'Interactive Bass' CD - Has anyone used it?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Cambass, Oct 25, 2001.

  1. Cambass


    Jan 25, 2001
    Has anyone got or used this CD? It's made by a company called Playpro and is for use on your computer.

    I've seen it around a couple of shops here and the deluxe version (CD ROM, cable, books etc) is about AU$150 whereas the standard edition is about $100 and only inlcudes the CD's and cable to plug into your computer.

    My question being, is this worth spending that amount of money on? Would you say you get a decent learning experience from it?

    Thanks. :)
  2. I've used this CD and system. When I got back into the instrument after a 20 year layoff one of the reasons was the preponderance of educational materials. This one caught my eye (not to mention the fact that it included a set of Dean Markley Blue Steel strings) and I got it as a Christmas gift.

    It's a very well made, well designed study system. I would have to say that it definitely is for those beginning or intermediate players with little or no knowledge of written music, composition, chords etc. It sort of touches on a lot different styles and grooves and is quite fun. Beyond the real basics of hand position and fretboard layout, there is lots to get from the system. You can learn your lessons either in standard notation or a sort of "tab" with postions on the fretboard pinpointed. Then, after you've got the lesson down, you'll move to record the lesson and have the computer assess your intonation, accuracy, and timing. It records all of your progress so that you can pick up where you leave off easily. Once you've got enough under your belt to move to actual styles, there are some neat lessons using the Jukebox feature. By the way - all of the lessons are played by a pro and the animated visuals always are keyed to this audio track.

    All in all a very nice way to learn.

    By the way the PlayPro folks are Australian and the musicians appearing on the CD are all Australian studio guys. That price in AU is whacked! I got the deluxe version here in the US (with the aforementioned string pack) and it only cost about $70 for the whole kit and kaboodle.
  3. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    I own it also and I'm very pleased with it. It's not my sole source of instruction. I use it in conjunction with my traditional lessons and I get very good results.