Bass Solo Improvisation Lesson #1 – Getting Started

This is the first in the Talking Bass series of lessons on Bass Improvisation from Mark J Smith. This lesson covers the absolute basics of getting started with bass soloing and improvising. The fundamental aspects of improvising are covered along with some basic exercises for introducing the beginner to spontaneous creativity.

The backing track I use in the lesson is available here:
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  1. Its like getting the last word in. LOL Brilliant Mate LOL

  2. I don't even know where to begin with this channel…I have been a bass player over 15 years roughly now and have dabbled in everything from jam band to heavy metal click tracks where everyone has to wear headphones. Something about this exact lesson in the first 5 min just clicked to me and made so much sense I dom't even know how to put into words how much this helped…THANK YOU so much for what you do.

  3. Fantastic lesson, thank you!

  4. I probably spent 10 minutes trying to replicate how you played happy birthday from one listen. lol

  5. Absolutely brilliant lesson – refreshingly free of BS and marketing hype, this is truly excellent teaching. And it's inspiring too, because of Mark's insight into how music works and into how learning goes for most of us non geniuses. Mark's way shows you how to really get hold of the most basic building blocks of music and work from there on up. So your confidence increases and as you play you can risk those flights into the next challenging and exciting area. I'm a just a beginner and I am getting so much from these lessons, thank you Mark, very much indeed.

  6. you truly are amazing with your teaching!!!!!


  8. Where can I get the back track?

  9. I love that 15:36 part when u try to suck, but you fail at sucking, and still rock.

  10. ncbasspraise (Pat Weist)

    Nicely done!!!

  11. Thank you very much, I've seen a bunch of classes about improvising and phrasing and didn't understood a word of what they were talking about, but this one, man it's the most efficient class I've ever seen… now I feel motivated and inspired to keep going forward on this road. Thank you very much, you're a great teacher. I've been playing bass for 3 years, but I feel I know nothing. Once again, I express my gratitude to you.

  12. help me a lot , thank you 😀 !! m/

  13. Everything fantastic until 25:42. Can somebody please explain me what he did here? I have played bass for 6 years and really find it hard to get this stuff around my head.

  14. Thank you so much for putting this out there! =)

  15. I had to start improvising basically from the beginning in my highschool Jazz class after I picked up bass due to lack of one (and now never want to go back). I have gotten some sheets to help, but they aren't super helpful, especially since I've only been playing for about 4 months. Thank you so much for the video!

  16. When I'm looking something to learn I just want to instructor to do it without talking but you are really different I can spend my time to listen to you without playing.

    Thanks you are number one

  17. you are amazing!!i have no words to thank u…best teacher ever!!

  18. 4th year High school bass player, and still have not learned the basics of soloing, I've travelled the world with my award winning band, including 3rd in nationals, so it's embarrassing that I have yet to learn to solo… hope to master improvisation within a couple months before we travel to Croatia

  19. This is genius, Mark. Thanks! I've learned more from you in a few weeks, than years of trudging through on my own. Wish I had this kind of info years ago!

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