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Step-By-Step Bass Lessons

Beginner to Badass is a foolproof beginner’s bass guitar system — on ’roids. It’s the easiest way to learn bass. Period. With our system, you can’t fail, even if you think you suck.

Our video lessons will take you step by step, from sketchy-sounding bass rookie to full-on bass badass. Learning Bass Evolution

Don’t get us wrong; we know it takes years to get to pro-level, to be a Flea or a Jaco. But with Beginner to Badass you’ll get the skills you need to …

Rip out your favorite songs and sound good.
Jam and improvise with other musicians.
Play in a band and hold your own.
Become irresistible to groupies (results may vary 😉 ).

Easy, Foolproof Video Lessons

We’ve been exactly where you are. Dreaming of picking up a bass and flooring everyone, but daunted by the reality of actually learning it.

Learning can be slow and frustrating if you learn the wrong way. When you hit a wall with your learning, it’s easy to just give up or noodle along without progress.

That’s why we created Beginner to Badass, to make learning as easy as possible, with rapid results.

Beginner to Badass is not voodoo magic — it’s an intelligently designed, meticulously crafted, beginner’s bass system that even the most musically hopeless will succeed with. Here’s why:

Step-by-Step System

No confusion, no head scratching. Be coached every step of the way, with each lesson seamlessly building on the last.

Bass Lessons System

Learn Real Songs

Our system won’t bore you to death, because you’ll learn loads of real songs with full backing tracks for that “jam-with-the-band” experience. (Don’t worry if you can’t read music or tabs; we’ve got you covered)

Learn Bass Songs

Bite-Sized Lessons

You won’t feel overwhelmed. You’ll feel motivated and energized with doable, bite-sized lessons.

Online Lessons

Play-Along Method

No need to practice alone. Keep on the straight and narrow and avoid developing bad habits with a 100% play-along method.

Play Along Method

A Kick-Ass Teacher

Our secret weapon: Josh Fossgreen. If you’re a beginner and want to learn bass properly, Josh is your man. (Watch the video at the top of this page and you’ll see what we mean.)

Josh Fossgreen, Kickass Bass Teacher

Hey dude, I just wanted to say I think what you're doing is great. You're an excellent teacher and an excellent player.

Garrett Campbell

Josh rocks! I am an average bass rocker in an "old man band" as my son describes us. Josh really helped me out. Love how he broke it down and explained it to me in terms I could relate to.

Jody Copeland

Hey Josh! I want to thank you so much for all of your videos. You allowed me to achieve great things with the bass and now I'm doing small gigs around my area!

Thomas Duncan

Our teaching technique is insanely simple, with real results. No gimmicks. No nonsense. Grab your bass, load up the lessons, play along, get good. It couldn’t be easier.

Real Results, Delivered

Don’t let the fact that our system is dead easy fool you…

1 Beginner to Badass is a fully comprehensive course with a fully structured curriculum.

You’ll get all the beginner fundamentals, knowledge, techniques and skills you’ll need to sound and feel like the real deal … not a bass hack who plods along.

2 You will get better faster, because our system is built on the proven principles of Deliberate Practice.

Talent Is Overated, Book

Deliberate Practice is celebrated in the book Talent Is Overrated, which earned acclaim as a NY Times Best-Seller.

Deliberate Practice is when you work on a skill that requires 1 to 3 practice sessions to master. If it takes longer than that, then you are working on something that is too complex. Once you master that skill, you can move on to practicing the next component that will take 1 to 3 sessions to master.

The result? With Beginner to Badass, learning will be easier, quicker and more effective than with traditional learning.

3 Beginner to Badass has been tried, tested, and proven. We stress-tested the s*** out of it to ensure effective and rapid results. Check it out …

Meet Dan, The Human Guinea Pig

Beginner Student, Dan

Dan had never played an instrument before. He wasn’t even sure he could, worried he was “over the hill.”

This made him a perfect guinea pig to put Beginner to Badass through its paces. Could we turn unconfident Dan into a solid bassist, in just weeks, with our system?

How to Learn Bass?

Yeah, we’re a bit biased, but we believe Beginner to Badass is the best way for beginners to start on the right foot and learn everything they need to get good. Here’s how our system stacks up:

You could learn from YouTube Videos
But with Beginner to Badass…
You get a fully structured course of lessons designed to work with each other. You won’t get a mishmash of random lessons that leave out vital beginner techniques or knowledge. You won’t be confused what to learn next.

You could hire a teacher
But with Beginner to Badass…
You’ll save a truckload of cash. If you can find a great teacher it’s one of the best ways to learn. But good teachers aren’t cheap; a year’s worth of lessons can run up to $3,000. Our lessons are a fraction of the cost, equally as effective and more convenient — do them whenever you like, at your own pace.

You could learn from books
But with Beginner to Badass…
You can see exactly how to do the technique correctly and hear the subtleties of how you should be sounding. No finger or fret mix-ups with us. You also get to use our play-along method, rather than having to figure out stuff by yourself.

You could learn by using free internet tabs
But with Beginner to Badass…
You’ll learn the right techniques, in the right order, to get the right sound. You won’t drag along in some random order, or plateau when you should be pushing on. And you won’t need to struggle or waste time with incorrect tabs from sketchy bassists.

Don't Learn Bass The Wrong Way

Reviews

Testimonial, Shanna Reilly


I loved how easy to understand the lessons are. The step-by-step instruction and breakdown of lessons from slow to "fast" workouts, coupled with the fact that the lessons are always taught within musical context and in a professional, easy-to-navigate format, I'd definitely recommend them to anyone interested in learning bass.
Shanna Reilly, Philadelphia PA

Testimonial, Jack Daily


This course increases in difficulty at the exact right speed. The visuals you provide of the beats, as well as the fret board, are really cool to make sure we are on the path to playing everything correct. The constant reiterations of how to play correctly make this program a huge success. I have said this before and I will say it again, I am very impressed with your teaching method.
Jack Daily, Milwaukee WI

Testimonial, Sam Burke


The lesson package has been phenomenal in improving my bass skills. I had already taken bass lessons for a couple years so I decided to take the Hardcore plan of three lessons a day for a month and this covers it all. It taught me better techniques on stuff I thought I knew, and new things as well such as Slap bass which I enjoy so much! I highly recommend for beginners, or even experienced players trying to learn something new.
Sam Burke, Norman OK

Testimonial, Martel Goldsmith


I love this format! I did the exercise on my first lesson. I couldn’t contain my excitement. In my first lesson I can learn to play a tune! I can’t overstate how jumping into playing real tunes feels to a beginner.
J.Martel Goldsmith, Atlanta GA

Testimonial, Patrick Van Meter


From music theory to timing to ear training, all this and much more without me needing to leave my living room. If you're serious about taking your bass playing to the next level, you would be hard-pressed to find a better bass tutor than Josh Fossgreen.
Patrick Van Meter, Dayton OH

Testimonial, Ian Matthews


My practice has more structure, I’m feeling more confident with the weaknesses in my playing, and my progress is now faster than ever.
Ian Matthews, UK

30 Hours of Kick-Ass Lessons

Beginner to Badass is 30 hours of super-high-quality, super-effective video lessons, plus an essential Course Extras booklet with all the key points. Feature packed, this system contains everything you need to get good, with no unnecessary fluff:

Learn Bass Technique

Proper Technique

Become the boss of your bass by getting your left- and right-hand techniques down. Learn how pro bass players fret and pluck with speed and ease. Avoid common beginner mistakes right out of the gate.

Rhythm Training

Killer Rhythm Training

Get your groove on. Watch Josh demystify rhythms and time signatures.  You’ll get tons of real-world practice playing and analyzing different rhythms, building your bass-playing arsenal.

Easy Way To Learn Theory

Music Theory Made Un-Boring

You’ll get everything you need to know to understand scales, chords, arpeggios, triads, chord progressions, notes on the fingerboard, and even how to read music—without the boredom or confusion. How? By applying everything you learn to actually playing real music.

Master Musicianship

Real-World Musicianship

You’ll learn more than just how to technically play the instrument—you’ll learn important tricks for following drummers, developing your own groove, and playing like a real bass player.

Improvisation & Jamming Skills

Improvisation + Jamming

You’ll receive all the knowledge and know-how to craft your own music and construct your own bass lines. We’ll even take you through a step-by-step process for jamming and improvising with other musicians.

Bass Wizardry

Bass Wizardry

We deliver you all the need-to-know bass fundamentals, but we don’t skimp on the cool stuff either. Slapping, popping, tapping, chords and more bass wizardry. Shazaam!

How Long to Get Good?

Beginner to Badass has been designed to put you in the driver’s seat. You can do the lessons at a pace that fits your time and goals. But we also include three flexible schedules too:

Learn Bass in 1, 3, or 6 Months

1-Month HARDCORE Plan: Get results quick. But not for the faint of heart; tackle this schedule only if you’re willing to make a strong commitment of time and effort.

3-Month FAST TRACK Plan: The perfect pace for most, Beginner to Badass in just 3 months.

6-Month STEADY EDDIE Plan: If you’re short on time or prefer to go at a leisurely pace, this is the plan for you.

Whatever Your Style

Style and Substance: With Beginner to Badass, you’ll get to play rock, pop, blues, soul, funk, metal, disco, gospel, jazz, prog, country, and more.

Learn All The Styles

Jazz Schmazz? Even if you’re not a fan of a particular style, every single lesson will build your beginner fundamentals, irrespective. We won’t waste your time with filler.

Extras: Go Further

Squeeze even more juice out of the Beginner to Badass system with these mighty-fine bundled extras.

Jam-Along Tracks

Studio-quality audio tracks for every song you’ll learn. Dial in your playing and get the feel of playing with a real band. Tracks come in slow, medium, and normal speeds, allowing you to pick the perfect tempo for your current ability. Jam tracks also come in versions with and without the bass track so you can experience holding down the low end yourself.

Bass Song Book

Song Book

As you progress through Beginner To Badass, you’ll be surprised how many songs you’re capable of playing. That’s why we include the First 50 Songs You Should Play on Bass book, to put your shiny new bass skills to the test. This songbook features a wide variety of popular songs and styles to dig into …

  • The Chain by Fleetwood Mac
  • American Girl by Tom Petty
  • Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
  • Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
  • Blister in the Sun by Violent Femmes
  • Blitzkrieg Bop by Ramones
  • Born Under a Bad Sign by Albert King
  • Come as You Are by Nirvana
  • Creep by Radiohead
  • Crossfire by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
  • Down on the Corner by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz
  • Here Comes Your Man by Pixies
  • Hey Joe by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Honky Tonk Women by The Rolling Stones
  • Hysteria by Muse
  • I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown
  • I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters
  • If You Want Me to Stay by Sly & the Family Stone
  • Jeremy by Pearl Jam
  • Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
  • Longview by Green Day
  • Low Rider by War
  • Man on the Moon by R.E.M.
  • Money by Pink Floyd
  • Monkey Wrench by Foo Fighters
  • Moondance by Van Morrison
  • My Generation by The Who
  • Paranoid by Black Sabbath
  • Peter Gunn by Henry Mancini
  • Plush by Stone Temple Pilots
  • Roxanne by The Police
  • Sanford and Son Theme by Quincy Jones
  • Santeria by Sublime
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours by Stevie Wonder
  • Spiderwebs by No Doubt
  • Stir It Up by Bob Marley and the Wailers
  • Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
  • Taxman by The Beatles
  • The Pink Panther by Henry Mancini
  • Treasure by Bruno Mars
  • Under Pressure by Queen & David Bowie
  • Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars
  • Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed
  • What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
  • White Room by Cream
  • With or Without You by U2
  • Yellow by Coldplay
  • The Chain by Fleetwood Mac
  • American Girl by Tom Petty
  • Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
  • Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
  • Blister in the Sun by Violent Femmes
  • Blitzkrieg Bop by Ramones
  • Born Under a Bad Sign by Albert King
  • Come as You Are by Nirvana
  • Creep by Radiohead
  • Crossfire by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
  • Down on the Corner by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz
  • Here Comes Your Man by Pixies
  • Hey Joe by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Honky Tonk Women by The Rolling Stones
  • Hysteria by Muse
  • I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown
  • I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters
  • If You Want Me to Stay by Sly & the Family Stone
  • Jeremy by Pearl Jam
  • Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
  • Longview by Green Day
  • Low Rider by War
  • Man on the Moon by R.E.M.
  • Money by Pink Floyd
  • Monkey Wrench by Foo Fighters
  • Moondance by Van Morrison
  • My Generation by The Who
  • Paranoid by Black Sabbath
  • Peter Gunn by Henry Mancini
  • Plush by Stone Temple Pilots
  • Roxanne by The Police
  • Sanford and Son Theme by Quincy Jones
  • Santeria by Sublime
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours by Stevie Wonder
  • Spiderwebs by No Doubt
  • Stir It Up by Bob Marley and the Wailers
  • Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
  • Taxman by The Beatles
  • The Pink Panther by Henry Mancini
  • Treasure by Bruno Mars
  • Under Pressure by Queen & David Bowie
  • Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars
  • Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed
  • What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
  • White Room by Cream
  • With or Without You by U2
  • Yellow by Coldplay

Master Class Lessons

Once you have your fundamentals down, Josh will take you through a tour of some advanced bass topics (Yes, when you have completed Beginner to Badass you’ll be ready for advanced-level stuff. For real.) You’ll also learn Josh’s secret weapons for effective and energizing practicing.

Who the Hell Are BassBuzz?

We are a small team of bass nuts. Nothing gets us off more than helping beginners realize they can learn bass—but more than that, sound badass. Meet some of the team:

Bass Teacher, Josh Fossgreen

Josh, the main man. Super-hero strengths include the ability to get anyone to learn bass easily. He loves bananas.

Bass Teacher, JP Allen

JP Allen, decades of music teaching experience. His collaboration with Josh led to the creation of our unique learning system.

Tech Ninja, Jason Jones

Jason is our resident tech ninja. He didn’t play bass so we locked him in a room with a bass guitar and Beginner to Badass. He’s now a badass.

Choose Your Weapon

Getting your lessons is secure, quick, and easy. Choose from the following two options:

Option 1: Online Version

Begin your bass badass journey moments from now …

With the online version, as soon as you complete your order, you’ll get immediate online access to the complete Beginner to Badass system.

Videos work on all computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices.

The Online version includes instant lifetime access to all the lessons and free shipping of the bonus books.

You’ll also get these extras:

50 First Songs Book
Course Extras Companion Booklet
Jam-Along Audio Tracks
Master Class Lessons

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Option 2: DVD Version

With the physical version, you get the complete Beginner to Badass system on DVDs (compatible worldwide).

Your bass bundle will arrive at your door in no time flat, with fast free shipping.

You’ll also get these extras:

50 First Songs Book
Course Extras Companion Booklet
Jam-Along Audio Tracks on CD
Master Class Lessons on DVD

You’ll also get instant lifetime access to the online version of the videos so you can start using the lessons the second you check out (while you’re waiting for your DVDs to be delivered).

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DVD Bass Lessons
Lessons Compatible On All DVD Players

Killer 1-Year Guarantee

These are the best damn beginner lessons on the planet in the universe. You’ll get nearly $3,000 worth of lessons packaged in a kickass learning system at a fraction of the cost. Not to mention the master class lessons, Course Extras companion booklet,  First 50 Songs book, jam tracks, lifetime access, and lifetime support.

You’ll be able to go over the lessons as many times as you want, all from the comfort of your own sofa at your own pace.

But talk is cheap. That’s why Beginner to Badass comes with a full 1-year money-back guarantee …

Guarantee

If there’s any reason you’re not 100% pumped with Beginner to Badass, all you have to do is email help@bassbuzz.com or call Jessica on our support team at (888)-882-2774 within 365 days of your purchase and we’ll give you a full refund, right away, no questions asked … and with a smile!

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