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. No application necessary.


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.

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.

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!

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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. No application necessary.

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

Recognizing that one size does not fit all, Berklee Online offers this flexible program to help ensure that you receive the exact training and experience that will best help you meet your music career goals. Our admissions advisors can also help pinpoint the courses that are most aligned with your learning needs.

15 Credits

Specialist Certificates (3 Courses)

General Music Studies

Recognizing that one size does not fit all, Berklee Online offers this flexible program to help ensure that you receive the exact training and experience that will best help you meet your music career goals. Our admissions advisors can also help pinpoint the courses that are most aligned with your learning needs.

9 Credits
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

Degree Programs

Degree programs are the most affordable and flexible option for earning your music degree from Berklee College of Music. They are the best option for students who want a music education degree and the full Berklee experience.


Interdisciplinary Music Studies (Create Your Own Major)

“Build your own” music major by selecting coursework from a number of disciplines that align with your personal career goals.

Undeclared Option

This major is geared specifically for new and entering students who are not yet ready to declare their major.

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