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Decoding The Bass

From the Studio of: Jonathan Boettcher
Special Report: How To Put The “Special Sauce” Into Your Bass PlayingThe first time I ever picked up a bass guitar, a big grin slid instantly across my face… I’m sure you can probably relate to that feeling – just loving that deep, rich tone of a great sounding bass.But you know what? That day when I first played the bass, I sucked.

Now, to be fair, I already knew how to play guitar fairly well, so I at least knew where the notes were… but most of the songs I played ended up sounding remarkably the same.

I honestly remember being surprised that I couldn’t play the bass well, considering I knew how to play guitar already! I figured it should be easy as falling off a log…

You see, I had no idea what to play other than the root note of the chord…

Shortly after, someone showed me the octave trick, but it wasn’t until I really dug in and started to understand the theory that my bass playing really took off.

But… Isn’t Music Theory BORING?

You bet it is!

(Betcha didn’t see that one coming!)

In fact,classical music theory is so boring I’d rather watch paint dry in the middle of a snowstorm!

Terms like “hemidemisemiquaver” and “quindicesima bassa” just about make my eyes jump out of my head! (and yes – those are real terms… you can look them up if you don’t believe me!)

And this is exactly why music theory has gotten such a bad rap: well-meaning but completely misguided music teachers have been teaching people for years all of this arcane theory that only about one-tenth of one percent of the population would ever have a use for.

Fact is, most people just want to play their instrument for:

  • Personal Pleasure
  • Stress Relief
  • Jamming with Friends

Am I right? Very few people ever go on to become truly professional musicians, and most who do, STILL don’t understand, let alone use, all that mumbo-jumbo!

“So Jonathan, What’s Your Angle?”

So how can I say that theory is what made such a tremendous difference in my playing? Well, perhaps I should replace the word ‘theory’ with something a bit less misunderstood… like ‘basic principles’.

You see, once I began to understand the basic principles of my bass guitar, I began to see all kinds of new ways of playing it.

Let Me Give You An Example…

I don’t know a whole lot about cars – so when something happens to mine, I basically end up taking it to the mechanic. That’s like playing the root note, okay? Having a single response for pretty much every situation.

In contrast, a good friend of mine knows a great deal about cars, and anytime he’s got a problem with his vehicle, he just pops open the hood and gets creative. That’s because he knows what he’s working with. He understands how it works, what the problem is, and what can be done to fix it.

That’s the equivalent of taking a very different approach to the music, and playing intervals and riffs that sound incredibly cool… understanding the mechanics of what makes your music work, and putting that knowledge to good use!

So Easy A Child Can Master It…

I’m not talking about complicated theory here! My basic requirements are these:

  • Do you know the first seven letters of the English alphabet? (If not, I’ll TELL YOU!)
  • Can you count to eight? (Again, we can WORK on this!)
  • Do you WANT to learn the bass guitar? (The ONE thing you’ll have to provide on your own…)

If you answered YES to all three, then you’re already well on your way to mastering the bass guitar.

The basic principles I’m going to show you about your bass guitar don’t require anything more than you already have… and yet these principles are so powerful, that you could use them to go all the way to Nashville, should you have the desire to do so.

(No one’s forcing you beyond your living room here… I’m just sayin’…)

So What’s With The 2 Hour Claim?

Decoding The Bass GuitarAnd here I thought you’d never ask…

My Decoding The Bass Guitar lesson is almost exactly 2 hours long, so I’m actually leaving room in there for a washroom break if you need it. 🙂

Fact is, I believe that once you watch through this bass guitar lesson, and the principles I teach in there sink into your head, you will automatically start playing differently. That’s what knowledge does to you – it actually renews your mind into a different way of thinking!

It’s no wonder they say Knowledge is Power!

After going through this lesson, you will not look at your bass guitar the same way again… I guarantee it. (think I’m pulling your leg? I’m dead serious…)

Now – time for the disclaimer – I don’t have any secret potion of bass mastery that I can send you, so just like everyone else in this world, you’re going to have to practice in order to improve. There’s no getting around that. No pain, no gain, right?

However – with these principles in mind, your practicing will be far more effective, and you will literally notice yourself improving very rapidly.

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quotes_greyFortunately, I find Mathematics a very interesting subject and I’m pretty good with numbers. With the bass being tuned to 4th’s it makes it pretty easy to find your way around the keyboard. You have done an excellent job in your explanations and examples of Patterns and Locations.  I have looked at many other training tools available on the Internet and I have found yours to be the best for Foundation and Theory.

Especially helpful are the Fretboard Charts and Scale diagrams that I can download. Like YOU I too have difficulty remembering the NAMES of the notes. I sincerely do find the writing exercises to be very helpful. If beginners don’t take the time to get involved in the written exercises, they are missing an important part of the learning process. The charts are a great addition to the program. Keep up the excellent work, and I’m looking forward to receiving any new or updated information or lessons you’re working on.

– Steve Pagano,
Woodstock, Georgia

I’m The Most Patient Teacher
In The World…

…but only on video! 🙂

Have you ever been trying to learn a particular thing on your bass, perhaps from a friend or another musician, and you just couldn’t get the hang of it, no matter how hard you tried? It can be a bit embarrassing… (I’ve been there!)

One of the reasons why video lessons are such a great investment is the fact that the video does not get frustrated or impatient if you have to replay a section a dozen times before you get it right.

Fact is, if you wanted to learn the same material that I cover in Decoding the Bass Guitar from a local music teacher, you would end up paying far more for the same information.

Why is that? Well, it’s pretty simple. I’ve taught people in real life, and the process is very different from video. You spent time chatting, you get distracted on a cool riff, you have a question about something else. Time goes by quickly…

On video, the material has been distilled into the purest form of musical goodness… Every last minute has been thoughtfully considered and included in order to offer the student the greatest benefit. Tons of material was first recorded, then considered, then cut, and lastly refined in order to deliver you the best all in one shot.

That means that a two hour video lesson is easily equivalent to at least four hours of in-person lessons… in fact, probably more.

Toss in the fact that you don’t have to pay to go back and hear the same thing again if you didn’t get it the first time, and you’ve got a powerful combination.

A half-decent guitar teacher is going to charge at least $30 per half hour lesson… so do the math. To learn this same material from a local teacher would cost you at least $240.

And, that’s IF you could find one that would teach you the same thing, and didn’t try pulling the old “quindicesima bassa” -style boring theory move on you.

But I’m A Newbie… Will This Help Me?

Have you ever seen that video clip of a smart bomb being dropped precisely on its target? Well, Decoding the Bass Guitar is NOT a complete ‘learn to play bass guitar’ course… Instead, it is laser focused on the principles you need to understand in order to take you to the next level.

If you’re a beginner, you may need to learn a few things elsewhere, but I guarantee you will find Decoding the Bass Guitar a tremendous help as you’re learning the bass. With the principles I’ll teach you, you will find yourself:

  • Learning songs faster than before
  • Intuitively understanding what others teach you, picking up new techniques with ease
  • Wanting more and more of that sweet instrument you call the bass guitar… with your appetite in gear, you’ll be advancing more quickly than you thought possible.

quotes_greyI really dig the DVD. The info has helped so much just the few times I have watched it. I really wish this was available 20 years ago! My son has started to learn the bass and I am giving this to him.

I do recommend this lesson for everyone and is a MUST HAVE for those just starting out. The more you watch it the clearer and clearer the fret board becomes. Having the ability to reach out and email any questions is such big bonus. Questions do arise and having someone to turn to for the answer is sweet. Your jokes are a bit corny but funny none the less. GREAT Work.

– Scott Wilkes,
Amateur Musician, but getting BETTER…

I’ve Played Bass For Years… Is This For Me?

If you’ve already played bass for a while, chances are you’re either quite advanced, or you’re looking for some new ideas. Seeing as you’re here reading this, I’m going to go out on a limb and go with looking for new ideas…

And that’s exactly what Decoding the Bass Guitar is intended to give you… in spades!

  • Relate to the bass in visual patterns instead of letters, names and notes. Our brains work far faster and more intuitively with this method!
  • Tired of hitting the same old notes and patterns? Learn how you can use intervals to really spice up your playing. This technique for improvising is limited only by your imagination.
  • Surprise your jam buddies by playing new things that not only sound better, but they add a totally new dynamic to the band!
  • Finally watch yourself progressing as a player for the first time in years…

Still not sure? Read what other people are telling me…

quotes_greyThe bass DVD was great! I haven’t been playing bass steadily but was shown some things back in the late 70s. Mostly I just played a root note and an alternate, such as going from a G to a D and back, C/W style. I recognized a few notes on the fretboard but never really had the time to memorize them. I would have to re-invent the wheel each time I played, to use an old cliche.

Your DVD has allowed me to grasp a lot of what a bass guitar can do, and has made the fretboard my friend, instead of the puzzle it was. This was just after the first time through! After watching and taking notes I have improved drastically and I think my own style is finally starting to emerge.

I am a tutor at Boise State University, for the Student Success Program and the Veteran’s Upward Bound Program. I tutor in Math and English. I also have played acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars since the late 60s, but mainly rhythm; and I play bass guitar at church for our worship team. I’ve never tried lead, but even after a short time with your DVD I have begun to experiment and created a walking bass line for the Gospel song, Just a Closer Walk With Thee.

I still have yet to use the worksheets included in the DVD but am going to, as I feel they can only deepen my knowledge of the fretboard. Thank you for a great product, and keep up the good work.

– Kermit Hale
Boise, Idaho

What Decoding The Bass Guitar Is NOT:

As I mentioned earlier, Decoding the Bass Guitar is a laser-focused bass lesson.

It will NOT teach you:

  • Specific riffs
  • Specific playing styles (ie country, rock, jazz etc)
  • ‘Thumping’ styles (how to use a pick, your fingers, hybrid style etc)
  • It is not a complete ‘learn to play bass’ course – this lesson is laser targeted…
  • How to lock in with a band

All of these things are important, but really you need to be adding those to a proper understanding of the bass guitar… not the other way around! Riffs and grooves are cool, but if you don’t understand how and why they fit the song, you’ll never be able to use them productively. Decoding the Bass Guitar is designed to give you that core understanding, thus building a strong foundation from which you can take your bass playing to new levels in any direction.

What WILL Decoding the Bass Guitar teach you?

  • The most powerful and yet incredibly simple way of looking at the fretboard you’ll find anywhere
  • Two simple scale patterns that are literally all you need. I’ve never seen anyone else teaching this method, but it is incredibly powerful.
  • How to turn theory into beautiful music – playing harmonies and even melodies on your bass.
  • Why the chords in each key work together, and how you can turn that to your advantage as a bass player.
  • Closeup examples for everything…

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Why DO Those Chords Work Together?

One of the most common problems I see with bass and guitar players is that they don’t really have a good understanding of why certain chords work together. They know how to play the chords – but they have a really hard time trying to anticipate which one will come next, or which chord groupings belong in a particular key.

With Decoding the Bass Guitar, I’ll teach you not only how and why these chord groupings work together, but I’ll also show you why it is so important for the bass player to understand this. Many bass players jam away blissfully unaware that the band is playing a major or a minor chord, because they’re just playing the root note. However, if you truly want to open up your potential as a bass player, you simply must understand the concepts of I IV V.

Rule #1: Don’t Be Boring!

Let’s face it – the bass player’s main function is to hold down the rhythm section, along with the drummer. But who doesn’t want to make things a bit more interesting?

Picture yourself for a moment holding down that rock solid bass groove, locked in tight with the drummer, and then flawlessly and intuitively creating bass fills on the fly, at the end of every phrase – adding a depth to the song that your jam mates have never seen before…

That is the kind of playing that becomes possible when you understand your bass and how it works – you’ll begin to notice your playing improving purely due to a different way of looking at your instrument!

That is the kind of playing that truly makes the bass guitar the heart and soul of any song!

Plus… I’ll Throw In Three Killer Bonuses!

Cheat Sheets: This pack of cheat sheets will be a huge help for you as you’re learning the bass ($15 value).

Acoustic guitar Jam Track looped over and over so you can easily practice what you learn without needing another player ($15 value).

Free Lifetime Updates to the lesson!

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Decoding The Bass GuitarDecoding The Bass is available in two order options (both contain the same material):

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Either way, you’ll be able to download the lessons today and get started immediately. Please keep in mind that the download files are very large – around 1 Gigabytes in total – so if you have a slow internet connection this will take a very long time. For this reason, the DVD is recommended.

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Let’s work together to take your bass playing to levels that you never before dreamed possible!

Keep on playin’,


P.S. Decoding the Bass Guitar will greatly improve your knowledge of the bass, and your ability to play it. It will give you a strong foundation to take your playing in any direction you later choose to go.

P.S. If for any reason your not completely satisfied with the lesson, you’re protected by my 100% “No Weasel Clauses” 60-Day Money Back GUARANTEE.

quotes_greyI really did enjoy the lessons and I must say that the concept of how to play along with others musicians on the bass suddenly “clicked”.  After watching the videos for the first time I can truly say that I feel “in command” of the fret board.

Sometimes I give free music lessons to people from my church, which is one the reasons why I’ve purchased your lessons in the first so that as a teacher I can improve my knowledge and skill of the various instrument to in turn help my advancing students.  I chose your lessons because the concept you use is how I taught myself to play various instruments, and what I use to teach others as well.  I think it’s the simplest way!  One young brother from my church when I showed him some of your patterns on bass he asked ” Is that’s all there is to it?”

I truly believe that your material is what many people out there are searching for but instead are wasting their money on bass and guitar lessons that are useless.

– Carol Estrado,
Gospel Missionary

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