"It's Called The Fretboard
Formula And It'll Show You..."

Using this chart we will easily find and fix your biggest 'fretboard fluency' problems.
"The Fretboard Formula"
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"The Exact 6 Things You Need to Work On
Immediately If You Want to Be Able to
Play Almost Anything, Anywhere on the
Fretboard With Style, Musicality & Confidence"


Dear Friend,

Anthony Wharwood (name changed for privacy) is a normal 43 year old man who probably loves the electric bass as much as you and I do...

That's why this story is gonna sting a little...

"Meet Anthony..."

There he was... He was super nervous and excited at the same time.

He said that he still remembers, how dry the back of his throat was and how viciously his heart was pounding as he looked at the set list on his music stand and fidgeted aimlessly with his volume and tone knobs.

...He owned a pretty decent bass... (A 5 string MTD that cost him a pretty penny but naturally played and sounded like a dream)...

...Had all the usual bass instructional DVDs...

...Knew his fair share of scales and had gotten to jam on a few songs with the other guys during rehearsal a couple times before...

...Every day he had the time, he'd listen to and jam along with his favorite songs, trying desperately to be as groovy and as interesting as the bass player on the recording.

But it'd always go the same way...

"Is This How You 'Practice' Too?"

He'd put on the CD, start working out the song with burning determination and sooner than later, would come across a killer phrase in the middle of the song that flat out blew his mind.

"Man, xxxxxx is a beast!"  he'd think out loud...

So he'd rewind and replay that lick about a dozen times trying to pick it up but the same thing always eventually happens...

Before long he'd end up just sitting back, holding his bass in his lap (or randomly playing through a scale or two) and listening in awe as the 'bass master' on the recording performed flawlessly.

Eventually he'd change to another song and try to 'jam along' a bit, or sit and try to come up with some 'cool licks' he can add to his arsenal...

Many of the ideas never quite sounded 'polished', and not too long after repeating that cycle a few times he'd have to turn off the CD player and go back to the real world, hoping to get some 'practice' in tomorrow and vowing for it to be more productive next time.

But in his gut Anthony knew that truth be told, most all his practice sessions seemed to end this way... With him feeling like he'd just wasted another 45 minutes... Never really feeling like he was getting much anything done... 

"Meet Anthony - Part 2"

Now don't get me wrong.

His playing dreams weren't unreasonable. He didn't need to conquer the world and have Victor Wooten bowing at his feet...

He didn't expect that tomorrow Alain Caron, Christian McBride, Gary Willis, Steve Swallow, Terrence Palmer, Maurice Fitzgerald, Andrew Gouche, John Patitucci, Anthony Jackson, John Myung, Hadrien Feraud or any of the other bass hit men out there were going to call him and ask that he sit in for them on a tour...

He had his own goals and simply wanted to do a job both he and the other musicians he played with could be proud of.

All he wanted was to play good enough to have people appreciate and feel good about having him on the bass.

"The Simple Phone Call, That
He'd Later Wish Had Never Happened!"

The final piece of the puzzle fell into place on a Thursday morning just before lunch.

Lawrence, the church's 'first-string' hired bass player had been ill since Tuesday and had called Jason, (the band leader) just half an hour before to say he really didn't think he could make it to church on Sunday...

(When it happened before that Lawrence was unavailable, Steve the guitarist, would just 'fill' in on bass, but Anthony had been attending rehearsal with the band a lot recently, so the call came...)

"Hey Anthony, it's Jason... Would you like to fill in for Lawrence on Sunday... He's a bit under the weather so why not come out to rehearsal tonight and Saturday night? -- It's not a big deal, the songs are ones I'm sure you already know so you'll be fine..."

"Anthony's Big Day!"

Sunday morning...

The keyboardist was playing some intro/talk music and they were just about to get started... His heart couldn't stop racing.

I think what shook Tony's the most was the fact that the service was being recorded and in his estimation the other musicians were scary hot players.

The keyboardist and guitarist both had to be a little insane with some of the 'stupid' chords they'd play... And the drummer was a flat out monster and as much as he tried to steady his nerves he couldn't help but feel shaky about being the weakest link.

When Lawrence was there, that band was tight! The groove was locked, and the licks were cold... Lawrence clearly had a very strong understanding of the fretboard because his playing seemed effortless...

But as far as Anthony knew, Lawrence had only been playing bass for about 4 1/2 years... Now he was already being hired all over the place to play!

He tried to clear his mind... "None of that matters", he thought... "it's NOT a competition so all was going to be fine..."

He fiddled aimlessly with his bass knobs again...

. . .

The first song got counted in and the drummer and rest of the band started on a nice, tightly locked groove. Anthony was caught a little off guard but quickly fell into the swing of things.

The song was in the key of E-flat...

And just as he was thinking about how much he loved hearing the band play this song, he noticed that something sounded as 'off' as sour milk would taste...

He glanced at Jason (the band leader and keyboardist) to confirm his suspicion, only to see him mouthing the words...

"Wrong Key Anthony!!"

Looking down at this left hand he noticed that he had played the first few measures in the key of E, rather than E-flat... Ouch!!

..."Oh great! Now I look like a real dummy. How could I make such a silly mistake... Don't worry I'll make up for it." he thought in rapid-fire succession...

For the rest of the song he first tries to 'make up for the mistake' but makes so many 'fumbles' that Steve (the guitarist) eventually leans over and whispers in a friendly enough voice,

..."Hey Tony, let just keep it basic for now and see how that goes OK?..."

He nods, but feels himself shrink a little.

So from there on out he kinda tries to play it safe and settles on thumping away at what ever is the root note of the chord. The thing is, sometimes, depending on what inversion of the chord Jason was using, even root notes didn't sound perfectly right.

"I Bet They'll Never Ask Me To Play Again..."

As the service proceeded he simply couldn't shake the feeling that for all the songs it seems that the guys were used to having certain spaces owned and accented by the bass when Lawrence played.

...And now the thought that, "This isn't a competition... I'm not on trial..." was doing less and less to comfort him.

Try as he might he couldn't help but compare his playing to what he thought Lawrence would do and what he had hoped to be able to do...

He'd listened to Lawrence play so many times that for every song he could hear parts of a fill or a lick that Lawrence would have played, but the fact was he had no idea where to even begin to do those things right.

"Anthony's Redemption?"

Next song up is one Tony really 'knew' well... It was a pretty slow one and he's played it many times before with the CD player, but while the original recording was in the key of B, they decided on Saturday night to do it in the key of A-flat.

"No big deal," he thinks, "I can do this." So even though he consciously knows it's stupid, he again tries to 'redeem' himself. He had practiced a few licks well that would work for this song...

The hurtful thing was because of the key change he messed up almost every one of them...

Recounting the story he told me that often times he'd know what he wanted to do but as he'd look down at the fretboard his mind would just draw blanks as to where to start... And because of that he'd consistently hit wrong notes.

At the end of the song he thinks that the other musicians aren't making much eye contact with him any more... Jason is a really nice guy, but Anthony imagined that he just wanted it to be all over.

A nasty thought plagued Anthony's mind... "I bet he wished they'd just gone with Steve on bass instead".

"And That's When a Feeling of Total
Inadequacy Really Sucker Punched Him
in the Gut..."

Before you know it they are on to the second to last song on the set list.

Tony thinks to himself that he'd love to get a 'do-over', especially since everything was recorded and he's no longer as nervous, just highly bummed out and disappointed with himself.

Then he remembers something from last night's rehearsal...

This song was supposed to have a short bass feature in it, but during the rehearsal on Saturday night Jason had politely called him over and suggested, "Hey Tony, maybe we don't need to do the bass solo in this song... You know... Just to keep everything simple."

Obviously Tony had agreed with no fuss, but secretly he did feel kinda lousy considering that he had been given the solo on Thursday night's rehearsal but from the look of it, it clearly didn't go so great.

And that's when it hit him, like Mike Tyson hitting a body bag...

"I know this isn't about me, and I'm not on trial, but I am so out of my league here this isn't even remotely funny..."

"But Anthony's Unfortunate
'Torture' Wasn't Over!"

At the end of the service everyone's milling around just talking...

David, the drummer, was surrounded as usual. Kids and grown-ups were always excitedly asking him about some groove or the other he had played during song service, and today was no different.

The guitarist is showing about 6 people some fancy altered scales, and you'd need to get in line to even see Jason. And even though Tony knew... "I'm not doing this for recognition," he again felt like a let down.

Like he was not able to play his part well enough and disappointed the band.

But the final straw came just as he was packing up. He over heard a woman asking Jason...

"There Are Some Thing You
Prefer NOT To Hear..."

"Where's Lawrence today? Is he sick?"  the woman asked.

"Yeah. Unfortunately Lawrence came down with a nasty case of the flu, so we're hoping he kicks it soon." comes Jason's reply.

"So why didn't Steve play bass instead?"  she continues?

Jason is clearly caught off-guard by the question as he visibly hesitates, nervously glances in Anthony's direction and fumbles for words. But before he can piece together a response the woman continues...

"...Anyways, let's really hope Lawrence gets better quick because..."  Her voice trails off into more comments but Anthony is no longer interested in hearing any of it.

Out of the corner of his eye Anthony can see that Jason is clearly embarrassed and uncomfortable with the comments, and is looking for a way to politely change the subject...

But it doesn't matter much. Anthony had already 'overheard' too much. His face flushed red with a mixture of anger and disappointment in himself.

Why hadn't he simply rejected Jason's offer to sit in on the bass?..

As he wraps up his instrument cable and stuffs it into his gig bag he silently hopes that the ground would open up and give him a good place to hide... Without looking over his shoulder he makes a beeline for the exit...

There's a lump in his throat that feels like he swallowed a box of rusty nails, and Anthony wonders to himself...

"I've been practicing for years, what in the world am I doing wrong?"

"Meet Peter..."

Peter Bannister, (name also changed for privacy) is a normal 27 year old, who probably loves the electric bass as much as you and I...

Peter however is one of those guys I know who can play...

He almost;

NEVER gets stuck finding ANY NOTE someone calls out, ANYWHERE on the fretboard...
NEVER gets lost in the middle of a scale NO MATTER HOW FAR UP the fretboard he goes...
NEVER hits 'wrong' notes when making a nice bass run or building a groove...
NEVER plays solos that sound like boring, mechanical scale exercises...
NEVER feels intimidated into playing stuff in only one area of the fretboard... (He can groove and play simple but that's NOT because he's terrified to 'mess up'!)
NEVER has a problem picking up a song even if he is hearing it for the first time and...
NEVER gets suckered into believing ANYONE who says that all electric bassists are good for is playing a single root note, (while the rest of the band gets to have fun CREATING REAL MUSIC!)...

So why am I telling you all this?


Because I personally know a lot of 'Anthonys' and a decent number of 'Peters'... And if you'd like to know the exact 6 things (N.Eqs + I.M. + A.V. + M.L. + K.C.L. + H.P.I.) all the 'Peters' practice differently to develop their 'crazy' skills I can tell you right now.

"So What Are Some of The Things Peter Practices
That Anthony Doesn't?"

We've all seen some players get good faster than others... And at one point in time we all feel absolutely stuck.

Trust me! I can totally related to Anthony's story!

I remember oftentimes wondering what in the world is it that some players practice that gives them so much 'effortless' control and smoothness when they're playing?

Well let me confirm one of your nagging suspicions...

If you've ever suspected for a second that some players, somehow manage to develop a better VISUAL understanding of how musical 'rules' translate onto the bass neck, that allows them more 'easily' do things that look and sound flat out genius...


If however, you thought that it is a 'special ability' you either have or you don't have... Or that these 'visual skills' can ONLY be developed after 30 years of grueling 10 hour-per-day practice sessions...


But before you declare 'Shenanigans!' hear this...

"It Sounds Too Simple There Are Really Just
Six Big Things You Need to Know About The Fretboard And You Can Eventually 'Get' It..."

Now I'm not suggesting to you at all that mastering the bass is an easy thing to do... Far from it! In fact musical greatness really is a never-ending pursuit...

Neither am I suggesting that I magically invented or 'came up' with these six fretboard concepts myself because I'm some kinda bass super brain... Sorry... I'd love to claim the fame, but I'm as normal a guy as they come. (I can tell you how I managed to learn these things a little later though.)

What I am saying however is;

1) That we can see far better, and faster results if we spend time practicing the right things, the right way, in the right order...

What I am saying is that;

2) If you're mucking around with your practice sessions and don't have a solid, fundamentally correct game plan, the same skills that could quite likely take you 7 - 10 years to develop can very possibly be devoured by another person with equal or lesser talent than yourself, in 1 - 2 years.

What I am saying is that;

3) After 18 long months of being obsessed with 'the fretboard' I'm pretty confident that I've gotten so darn good at explaining what I know and learnt about developing fluency, that I bet I could take a random beginner bass player off the street and explain these 6 'factors' to him, so clearly, that he'd understand it in a lot less than half a day.

Now of course he won't master playing all the concepts in one day but it's very likely he'd understand how it all fits together and see why it works every time. (And that's even if he's a 1 or 2 on a scale of 1 to 10.)

"Is This Just A Bunch of Hype?"

I'll be the first to admit that this is a VERY VALID QUESTION!

Because in my own digging up, and validating all the info in The Fretboard Formula, I stumbled across and bought into some pretty wild claims about 'learning the fretboard fast'... (I'll give you the dirty details about some of those products in a second... Keep reading.)

I've seen all the so-called 'potent ' plug and play patterns, 'mystical' memorization techniques and 'amazing' acronyms... I've also seen 'systems' so confusing I'd prefer try to solve a CIA cipher.

...So for what it's worth I know how you feel.

I also know what it felt like when I was just getting started playing and more experienced players would tell me to 'Just Practice!'...


"What do you mean just practice" I'd always ask?

What should I practice?... In what order?... For how long?... Why am I practicing a certain thing?... How do I practice it for fastest results?... (Didn't get many answers to those questions though).

"What The Fretboard Formula Is NOT..."

Let's be straight because there is no point in trying to hide the truth.

...If what you're expecting to hear me talk about is some type of magic silver bullet that's going to slay your fretboard problems in the next 2 hours -- This ain't it!

...If you're expecting that I'm gonna talk about some hokey mnemonic system (e.g. Every Angel
ances Gladly to remember the strings on a 4 string bass)
that'll help you remember the names of a few notes... That's old stuff, that's incomplete stuff and, this ain't that!

...If you're looking for some mystical memorization techniques that'll see you jump past the boredom of a little thing called 'practice' -- That's an old wives' tale and this ain't that!

And unlike some folks, I'm not going to B.S. you and say you can master each of these 6 concepts in 15 minutes and be a bass god by tomorrow... That's plain ridiculous, because even if you did understand the concepts right away, you still won't be able to apply them fluently, that quickly.

It'd still take a step by step practice routine and time to build the skill.

But on the bright side, if you only do half as good as some of the sharper people I've shown my findings to, other people hearing you play, could start seeing very noticeable, almost ridiculously fast improvements in your fretboard fluency starting in a lot less than a month.

No joke!

"So What Is The Fretboard Formula?"

Well, briefly, it's my detailed and systematic explanation of a collection of concepts that, when put together helps a player understand how music 'works' on the fretboard.

FACT: Every time you see a bassist you admire soloing, grooving hard, chording or riffing & playing sweet runs, I guarantee you he or she is using the exact same 'formula' that you're about to learn! - They might not be thinking of it as 'The Fretboard Formula' but they are using the same concepts.

Yet with the libraries of material I own, have reviewed and used, I've never seen most any of the really crucial factors of fretboard fluency taught all in one place, in the manner and in the detail I'm going to cover it.

I'll show you the things most people either 1) Won't talk about, 2) Don't have the time or resources to completely detail 3) Can't quite explain clearly, 4) Don't know how to replicate or 5) Are completely in the dark about.

"Who Else Feels Like Their Playing Is
Currently Under Achieving Because of A Lack of
Real Fretboard Knowledge?"

Now some narrow-minded 'haters' reading this site may be cursing at their computer screens.

They'll say the key to everything is just practice. There's nothing anyone can teach you to help reduce your learning curve. There certainly are no 'secrets' and 'tips' to pick up - Just sit in a room, practice your scales and you'll be fine...

Now admittedly blind practice will eventually produce results... You'll stumble across stuff and you will eventually hit a point where things start to make sense.

The problem is that 1) This can take several years... 2) You won't know what caused the improvement so you'd have a hard time replicating it the next time you're stuck.

So personally, I think this is one of the most ridiculous and backward-thinking statements anyone, anywhere has ever made! If just getting started practicing is the answer why the coaches for people like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Michael Phelps?

Of course there are things that you can learn to shorten your learning curve that randomly practicing scales will either not show you or take several years to show you.

That's why I choose to spend thousands of dollars on my bass education every year and will likely continue to do so for as long as I play -- I do bass tuition at $90 per hour and sometimes it's just one tiny thing I end up picking up over 2 or 3 sessions... But I'm still hugely grateful for every little insight I can get...

"Here's One Such 'Tiny' Insight..."

TIP# 1:

Truly absorbing the fretboard is NOT just about knowing the names of notes... There's a wide array of skills you need to develop that are so intrinsic to bass playing that once you learn them you have no choice but to be a far better player.

The note learning part is just one step, but that's like getting out of kindergarten and thinking you're ready for a job as a brain surgeon. 

Heck, I know the names of all the notes on the piano... I still can't play it worth jack.

"The Big 'Secret' You Need to Know
To Unlocking The Fretboard Is..."

The only true, reliable and 100% duplicate-able method to outstanding fretboard control I've found, is based on;

Getting an intimate understanding of some crucial, often overlooked concepts that come about because of how the bass fretboard is put together...

(I'll give you a clue... The tuning of the bass allows for some remarkable things not possible on most other instruments!)

Adding to that a deep understanding of how notes interact to create music no matter what instrument you're playing...

(This is what most people skip) and if you don't get this, all the magic patterns in the world mean nothing!
Gelling those two things together in a way that is now unique to the bass guitar's design, so as to give yourself an endless supply of intelligent, tasty and advanced sounding playing choices no matter what chords are making up the music you play!

In short?

If you want to master the fretboard you have to get an insider understanding of how HARMONY works on a symmetrical instrument!

That's the big secret right there, that's that core foundation that The Fretboard Formula is built on and that's why I'm so confident that anyone can make this work for them.

Anyone else who dances around that fact is either innocently or spitefully giving you bogus advice.


"For The First Time EVER:
I Can Personally Work With You For 60 Days
And Show You EXACTLY How To Put
The "Fretboard Formula" to Work for YOU."

I sort of alluded to this a while ago but I think I need to say it more plainly. (This is NOT going to win me any friends but I gotta be blunt.)

Some time after I decided to start putting this training together I received an email from a customer that absolutely floored me.

It was a website link that he wanted me to check out and when when I went over to the site it sucked in my attention -- The way a fatal car wreck would capture attention that is -- It wasn't pleasant, but a morbid curiosity wouldn't let me leave it alone.

At first I thought it was a practical joke, but just as a young man would poke at road-kill with a stick, I just had to investigate this website closer to see if perhaps I was missing something...

So I pulled out the good old credit card and whacked it with another charge.

I downloaded the package and started going through the main 'book'... 7 minutes later the entire thing was in my Recycle Bin.

Quite honestly I was stunned!

The so called 'techniques' weren't only laughable, they were also flawed and obviously hurriedly and thoughtlessly put together. I honestly felt insulted as a bassist to have someone reduce 'mastery' of my instrument to this drivel, but at the same time it was so unbelievable that I couldn't help but laugh...

But not being much of a complainer, I just let it slide and went back to work.

But as the days went on I started uncovering site after site... 'Magical' technique after technique, and by the end of the first week I had enough data to confirm my suspicions.

"...A Lot of These Dudes Are Flat Out,
Without Question, Absolutely Clueless!"

...I'm not saying everyone is, but the vast majority of magic fretboard mastery solutions I dug up, quite simply had no idea what it takes to develop true fretboard fluency, because most all of them where basing all their so-called 'techniques' on a plainly WRONG assumption that I'll openly correct ;-


In fact, that idea is so ludicrous it's almost pathetic.

I honestly started asking myself if any of them even played bass at all, or if they all just paid the same 'ghost writer' to write a product for them, slapped some graphics on it and put up a website that said "Open for Business!"

Check this out:

Now pay attention...

Part, of one of the modules in "The Fretboard Formula" will show you a method for learning the names of notes very, very quickly.

I will teach you some concepts I swear I have never seen anyone detail that will have you laughing at any misconceptions you had about how difficult it is to learn the entire fretboard FAST.

But to be clear, that in itself doesn't make you a bass guitar monster... That's just information!

So as soon as that is out of the way we'll go FAR past that stuff... In fact that 'note learning' thing is just a drop in the bucket when you consider how thorough The Fretboard Formula training is in showing you HOW TO USE THE FRETBOARD.


"The Way to Non-Impressive Bass Playing
Is Paved With Ignorance..."

I hope you're getting the idea that "The Fretboard Formula" is like nothing else you've seen but does it work?

Long answer?.. The rules of music don't change... If you're stuck expanding your bass playing, while another guy is making leaps and bounds it's just that he understands and sees things that you don't.

  • You may know a mode, but he knows how to use it so it doesn't sound mechanical...

  • You may know an arpeggio, but he knows ways to dress it up and apply it to playing...

  • You may know where some notes are, but he knows how and when to play them...

The Fretboard Formula is therefore all about understanding how and why things work on the fretboard based on what the music is saying to you!

So does it work?...

Short answer - Heck yeah!

In fact...

"I'll Even Bet You $25 Right NOW That
This Fretboard Formula 'Mumbo Jumbo'
Stuff Works Like Gangbusters!"

I am so CONFIDENT that "The Fretboard Formula" concepts DO WORK, (and work insanely well) for triggering a powerful limitless understanding of the fretboard that if I find someone it doesn't produce significant results for, I'll flat out give them $25 just like that.

And I'm dead serious... Keep reading and I'll give you some details about that bold 'wager'.

You see the bottom line is that, everyone I know who takes this six pronged approach to learning the fretboard does so (I'd modestly guess) about ten - twenty times faster and is exponentially more successful than those who think that "note names" equal bass mastery.

"But Can I Learn The Fretboard Formula?"

Well it depends...

First off know that the whole "I'm a beginner thing" isn't too big a deal at all... So if that's what you're concerned about, DON'T be - I will plainly tell you that I can teach this stuff even to someone just getting started on bass TODAY.

So that's a non-issue.

That said, if you're interested in getting "The Fretboard Formula"  working for you I'd be happy to help you get started, and I guarantee that I'll make every effort to make sure you 'get it' otherwise you don't pay a dime, but here's how it's gonna work.

"The Fretboard Formula Training Includes..."

The core program itself is called "The Fretboard Formula Master Class", because that's the primary focus...

Helping you use "The Fretboard Formula" to plot a direct path to continuously improving your fretboard control, to the point where most anything you want to do, eventually just comes naturally.

Component 1: The "Fretboard Formula Master Class" 6 DVD Set ($497 value)

All DVDs Are Region FREE And Can Play Worldwide.

First off we have the MAIN core of the entire program...

It's roughly 9.5+ hours of powerful, step-by-step VIDEO training where I break down each of the 6 fretboard-fluency building blocks, in incredible detail.

No stone is left un-turned!

You'll effectively be taking part in an intense, (but FUN and SIMPLE to understand) action-oriented, home study master class where I'll walk you through all the steps necessary to understanding the fretboard the way the pros see it.

You'll also learn how each module of the formula works and you'll get a chance to put it to use immediately by seeing live examples and getting homework and tons of practical exercises that helps me ensure that you really get it.

I'll briefly outline the contents of each DVD...

DVD 1: "The Fretboard Formula Primer", "The Fretboard Formula Revealed" & Manipulating N.Eqs."
Running Time: 1hour 32mins

This DVD contains three separate sessions.

DVD 1 - Click Here More Info


DVD 2: "Intervallic Mastery Attained"
Running Time: 1hour 37mins

Here's another little tip you might find insightful.

The reason why some people have such fantastic command of the fretboard is because they understand how to see each chord as a set of 'moving' directions, and more so, how to execute those directions!

DVD 2 - Click Here More Info


DVD 3: "Arpeggio Visualization Revealed"
Running Time: 1hour 33mins

By the time we hit DVD 3, you will already begin to see VERY noticeable and significant improvements in how well you can attack the fretboard and you'll be getting lost a lot less frequently.

That's because the new info I've packed into the modules on N.Eq and I.M. work together like a map to reveal hidden stepping stones on the fretboard.

But there's a lot more... It's at this stage that I'll then introduce a biggie...

DVD 3 - Click Here More Info


DVD 4: "Modal Linkage Concepts"
Running Time: 1hour 50mins

Coming out of watching DVD 3 your mind will probably be swimming with possibilities :-)... Well rather than relax, DVD 4 is going to serious up the ANTE!

Here's how...

Most people know what a GPS system is...

DVD 4 - Click Here More Info


DVD 5: "Key Center Location"
Running Time: 1hour 31mins

I may be wrong but I suspect that several intermediate players will think they already 'get' this because of the DVD title...

Well I'll ask you to suspend your know-it-all-ism and go through every minute of this powerful presentation because chances are if you try to guess the contents of this DVD you'd be wayyy off.

DVD 5 - Click Here More Info


DVD 6: "Hand Position Intelligence"
Running Time: 1hour 35mins

In the last module we have to cover is one that is so often overlooked and so counter intuitive to everything you may have learnt about fretboard fluency in the past, that it may just be a legitimate secret of the trade.

DVD 6 - Click Here More Info

"This DVD Breakdown Hasn’t Even Begun

To Touch A Fraction Of the Information
You’ll Discover As Part Of My “Fretboard Formula”
Master Class."

I'll be honest...

We're talking about over 9 hours and 36 minutes of pure playable content... Quite frankly my 'breakdown' of what is on each DVD is a joke compared to what is really on it!

Now if that already seems like a lot of information, it's because it is. It won't always be easy, but it will be loads of fun. And while I don't expect that you'll master everything on the DVDs on the first go, I can tell you this...

In the end two things are for sure...

1. You'll have a far more detailed, proven understanding about how to really develop fretboard fluency than most bass players do PERIOD.

2. You'll be able to trigger noticeable growth in your playing time and time again at will...

After that you can choose to 1) Ignore the concepts and stay stuck in a rut 2) Use them to help you become a 'butt-kicking-name-taking' bass player.

Hopefully #1 is not even an option, so I'm really fired up about you taking the latter.

But believe it or not, that's still not all you get in the mail...

Component 2: "The Fretboard Formula Audio Discs" 6 CD Set ($49 value)

Next you'll find that your package also includes not 1, 2, or 3 audio CDs... But a whooping 6 audio discs that contain, TONS of backing tracks for practice and various exercises and samples that go along with the video training and workbook.

But I've still got more for you!

Component 3: "The Fretboard Formula Work Book" ($67 value) PDF Version

I'm personally a huge fan of video training.

Reading about a subject is one thing, but nothing can substitute for actually WATCHING someone do what they do. That's why the primary element of this training is in video format!

But at the same time, video can sometimes be a pain when you're trying to review or refer back to a particular section.

So for that reason (among others) I spent a full 23 days, watching and re-watching and re-re-watching the DVDs and fleshing out a ROCK SOLID 335+ page workbook for the entire training course that's filled with diagrams and table, clarifications and further explanations, progress trackers, additional study info, exercises, tabs, etc. etc. etc.

Now listen... I've seen some programs try to 'fluff' up their value by offering a 'workbook' that is nothing more than 12 flimsy pages, where 7 are nothing more than 'blank spaces' for you to 'take notes'...

When you see this 'workbook' it'll make your head spin.

It is so complete, so full and so stuffed with useable content, I could literally take the workbook away from the video training, offer it on its own and it'd still be one of the more valuable pieces of bass instructions you'll likely to ever own.

Now I don't want to sound like I'm bragging but I'm pretty darn proud of this feature because it's NOT just a transcription of the video lessons.

I spent as much time on this workbook as some folks would spend on their entire program. You're going to get tremendous value out of this one component of the overall course.

It looks and reads quite well, and is an indispensable resource that'll help you big time as you work through the course or when you want do quick reviews in the future.

Oh yeah... Did I forget mention that I also went past 'norm' to have the workbook contain several full color pages?

Component 4: "The Fretboard Formula Companion Toolkit" ($77 value) PDF Version
  • The Modal Mastery Reference Book: A 54 page reference section that goes through and teaches a TON of scales & modes, the arpeggios that derive from each, complete with fretboard diagrams, listings of the degrees that make up each scale/mode, tabs for playing the scale, common extensions used with the scale, suggested chords the scale can be played over, notes to avoid when playing the scale, detailed blurbs about individual scales etc...

In short this is a condensed 54 page reference encyclopedia for just about every scale you'll be asked to play and then some. No-nonsense value? $29 by itself.

  • Alex's Personal Fretboard Formula Mind Maps: I love mind maps especially when I am trying to sort and shift through a sizeable amount of information. I find that they help paint a nice clear picture of exactly what I am doing, and how it connects to other parts of the overall goal. So I mind-map a lot of things to keep my eye on the bigger picture.

Well, when you purchase "The Fretboard Formula" I will send you an 8 page printout of my personal mind maps, the same ones I used to flesh out this course!

Anyone familiar with teaching concepts and education will instantly recognize the immense value of these because this one component has the ability to literally telegraph the exact heartbeat and pulse of each and every DVD lesson! Priceless!

  • The Fretboard Formula Quick Start Guide: This step-by-step blueprint will be your personal tour guide and show you, in a simple 'flow chart' diagrams, exactly how to attack "The Fretboard Formula" for best results.
  • The Trouble Shooter Blueprint Chart: This is something I included that's meant to work alongside the Mind Maps and Quick Start Guide for use after having completely gone through the training, one full time.

    Once you have the entire landscape laid out before you, you'd find this extremely helpful in targeting weak areas you need to brush up and continue to focus on.

It's like a fluency self-diagnosis on a sheet! :-)

  • A.V. Tablature Reference Guide: And finally this is a supplement booklet I included (roughly 40 pages) that's a collection of all the tabs for the accelerated learning exercises given on DVD 3.

With the amount of effort spent on this, I don't believe it's something too many folks would have bothered with... I mean if it's demonstrated on video and you have a sound sample that's good enough right?...

Well that's not good enough for me... It took me an additional 4 full days to 'tab-out', assemble and organize this booklet and I did it solely because I wanted to make absolute sure that you're covered with those exercises!

. . .

As you can see I really went all out on this course...

The teaching in unique, I spent a small fortune on the product itself, and the bonuses are of real high value... So right about now you may be thinking…

“How Much Is This Training
Going to Cost Me?”

Allow me to explain...

First, it goes against all logical and economical sense for me to charge anything less than $160 for it and in all fairness I think you know it.

Because if you think about it, $160 will (at most) buy you four 30 minute sessions with a decent bass tutor, and most good teachers don't sell lessons in blocks less then 6 at a time because oftentimes it takes 6 sessions just to get into 'flow', properly cover a topic and outline a practice schedule to assimilate what you learnt!

So while $160 may not exactly be a swap-meet, bargain basement price it's outrageously reasonable when you see all of what I'm giving you. (Plus the price tag ensures that only serious people apply.)

On top of that, as some of you already know...

When we originally launched The Fretboard Formula it sold out at between $167 to $197 per copy...

But we're aware... We know that right now the economy is in the toilet and we're trying to make this course a little more affordable for the average Joe... But at the same time we gotta be fair to our original customers.

So here's the balance we struck... I'll offer you a $40 discount on the price the first group of customer got it for BUT instead of sending you printed hard copy manuals I'll give you the PDFs instead.

ALL the info is EXACTLY the same but I just wanted to find a more economical way to deliver the info to you and pass on the savings.

Bottomline, if you're ordering today you'll only pay $127 or 3 EASY monthly payments of just $46!

This is the absolutely best price I can afford to give you so I'm not gonna try to force this down your throat. If it's not for you then no worries... I ain't mad at you and we're still friends.

If you can't afford it please don't get all 'weird about it' either. I am not asking you to sell a kidney to get this.

The fact is this is not for everyone, and while I will be focusing most of my attention on the new crop of Fretboard Formula students for several weeks after the launch, that's not going to permanently stop me from posting quality free content on my blog for everyone to enjoy.

But the folks who want this and can afford to take me up on the offer -- I assure you -- are gonna be glad they did.


I fully believe that by the time you watch DVD 3, you'll come to realize that you've already gotten far more value than what you paid for the course, and that's less than half way through.

But it gets better because here's...

My "Put My Money Where My Mouth Is"
Double Guarantee Ensures That You Either
Succeed Or You Don't Pay...

Here's how it works...

Guarantee #1: 90-Day “Free Look”

You have a full 90 days (more than enough time to go through the entire course) to see if my "Fretboard Formula" is right for you. If you determine that it isn’t, just let me know, send the course back and we’ll gladly refund your money (less shipping). No hassles. No hard feelings.

But let's say you go beyond the original 90-day unconditional guarantee period. Don't worry because you're still protected... That's when Guarantee #2 kicks in... (Remember that $25 bet I offered earlier?)

Guarantee #2: "Put My Money Where My Mouth Is"…

This is a FREE 120 day extended warranty that I am personally backing out of my own pocket!

If at the end of the initial 90 day period you're not happy, contact us, let us know and I'll not only extend your risk free period by another 120 days but, I'll also give you my phone contact info and schedule time to work with you personally to ensure that you 'get it!'

We'll cover whatever you need to know to get you back in the game.

But if by the end of that extended 120 day warranty period you can still honestly say that you've followed the steps faithfully but don't feel like the formula has significantly empowered up your playing, or you feel for any other reason whatsoever that I have cheated you or short-changed you of the value I promised, let me know and I’ll not only issue you a refund, I’ll also cut you an additional check for $25 just for wasting your time.

How's that for putting my money where my mouth is?

The fact is you're getting this course for one reason... You want to see results and that's how serious I am about wanting you to succeed, and that's also how confident I am that my system really works!

You see, if I don't hold up to my end of the bargain, I'm not only $25 in the hole, I'm also out all the time that I spent working with you one-on-one (which frankly costs me a lot more than the $127 sticker price!)

I'll say it again one more time just in case you dozed off...

If You Go Through The Entire Training &
Follow The Action Steps I Outline,


As long as you're committed, and give it an honest shot, you simply CANNOT lose.

But whatever you do, DON’T delay.

It's either you know you're in or not. And with my easy 3 month financing plan you can get started with a tiny $46 payment today and we'll ship out this entire, A-Z fretboard mastery course to you right away!

But if you're not getting in, be sure that you have a good reason because I openly predict that this master class will produce fabulous results for a lot of folks.

If you want to get this, go ahead and click on the registration button below (as soon as it becomes active) and reserve one of the slots before it's too late...


YES! Please rush me my copy of The Fretboard Formula right away because I'm fed up of not knowing what to work on to better my playing...

I want to see REAL noticeable results in my bass playing, and I don't want to spend the next 30 years hoping to just casually stumble into it.

I understand that there's no reason for me to not achieve my goals on the bass if I follow the same steps that worked for any other successful bass player.

I also understand that this 9.5+ hour training program is not only exceedingly simple to follow, it is also a a COMPLETELY RISK FREE investment...

Alex personally guarantees my complete satisfaction, and real visible improvements or I can simply sell the program back to him for 100% of my money back, plus I can get an additional $25 for my time.

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P.S. Just so you know, there's nothing "magical" about "The Fretboard Formula" even though it may seem like it...

There's absolutely no bias against you doing great things with it either... Results are results, a process is a process... The fact is;

If you do enough of the RIGHT things, in the RIGHT order, with the same dedication that the next guy does there NO REASON AT ALL for YOU not to achieve the same results.

You don't need to be have type of 'unique creative bass gene' that only a few people are born with...

You don't need to have a genius IQ... And it doesn't matter if you're playing 4, 5 or 6 string bass.

Great jazz educator Mark Levine once said, "A great jazz solo [I'd further add, "All great music"] is 1% magic and 99% stuff that is explainable, analyzable, categorize-able and doable..."

The Fretboard Formula is all about learning a simple but proven set of rules that basically show you 6 unique and detailed ways of looking at the fretboard and 'seeing' plainly how harmony and melody work when it comes to the bass guitar. So this WILL work for anyone who applies it.

When you really 'get' how the bass guitar's design is built for harmony the truth is it's hard NOT to see amazing results.

P.P.S. Remember, your success with this is totally guaranteed!

If you follow all the steps I give you and we still can't make it work (although I can't see how), I'll not only refund every last penny of your investment, I'll also give you an additional $25 as "payment" for wasting your time.

Now who's taking all the risk?


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