eMedia Bass Method

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Learn How to Play Bass Guitar Easily at Home at Your Own Pace.

The best-selling eMedia Bass Method features bass guitar lessons for beginners from noted bassist and teacher John Arbo. This course is complete bass guitar instruction that runs on your Windows or Mac computer with interactive technology to make understanding the lessons easier. You can even get eMedia Instant Feedback as you play your first, easy bass guitar songs and exercises.


Learn how to play bass fast with over 140 easy-to-follow bass guitar lessons that take you from basics such as how to tune a bass guitar to learning how to play bass lines, playing bass guitar scales, how to read bass guitar tabs, how to read bass guitar music notation, and much more. Learning bass guitar is made fun with popular songs made famous by Bob Dylan, Steve Miller, The Grateful Dead, Credence Clearwater Revival, and others.

Interactive Feedback on Your Playing

Instant Feedback shows you when you play the correct notes on your bass as you progress through an exercise. With a microphone connected to your computer and a bass in your hands, play the notes in the exercise (or song) on any screen featuring the “ear” icon in the upper right corner and the computer will highlight the notes for you in green. You’ll discover that reading tablature and music notation is easier than you ever thought possible!

Note and Finger Tracker

The Note Tracker and Finger Tracker tools makes it easier to see what note you’re playing by displaying the note as music notation and on eMedia’s Animated Fretboard. You’ll be able to correct your playing quickly and learn to read music fast!

Over 140 Step-by-Step Bass Lessons

eMedia Bass Method makes playing bass easier than ever. This bass tutorial features step-by-step lessons with on-screen instructor John Arbo. Learn to play using triads, fills and syncopation, and to create a bass line for any song you like. Learn to read tablature and standard music notation, including scales and intervals.


eMedia Bass Method features songs in a variety of genres to make learning fun and memorable – including Rock, Pop, Country, and Folk! Many of these songs are also in eMedia Guitar Method, so bass and guitar students can jam along with each other as they learn. Our latest version includes dynamic, enhanced, multi-track audio playback of hit songs popularized by well-known artists, such as:


Bob Dylan (“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”)

The Steve Miller Band (“Rock’n Me”)

The Grateful Dead (“Uncle John’s Band”)

Creedence Clearwater Revival (“Midnight Special”)

Also included are popular songs, including “Scarborough Fair,” “La Bamba,” “Ode to Joy,” “Shenandoah,” “Drunken Sailor,” “House of the Rising Sun” and more!

Over 30 Bass Lesson Videos

Professional bass instructor John Arbo guides you in over 30 videos with split-screens and close-ups (as needed). Watch your instructor demonstrate proper techniques for playing exercises. You can pause, rewind, and replay to see proper bass guitar fingerings and techniques at your own pace, as often as needed.


John Arbo has been teaching bass for over 25 years and has served on the music faculty of the New School in New York City. He has performed with Liza Minelli, Les Paul, and has been the bassist for many Broadway shows.

Animated Fretboard (two different skins!)

The Animated Fretboard displays fingering positions as the music plays. It allows you to see exactly how to play the song on a bass fretboard as you hear the music. Includes options for both right- and left-handed players, as well as mirrored views. With the variable-speed MIDI tracks, the Animated Fretboard can step through fingerings at whatever speed you like.

Music Tracking

Highlighting of the music and lyrics as they’re heard makes it easy to follow along on bass.

Audio Tracks and Variable-speed MIDI

Includes full multi-track audio, as well as bass-only and No Bass audio options, so you can perfect your bass technique and play along with the band. With MIDI tracks, slow down the music to any tempo, while the Animated Fretboard shows song fingerings as the music plays. Learn at the pace best suited to you!

Bass Guitar Tuner

Tune your bass quickly and easily. A precision gauge allows you to play into your computer’s microphone and tune up interactively. Reference bass tuning notes are also included.

Guitar Chords

Includes recorded sounds for over 250 guitar chords. Easy access helps you learn songs with new chords quickly. An indispensable reference tool!


Set your tempo and practice keeping a steady beat with audio and visual indicators.

Audio Recorder

Save your recordings and play back to share and compare.

System requirements


Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10

CD-ROM or Download



Requires a PC desktop or laptop computer. Notcompatible with iOS (iPad, iPhone), Android (tablets) or Chromebook devices.Internet connection recommended for online activation.


If you purchased your eMedia software on or after September7, 2019, upon receiving proof of purchase we will provide you with a freeupgrade to a macOS 10.15 (Catalina)-compatible version of an eMedia applicationwhen it becomes available. All other registered owners of eMedia software willbe qualified for discounted upgrades.

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