The Secret Code of the Contemporary Bassist - A book made of rocks!


Apparently, the secret code of the Contemporary Bassist method has been cracked 🙂 🙂

That is, that essential element of the book (and the online course) that, if you are an aspiring bass player, allows you to:

  • improve your skills gradually but steadily
  • always feel a strong motivation to move forward
  • avoid boredom and routine as much as possible
  • have secure results EVEN studying without a teacher

This time it is Anna who tells you about it, in a self-made AMateur video in which she recountsher experience as a beginner bass player.

In particular, it makes you realise how the book helps you solve a problem that, if you study a musical instrument, you will have to face sooner or later.


P.S. If you prefer to read, you will find a condensed transcript of the video below



"So the title of this video will be a book made in rocks. I could also have titled it a book made in stages, but it wouldn't have been as effective. It also wouldn't have been accurate to the idea I want to convey.

The book of course is Tiziano Zanotti's BASSISTA CONTEMPORANEO (I show my copy in the video).

This enlightenment came to me precisely by using the book, then BY BASSIST, getting into it, doing the exercises, understanding its structure.

I want to tell you about it because in my opinion it is very important. Above all, its structure allows us to solve a problem that when you study a musical instrument sooner or later comes to you.

Of course, I don't have a lot of time to devote to studying the bass, so I look a lot like the typical user in the book.

The average person who buys the Contemporary Bassist tends to be an adult, working, generally a professional so with a lot on his plate, often has a family and maybe even already plays in a band (I'm starting now).

Basically, he has very little time, and perhaps has some frustration at not having as much availability as he would like to have to devote to his instrument.


There, using it (= studying it), I realised something that until I got to grips with it I hadn't understood at all. I noticed that every 3-4 lessons, and in some lessons in particular, there are a series of real cliffs.

By stumbling blocks I mean difficulties, complexities that you did not expect, and which at that moment make you a little uncomfortable. They seem almost insurmountable to you. And you feel a little bad, because you say: 'But how, I was doing so well, I was playing so well up to here, and now this thing doesn't come to me anymore. What happened!?"

Here, what I realised, is that this book is done in this way on purpose. These cliffs are absolutely intentional and not randomly placed by Titian, quite the contrary.

And if, when you are faced with these stumbling blocks and leave aside your perplexity (which is absolutely justified), but get into it, start playing slowly, you realise that these difficulties are absolutely within your grasp, that they are not disproportionate to your capabilities at the time.

You have all the tools, you have all the knowledge you need to be able to overcome them. Clearly you have to be willing to work at it on the day you make the acquaintance of the 'stumbling block', and maybe even the days after that.


The fact that it has these cliffs is very important, because it means that it is a book littered, really filled, with goals. It means that it is a clear path, a path made in stages.

You find that these goals are within your grasp, and when you have overcome them, again the book goes back to flowing... until the next hurdle, of course. And this allows you to always feel motivated to keep going.

Indeed what happens. When you study music (but not only, it also happened to me with foreign languages, which are my speciality, English in particular), it happens that after a while you feel you have reached a dead end.

If the path is not made like this book, you get to a point where it seems that you are neither going forward nor backward, where you feel stationary and you are not learning anything.

It has happened to me several times, the feeling that you are not achieving anything, and that you are always at the same starting point. And that makes you lose motivation, it also makes you lose the will to study.

Instead, the fact of having within a book a series of obstacles, even a bit hidden, so that you don't expect them and when they come at you they hit you, it makes you feel alive, it makes you feel active. It makes you feel dynamic, it keeps you on your toes....

Because then you get used to it and say: "So far so good, what will be the next hurdle?" You expect that after 2-3 lessons something tough will come. There will come a challenge to overcome.


Sometimes I have the impression that I am inside a video game, you know, video games structured on levels.

If the video games that existed when I was a little girl (but also the super-technological ones of today), had not had levels, then TRIALS and CHALLENGES to overcome and the transition to a HIGHER LEVEL of difficulty but also of fun, we would not have played them. After 10 minutes we would have been fed up, because it would have all been the same.

And the book is set up in the same way, LIKE THESE VIDEOGAMES. And in my opinion this is extremely interesting.

Compared to other books that are all the same, books that are nothing more than a collection of exercises one after the other, put there without logic, without criterion, so they are not a real path. They are simply a collection of exercises. After a while, studying like this becomes routine. You get demotivated and you feel like giving it a go.

But here it is never routine, because first of all the exercises are all different, and when they look similar, they are actually very different from one lesson to the next. But on top of that there's the challenge, the level, something new that you've never done before and you say to yourself, "Can I get through this?"

And you actually jump out of it, because all the work you did before was essential to give you the skills to overcome the new difficulty. And you find that all the new difficulties that you encounter (and that you will encounter in the future) you will be able to overcome, because you have been on a path that has given you the tools to overcome them, almost without you realising it.


This is something I think is very nice and very useful especially for those who study alone.

I study alone, I don't study with Titian even if you might not believe it. I want to do everything on my own, but at the same time I want to be sure to go ahead, so I need a clear and certain path.

Lately I have had the opportunity to test myself by playing with other people, and I have realised that I have been able to overcome these challenges with great satisfaction.

And all this was possible by studying exclusively with the book, and of course with the online course. The book is a working outline, the online course contains all the explanations, you can understand how you have to do the exercises, you see Titian playing, of course you don't have any doubts left".

Useful resources for learning the electric bass

Thanks to ANNA for her dispassionate and straightforward account. What is your experience with this?

If it is also important to you to have challenges to overcome and goals to achieve when studying music, but that these are set in a logical path that is always AT YOUR REACH, here are the resources available to you for learning the electric bass.

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⇒ Finish the introductory course then get into the real thing > . Contemporary Bassist Online.

As you know, Volume 1 is complete, all lessons 1 to 25 are also available on video, so there are no more excuses 🙂 🙂

Rhythms, reading, improvisation, bass lines, actual pieces... in an organised and progressive system that is very easy to follow.

To follow the Contemporary Bassist Online you need Volume 1, an Internet connection and some elbow grease. You learn even if you don't want to!

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  1. Anna you are so right!
    I was just about to write to you for the same reason, I too have noticed the stumbling blocks during my studies and I have had a thousand doubts, from my (perhaps) lack of continuity or having missed something in the previous lessons... none of that, thankfully! The stumbling blocks make me even more determined to try and move on to the next lesson!
    Thanks 🙂
    Dario G.

  2. Hi Anna, I too have little time to work but when I do I try to study. Sometimes, however, it happens that the bass guitar remains there for days without being used. Then I pick it up again and I realise that I have a lot of trouble: if before I was able to play that line even if slowly, now I can't. I struggle to read the notes, I get them mixed up. In short, I feel like I have to start all over again and sometimes I have the feeling that my hands are not set correctly, the sounds are imprecise. I know that I must insist and I agree with you on Titian's method, obstacles are welcome, but at first glance, faced with a new exercise that is a bit more complicated, I see him going like a train, and I think: 'Isn't it possible that when I get to this point, I too should be able to go faster? Should I master the instrument (at least with the notes, the studied rhythms) and have more confidence with the shapes ? Maybe I would need a general test every 3 lessons to be sure that at least I'm there. What does Titian recommend in these cases? Thank you very much! Lucy

  3. Well done ANNA!!! Much appreciated.
    Hopefully the English version of the video will follow soon for the rest of the world.



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