"TMBG is the most thorough bass course I've ever seen!"
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"Roy Vogt's Teach Me Bass Guitar (TMBG) is, without a doubt, the most thorough instructional course I've ever seen! Regardless of one's level of accomplishment on the bass, this series of ten DVDs offers something for everyone; even those who have never picked up a bass before.
Roy sets a really cool vibe by speaking directly to the viewer from inside a colorfully decorated coffee house set. The high definition production quality is first rate, the color is beautiful, the audio is clear and the mix is just right.
Roy's narrative is aided by a "moonface" named Ralph in the lower right corner of the screen, who frequently chimes in with his own commentary via on-screen text, sometimes genuine but often just funny. More on-screen assistance pops up on the left side of the screen from time to time by way of Post-it note-style messages, offering metronome markings and other advice. More importantly (and I guess more seriously), a graphic of a fretboard appears on the bottom of the screen, doing away with any uncertainty regarding proper notes, fingerings and frets, all in a real-time "follow the bouncing ball" approach. The entire production is emceed by lovely TLD producer Ashley Lollis, who introduces and wraps up each lesson.
One of the most valuable - and useful - aspects of Teach Me Bass Guitar is taking nearly every lesson into Chateau Groove where Roy performs each musical example along with a first-rate group of Nashville studio musicians: Shane Roberts (guitar), Byron Larrance (drums) and Tim McDonald (keyboards). Roy demonstrates each selection two times with the band, once slow and once fast. But wait! It gets even better! - (I exclaim at the risk of sounding like an info-mercial) - after each full-band performance, Roy sits out and lets you play the bass part along with this great band. This opportunity is provided at both tempos for all selections, resulting in over one hundred play-along opportunities!
Roy also wants to make sure you fully master each lesson before playing along with the band. Each lesson, therefore, has a "Loop Library," enabling you to woodshed everything Roy presents, over and over again, until it's securely under your fingers.
"Wow! Try as I might, I couldn't come up with anything that's missing from this incredibly comprehensive course. Everyone will undoubtedly learn something new by going through this series. I know I did".