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3 Videos (58m)




About This Class

Level: Beginner

Back to Basics is perfect for bass players just starting out or bassists that want to refresh their skills and technique. "BACK TO BASICS" shows you how to master the basic skills of the bass guitar. This video gives you an excellent foundation of the Bass and helps you master the fretboard. Starting out with all the notes on the neck and going right into scales & arpeggios. In addition, Back to Basics shows you the right positions for the left and right hand so you develop a good foundation from the beginning. Back to Basics also shows you excercises that alternate the index & middle finger on the right hand to develop speed, accuracy, dexterity and will help you learn faster and easier in the future with an good solid foundation and technique of the bass guitar...

This video is for begging and intermediate students. Students just starting out might want to watch this video a few times. Practice this material slowly. It is better to get a solid technique down then to go for speed and rush through it. It will help you to learn bass guitar easier and faster.

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This was a good overview of the basic technique used for playing the bass and most of the notes. However, a lot was left out or not explained well. Since this is a basic course, would it not be helpful to go over the bass parts? I know what a fret is because I am a guitar player and have played some bass but a pure beginner may not. Also, it would have been helpful to mention the string names (GDAE) in the tuning section as well as the string numbers: 1-2-3-4. I also think the last four minutes of the third video could have been put to a better use. Maybe show us how to use the arpeggios and notes over a chord progression instead of having us watch Eric show off. He did that at the beginning. The intonation on the D string was a bit flat too which made the scales sound off. It was helpful overall.
David Henry

Veteran Guitarist-Who wants to LEARN GUITAR?





Eric Petrei


In the 90's Eric Petrei studied at University of Miami School of Music. Majored in Studio Music and Jazz Performance Eric has also studied with amazing bass players including: Bill Dickens, Jaco Pastorius, Wally Voss (Yngwie Malmsteen) recorded and performed/toured with many bands & artists over the years. Eric also is an endorsement artist with Bag End Speakers and JBE Bass Pickups. Eric has been teaching all styles and techniques of bass guitar for over 25 years. videos are broken down into concentrated areas. Instead of having 1 or 2 videos that are 1 hour in length rushing through a bunch of techiques spending little time on each, our videos spend the entire 1 hour or more showing you exactly how to practice and master each technique. ie: soloing, slapping, walking. So you can really grasp the concept and Technique which becomes part of your skill as a bass player. videos also improve your Speed, Articulation and Dexterity. It is important when improving your skills to learn technique properly and build a solid foundation and technique so you don't pick up bad habits from the start. If you build a good foundation with technique and dexterity. you will get to the level of playing your striving for faster. As you know, there is no easy road to take. You have to put in the time and desire to get there. I know what it takes to get to this level. When I designed these videos, I wanted to take everything I've learned at University of Miami School of Music and put it into my videos to make it easier for bass players that really want to become great.