Gigajam Bass School

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Welcome to the Gigajam Bass School. Get ready to learn to play bass guitar with our award-winning web-based method.

To get started first download and install the Gigajam Xtractor software, for either Windows or Mac OS X. Read the lesson instructions and watch the Introductory TV Show to get the most from your lessons.

Then open a lesson and have fun learning. When you've completed an exercise you can upload it to your porfolio in your locker.

Introduction:  Introducing the bass guitar

An introduction to the bass guitar and how to use Gigajam's lessons and software. If you are new to Gigajam or to the bass, start here.

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Level 1

Lesson 1:  Building a rock groove

You are introduced to quarter notes and the concept of root notes. You will develop the ability to play A and G in rock grooves so that by the end of the lesson you are able to play along with music.

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Lesson 2:  Introducing eighth notes

In this lesson, you learn how to create rhythm using different notes. You will start to develop your right hand picking technique. You will play a series of rock grooves with varied rhythms, along with backing tracks.

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Lesson 3:  Introducing new notes and string crossing

You will develop a good understanding and performance of rhythm and how to read rhythm on the musical stave. You will learn two new notes to play with your existing notes by the end of this lesson.

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Lesson 4:  Developing rhythm for rock grooves

This lesson brings together all the notes and rhythms learned so far. It helps you to develop a good level of performance. You will be challenged to further develop your left hand fingering technique in this lesson.

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Lesson 5:  Developing finger control

This lesson contains challenging studies to develop your fluency of performance. There are more rock grooves for you to read and play.

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Lesson 6:  Developing rock grooves – Part 1

This lesson further develops your fluency and control of rhythm using quarter and eighth notes. Furthermore, we introduce the D and G strings and begin the first part of our study of octave shapes.

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Lesson 7:  Developing rock grooves – Part 2

Extending the concept of octave shapes to all notes learned so far, this lesson focuses on developing your understanding of the fingerboard to develop greater fluency in your performance.

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Lesson 8:  Introducing root and fifth shapes

Here you expand the concept of fingerboard symmetry, by introducing the concept of the fifth shape. This in turn opens up new notes and new sounds, as well as helping you move more fluently and with greater knowledge around the bass guitar.

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Lesson 9:  Developing root and fifth shapes

This lesson uses your increasing knowledge and performance of octave and fifth shapes to learn more notes, develop greater fluency and increase your knowledge and performance of all natural notes on the bass guitar.

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Lesson 10:  Performing a song

Learn how to play with a professional band, whilst reading a bass guitar chart. This lesson completes your Level 1 in Essential Bass Skills with Gigajam Bass School.

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Gigajam Band:  The First Time

Watch the The First Time being performed by the Gigajam band.

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