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eMedia Bass Method

by eMedia
Windows XP, Macintosh, Mac OS X
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Technical Details

  • Features 114 step-by-step lessons by famous bass instructor John Arbo - follow along as he teaches you the basics
  • Begin learning about triads, fills, syncopation and other bass techniques
  • Create your own bass lines in no time at all
  • Over 200 songs and exercises help you improve your bass-playing
  • Play your favorite songs by the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and other legends
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System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows XP, Macintosh, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Features step-by-step lessons using full-motion video and over 200 songs/exercises. Includes songs by Dylan and others.

From the Manufacturer

Bass has never been so easy as with this beginning-level CD-ROM. Features over 100 step-by-step lessons with on-screen instructor John Arbo. Over 30 full motion split-screen videos show multiple angles and close-ups of both hands. Using an animated fretboard, recorded audio and variable-speed MIDI audio over 200 songs and exercises teach all the skills you need to start playing. Learn to play using triads, fills, and syncopation, and learn to create a bass line for any song you like. Includes full multi-track audio as well as bass-only and no-bass audio options, so you can perfect your technique and play along with the band.

Many of the songs in eMedia’s Bass Method are found in Guitar Method, so bass and guitar students can jam along with each other as they learn. Features hit songs made famous by the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, Steve Miller, and others. Also includes an automatic tuner, recorder, chord dictionary, and digital metronome to give you everything you need to start playing bass guitar.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No more beginner's books! ** WORKS WITH THE MAC! ** April 16 2002
Forget beginner's books! Save your money and buy this program, the ability to play along with the computer while you watch the notes/chord progression alone is something that no book/ audio cd will ever match. The way the lessons are presented is excellent, giving visual types like me direct re-enforcement on what the lesson is all about by giving you follow-along examples, and most importantly encouraging you to improvise and experiment. I've been learning the bass on and off for a couple of years and while I can already play along with many songs and improvise a bit I have found even the most basic lessons in this program to be very useful. I'm really looking forward to the sight reading section of the course! Highly recommended! If #2 is ever issued I'll buy it!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a CD-ROM for bass! Sept. 28 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
My friend really liked eMedia's guitar CD-ROM, so I got their Bass Method the second I saw it at Circuit City. The lessons were easy to follow and the videos had demonstrations for both the left and right hands. The coolest feature has to be the ability to remove the bass and jam with the band in great songs like Knockin' on Heaven's Door. I'm almost good enough to jam with my friend.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No more beginner's books! ** WORKS WITH THE MAC! ** April 16 2002
By Jose P. Costa - Published on Amazon.com
Forget beginner's books! Save your money and buy this program, the ability to play along with the computer while you watch the notes/chord progression alone is something that no book/ audio cd will ever match. The way the lessons are presented is excellent, giving visual types like me direct re-enforcement on what the lesson is all about by giving you follow-along examples, and most importantly encouraging you to improvise and experiment. I've been learning the bass on and off for a couple of years and while I can already play along with many songs and improvise a bit I have found even the most basic lessons in this program to be very useful. I'm really looking forward to the sight reading section of the course! Highly recommended! If #2 is ever issued I'll buy it!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great software Dec 23 2004
By Addnos - Published on Amazon.com
I'm in my 40's and was able to pick up my father's 30 year old electric bass and learn how to play very quickly. I've been using the program about 3 months and try to play 1/2 to 1 hour every day. Besides learning the songs included in the program I have been able to play Cream songs Badge and Sunshine of Your Love by teaching myself.

As for the details:
1. There is no problem with XP. I have a desktop and a laptop and both run the program without any problems
2. Tuner works great and is very very helpful
3. The program records your playing whenever you want. It is easy to use
4. When playing songs you can turn off the bass line in the song, leave the bass line in, or just play the bass line without the music
5. Moving between lessons is painless and very easy

I can't say enough about this software. It's great and I am only on lesson 43.

You won't be disappointed with the software. It's a good investment and you will be very happy with the results
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice but buggy in XP Sept. 9 2004
By Fretful - Published on Amazon.com
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First the problems: I began using this product under Windows XP home edition and found several bugs. The metronome and tuner would not work, and the menus had extraneous symbols. None of these were a killer, but a bit annoying. Then I switched to my old computer running Windows 98, and everything worked fine.

For the program itself, it's great! There is video of the instructor (sometimes with a split view to show both hands), songs to play along with, an animated fretboard, audio clips with more suggestions or reminders, a guitar chord dictionary, and the aforementioned tuner and metronome. Portions of the music can be selected to repeat, to aid practice. The songs include the voice and guitar parts. A very good program for a beginner bassist.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great software Dec 24 2004
By Addnos - Published on Amazon.com
I'm in my 40's and was able to pick up my father's 30 year old electric bass and learn how to play very quickly. I've been using the program about 3 months and try to play 1/2 to 1 hour every day. Besides learning the songs included in the program I have been able to play Cream songs Badge and Sunshine of Your Love by teaching myself.

As for the details:

1. There is no problem with XP. I have a desktop and a laptop and both run the program without any problems

2. Tuner works great and is very very helpful

3. The program records your playing whenever you want. It is easy to use

4. When playing songs you can turn off the bass line in the song, leave the bass line in, or just play the bass line without the music

5. Moving between lessons is painless and very easy

I can't say enough about this software. It's great and I am only on lesson 43.

You won't be disappointed with the software. It's a good investment and you will be very happy with the results
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