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Bass

Become a Better Bassist with Berklee

Develop your sound and become a well-rounded bassist. Learn rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic bass lines, and advance your blues, rock, and jazz playing.

12-Week Courses

Courses are best for students who are looking to meet a specific need, or simply want to get started with Berklee Online.

Fall Term Starts September 28 for Courses and Multi-Course Certificates


R&B Bass

Learn to play R&B bass in the style of the master players. Expand your bass playing in the context of a professional, live music performance or recording session.

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Bass Performance 101

Study the music of famous electric and acoustic bass players, and learn to create and perform your own unique bass lines in a variety of different styles.

Jazz Bass

Gain the tools and knowledge you need to improvise jazz bass lines like a seasoned professional. Learn to play great jazz bass lines, recognize common chord progressions in jazz standards, and study the work of jazz bass greats like Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Ron Carter, and Christian McBride.

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Rock Bass

Gain the foundation, technique, and vocabulary necessary to construct and improvise bass lines in a variety of rock and blues-based music styles.

Slap Bass

Popularized in the 70s with groups such as Sly and the Family Stone, slap bass has become an essential technique in any electric bassist’s toolkit. In Slap Bass, you will learn the fundamentals of playing slap, from traditional to advanced modern techniques, and learn to construct your own slap lines over original songs.

Gary Burton: Jazz Improvisation

Learn the art of Jazz improvisation from Gary Burton, one of the most renowned improvisers in the jazz world. Learn different types and styles of compositions from the perspective of the improviser, and take an in-depth look at how mental, harmonic, and melodic processes contribute to the instinctive skills that an improviser puts to use when taking a solo.

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Basic Improvisation

Learn a step-by-step approach to improvisation that applies to all styles and any instrument. Develop your solos by studying the riffs and licks of legendary players, and learn to incorporate the inflexions, feel, and nuances of the masters into your own playing!

Fall Term Starts September 28 for Courses and Multi-Course Certificates

Multi-Course Certificates

Certificate programs are 3-18 months in duration and are designed for students who want to gain a deeper proficiency in a chosen area.

Programs marked with " Degree Path Certificate" allow you to earn credits that transfer directly into the online Bachelor of Professional Studies degree program. Upon successful completion of a degree path certificate, you'll be awarded provisional acceptance into the certificate's correlating degree major. Learn More About Degree Path Certificates


Professional Certificates (4-6 Courses)

Bass

Learn the foundational knowledge necessary to become an accomplished bass player in the areas of Rock, R&B, Jazz & Funk. Create bass lines and solos in any genre, and gain awareness of time.

15 Credits
General Music Studies

The Professional Certificate in General Music Studies provides students with the flexibility to choose five courses from any interest area for a dedicated certificate program.

15 Credits

Specialist Certificates (3 Courses)

Improvisation

Develop your ears and transcribing skills, learn the solo riffs, licks, mental process, and practice methods of the masters, and establish a solid path towards becoming an accomplished improviser yourself!

9 Credits
General Music Studies

The Specialist Certificate in General Music Studies provides students with the flexibility to choose three courses from any interest area for a dedicated certificate program.

9 Credits

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