kennison (verified owner)

    I recently completed the Chord Tone Essentials course, which was excellent and well worth the investment. There is a lot of material included, which will provide a lifetime of practice material.

    The first part of the course covers the theory behind chord tones, and how chords are built. The second module covers the more practical aspects of playing these triads and 7th chord arpeggios all over the neck, including connecting them together and covering multiple octaves. The third module goes into applying these chords in a musical context, including combining the chord tones with non-chord tones using melodic devices, such as neighbor and approach notes, passing notes, enclosures and chromatic notes.

    I will be returning to elements of this many times over since they contain key elements of an ongoing practice. It is not the type of course that you go through once and are then done. It will provide a good reference to return to for many years to come.

  21. Elkmar Winter (verified owner)

    Great insight on the bits and pieces chord construction and even more important the application into playing bass lines.
    Lots of stuff to learn and use.

  22. Stephen Hallett (verified owner)

    Excellent course material. So much in there and easy to follow. I am into the second module of the course and have learnt so much. I am not in a hurry just enjoying the learning experience. Mark is an excellent educator and his accompanying videos are so useful. I would recommend this and other courses to anyone who wants to learn or just improve their playing and knowledge

  23. Liam Goethals (verified owner)

    BASS

  24. Alexander Arroyo (verified owner)

    Simply put, this is a must have course for any bass player. This a basic fundamental in my opinion that should be learned in the beginning. This course is the difference between just learning shapes and patterns and hoping to land on the right notes in a jam or creating a bassline for a song, or learning chord tones and moving within those shapes or patterns to land on notes purposely knowing that they are in harmony (pun intended) with whatever chord your jamming or creating over! Just on the jamming front, it’s such a real estate opener on the fret board! Thanks for taking the time to make this course Mark, I really appreciate it, and have recommended it to others!

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