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Whether you're an experienced bassist, a seasoned pro or even if you're just starting out, you'll always know exactly what to work on thanks to our extensive course library.

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SBL is much more than just in-depth self study courses. There is also a huge live component to our platform. When you become a member you’re going to get access to weekly live-stream seminars brought to you by the biggest names in bass education. This is the first time bass players around the world have had the opportunity to study with some of the best bass players on the planet, from the comfort of their own home, in real time - with real time personal feedback. To be the best you can be we think you need to learn from the best.

I haven't climbed Everest, nor have I been deep sea diving. I haven't even been to Timbuktu. But I have travelled to many far away places playing bass for some of the most talented musicians in the world, having the best time of my life doing so.

On a deserted island, I'd go insane without music, film, my wife Lisa and son Storey. Creative thinking, the mastery of communication and story telling is what does it for me, but sharing all I have learned throughout the years of being a professional musician with the world is what really drives and inspires me.

I'm a self confessed information addict. I believe deeply in teamwork, community, and collaboration. But most of all, I believe that by being ferociously driven and passionate about ScottsBassLessons I can make a difference to people's lives.

A graduate of the High School of Music and Art in New York City, and a former member of the Bass Department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ed Friedland has forged a reputation as one of the bass world’s top educators. He’s also one of the most published, thanks to his tuition books, instructional videos and regular columns for Bass Player Magazine. As a sideman, Ed's performance credits include the Mavericks, Larry Coryell, Michal Urbaniak, Robben Ford, Mike Metheny, Martha and the Vandellas, The Drifters and many more.

Danny “Mo” Morris has been a mainstay at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music since 1988. Aside from his Motown-fuelled, muted bass tone, Danny’s known for his ability to work with students of all levels. “My mission is to teach my students how to develop their individuality and their tonal concept, what notes to play and when,” says Danny. “The bass player’s role is to keep time and to address the tonality of the moment.” His career highlights have included gigs with the likes of Robben Ford, Bo Diddley, Calypso Hurricane and the James Montgomery Blues Band. He also performs annually at the WESFEST concert series in Los Angeles in support of the Wehmiller Scholarship.

Todd Johnson is widely recognized as a pioneer of the six-string electric bass. His incredible technique enables him to play bass lines and chords simultaneously, which has proved extremely useful in both his solo and small combo work. He’s also worked alongside Mike Stern, Dave Weckl, Scott Henderson, Plas Johnson, Lew Tabackin, Paul Humphrey and Frank Gambale. Todd is also in demand as a clinician and has served as a faculty member at Musicians Institute (BIT), California Institute of the Arts, College of the Canyons and The Master’s College.

Steve Lawson’s bass work remains rather ahead of the curve in his specialised area of soloistic music making. Known globally as one of the UK’s leading solo bass guitarists, Steve is also a regular contributor to Bass Guitar Magazine and a strong advocate of all things bass. “It can be a little tricky to pin down exactly what I do,” says Steve. “I’m a solo bassist who spends a lot of his time making very un-bass-like sounds.” Above all, Steve is an incredible educator and a true inspiration to bass players the world over.

An alumni of both the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary and the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Austria, Zoltan Dekany is Principal Lecturer at the Leeds College of Music and a regular performer on the UK Jazz scene. His performance credits include The Ratpack, Dirty Dancing, Legally Blonde, Shrek and Wicked in London's West End, as well as stints with the BBC Big Band, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The London Sinfonietta. Did we mention that Zoltan also studied with Charlie Haden AND Jeff Berlin?

Phil is an SBL regular who has also taught over 200 students at the Bass Institute in London, he is the author of Chord Tone Concepts – a three volume chord tone studies manual for bass guitar, and a regular contributor to Bass Guitar Magazine. Having completed a Diploma and LCM Degree in London, Phil secured a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance and a scholarship at Jeff Berlin’s Players School of Music. His professional CV to-date include tours with English guitar legend, Albert Lee, and A Vision of Elvis, which is one of the world’s leading Elvis productions. Phil’s endorsed by both Overwater Bass Guitars and Vanderkley Amplification.

Stefan Redtenbacher remains one of the most prominent composers, producers and all round bass monsters in the UK. Perhaps his most defining characteristic is the fact that he’s led his own band (Redtenbacher’s Funkestra) since 2005, something few bassists have attempted. It’s even more surprising when a career as a star sideman seemed like the obvious choice having graduated from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. His recording and performing credits include sessions for Steve Winwood, Kiki Dee, Jack Bruce, Amy Winehouse, Lulu, Sandie Shaw, Mica Paris, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Alexandra Burke, Adam Ant and Ollie Murs. All this invaluable experience has added an intimate knowledge of the music business to his already brimful mix of talents.

For many musicians, seeing Cody Wright play bass for the first time is an unforgettable experience. Originally from Orlando, Florida, his awe-inspiring pick technique and his use of two-handed tapping readily caught the attention of Victor Wooten, the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra and guitarist Eric Gales. After nearly thirteen years as a fusion guitarist, Cody took up the bass in 2011 and you can be sure that he will be flying the four-string flag for some time to come. Cody is a certified instructor at ScottsBassLessons.com and a regular guest at Victor Wooten's Center for Music & Nature. 

Best known for his stints with Vernon Reid (Living Colour) and Dave Fiuczynski in Screaming Headless Torsos, Steve Jenkins is taking the bass guitar to new heights. In addition to his mind-blowing technical prowess, Steve's musicianship has allowed him to fit into a diverse range of musical situations that have run the gamut from face-melting prog-metal to experimental microtonal jazz-funk. As an educator, he has taught at the Berklee College of Music’s BassLines Summer Program for the past 8 years, and at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in Southeast India.

Austrian-born Ariane Cap is a multi-instrumentalist, author, blogger, bassist and composer. She teaches at her own Music School in California, Step Up Music Vallejo, and has created numerous online classes for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her book (Music Theory for the Bass Player) was published in September 2015 and hit #1 bestseller status in its category within weeks. An eclectic and versatile bassist, Ariane has occupied the bass chair for the likes of Keith Olsen, Muriel Anderson, Montclair Women’s Big Band, The Sippy Cups and The Mozart Band. As a leader, she teamed up with star Jazz bassoonist Paul Hanson to create the critically acclaimed duo ‘OoN’.

Since starting out as the youngest ever faculty member at the Bass Collective in New York City, Rufus Philpot’s pioneering fusion of jazz and instrumental rock has made him a bass great. Having relocated to California, Rufus gives regular masterclasses at The Musicians Institute in Hollywood and the Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena. You may also know him from his work with Scott Henderson’s Nomad trio or CPT trio with Kirk Covington from Tribal Tech.

If you want support, accountability, and to be part of an amazingly supportive online bass community, we’ve got you covered!

The Campus is our community forum here within ScottsBassLessons that’s going to connect you with thousands of other bass students just like you. Along side our world renowned course library and our weekly live-stream seminars with the incredible SBL faculty, we believe that our strong focus on peer to peer learning has also been a huge part of our students successes.

When you become a student here at SBL, no matter where you are on your journey to becoming a great bass player, you’ll be able to connect with, get direct help, feedback, motivation and support from your fellow students every step of the way.

Never before have bass students around the globe had such an incredible opportunity to become a student of the worlds first true online bass school.

Does ScottsBassLessons work for all styles of music?

Without being totally over the top... Hell yes!

When you become a student here at SBL you’ll quickly realise that every genre of music has something to teach us, whether it be Motown, Soul, Rock, Blues, Jazz or even black metal (yes - black metal!). There are unique styles of music being played in every corner of the world, all with their own sets of challenges and lessons to be learned.

That’s why we believe that every student needs to fully understand the core elements of what makes a great bass player, and then we help our students to channel those core elements into the different genre’s of music they want to focus on.

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  • Joining the SBL Academy has helped me TREMENDOUSLY. I have never in my life felt this productive or focused as a musician.

    Taylor Lee
  • I was a bit stuck in terms of my progress when I first joined SBL, but the support I got from the community here has given me a huge boost!

    Daniel Wester
  • I love the more nuanced videos where Scott talks about letting the snare drum breathe. You can’t really get that from an instructional book!

    Maddie Jay
  • I really connect with the way that Scott teaches and the musical language he uses. I instantly knew that SBL would move my bass playing in the right direction.

    Glen Whitney

Who is Scott Devine?

With over half a million aspiring bass players from beginners through to full time professionals, studying his lessons every month, Scott is the most widely followed bass educator in the world. 

He has taught thousands of students around the globe, lectured at multiple music schools and universities, and is constantly striving to take online bass education to the next level.

In 2010 he founded ScottsBassLessons.com which has quickly become the largest educational platform and community for bass players on the web. This created a completely new opportunity for bass students around the world, giving them the ability to study with some of the finest bass educators on the planet via self-study courses, real time live-streaming seminars, and receive direct video feedback on their bass playing.

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It’s so easy to get derailed by “the daily noise” and completely miss your goals. Your SBL dashboard will keep you on-track, focused, and is available 24/7 on any device. 

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Your journey to becoming a better bass player starts here.

  • Learn at Your Own Pace.

    With our flexible courses you have complete control over what you want to learn and when. Choose to follow one of our guided courses or pick your own starting point.

  • A One-On-One Experience.

    Learn from the very best in the business. Our expert tutors are on hand to help you every step of the way. You can even drop a link to your site to see what people think.

  • Join The Community.

    We've built a community right into the heart of SBL — connect with your peers and gain access to an incredible group of like-minded people.

Your Membership includes:

  • World Renowned Course Library 

    Access hundreds of hours of amazing, in-depth bass guitar lessons including hours of step-by-step instruction, live bands and much more from the biggest names in bass education. 

  • Weekly Live-Stream Seminars 

    Each week we host live-stream seminars with the likes of Gary Willis, Adam Neely, Ed Friedland, Rufus Philpot, Damian Erskine, Danny Mo Morris, Ariane Cap, Steve Lawson & Todd Johnson, plus many world-class educators.

  • Awesome Community

    Connect with fellow bassists from around the world who are just like you in our community forum, The Campus. Our students are focused on getting their bass playing to the next level, but also on helping other students around them. They’ll be there for you 24/7.

  • Direct Feedback and Direction

    You can get direct feedback and answers to all your burning questions from Scott, our awesome faculty and your fellow students in multiple ways such as Scott’s Monthly Feedback Masterclass, our weekly live-stream seminars and our community forum.

  • The Bass Hang LIVE

    This is Scott’s monthly live-stream seminar where you get to hang out with Scott and the rest of your fellow students for a full 2 hour session. Don’t worry if you can’t make it though - you can pre-submit your questions (and ALL questions are answered no matter what!)

  • The Academy Show

    Our weekly show here at SBL where Scott discusses all the current news, community topics, challenges, what’s coming up… and watch out, Scott regularly goes off topic. These are a heap of fun!

  • Monthly Challenges

    Each and every month we have a brand new challenge that’s designed to make you a better bass player. The best thing about the challenges is that our whole community get’s involved, which creates a fun learning environment and accountability when you need it.

  • Course Resources

    Each course is accompanied by highly detailed workbooks including TAB and notation, and multiple backing tracks when needed.

  • Action Steps

    Each lesson within SBL is accompanied by Scott’s specific “action steps” that layout the specific takeaways from each lesson, and also provide a solid framework to use after each lesson so you know how to keep focused and on track.

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Students consistently overestimate how much they can achieve in one week… but drastically underestimate how much they can achieve within a year with the right guidance and support.

You can become the bass player you’ve always dreamed of being, but to get there not only are you going to need the right guidance and support, you’re also going to need to know what to focus on (and in what order!) to get your bass playing to the next level - and equally, what to avoid.

Are you ready to finally start seeing BIG improvements in your bass playing? 

Do you want to learn from some of the best bass educators on the planet from the comfort of your own home? 

Are you ready to believe that you can really do this if you just start believing in yourself and stop waiting time in that the endless circle of procrastination?! 

We’re waiting for you on the inside. You ready?