To help celebrate the reissue of his signature Pedulla 5-string, Grammy-winning bassist, Mark Egan, developed and recorded a six-part fretless bass lesson series now available in the Bass Guru app. Each pack includes six to eight lessons and a video preview of the lessons that are covered in each pack can be found in the app.
The lesson packs in this fretless series are designed for a wide range of skill level from players just choosing a bass and getting started with amp sounds and effects, to working on intonation, articulation and phrasing - vibrato, scooping, hammer-on, lift-offs, and more. Full descriptions and video previews can be found here, where the lesson packs can also be downloaded: http://j.mp/1Okxv7r New lesson packs are added regularly.
Egan received his first fretless, a 1958 Fender P-Bass given to him as a gift by his University of Miami teacher, Jaco Pastorius, who later cited Egan when asked to name his favorite up-and-coming bass players in a 1984 Guitar Player interview. Over the course of Egan's five-decade career as a top New York City bassist he has pushed the instrument’s boundaries across the musical spectrum, from #1 hit songs and albums with the likes of Sting, Joan Osborne, Sophie B. Hawkins and Arcadia, to seminal jazz and fusion recordings with Pat Metheny, the Gil Evans Orchestra and his own band, Elements, to his landmark solo sides. At the University of Miami School of Music, he connected with Metheny and drummer Danny Gottlieb to change the face of jazz via the Pat Metheny Group. Soon after, he founded the groundbreaking unit Elements with Gottlieb and launched his solo career, eventually forming his own label, Wavetone Records.
Bass Guru delivers interactive, self-paced lessons for electric and upright bass to your iPhone or iPad from respected players like Victor Wooten, Lincoln Goines, Tom Kennedy, Mike Pope and Felix Pastorius. Lesson packs include Ed Friedland’s “Bass ASAP” series designed to get new players off the ground and playing and “Fretboard Navigation” with Felix Pastorius which condenses a lifetime of learning about the fingerboard into an easy to understand series of lessons. Series on rock, blues, and bass specific music theory can also be found in the catalog and new lesson packs are added regularly.
The app is free and comes with a sampler pack containing nine lessons for trial. Additional packs, each with 5-10 lessons, are priced from $2.99 to $4.99, and can be purchased and downloaded within the app.
For more information, including an FAQ on how to use the app and a complete listing of available lesson pack topics, please visit www.bassguru.com.