Tyson Farmer:   Music Lessons

Bass Guitar Lessons

The bass guitar was the first instrument I really applied myself to and achieved any skill with. I still play the bass now and then, as it's a skill that never leaves you, and is an excellent way for any guitarist to find variety in their musical life or career. Bass is the fundamental basis of all music, as its main job is to play the most important notes in music- the root notes. Therefore it is an excellent way to start learning from the ground up.
    The learning curve of the bass guitar is quite easy, and it has an excellent work to payoff ratio. So the emphasis when playing bass is usually on the fun part of playing. And since the strings are much thicker than a guitar's strings, and you play only one note at a time, it quickly strengthens your fingers to the point where learning to play the guitar is quite an easy transition to make (which is precisely what I did!). Most bassists find they can easily learn to play a little guitar, and vice versa. If you can't decide which instrument you want to play, bass is an excellent starting instrument, and lays a foundation of strength and basic musical concepts that make learning other instruments even easier.
    Paul McCartney of the Beatles, Sting of The Police, and Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers are all examples of well- known and excellent bassists. If you've ever seen yourself in their shoes, rocking out or laying down a funky bass line, give bass guitar a try!

My teaching skills with this instrument; disclaimers

I can teach funk, pop, rock, metal, country, contemporary christian, reggae, traditional jazz and many more bass styles. I can also teach basic pop and slap techniques, using a pick with the bass (and when not to!), and traditional finger "walking" technique. I teach a solid foundation in the basics of playing and understanding the bass, including chord construction, the role of the root and the fifth in the bass, names of the frets, bass lines and embellishments, learning to play by ear, reading chord charts, and much more.
    Bass is a much easier instrument at first to start playing your favorite songs on, so I usually start right into a student's song list after talking about basic concepts and technique, and teach more technique along the way.

If you have any further questions I couldn't answer here, check out my FAQ section.

Concepts I teach:

Right and left hand techniques
Chord construction
Sharps and flats (# & b)
Developing hand muscle memory
Using a pick with the bass
Traditional finger picking style
Bass lines and bass patterns
Reading bass tablature
The role of the root and fifth in bass
Names of the frets
Octaves and their role
Singing and playing at the same time
The role of the passing tone
Bass guitar parts & their functions
Tuning with an electronic tuner
Tuning by ear
Learning and playing songs by ear
Rhythm and tempo
Rhythmic notation
Reading chord charts
Scales and their use
Understanding and playing modes
Improvisation and soloing
Using the internet as a song resource
...and much more than I can list here!