Why donate?

You probably have noticed that… all lessons are free.
And you know..
I would love – to teach you all the things I know, but it takes me time and effort to come up with new stuff, whether it is videos, articles or just general advice on playing the electric bass – for instance – I plan on doing a whole beginner section with all the exercises / things aspiring bassplayers should know and strive for..
Id like to do it much more than now, but I need to eat too…

Not that you need to have a bad conscience or anything for using the site without contributing, but those of you that can afford to donate to this site please do;-)

There are several ways you can support / donate to playbassnow.com

Direct donation via Paypal.com

The most secure online payment system to my knowledge

Choose your preferred currency here:

And you should know that all donations over 10$ will recieve 10 selected “Bass lick of the day” transcriptions (standard notation with tablature + TAB) as a token of appreciation;-)
Read more about that HERE

Direct bank transfer

In case you dont want to use creditcard online, then you can transfer directly to my bank account
IBAN: DK4930003346041072



Please send me an email afterwards, so i know who you are and can thank you properly

Buy me something nice ?

I can always use a set of strings, some picks, a new cable, a book, a bass…
Amazon.co.uk or thomann.de are my favourite places to buy stuff online (I prefer the european sites , since im not an US citizen )
Things i can use right away (no socks please):

DR Sunbeams nickel wound strings or any nickel strings you would like me to try;-) (I prefer standard gauge 45 – 105)
Jim Dunlop picks 0.88 – 12 Pack
Jack cables
Maybe a old stompbox?
An old bass? – maybe i can bring some new life to it:-)

My address is
Thomas Risell (Ok, its out – marloweDK isn’t my real name…)
Noerre Soegade 31A, 3tv
DK-1370 Copenhagen
And again remember to tell me who you are.

Can you support the site in other ways?

Well, checking out the links on the site
Also worth mentioning are the cheap chinese-made SX basses in the 100 – 180$ price range which can be purchased via rondomusic.com, I have a fretless and a shortscale bass I use as piccolo, lots of fun for very little money.

MarloweDK said,

February 2, 2013 @ 10:26 am

Yes, thank you very much:-) ive sent some files to you on your paypal registered email

don_logan said,

February 2, 2013 @ 3:24 am

Hi Marlow just donated $35.00 for your efforts.
thanks Jason

MarloweDK said,

January 22, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

Yes, thank you Tobias, got it!:-)

TravelingBavarian said,

January 22, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

Hey Thomas,

just donate some to you, so your frige could be filled for a day! 😉 I want to thank you for your very very good instructions and Videos. It gives me a new way to Play with my fourstrings and i hope i can adopt it to my playing. Thanks and greetings from lower Bavaria!

gpael65 said,

October 31, 2012 @ 11:55 pm

just donate 20 euros for yourgood job,thank u very much ,gpael from greece……..

Eggman said,

August 8, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

A little something from me should have just hit your Paypal account. Thanks

raaf said,

June 5, 2012 @ 8:10 am

Just payed… why? Hope it’s better than just stripping the internet with all kind of instructions. Have no idea what the quality of the content wil be. 300 video’s.. hos do you download that? In a big zip-file? Or seperate per lick-part? And the mp3.. will it be good to jam on? We shall see… It’s a bit strange nowadays to pay online and not see result right away, to be honest. I will comment on this later on;)

Simone said,

June 4, 2012 @ 5:02 am

Hello Thomas,

Just donated…..thx for all the efforts

seven78 said,

June 3, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

$50 for you )

kennyisnotdead said,

May 17, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

Really enjoy your licks of the day. Truly inspiring.

MarloweDK said,

May 14, 2012 @ 6:17 am

If you get inspired, you practice and get better:-)

Novatech said,

May 14, 2012 @ 5:06 am

Hi Marlowe,

I started playing bass about 2 months ago and I just donated. Hope these vids will help me progress. Thanks!


MarloweDK said,

April 12, 2012 @ 9:23 am

Hey Papaterry
Got the donation thx and I have sent a little something your way:-)
Funy, right now Im actually playing a show in Tivoli around 50 feet from where you played with Kris K!
Yesthe favorites stopped working after i moved the site, will look into it

papaterry said,

April 12, 2012 @ 8:11 am

Aloha Thomas. Just sent you 50 thank yous for hosting this site. I just turned 70 on April 1st. and I am playing bass better than I ever have in my life. All thanks to your site and inspiration. BTW, I remember playing at the Tivoli Gardens back in 1974 with Kris Kristofferson and Copenhagen was my favorite city on that tour. I was impressed with all of the flower boxes on the buildings and how clean the city was. I’m not interested in slap or funk, just trying to build some speed and improve my technique. I have kinda small hands so it is a test. Also, when I click on my favorites, why doesn’t it save them to a list. Because when I go to “My Favorites” there is nothing there. Anyway, thanks again for restarting my musical life. Mahalo, Terry.

GrooveExtensions said,

March 26, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

Hi MarloweDK I just sent a donation to you. You and your fellow instructors provide us with very useful information. Thanks!

MarloweDK said,

March 16, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

Got it thx and i sent little something your way:-)

tonimi said,

March 16, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

Hi Marlowe!
I really enjoy all your posts on youtube.
You’re a great player and an amazing teacher!
Thank you so much for all you do for us.
I’ve just donated 25$… my little contribution to keep all of this working.
Again, thank you so much!!!

pmoray310 said,

February 24, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

Just donated $30. You provide a tremendouse service to bass players everywhere. Keep up the good work!

lovefist said,

January 15, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

Just donated after being a member for quite a while. I’ve been following you since the old Youtube days.

Can’t wait to see some of the videos and transcriptions I can use in my practice routine.

MsSlinky said,

November 7, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

TR-Thanks again for such a great site….am learning much…already donated and will do so again…your guest teachers are awesome..for a fledgling such as myself…I feel glad to have found your site…keep the fire burning….

machado said,

August 7, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

Hi, Marlowe! I’ve sent a small donation to a great job!
Do not stop, keep it up!
Brazilian hugs.

MarloweDK said,

April 8, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

Consider it done:-) Thx Puds

pudsy440 said,

April 8, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

Just sent a little pittance to support a great bass site, but really for my own karma … but Mostly … so you can go buy a beer or two and relax … Yes … you must use my donation for BEER and nothing bass related … hehe 😛

JackValentine said,

March 31, 2011 @ 7:16 am

Hey Marlowe!
I’ve just donated 25$! THanks a lot for all these incredible videos, very useful and well done. The highest quality bass videos online!
I’m waiting for your links,

Greetings from France,

Kind regards

oud said,

March 14, 2011 @ 5:59 am

Hello Marlowe you’re a godsend of funkalicious grooves!,I just donated $31.00 and compared to all the useless books I’ve bought you’re worth every penny…….CHEERS Perry/Canada

Josh Hart said,

March 2, 2011 @ 11:32 pm




MarloweDK said,

February 16, 2011 @ 9:41 am

Sure mail me when you are here:-) Files are sent your way

Shiver Lick said,

February 16, 2011 @ 5:41 am

Just forked out my $30.00 and feel stoked to do so. Cause I have been watching your stuff for months now. Bring on the transcripts!!! And when I come across the pond to Danmark, we need to have some coffee and talk funk bass. Thanks a lot for all the videos. Keeps me inspired to continue learning. Stay deep in the pocket. Much love.

cctexas said,

February 6, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

Hello Thomas,

I just sent you a donation of $30.00. You have a great site and I can’t wait to get the videos so I can start woodshedding. I have you as my homepage so that I get daily inspiration. See you on the site!!!


Manuel Ponce III

kayauster said,

February 5, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

Hey Thomas,
35$ sent to you via paypal……relly worth it. lessons, website/blog – very nice.

just contact me @ my emailadress – maybe we can work something out…..promo, marketing and things like that….i have a marketing agency……www.austermedia.de….cheers

MarloweDK said,

January 20, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

Thank YOU! You are most welcome.
Files on the way:-)

FunkyChris said,

January 20, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

Hi Thomas,

I’v been playing guitar for some 30 years and dabbled a bit with the Bass but recently got the urge to try and learn a bit more and found some of your excellent videos on YouTube. This inspired me to get a new Bass (Squier Vintage Modified Jazz 77) and also led me to PlayBassNow.com which I think is fanatastic resource for any Bass Player. I have learnt so much from your videos and from the other guest teachers over the past couple of weeks. I really like your playing and teaching style. I have made the $30 donation and looking forward to going through the downloads. Thanks for building such a great resource and in sharing your musical knowledge , its really inspired me to play Bass (I can’t put the thing down !) and has also improved my timing and playing on the guitar.

Cheers – Chris

geembeha said,

January 1, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

Hallo Thomas,

I’ve sent directly to your bank (with IBAN and BIC)
No Problem, probably not yet arrived.

my e-Mail: franz.keck@landshut.org

I also wish you a happy new year !


MarloweDK said,

January 1, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

Thx Franz, Im not that familiar with international transfers, is it via paypal?
I dont think i have recieved anything yet form you, what did you use for id or email?

geembeha said,

January 1, 2011 @ 11:18 am

Thank you for this great site. I made a donation of 15 €. (International transfers)
Have you already received the payment?


MarloweDK said,

December 19, 2010 @ 1:06 am

Sorry to hear that you cannot gig, but happy to know you are having fun with bass anyway:-) Thx for the contribution!

telfish said,

December 19, 2010 @ 12:07 am

Hello Thomas,
I have just left a donation and hope to send more. I have been playing for over 30 years but sadly I can’t gig any more owing to illness. I was about to pack it all in until I came across you on youtube. I went out and bought my first jazz bass and started practicing again. You are a truly talented musician.

Thanks for getting out of a tired old groove.


kiat said,

November 20, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

This is an incredibly inspirational site for bass players. I stumbled across some of Thomas’ videos a few months ago on various sites and was instantly impressed with his groove, sound, ease and style. I totally agree what others have said about his bass tuition style from the glimpses I’ve seen of it. Real class.

I’m half way through the R&B Bass Masters book, but soon (maybe in parallel) I’ll start building some sort of curriculum with the amazingly broad material here. I can’t wait! In the meantime I feel strongly enough about what you’re doing here Thomas and the benefit you’re giving to the bass community that I’ll donate right away – I think about $20 is right for me now, but I’m more than happy to donate more later too as I get more value from the site.

All the best, you are a great player with a brilliant approach and attitude. At my work we get some geeky t-shirts now and then (I’m in the internet/social software business) and I’ll send you one along – size M?



MarloweDK said,

October 3, 2010 @ 10:14 am

Thank you . download links are sent to your mail, you should have it now, enjoy :-)

Mixo said,

October 3, 2010 @ 2:47 am

Appreciate all the free lessons you provided me DK. I donated $25 to show my gratitude. Just wanted to know how I actually download the videos and transcpitions? Anyways thx alot. Keep Slapping.

MarloweDK said,

September 13, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

Recieved thx and TABS are on the way:-)

Wilkappa said,

September 13, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

Thanks for taking the time to create a space where individuals like myself are trying to learn how to play the bass. I’ve been on this journey for about 3 years now and really would like to make a effort to raise my bass playing knowledge to another level. I’ll let you know I’m progressing…Please accept my $20.00 donation as a way of showing my gratitude.


MarloweDK said,

September 10, 2010 @ 9:07 am

You dont pluck with your right hand pinky. Are you sure you are talking about that finger?;-)

bighomey said,

September 10, 2010 @ 2:59 am

Hello. I am new at learning how to play the bass. My one question is…how long does it take for one to manage to get the pinky finger on the plucking hand to stretch in order to play certain strings/notes?

MarloweDK said,

August 23, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

thx:-) Discipline? Get a teacher or just start with reachable goals, like – play for 10 minutes every day

LDriver said,

August 23, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

Great site, “Mr Marlowe” ( from Singing Detective perhaps?)

I WILL contribute I promise: but first please tell me: Where do I start? I have a bass and all the bits, and was determined 2 years ago to get my act together and learn, but I still havent found the discipline, and/or I get frustrated. I LOVE Bass, and stupidly have always loved WATCHING my favourites (Geddy Lee, Bernard Edwards are mine) and realised when I was 40 that “duh, you should try it yourself!” So, tell me, what should I do first, I need strict discipline! Some say scales, others say forget scales. Im confused!

frafra81 said,

August 22, 2010 @ 10:39 am

G’day from Australia Thomas, I have been silently learning heaps from you for a while now, I am big fan! So I finally decided it was time to donate and help support this awesome project you put together, please keep it alive and thank you so much for making it available!

Oh yeah, looking forward to receiving those videos too when you get a chance mate! Cheers!

paulty said,

August 19, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

Hi Thomas, Donation as promised on its way to you. Thanks PT :-)

MarloweDK said,

July 4, 2010 @ 12:06 am

Thx man, its most appreciated:)

dlc said,

July 3, 2010 @ 12:21 am

I sang your praises on the forum, but I wanted to post here, too. I am a musician/keyboard and just started learning bass 3 mths ago. I know the theory forwards and backwards, but YOU have put it all together for me with your versatility and simplicity of teaching style. Just discovered your site yesterday-not only have I grown by leaps and bounds on the bass literally overnight, almost everything is applicable to piano as well. Who would have thought to improve a melody one a pentatonic scale a 5th higher? Not me. Thanks! Periodic donations are forthcoming (just as soon as I quite paying my local bass teacher lol). You have a great karma!!!!

MarloweDK said,

July 2, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

Its not automatic, i send the links myself, when i recieve the donation. Sometimes I’m out for a while;-) Links sent by the way:)

johntague said,

July 2, 2010 @ 6:10 pm

Hey Marlow,
Just donated $30.00 for the videos and tabs but I didn’t receive a link or info on how to access them. Please help.

MarloweDK said,

June 23, 2010 @ 8:55 am

Great you can use it and thx for the donation:-)

wyldedog said,

June 23, 2010 @ 4:59 am

Hi ya Thomas, as said many times on this page , great site and truly an inspiration to any who play bass, already I have made progress on understanding scales and modes that I had been stuck on in only a few lessons, thanks for a great site, a donation is a small price to pay for such a great resource,
Cheers and best wishes

MarloweDK said,

May 26, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

They are pretty much the same except the real old Youtube stuff (Groove, fill school etc)

Don said,

May 26, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

You and your site are a great resource! Is there a way to get the YouTube tutorials by donating? Or are those the same as the “Lick of the Day” material? Interested in the Penatonic and slap funk tutorials… Thanks Thomas!

MarloweDK said,

May 5, 2010 @ 7:02 am

Aah, i see. You could buy me a set of strings perhaps? Or a nice t-shirt?:-)

secretkid927 said,

May 5, 2010 @ 2:26 am

I’m afraid I don’t have a credit card. You see, I’m still a minor and I can’t get a credit card until I’m 18.

MarloweDK said,

May 4, 2010 @ 7:42 am

Thanks:-) But you dont have a creditcard? Its very easy to send money with paypal, just press the donate button

secretkid927 said,

May 4, 2010 @ 1:49 am

Hello MarloweDK :) I literally just joined this site, but I’m thinking about donating maybe $50. Lol, I don’t even have a bass. I just use an octave pedal with my guitar. Anyways, is it possible to send the donation via air mail?

MarloweDK said,

April 6, 2010 @ 7:19 am


Bassman1981 said,

April 6, 2010 @ 5:05 am

Just sent $40 as a donation on paypal, look forward to getting the tabs and vids. please email the links as per paypal email address

A1BassPlayer said,

March 22, 2010 @ 2:38 am

Marlow ive been playing bass for 2 years i can move up and down the neck very well its just i dont really know what im playing im self taught i wanna know how to make things come together and not get lost while im playing if you can let me know where to find helpful videos id appreciate it ive tryed alota things like reading books on scales and ect… but you know how it is with books they dont stick to ya very ambitious wanna learn as much as i can about the bass guitar

kewl44 said,

March 1, 2010 @ 9:38 am

DWAYNE HOLMES, kewl44@sbcglobal.net

MarloweDK said,

March 1, 2010 @ 8:39 am

Under what name and mailadress have you donated? Send the info to info@playbassnow.com

kewl44 said,

March 1, 2010 @ 1:04 am

Okay, so when ever you send the transcripts, could you please send them to kewl50@dslextreme.com

I started playing bass in 1974 and the last 10 yrs they just collected dust. However, I came across your site and have been motivated and haven’t put my bass down since. My chops are back as if they never left, but my ears are not as sharp anymore. Thanks

MarloweDK said,

February 28, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

Depends on when i recieve payment from paypal, and if im online to send the files to you, its a manual thing. So usually within 1- 8 hours, sometimes 24 if im out

kewl44 said,

February 28, 2010 @ 5:13 am

I donated, so now how long does it take to get the transcriptions?


MarloweDK said,

February 22, 2010 @ 12:20 am

Hey Bruno , have sent you a mail:-)
Thank you very very much for the beautiful gift – a luxury bass strap and a set of Dr strings. I t made my weekend:-)

MarloweDK said,

February 17, 2010 @ 11:57 pm

Thank you very much, ive sent you some transcripts and videos, so you have something to play when you get a bass;-)

Snograt said,

February 17, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

Just donated £20 – and I don’t even own a bass yet o_O

There’s something about this site that I find very inspiring…

MarloweDK said,

February 14, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

Ive sent 10 transcriptions your way:-)

lagbaz said,

February 14, 2010 @ 1:28 am

HI Thomas,just donated 10USD,looking forward to your 100 licks. Thanks for inspiring me and keep up the groove! Thanks and regards.

lagbaz said,

February 14, 2010 @ 12:44 am

Hi Thomas,
I loved your videos on youtube,it inspired me to pick up my bass again after being inactive for two years! Just want to know what I will get if I donate 10usd? Keep on groovin’ and regards from the Philippines.
Margio Carrillo

MarloweDK said,

February 14, 2010 @ 12:23 am

Whoa, that sounds great and i love surprises:-)

2rad said,

February 13, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

Hey Marlowe,
My donation is on its way to you via air mail. Might take a few days. Hope it finds its way. Denmark is a ways away from Montreal, Canada. Send me an e-mail when you get it. Hope you like it (but i know you will).


commanderkickass said,

February 13, 2010 @ 8:24 am

Hello Thomas,

I just donated to the site. I am excited to get the tabs. It has been a long time since I have been inspired to better my skills and you have done that very thing.


MarloweDK said,

January 24, 2010 @ 1:28 am

Thx and you are most welcome, i myself have been inspired by so many, good to pay some back

2rad said,

January 23, 2010 @ 11:22 pm

Hello Marlow,
I flipped out when i found your site. So much i didn’t know or understand, and so much more to learn in the near future. I’ve had my bass player fabs for a long time, but you just just entered at the top. You can play anything, any style, and that is quite inspirational. If you wanna stop pissing with the pups, you gotta start playing with the big dogs, and you my friend are that big dog.
I’m sending you an exquisite gift for a donation, i hope you will appreciate it as much as i do.

I will talk to you soon,
Montreal, Canada

gibbo said,

January 8, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

Hello “teacher”. I just donated to you for your great job, thank you so much.
Gibbo Degibbis
Alatri – Italy

MarloweDK said,

January 5, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

Jeg tror at paypal konverterer alle valutaer, og tak:)

davidmahieu said,

January 5, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

er det muligt at støtte dig i dkr?

Exicrator said,

December 28, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

Thank you Thomas,
Your site has given me a ton of inspiration and I look forward to upcoming lessons. I donated to “the cause” and hope it helps. great site and thanx again!!!

Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada

bass-33 said,

December 4, 2009 @ 3:10 pm

just found your site. im lovin it. ive been playing a long time and should be a lot better than i am. im sure your guidance is gonna help heaps, thank you so much

ovialexm said,

October 22, 2009 @ 11:47 am

Very useful you lessons! Keep up the good work. Thank you and God bless you!

RobR said,

August 19, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

Yep the wonders of youtube – love the site and started on L258 (more fun tonight, so it sound more fluent and less like a 5 year old on a school recorder).


bluzzy8 said,

August 15, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

Hello I found you by accident on YT and have had a eye opening time.You have given me new avenues to explore and I thank you.I am going to donate soon but I want to make sure I can find you on here more than a few times.What I mean is the site keeps changing for me and the YT is always closing.Not to fret.LOL Thanks for your inspiration.

Steven…. from Toronto Canada
Rest assured , the site problems are temporary, and the YT is back for good

Bullet said,

May 19, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

I just tried to use the Donate site and I could not tell if the transaction was complete. I tried three times…hope I didn’t donote all three time (+:
Havent recieved anything, so nothing happened apparently;-)
You always get a confirmation with a succesfull donation

luiscabada1966 said,

April 12, 2009 @ 8:58 pm

Thomas (aka) Marlowe its a great pleasure to Donate to such an Icon of Talent. I will be elated if i could learn to play @30% of your ability. I cant wait till you come out to San Francisco Ca. You have a place to rest your your head. keep on rockin,Funkin you are a Gladiator in the music Indusrty. Happy Easter Bro.

Michel said,

April 10, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

I´m sorry Thomas. I don´t speak english.
Me he registrado en tu web. Me parece estupenda y creo que tocas fenomenalmente. Gracias por tus lecciones y profesionalidad. Me das un montón de posibilidades de estudio. Yo soy muy malo tocando pero intentaré aprender algo de ti. Y en cuanto pueda, contribuiré.

Intense09 said,

March 26, 2009 @ 9:09 am

Hey Tom,
I’m a new member on your site, I love it man. You Tube just loss a Great musician and Person, I loved your videos, I picked up a lot of new ideas and techniques from watching. Your attack and control on the bass is amazing.
Keep Slappin,

normalized said,

March 21, 2009 @ 12:46 am

Just donated. thanks for the service too bad about youtube.

I’ve gotten into slap just from this site.

Question: I donated over $15, will you be emailing the transcriptions? Or is there another process to get them?

Thank YOU and yes im sending via email when notified of the donation

ryandabassman said,

March 20, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

Hi Marlowe,

I just joined..I think it is fantastic what you’re doing soo keep it up..
I will be donating regurly as long as your site is alive…

Ryan Da Bass Mannn

Robbie C said,

March 8, 2009 @ 4:20 am

Hi Thomas,

Just wanted to drop you a line thanking you for the incredible play along videos on you tube.
i have watched many so called tuition videos but have never found so many great tips and techniques as i have on yours.
Just about to make a donation now………..sorry it can’t be a bass but it will be enough to get a set of strings!!
Thank you once again.


nikrok1 said,

January 29, 2009 @ 12:39 am

I found your Youtube page several weeks ago and loved it! I hope this site is as good. I love your playing style also, as it’s very fluid and musical. Leave it to a Dane to come up with something this good! Denmark is such a great country and I wish more people new about the talented musicians who live there. I lived there for much of 1992 and 1993, in Vojens, I almost didn’t want to leave.
Much respect to you. You are a great talent!
Best wishes,

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