DEDICATED ONLY

by ryan mcclelland
train the
trainer
For Teachers and Self Learning
f o r t h e
Welcome to the “Train the Trainer” EBOOK. For this book to be viable, there is a
certain level of knowledge and knowhow regarding the bass guitar and music
theory ahead of time. If you come across details that are foreign to you, please
see the “Bass Crash Course” and “Perfect Practice” ebooks for instruction on
what something is. This book was carefully put together with details that I believe
are important elements in a curriculum for any bass student, at any level. If you
believe that you are “above” this book and it!s offerings, it is not for you. For
those that recognize that learning is a never ending process and you can alway
get better, there may some details in here for you to use. For existing bass
teachers and those interested in becoming an educator, knowing where to start
or what to move onto next can sometimes be difficult. Here!s a system in a box, it
should at the very least fill a gap or give you some ideas.
You!ll find this book very minimal compared to the other books using mostly print
charts made available through the other ebooks we!ve published. How you want
to use them and apply them is up to you, and your style of learning or the style of
learning a student you!re teaching is very different from someone else's. This is
where commitment comes into play. If you!re like the rest of us, there!s no doubt
an instructional book collecting dust on the shelf or even discarded that you!ve
acquired and only cracked open a time or two. Hopefully, this book doesn!t share
the same fate. Often only the passionate, committed, dedicated and consistent
people find what they are looking for.
Train the Trainer applies to teachers. Regardless if you!re teaching yourself or
others, there!s a certain level of responsibility that comes along with such a
practice. For those teaching themselves, patience, routine, goals and
commitment will take you far with your craft. For those sharing the low-end
goodness with others, the same also applies, patience, routine, goals and
commitment.
There is an abundance of additional information available for free for bass
players out there. This book does not contain everything. If you or your student
finds something “shiny” to explore on the bass, figure out how to work it into your
studies. Keeping it fun and new for yourself and students is imperative to avoid
burnout. Be warned, sticking to this course will be tiresome but very effective. We
wish you and ourselves the best wishes in out pursuit in low-end
understanding.
! Your brother in bass,
Ryan Leigh McClelland
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Commitment
Let!s spend a moment on focus. Goals, ambitions, dreams and more are all great
and important to have. Now that you have them, what do you do next? I!ve
always been a believer in “the worst action is inaction”. I!ve had my fair share of
things I!ve been excited about and got caught up in day dreaming over it to the
point to where nothing happened. I!ve taken the next steps and got caught up in
the “but first” syndrome. Have you ever had an end goal? Something you want to
do but first you have to do this, and then you have to do that etc. It happens to us
all. For me personally, the Bass Matter project is a perfect example. I!ve had this
project in mind for years, but first I had to make content, then I had to build a
webpage, then I had to make a logo, then I had to form a business, then I had to
apply for Trademarks, then I had to make a facebook page, then............
Surprise! Nothing got done.
Taking Action
Take action on something and pour all of your focus and attention you have
available for it and go. I share this lesson I!ve experienced with you as a bass
educator. Bass Matter in the beginning of 2011 started with a domain purchase
and a facebook page. That!s it. With my laser focus on those two things I was
able to apply laser focus into a logo, after that the Bass Crash Course and so on.
The list is still long of things to get done, but by focusing on one detail at a time,
the list begins to shrink and forward progress is made.
This rings true to all artists. With ambitions of being famous, the best at the battle
of the bands, the best here, the best there and so on, one can find them-self not
knowing any more and a bunch of time gone with no progress. As a bass player I
have plenty to work on and get better at, as do we all regardless of level. I do my
best to apply laser focus on just one thing until I!m confident and move on.
Before too long, the list begins to have some check marks on it instead of
growing longer. There are two new charts specific to this book that can be used
for testing, tracking and guidance for what to teach/learn next. This book has a
“Complete Charts List” to put into a binder for your students or for yourself. The
two new charts are explained and the goals chart is touched upon again. Jump
in, take the next steps, grow your own skills and help others in the low end.
LASER FOCUS
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There!s nothing worthwhile to put in this box so how
about some trivia? Do you know who Paul Tutmarc is?
Complete Chart List
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Progress Chart
Chops Burner
Goals
Fret Board Notes
Basic Scales
Counting Smarter
Basic Theory
Key Sig
Circle of 5ths (or 4ths)
Modes
Arpeggios
Staff Paper
4 String Tab
5 String Tab
Track Growth and Goals
Get faster and Slower
Yup
Know your way around the
fret board.
Learn these!
Counting to 4 is harder
than it looks.
If you don’t know this
stuff, you may lost.
Understand where and why
there are sharps and
flats.
Tip, learn this to learn
Key Sigs! (Vise Versa)
Be SUPER SMART!
Help with improvisation
and composition.
Because you should have
some.
If it works it works.
See above.
Progress
Bass Guitar Anatomy
Amp Anatomy
First Five Frets Notes
First 12 Frets Notes
Major Scale
(All)
Natural Minor Scale
(All)
Harmonic Minor Scale
(All)
Count/Play Whole, 1/2, 1/8
and 1/16th
Note Placement on Staff
Play 1/8 notes at 120 BPM
Explain/Identify Key
Signatures
Order of Sharps and Flats
Explain/Understand Circle
of 5th
Play/Explain by TAB
Play/Explain by Numbers
Play/Explain by Sight
Reading
Play/Explain Modes
Play Finger Style
Play Tap Style
Play Slap/Pop Style
Play Pick Style
Play Double Thumb/Double
Pluck Style
By Ear 3rds, 4ths and 5ths
(Sing)
Improvisation
Genre Playability
Multi-Part Bass Lines
Poly- Rhythms
Composition
Thing Sign off Thing Sign
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Chart
Laser focus, one or two things at a
time. don!t move forward until you
can check it off. You don!t have to
start at the top and work your way
down, but somethings you wont be
able to start until you know
something else. Print this out and use
it to track progress. You!ll be amazed
at how fast you start collecting check
marks. If you want to make the list
longer, go for it!! Stay focused on
completing things too.
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Chops
Burner
1/8 Notes Triplets Slap/Pop Date
fast/slow
Playing speed is a lot more important that one
may think. I!m not talking about how fast of
slow you can play, I mean how consistently
you can play in time. A goal I recommend is to
build up to 8 bars (4/4) playing 8th notes at 240
BPM, Triplets at 120 BPM and Slap Pop at 120
BMP. Playing slower is a lot harder than it
looks. Why don!t you shoot to play all three at
25 BPM. =) Use this chart to track progress.
You!ll find that if you don!t practice, it doesn!t
take long to lose results. Keep those chops
up. If you can go faster or slower that the
suggestions, keep going, those are guidelines
and if you can hit those, then you!re doing
better than most.
NOTES and PROGRESS
Keep track of your progress here. As you discover new things to
make goals for make a new sheet, ad your own timelines of you need
to. Use this chart to teach other bass players how to practice and
more!
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GOALS
Goals we!re covered in the perfect practice
ebook. Please reference that for details on
how to apply. I will plug it here though, you
can grind and practice all day long, but it gets
easier if you!re working towards something.
Right them all down, if you need to make 100
of these pages, do it and work it into studies.
You!ll find a lot of goals need the elements on
the progress chart to achieve on the bass
guitar from a playing aspect.
bass
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Charts to
pri nt and
put i n your
own or
your
students
bi nder.
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Progress
Chart
Bass Guitar Anatomy
Amp Anatomy
First Five Frets Notes
First 12 Frets Notes
Major Scale
(All)
Natural Minor Scale
(All)
Harmonic Minor Scale
(All)
Count/Play Whole, 1/2, 1/8
and 1/16th
Note Placement on Staff
Play 1/8 notes at 120 BPM
Explain/Identify Key
Signatures
Order of Sharps and Flats
Explain/Understand Circle
of 5th
Play/Explain by TAB
Play/Explain by Numbers
Play/Explain by Sight
Reading
Play/Explain Modes
Play Finger Style
Play Tap Style
Play Slap/Pop Style
Play Pick Style
Play Double Thumb/Double
Pluck Style
By Ear 3rds, 4ths and 5ths
(Sing)
Improvisation
Genre Playability
Multi-Part Bass Lines
Poly- Rhythms
Composition
Thing Sign off Thing Sign off
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Chops
Burner
1/8 Notes Triplets Slap/Pop Date
fast/slow
GOALS
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things you need
for your goal
future goals
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8th note
dotted 8th note
1/4 note
dotted 1/4 note
1/2 note
dotted 1/2 note
whole note
With a foot tap a metronome a clock or anything with a beat, practice playing on
specific marks between each number, or mix it up. This will help sharpen your
clean playing and super accurate timing!! Mix it up and develop that grey matter!!
Name Note Rest Length
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minor keys
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MODE CHART
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relative to major scale
1! Ionian~ same as major scale
2! Dorian~ flattened 3rd and 7th
3! Phrygian~ flattened 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th
4! Lydian~ sharpened 4th
5! Mixolydian~ flattened 7th
6! Aeolian~ flattened 3rd, 6th and 7th
7! Locrian~ flattened 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th
Ionian
Dorian Phrygian Lydian
Mixolydian Aeolian Locrian
ARPEGGIOS
MAJOR Minor Sus4 b5 Dim Aug
Major 6 Minor 6 7 7Sus 4 Minor 7 Major 7
Major 7#5 MinMaj7 7b5 Minor 7b5 Aug7 Dim7
R - 3 - 5
R - 3 - # 5 R - b 3 - b 5 R - 3 - b 5
R - 4 - 5
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R - 3 - 5 - 6 R - b 3 - 5 - 6 R - 3 - 5 - b 7 R - 4 - 5 - b 7 R - b 3 - 5 - b 7 R - 3 - 5 - 7
R - 3 - # 5 - 7 R - b 3 - 5 - 7 R - 3 - b 5 - b 7 R - b 3 - b 5 - b 7 R - 3 - # 5 - b 7 R - b 3 - b 5 - 6
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staff paper
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Tab paper
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Tab paper
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