IIB: Music Theory for the Bass – Lesson 1

This past week I started the Music Theory Course on the International Institute of Bassists website.  At some point on Sunday evening I received an email letting me know that I could log-in to the course and download this weeks material.  After navigating to the site and clicking on the link to Lesson 1, I found a number of PDF’s to download.  I quickly downloaded all there was and then opened the first one, which was an introduction to the course letting me know how things are going to work and what to expect.  Also included was “A Guide To Practicing”, which gives tips on, you guessed it, how to get the most out of your practice sessions.  Some very useful information here to say the least.  Lesson 1 covers the basics such as, Notes on the Fretboard, Notation, Note & Rest Values, as well as Intervals, and Relative Pitch Ear Training.

When I first started reading through the material I must admit, I felt a bit overwhelmed.  There is a lot of information here, and this is just the first lesson!  Once I had a chance to read through the material and absorb it a little more I realized that I know most of this stuff already.  I have attempted to read music several times, so I know the basics, which is what lesson 1 presents.  I quickly discovered that intervals are probably my weakest spot here so I will need to spend a little extra time on this area.  Finding the time to work on my theory lessons as well as continue working on Teach Me Bass Guitar is going to be a challenge.  Most of my time this past week was eaten up with this theory course.  I tried to fool myself into thinking that as this is the first week of the course it is necessary, but I now realize that this course is only going to get more difficult for me.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m up for the challenge, plus the course is only 12 weeks, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  Who needs sleep anyway!

As always, I’ll keep you posted as to my progress, so you can expect weekly posts from me on this subject going forward.  Thanks for reading.