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Tips On How To Play Bass Guitar

February 13, 2012

For those making their first steps with the beautiful instrument, I offer you these words of wisdom on how to play bass guitar. Take heed, learn, play, innovate… it is in your hands. Quite literally.

  • Getting a good grounding for the first few months is important, and one-to-one tuition from a professional is the best way to achieve this. If you know any accomplished bassists well, then perhaps you can get them to give you a few lessons. If not, you should bite the bullet and pay a bass tutor for lessons. Those first few steps are important, and you’ll come on leaps and bounds with a good teacher showing you the basics of bass scales, chord progressions, slapping techniques, rhthym, etc.
  • Another reason for getting tuition is so you can be taught what not to do, not just what you should be doing. Bad habits can easily set in when you don’t know any better, and these can be detrimental to your development as a bassist, and even damaging to your new guitar. Even things like restringing and tuning should be done properly and with lots of care.
  • Gather all the instructional material you can find – DVDs, blues backing tracks, guitar sheet music, online video tutorials and tablature. It’s all useful. Absorb as much of it as you can.
  • When practicing a long with a DVD or guitar tablature, keep your eyes on the learning material whenever possible. Feel the strings, don’t rely on your eyes. On stage, you might not be able to see your guitar clearly, and your audience will always appreciate it more if you don’t “shoe-gaze” during your performance.
  • Some bassists starting out make the mistake of practicing for very long sessions at a time. This can be a mistake. The bass guitar is a tough and physically demanding instrument to get used to, and newbies can easily strain their fingers, tendons and other body parts by overdoing it before they are ready. Practice frequently, but for short periods. Give your body a chance to recover.
  • Learning bass chord progressions and scales is an excellent way of improving your bass-playing dexterity and strength.

That’s it for now. Don’t forget the most important rule of all when learning bass, though – have fun.