Consisting of 6 DVDs, 6CDs and two PDF manuals the Fretboard Formula by Alex Sampson is a serious resource for those learning how to play bass. It’s the second offering from Alex, the other being the cheaper and more basic Bass Guitar Secrets course.
As with Alex’s previous course, there is quite a bit to get through on the sales page of his website! However, once again the product behind the hype actually promises to be very good. The addition of the video instruction in the DVDs stands this course apart from Bass Guitar Secrets and brings it much nearer my personal favourite bass guitar course, Teach Me Bass Guitar by Roy Vogt.
Available either for a one off $127 or in 3 installments of $46 per month this course is mid-priced between the other main courses I have reviewed as well.
If you are looking to teach yourself bass guitar the structure of the Fretboard Formula is fairly well laid out, and whether you believe that there really is a ‘formula’ to be learnt, there’s no doubt there is a lot of information provided and that Alex himself is a very accomplished bass player.
As with the other courses featured, there is a money-back guarantee offered here – and it’s a good one! You get a ‘free look’ of 90 days to decide if the Fretboard Formula is for you, and if not, send it back and you’ll get a full refund (less shipping) . Alternatively, at the end of the 90 days you can contact them and get the risk free trial period extended by a further 120 days and Alex says he’ll work with you personally to help you ‘get it’. He even suggests that if you still can’t get anywhere with the Fretboard Formula having followed the course carefully he’ll give you $25! Full details are on the Fretboard Formula Website.
Summary of Fretboard Formula Features:
- Master Class 6 DVD set featuring over 9 hours of content (Region Free DVDs – can be played anywhere in the world)
- Audio Discs 6 CD set
- Workbook – 355+ page PDF with diagrams, tabs, and all course material
- Companion Tool Kit PDF – 54 pages of reference material plus mind maps, quick start guides, trouble shooting etc
- 90-day money back guarantee – can be extended by a further 120 days