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Bass Guitar Lessons Online

The ORIGINAL online bass course - Since 2006

Page updated 2 May 2016

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ABOUT George Urbaszek - Creator of Bass Lessons Online and the Bass Course Curriculum

Bass Lessons Online eCourse is a division of Creative Avenues

Physical Address: 1/26i Coomburra Cresc.

Ocean Shores, NSW 2483, Australia

Phone: 061 266802854

Email: lessons@creativebass.com

My Guarantee: Your Lessons on Time or Three for Free

George Urbaszek


BMus (Performance) Wiesbaden Conservatory, Germany, GradDip (Jazz) Australian National University, Cert.IV in Workplace Training & Assessment, Cert.IV in Small Business Management.


Studied classical double bass with Michael Schnitzler (Germany), jazz bass with Adelhard Roidinger (Austria), jazz ensemble performance with Lee Harper (USA), bass guitar with Kai Eckhard (USA), and jazz improvisation with Charlie Banacos (USA).


George’s main instruments are the double bass as well as 4, 5, and 6-string bass guitar. He has been involved in wide-ranging forms of music, including chamber music and orchestral work, avant-garde, cabaret, blues, pop, rock, country, and most jazz styles.


He has participated in numerous studio, radio, TV and video recordings (including “Melody Magic”) and has backed many leading performers in various genres.


He has done pre-production, co-arranging, co-writing and bass playing on numerous albums including “Wilf Jones and Friends” and “Those Were the Days” (Wilf Jones Trio, light classical & jazz) “After Midnight” (Kelly Tassone, country rock) “Kookaburra’s Flute Dream” (Peter Fassbender, meditative funk) “Sweet Mischief” and “ Can We” (with multi award-winning band, Sweet Mischief, playing jazz, soul, groove, salsa and New Orleans style) produced by Stuart Stuart of Sheppard and The Veronicas fame.


He was a member of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for 15 years. He is author of “Bass Guitar for the Complete Musician”, co-author of the innovative educational CD-ROM “Enable Bass”, co-producer of the bass and drums play-along CD “The Feel of the Real Deal” and producer of the popular ready-made lesson CDs “Groove Creation for Bass” and “Workin’ it Out – Aural Skills for Bass Players”.


For his Graduate Diploma, George wrote a treatise (which received a High Distinction) titled “Fundamental Concepts for Walking Bass – A Systematic Method”.


He has had both workshop and clinic experience and lectured in Bass, Jazz Improvisation, Ensemble Performance and Jazz Theory at the Riverina Summer School for Strings from 1990 until 2000. From 1987 to 1999 George lectured in the Jazz Dept. of the Canberra School of Music, ANU, and is currently teaching bass and ensemble performance at Southern Cross University.


He worked in various capacities at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium Arts Centre in Lismore for three years. George is a highly qualified ensemble supervisor and an experienced jazz band conductor with national and international tours to his credit.


He writes the Bass column for Australian Musician magazine and was Australia correspondent for the online bass magazine, Global Bass, contributing a monthly article titled “Creating Bass”.


He also teaches bass worldwide by audio correspondence and has students as far away as Greece, Germany and the USA. ProBand, a short course in music performance skills, is George’s innovation.


He is also innovator of quality and affordable Weekly Bass Lessons online ($4.00 per lesson) with subscribers from Australia, Malta, Mexico, Norway, England, the United Arab Emirates and the USA.


He has the experience of well over 3000 performances and 120 recording sessions to guide himself and his students through most musical situations.


During the most active part of his performing career he backed countless well-known artists from Rolf Harris to ex-Seekers vocalist, Judith Durham and Motown recording artist, Thelma Housten as well as Marina Prior and Australian jazz icons, Bob and Len Barnard and Australian country music multi award winning artist, Beccy Cole.


Some of his former students hold top playing positions in the music industry, both in Australia and abroad. They include Greg Royal (Lee Kernaghan, Kate Ceberano, Australian Idol Band) Kim Khahn (Mel C, Natalie Imbruglia, Robbie Williams) Rory Quirk (John Butler Trio, Quirk) Zoe Hauptmann (Miruslav Bukovsky’s ARIA award winning group Wanderlust and Australian singer-songwriter legend, Paul Kelly, since 2013) and Brendan Clarke (winner of the 2001 National Jazz Award).


Testimonial from a bass player midway through the Beginner course ...


"… all has been fantastic … this course is brilliant!


… the ability to ACTUALLY play something, more than just mucking around playing random notes trying to sound good.


It's fantastic everything is easy to read, though some things are a bit confusing at the start they soon come around with George's great help.


… the value of Bass Lessons Online: TEN OUT OF TEN!"


Drew Eicke, Australia, 29 December 2008


Beginner to Intermediate eCourse Lesson Topics


In addition to the regular lesson videos with every bass lesson, Consolidation Videos are used every 2-5 lessons. They are usually 7-12 minutes long and are in addition to text, audio, photos, notation and tabs where required.


"Your video-lessons give not only a very personal touch, it seems to me being the much better way to give a comparison how to do it right then text and stills only. "Johannes Haslauer, Graz, Austria 7 April 2009


The lessons use the "step-by-step" approach and introduce everything (technique, reading, aural skills, theory etc) in manageable portions.


You can download the entire contents of each lesson to your computer so you can work on your lessons anytime.


--- BASS LESSON TOPICS ---

Please note: This is only a synopsis. Lessons are comprehensive and systematic and always give hints, tips, practice suggestions and examples using a combination of text, audio, photos, videos and TABs. All lessons are geared toward the performing musician and always have real world applications as the premise.

  • Intro, overview, rhythm with plucking hand
  • Fretting-hand application
  • Both hands combined, riff in one position
  • Lead-up notes
  • Music alphabet
  • Hammers
  • Hammers in riff construction
  • Note identification
  • Instant note identification
  • Tuning to harmonics
  • Minor pentatonic scale
  • Creating grooves with the minor pentatonic scale
  • Playing the minor pentatonic scale fast
  • Fills using the minor pentatonic scale
  • Grooves and fills using the minor pentatonic scale over different chords
  • Intro to the blues
  • Learning the blues (and beyond) in three steps
  • Construction of the major scale
  • Major triads
  • Blues with major triads and straight eighths
  • Shuffle blues with triads
  • Double chromatic approach notes to major triads over the blues (straight and shuffle)
  • Major triads, speed and dexterity, looking ahead
  • Minor triads, speed and dexterity, looking ahead
  • Minor blues
  • A module of five lessons on reading music, including practical sight-reading concepts
  • A module on the major pentatonic scale and its applications
  • A module on various striking-hand techniques, including several picking styles and their application, palm muting etc.
  • All four triad types
  • All four-note chords
  • Practice routines
  • Chord relationships
  • Playing with drums
  • Passing tones (melodic bass lines)
  • A module on aural skills, i.e. how to work out songs off recordings
  • A module on the blues scale and its applications
  • Famous bass riffs analyzed and how to create your own "in the style of ...."

--- The Beginner course contains 50 Lessons in Total ---


To start your BEGINNER online bass guitar lessons in the next 5 MINUTES, click here


The bass player who wraps it up ...


"Mr. Urbaszek,


Thank you for the series of bass lessons.


The materials you offered are rich and well organized.


I have been acquiring knowlege and dexterity effectively for playing bass guitar since I signed up the beginner series.


Besides the techiniques of playing bass, I have been also inspired in learning other instrument


Things like aural skill and humming before improvising were what I had heard but never used. After I gave a few tries of those, the techiniques become the refreshing tools and inspired me that there may be some potential extent I can reach.


I appreciated that the bass lessons not only cover bass techiniques but broader content in playing and understanding music."

Chieh-hsun Wu (Jason) June 2012

The bass player who had tried so much ...


"It is the most practical application and the learning tecnique works for me.


I've gone from not ever playing a stringed instrument to playing with our worship team in five months ...


I am certain that there is not a better bargain for BASS specific lessons anywhere! I do not know of anyone around my area that does BASS specific lessons, by a BASS specialist...


I have learned exponentially faster than anything else I have ever tried!"

Brett Donahue, USA, 27 December 2008

Intermediate to Advanced eCourse Lesson Topics


--- BASS LESSON TOPICS ---

Please note: This is only a synopsis. Lessons are comprehensive and systematic and always give hints, tips, practice suggestions and examples using a combination of text, audio, photos and TABs. All lessons are geared toward the performing musician and always have real world applications as the premise.

  • Extracting grooves from drum parts
  • Improve your timing
  • Playing difficult passages
  • Staying fresh - ideas for inspiration
  • Preparation for recording sessions
  • Independence exercises
  • Effective use of chromatics in bass line construction
  • Thorough knowledge of your instrument
  • A 15-lesson module on styles and what makes them; includes Funk, Rock, Motown, Reggae, Bossa Nova, Samba, Afro-Cuban (Salsa), African, Muted Slap, Muted sixteenth-note grooves, Hip Hop etc.
  • A 10-lesson module on walking bass - can be used for Jazz, Country, Ska etc.
  • All 40 chords
  • All scales
  • A comprehensive 10-lesson module addressing various improvisation techniques for solos and making up bass riffs on-the-spot
  • Harmonics, natural and artificial and their application
  • Double stops, from 3rds to 10ths and beyond
  • Getting unique sounds, such as "auto wah" without any effect pedals
  • Advanced aural skills
  • Gig readiness, touring etc.

--- The Intermediate Course contains 50 Lessons in Total ---


To start your INTERMEDIATE online bass guitar lessons in the next 5 MINUTES, click here

My Guarantee: Your Lessons on Time or Three for Free

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Bass lessons are supplied by Creative Bass


A division of Creative Avenues, ABN 22 323 614 466

Physical Address: 1/26i Coomburra Cresc.

Ocean Shores, NSW 2483, Australia

Phone: 011 (from USA) 00 (from Europe and UK) 61266802854

Email: lessons@creativebass.com