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Enrol In The African Bass Masterclass And Get Total Immersion Congolese Bass Completely Free

A common saying in western pop and rock music is that you don’t notice the bass guitar until it’s gone. In Congo, this statement couldn’t be further from the truth. The Soukous and Sebene bass styles never fall into the background – they’re the driving force that dictates whether the crowd dances, takes a break, or heads home for the night. In the capital Kinshasa, nightclubs are famous for 5-hour marathon concerts, and the bass player is who makes that happen. The importance of the bassline to African music is easy to identify, but the techniques and skills used are much more difficult to conquer. The thought process behind the bassline is an art form in itself, and you’d have to spend the next 20 years traveling the continent town to town to ever stand a chance at fully grasping everything.

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the african bass masterclass

On-Demand Course Curriculum

Module 1 - Learn Soukous And Sebene Bass49.39  

Lesson 1 - What We'll Be Covering2.40

Lesson 2 - A Brief History Of Congolese Music4.23

Lesson 3 - Learning Soukous and Sebene Basslines2.31

Lesson 4 - The Congolese Thumb Technique7.12

Lesson 5 - The Formula For Adding Variations5.40

Lesson 6 - Putting Variations Together In A Live Context3.07

Lesson 7 - Practising Your Own Basslines5.23

Lesson 8 - Soukous Bass Style On A 1 4 5 4 Chord Progression4.32

Lesson 9 - Going Deeper Into Congolese Bass8.18

Lesson 10 - Try Creating With The Backing Track5.51

Module 2 - How To Play Zimbabwean Music27.21  

Lesson 11 – My Journey In Zimbabwean Music3.04

Lesson 12 – How To Play Sungura Basslines1.48

Lesson 13 – Arpeggios in African Music 3.36

Lesson 14 – Experiment With Your Own Basslines5.23

Lesson 15 – Learn Sungura Grooves In E Major2.28

Lesson 16 – Staccato Zimbabwean Basslines And Variations7.27

Lesson 17 – Put It Into Practice Yourself5.23

Module 3 - Study Zouk Basslines33.26  

Lesson 18 – How Zouk Came Back To Africa3.04

Lesson 19 – Playing Zouk With Bouncing Basslines3.29

Lesson 20 – Varying The Chordtones To Keep It Interesting7.50

Lesson 21 – Play Your Own Zouk Lines6.09

Lesson 22 – Playing Two Chord Zouk With Flowing Basslines 6.27

Lesson 23 – Attempt Your Own Zouk Grooves With The Band6.27

Module 4 - Translate Pop Basslines16.45  

Lesson 24 – Billie Jean – Michael Jackson3.28

Lesson 25 – Come Together – The Beatles5.11

Lesson 26 – Under Pressure – Queen 8.06

Module 5 - Basic Techniques & Ear Training32.34  

Lesson 27 – Basic Techniques And Dexterity Exercises8.29

Lesson 28 – Learning The Scales Throughout The Fretboard5.00

Lesson 29 – Ear Training Ab Major5.31

Lesson 30 – Ear Training Bb Major2.55

Lesson 31 – Ear Training C# Minor4.47

Lesson 32 – Ear Training Rhythms3.45

Lesson 33 – Thanks For Learning With Us2.07

live lesson schedule

Total Immersion Congolese Bass

Total Immersion Congolese Bass is a month long course of live lessons taught every Tuesday and Thursday in September. You can participate in the lessons live or watch the replays anytime at your own convenience. You will have lifetime access to this content taught by Godé Lofombo, Niwel Tsumbu, Felix Ngindu and Edd Bateman.

This course is designed as an add on to compliment the African Bass Masterclass. By having lessons taught by two bassists, a drummer and a guitarist you will learn not just the approach to Soukous and Sebene bass of Lofombo and Edd Bateman but also how to play with a drummer and guitarist. How to follow the signals and fills from the drum kit and the best way to design basslines that perfectly accompany the guitar.

Thursday Sept 2nd – The History Of Sebene 5pm UTC +1  

Niwel Tsumbu teaches about the development of Congolese music from the early days of traditional Rumba right through to the present day chart hits of Soukous and Sebene 60.00

Tuesday Sept 7th - Constructing Congolese Basslines 7pm UTC +1 

Edd Bateman guides you through the course material and further explains the simple rhythmic formulas for constructing authentic Congolese basslines 60.00

Thursday Sept 9th - How To Accompany The Drumkit 5pm UTC +1  

Felix Ngindu demonstrates the popular drumkit rhythms of Congolese music and explains how the drums and bass work together within this genre 60.00

Tuesday Sept 14th - Sebene Bass Masterclass 7pm UTC +1  

Direct from Kinshasa join the legendary Godé Lofombo for a live masterclass from the most influential Congolese bass player of his generation 60.00

Thursday Sept 16th - Ensemble Workshop 5pm UTC +1  

Niwel Tsumbu, Felix Ngindu and Edd Bateman team up to teach about the structure of live performances and how to work together as a band. 60.00

Tuesday Sept 21st - Live Q&A Session 7pm UTC +1  

Bring your questions and get direct answers and feedback about anything you're working on through the course from Edd Bateman 60.00

Thursday Sept 23rd - The Marathon Soukous Jam 5pm UTC +1  

Join Niwel Tsumbu, Felix Ngindu and Edd Bateman for a non-stop one hour Congolese jam and develop your stamina in a live situation 60.00

Tuesday Sept 28th - Congolese Thumb Technique7pm UTC +1  

Edd Bateman breaks down and explains how to comfortably play with the Congolese thumb technique. 60.00

Thursday Sept 30th - Live Q&A Session 5pm UTC +1  

Bring your questions and get direct answers and feedback about anything you're working on through the course from Edd Bateman 60.00

Learn Essential African Bass Styles

The African Bass Masterclass is a gateway to a whole new world (or continent) of African musical fluency. In just 4 action packed modules, the course covers influential musical styles from Congo and Zimbabwe and explores how they have impacted music across Africa.

The goal is not only to get you playing African basslines verbatim, but rather to give you the tools needed to build up your own musical arsenal and create with confidence. In the lessons you’ll learn how Soukous and Sebene basslines lay the key foundation for internalising African rhythms and syncopations, cover the Zimbabwean genre of Sungura, and then breakdown the smooth grooves of Zouk. With the clear notation, bass tab, illuminated fretboards, variable tempos, and in-depth explanations, bass players of all backgrounds will develop African musical literacy in no time.

Learn African Bass Guitar

….. your African musical repertoire with melodic Sebene basslines.

Congolese Bass Lessons

….. the traditional Congolese right hand thumb approach with accuracy.

Play African Bass Guitar

….. your rhythm section relationship with contextual groove examples.

African Bass Techniques

….. your entire musicality with new authentic African bass techniques.

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Master The African Bass

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The African Bass Masterclass

the african bass masterclass – online course


interactive on-screen notation


african backing tracks – volume one


live masterclass and q&a


sebene heaven – ebook by andy morgan


edd bateman’s west african love affair


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African Bass Lessons

the african bass masterclass

This 2-hour course simplifies the iconic African bass and makes it easy to create unique, authentic basslines, even without any previous knowledge of the style.

Learn Congolese Bass Lessons

interactive on-screen notation

Learning new skills is easier with our innovative, interactive tools. Access on-screen notation, tablature, animate fretboards, variable tempos, and more.

African Bass Guitar With Live Masterclass And Q&A

total immersion
congolese bass

Join Godé Lofombo, Niwel Tsumbu, Felix Ngindu and Edd Bateman delivering 9 live interactive lessons teaching the full spectrum of Congolese music.

African Backing Tracks

african backing tracks – volume 1

Put your new techniques into practice and Jam on recordings by the World Music Method tutors over different African grooves including Soukous, Zouk and Afrobeat.

Congolese Rumba - Sebene Heaven

sebene heaven – andy morgan

The bitter-sweet paradox of Congolese Rumba. Andy Morgan’s eBook details the gripping history of the countries main musical export.

edd bateman’s west african love affair

Download the debut album featuring Edd’s compositions in African genres including Mbalax, Soukous, Afrobeat and more.

Learn African Bass Guitar

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Secrets Of African Bass

You don’t need to travel across the continent. In fact, you don’t even need to leave your house. Build up your African bass literacy risk-free today – with a 30-day money-back guarantee, there’s never been a better time to get started.

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