Online Bass Courses

Our 12-week online bass courses are authored and taught by industry experts and the same renowned instructors that teach at Berklee College of Music's Boston campus.

  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Credits transfer to hundreds of other colleges and universities
  • Many Berklee Online courses apply toward certificates and degree programs

    OPERF-110
    Basic Improvisation
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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 inflections, feel, and nuances of the masters into your own playing!
    OBASS-130
    Bass Performance 101
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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.
    OPERF-312
    Gary Burton: Jazz Improvisation
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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.
    OBASS-332
    Jazz Bass
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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.
    OBASS-333
    R&B Bass
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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.
    OBASS-231
    Rock Bass
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Gain the foundation, technique, and vocabulary necessary to construct and improvise bass lines in a variety of rock and blues-based music styles.
    OBASS-234
    Slap Bass
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Since the emergence of funk in the 1970s, slap bass has become an essential technique in any electric bassist's tool kit. In Slap Bass, you'll learn the fundamentals of slap, from traditional to modern techniques, and learn to construct your own slap lines over original songs.