Let us guide you toward becoming the bass player you've always wanted to be.
How many times have you imagined yourself laying down the groove as the bass player in a band? You lock eyes with the drummer, who smiles approvingly at your nasty grooves. People are digging the music, their heads bobbing up and down. You know you're the one making everything feel so good.
In reality, though, none of that stuff is happening. Rather, you find yourself just standing there, totally unsure of what to do. Every bit of confidence you were counting on has gone out the window. This is not what you were expecting, or hoping for.
Then the doubt really sets in. You're starting to feel more and more dejected. You hear that voice in your head saying, "What am I doing here? I can't do this. Who am I kidding?"
You question why you spent all that money on a new bass, not to mention that amp with all the bells and whistles. Chances are you even picked just the "right" outfit to wear. You were all in. Now all that time and money are gone, down the drain. What a waste.
Let For Bass Players Only give you the confidence to be the bass player you've always wanted to be. Not only will you become proficient with Scales & Theory, Sight Reading, Soloing, Slapping... but you'll also get tons of hands-on groove and play-along practice in Blues, Rock, Jazz, Funk, R&B, Latin, Reggae, and lots more. Our uniquely designed lessons will have you making steady progress, at your own pace, toward your bass-playing goals, regardless of your current level.
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When you become a member of FBPO, you'll immediately be granted unlimited, "all you can eat" access to our entire catalog of lessons and courses. You may be tempted to jump in anywhere and get started right away. And that's fine! Or, if you prefer, we also invite you to share your bass-playing goals with us, so we can help set you on a proper course to get where you want to go, quickly and efficiently. We also understand that, as much as you love the bass, your time may be limited, so we've structured our lessons into "bite-sized" chunks, usually 10 minutes or less. Most of our courses are made of approximately 10 lessons, so you can allocate your time in a way that best suits your schedule. Your goals might be something like, Become a better blues bass player in 3 weeks, or Get the basics of slap bass down in 90 days, for example. We see results like these all the time!
A few of the benefits of an FBPO membership:
Each lesson starts out relatively easy, then slowly becomes more challenging, little by little. The audio backing tracks, however, can be played with any portion of the lesson. So whether you want to work on the easy stuff, or the more challenging stuff, you can choose whatever you like. Work on whatever part of the lesson is appropriate for your level, until you’re ready to move up. It’s like having inspiration built in to every lesson!
Every lesson begins with an overview from the instructor, detailing the objective of the lesson. Then a video demonstration is presented, at full tempo, with the band. Following a reminder of important areas to focus on, the instructor demonstrates the lesson again, this time slowly, with just bass and drums, and close-up camera shots of his hands. In both cases, the notation can be viewed at the bottom of the screen.
Another extremely useful feature is a downloadable PDF, included with every lesson. We understand that it’s not always practical, or even necessary to practice each lesson in front of your computer, tablet, smartphone, etc. With this feature, you can print off a copy of the music notation, plop it on your music stand, table, or whatever, and practice to your heart’s content, any place that suits you!
Also included with every lesson is an audio track with everything but the bass. This way, you can practice any portion of the lesson you need, whether it’s the groove or the solo, the easy part or the hard part. Or maybe there’s a particular excerpt you want to focus on. Each audio track is pre-programmed to loop back to the beginning after completing, giving you unlimited practicing – and grooving – ability!
For Bass Players Only members have come from nearly every state in the U.S. and close to 50 countries around the world. Our critically-acclaimed online courses, developed by world-renowned bassist and educator Jon Liebman, have helped an awful lot of people become better bass players.
“It may blow your mind! The play-along tuition is fun, stretching, and addictive, when you get into it. Stick with it and your bass playing will go hypersonic!”
"One would be hard-pressed to find any other method of online training to quickly and seamlessly learn to play the bass. If one follows and takes the time to master Mr. Liebman's instruction, the sky will be the limit in your talent, hands down."
“In the sea of online bass lessons, Jon’s website stands out as one of the best, and his open accessibility makes one feel like a private student. These lessons are great for practice, and while they require work and effort, they also are fun.”
At For Bass Players Only, we're all about making you a better bass player. Our critically-acclaimed instruction, covering numerous techniques, styles, genres, and play-alongs, will have you grooving like nobody's business! FBPO lessons and courses were developed by world-renowned bassist, educator and best-selling author Jon Liebman, who has helped over 125,000 bass players all over the world improve their playing. For a behind-the-scenes look at what's inside FBPO, be sure to watch the video at the top of this page.
About FBPO founder,
Jon Liebman is a world-renowned bassist, composer, arranger, author and educator. He has played electric and acoustic bass in every imaginable setting, from jazz gigs and club dates to full-scale concerts in many of the world’s major performance venues.
Jon has performed and/or toured with everyone from José Feliciano and Julio Iglesias to Amy Grant, Cleo Laine, The Fifth Dimension, Eartha Kitt, Buddy DeFranco, The Drifters, The Platters, The Coasters, and countless others. He has also supplied bass tracks for commercials, film scores, and major recording projects for companies that have included Ford, GM, and the NBA.
Jon is the author of several best-selling bass instruction books, including Funk Bass, Play Like Jaco Pastorius, and the wildly successful Bass Aerobics. A truly passionate educator, Jon has helped over 125,000 people all over the world become better bass players.
How much would you expect to pay to get the kind of comprehensive, practical instruction provided by For Bass Players Only? A good private teacher seldom charges less than $40 to $50 per lesson. Some even get upwards of $100 for every lesson. And if you go the college or university route, you can easily find yourself paying $20,000 per semester, or in many cases, much more.
At FBPO, one low fee gets you unlimited access to all of our lessons and courses. We'll also provide you with all the guidance you need, and a roadmap for the most efficient path to take in order to achieve your bass-playing goals.
When you join FBPO, you'll be able to check out all of our lessons and courses for 15 days, absolutely free. If, for whatever reason, you decide it's not for you, just cancel and you won't be charged anything. You've got nothing to lose. It's 100% risk-free.
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"The lessons and videos in Jon Liebman's website are a great gift to us all."
"Jon is a knowledgable cat who has put together a great site for learning bass skills. Good work, man!"
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"Jon Liebman is an indispensable conduit to us bassists around the globe, keeping the bass community vibrant and inspired."
Absolutely. While some of the courses can get rather advanced, others are actually quite simple. Keep in mind that most of the bass lines you'll be called upon to play in the "real world" are simple. If you've never played bass before, you'll likely wanted to start with the Beginners and Easy courses. In addition, The "Bassics" course incorporates many of the fundamentals of bass playing and overall fingerboard proficiency into some simple grooves you're sure to enjoy playing. Each lesson includes video demonstrations, at both fast and slow tempos, enabling you to "nail" each piece, while progressing at your own speed.
Again, we're here to help. You can start by telling us your bass-playing goals and we'll help set up a plan and a roadmap to guide you through the process. Or, if you prefer, you can just jump in anywhere, based on what you're looking to learn. We invite, and strongly encourage you to keep in touch to let us know how you're doing and to share your progress with us. We'd love to hear from you!
Who does?! At FBPO, we understand you have a busy life and it can be difficult to find the time to indulge in your desire to learn bass. Our lessons and courses are structured so you can still make great strides, even if you can't spend hours and hours practicing. Most of our lessons are about 10 minutes or less. What's more, each lesson is made of up of several examples with a "theme & variations" approach, so you can work on whatever you need for as long as you can. The amount of progress you make may surprise you!
Yes we do. In addition to an entire course devoted 100% to upright bass, you'll find lots of other lessons perfectly suited to the upright, including several in the Jazz & Blues, Building Bass Lines, and other courses.
We can help there too. In fact, we've got an entire Sight Reading course that will take you through the process of learning to read music, step-by-step. In addition, all of our lessons will be enormously helpful for getting your reading together. As you watch each lesson demonstrated, both at full tempo and slowly, you can watch the music notation at the bottom of your screen.
Every lesson includes not only standard music notation, but tablature as well, giving you a head-start toward getting those notes under your fingers.
It's recommended, though, that you do eventually wean yourself away from the tablature and learn to read actual notes, note values, rhythms, etc. This will increase your reading ability immeasurably.
By all means, please reach out, any time. You can click the "CONTACT" link at the bottom of every page. Or, just click HERE and tell us what's on your mind. Whether you've got questions, concerns, feedback -- good or bad -- or anything else, let us know. We will always welcome hearing from you!
Unlimited access to all our lessons and courses
Unlimited access to all our lessons and courses
Free Blues Bass book when you join by March 1, 2020
One sentence summary of what they get
One sentence summary of what they get
Having been a professional bass player for over forty years, I'm proud to share with you my time-tested approach to learning to play the instrument. I hope you'll become a member of For Bass Players Only, so I can help you achieve your bass-playing goals, whatever they may be.
I'm incredibly proud of my students, who continuously demonstrate amazing results with their bass playing. I invite you to join us.
Let's play bass!