Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced on September 6th the introduction of bass lessons to Fender Play. This is a complete learning app for bass, guitar and ukulele from the brand that popularized electric bass guitar. Fender Play makes learning bass easier than ever, teaching skills and songs from artists across popular styles, including: James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Maroon 5, Bob Marley and more. Top bassists around the world have used Fender’s iconic Precision Bass® and Jazz Bass® models for decades, changing the face of popular music. Now, the brand is looking to inspire a new wave of aspiring bassists to pick up the instrument.
Learn or improve your bass skills with Fender Play Bass
With Fender Play Bass players progress through the learning process with simple bite-sized lessons, keeping their journey on track. The players can learn essential bass skills, including slap bass and hammer-ons. They can also learn how to play with a pick, funky slides, and how to read rhythm and ghost notes. Also, many songs on Fender Play feature companion lessons for both bass and guitar. This gives aspiring musicians the resources to play with others.
With content designed specifically for bass, lessons follow the same structure as those for guitar with an even more simplified approach, new skills and teachers. You can learn a blend of popular styles including funk, rock, R&B, blues and pop.
Top features of Fender Play Bass
You can learn from top bass instructors: Pete Griffin, Chelsea Stevens, Ozzy Carmona, Nikki Stevens, Darren McGuire, Dan Ellis, Travis Dykes and Harley Duggan. They join the Fender Play team from prestigious schools, like Berklee College of Music and Musician’s Institute in Hollywood.
The Fender Play Bass features favorite bass-driven songs, including:
- “Basketcase”– Green Day
- “Everlong”– Foo Fighters
- “I Got You (I Feel Good)”– James Brown
- “Move On Up”– Curtis Mayfield
- “One Love”– Bob Marley
- “Push it”– Salt-N-Pepa
- “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker”– The Ramones
You can easily see finger placement with “close up” shots designed for new players and a unique “over-the-shoulder” camera angle that captures the player’s point of view. You can explore five levels and hundreds of lessons teaching reading and counting rhythm, slap bass, how to jam with a drummer, slides, walking bass, moveable patterns, playing with a pick, arpeggios, building basslines and more. Learn a skill, then play a song using those techniques. Leverage backing drum loops and click tracks – as featured in Fender Tune Player Pack – and learn how to lock in with the rhythm section. Many bass songs also feature corresponding guitar lessons, designed as complements, so players can practice with friends.
You can look up concepts with the “Bass Glossary” and easily follow along with song tablature. You can also see your progress in real time on a dashboard tracking number of songs/riffs, courses and lessons completed.
Benefits for new players
To jump start the learning process, new players can sign up for a free trial at Play.Fender.com and continue their journey for $9.99 (USD) a month with access to bass, guitar and ukulele lessons all in one complete learning package. Additionally, new players have also access to a year of unlimited lessons for $89.99, empowering them to learn at their convenience.
Fender Play for bass is available now on iPhone, iPad, Android devices and desktop. The app is available in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, and can be accessed globally in 36 countries in English.
Preview sample bass lessons for I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts):
and Disco Inferno (The Trammps):
Source, images and videos: Fender
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