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Bass Guitar

Learning to play the bass guitar is not as difficult as many people think. Because of bass guitar prices falling, it is now much more affordable to get a great sounding bass guitar. Below are many very low priced starter packs and even more great free places online where you can learn beginners and then advanced guitar techniques and other stuff like Strings, Chords, Amps. Rock on!

Below is a terrific introductory article where you can learn the basics and how to get started. You can help grow our learning community by contributing your knowledge to the article. Just click on the edit tab in the wiki article below.

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Good Luck and Have Fun!
Duncan Davis

 

Intro


Lets see now, if you`re reading this, it becomes more than obvious that you`re interested in learning how to play the bass guitar. Okay, I totally agree that the bass guitar ain`t as fancy as the electric guitar or doesn`t drive the girls as wild as the singer does, but it does its importance in a band and when we say importance, we mean extremely vital like a super adhesive holding the band together. So if you want to pursue playing the bass guitar as a hobby, you`ll be happy to know that there is always a demand for good bassists the world over. Practice is the foundation of any art you want to pursue and the same goes for a bass guitar.




Instrument


Now that I know that you are eager to learn this instrument, lets get on with it shall we? The first thing that you have to know is well, your instrument of course. If you`re one of those lucky few who has been handed over a bass guitar but then as soon as you look at it, you wonder what all the parts are about, a good way to start is familiarizing yourself with it. The first thing that you`d obviously notice is the strings. A bass guitar commonly has four strings attached but if your instrument has got more, don`t start wondering as to what the hell are you holding in the first place. By default itself, your bass guitar should be tuned in the format of E, A, D and G, with E being the thickest string and G being the thinnest. We`d like to refer these strings, i.e., E, A, D, G as 4, 3, 2 and 1 respectively to avoid any confusions.




Then there are the frets that kind of divides your guitar vertically. Using these frets along with the strings helps you to play certain notes effortlessly. Another aspect that you have to know about is about the amplifications. Without them, you won`t be able to hear the sounds as clearly. Just as in the electric guitar, the bass guitar too uses the amplifiers so that you can hear the low pitch sounds quite as clearly. In fact there are amplifiers that are specifically made for bass guitars.




Then you have the body, which is the large base of the guitar, the neck which is like the long, thin area which has the strings and the frets on it and of course the tuning pegs which are prevalent in all the guitars which allows you to adjust the pitch of the sound to be produced. So now that you know what your bass guitar consists of, its time that you start training. Its always advised that join some classes and learn to play your bass guitar from a good bassist. Take note of what your instructor is teaching you and never hesitate to ask for help if you think you`re going wrong somewhere. Remember that learning the bass guitar requires a lot of patience and if you intend to give it up just half way, then this hobby sure`s not for you. It requires dedication and a drive to learn more from your mistakes.




Why Learn


This hobby is like a hobby for life, because you just can`t get tired of it and hey, its one of those few habits that are good for your kids (provided they`re keeping their grades up in school). Practicing is the key to success in this case my friend, the sooner you`ll learn this, the faster you`ll be one with your guitar. You`ve also got to have a good ear for music and listen to bands playing on the radio, live shows or whatever. Once you get the hang of it, you will soon know that the bass guitarist and the drummer basically form the rhythm part of the band. Well, it is needless to say that the rhythm is everything in music. I mean c`mon, without the rhythm if you see your audience tapping their feet or nodding their head or something, well, you`re just in the wrong show then.




So, if you are a bit clueless in the rhythm department, I`d advise you listen to some music ASAP. I tell you this because it`s important for you hear what exactly the bass guitarist is playing in the background so that you know how he is establishing the rhythm in the music. This means that you have to lend out your ears to the bass guitar and not just hear the song kind of passively, like most of us do at all times. There are certain types of music that would help you achieve this sense with genres like Funk, Rock and Soul music. Listening to complex rhythms is totally not going to help you especially to music like Salsa, African Drumming, etc.




Train your body to follow the rhythm that you are playing. It could be anything, clapping, tapping your feet, nodding (not head banging at this stage you guys). The more you get the connection right, the better you`ll get at bass guitar playing. And once you get it right, turn off that music and start off with your practicing. Turn it on again and judge yourself to see if you`ve strayed from the rhythm or whether you`ve got it right. When you`ve got totally got into this hobby, start playing with your friends. I know, many would think otherwise that you should practice more to get to this level but its never too late. Even if you goof it up, all you have to do is practice a bit more.




But I do advice that you start playing with your friends because it`s important that you learn that you aren`t playing solo all the time. It`s vital to follow the rhythmic cues left by other players to judge how far you`ve come towards playing the bass guitar. The session between the drummer and yourself is really important since as mentioned before, you are the two vital guys setting the rhythm in the first place. But then again, if you get cold feet and aren`t as confident, you can always turn towards the metronome which perfectly acts as your proxy drummer.




Practice, practice, and practice even more. This requires you to set some time apart from your daily chores and devote some time towards playing this guitar, that`s why its your hobby isn`t it? Practice for about half an hour a day and make sure that you have no distractions around you. It is obvious that in the beginning, your arms and fingers will hurt when you start playing. So stretch your fingers and remember, the more you play, the stronger and faster your fingers will be able to adjust with the strings. Start out with the easy notes and then move on to the tough ones. Also, start out with a good body posture so that you don`t develop any back problems in the future. This is more evident due to the weight and size of your bass guitar.




The bass guitar is a superb instrument, and playing bass is a perfect hobby due to the hours of enjoyment that it can provide. So once you`re all set up for it, grab that rugged instrument of yours and enjoy the music as it flows. While you`re at it, check out the following website that could give you some tips and ideas for playing the bass guitar.