Yes, I am taking this course now, concurrent with the Cord Tone Essentials. I have already completed the Scales Essentials course, (although, I will continue to go back to certain lessons and go back for certain exercises), and I really like Mark and his teaching style.
He did mention at the beginning of his sight reading course that he teaches a special format, that his teacher taught him. He does not take credit for creating it, but does teach it this way because it is a different approach then many other ways (which I can only assume he is speaking the truth, I have not tried any others, but I doubt he would lie), and I did not know this was his dream, but it would be cool if it happened for him.
I think a lot of them actually look like a rip off. I will not lie, I thought B2B looked like a rip off too. It took me a while to get it, after I finally decided that randomly watching YouTube videos was not going to work for me and get me where I wanted to go.
I was very skeptical, and after looking them all over (Marcelo the bass wiz, Mark at Talking Bass, Becoming a Bassist, SBL, Fender, and multiple books from amazon) I finally decided to get B2B.
The Deciding FACTOR
MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
I figured if it WAS a rip off, I would just get my money back.
Turns out it was the best thing I could have EVER dong in my bass life.
IDK if his if a rip off, I like him, but the only way I would even consider that would be if there was a money back guarantee.
If fact, if Marcelo would have had a money back guarantee for his lessons, I may have gone with him, who knows. but I am glad he did not, and @JoshFossgreen did, because it got me here and I could not be more pleased with my decision to buy the course.
I feel the same, but I also see future potential. I have not bought the courses at TalkingBass, I have only used the courses via my all access pass, and for $16 a month, it is a NO BRAINER.
The problem, like Pam pointed out is, when I stop paying, I am no longer going to have access to the content.
I hesitated to start the Sight Reading courses, because it is kind of necessary to have access to the downloaded material so you can print it out and use the sheet while you are watching the videos, AND because for many of the lessons, you get a whole page of clef, and he only does the first four bars, so you need the pdf to get the rest.
But I have a work around. the whole page of clef is on the screen, in the lesson, but it is under the video screen, so you can not watch the video and see the clef at the same time.
But, I just take a screen clipping, and save it as a .pdf.
So I am actually getting all the printed material.
I don’t have a printer, but I open the window and put it side by side on my 24" screen. And then I do the exercises with a metronome app that I have.
True I don’t get the backing tracks to download and keep to use, but I can use them for the exercises NOW. if i came across any that I really liked, i could always record them in GB, or figure something out.
All I am saying is, I can get by without having access to the downloaded material just fine.
NOW, the other point, when I am done with all the courses that I am interested in taking at Talking Bass, I may decide that I want more, and I COULD SEE MYSELF going to SBL at some point and taking more courses that are there, and / or any master classes that were going on at a time.
One thing that IS great about SBL, is the effort to continually grow the material library they offer.
For instance, if I got to a point where I think I could learn from the amazing bassists on that sight, and because they keep adding, I could see having a lifetime membership.
At Talking Bass, IDK if he will come out with more material and at some point, I will stop paying for the all access pass.
Of course @JoshFossgreen (this point is worthy of a double tag ). I would pay for ANY additional content that BassBuzz ever puts out, and any all access or lifetime passes that would ever become available, Iwould be first in line, frothing at the mouth, to buy or sign up.