This video gives professional tips and techniques on how to build a hardscape patio. It is all about the base, and not about the bricks.
The base is divided into three categories: subbase (raw soil), base soil (imported base material), and sand (screed rail) base.
This video covers how to prepare the raw soil, including what to look for, and what you need to know to ensure that your patio looks the same ten years from now. It is critical that you get this right when installing your base. If this part goes wrong, your patio will fail. You can test your material by driving a spike into it. If you can hit the spike three times and you cannot drive it all the way down or get it to move, then you are in good shape.
The base soil, or the imported base material, is what is used to separate subbase from pavers. This should be about six inches deep.
The third base, which is the sand or screed rail, often has some controversy around it.