Monday, 9 April 2007

Getting started with Bass Guitar

This guide is for a total beginner if you already know this stay tuned for some much more advanced bass lessons soon.

Okay so you have a bass… now what?

Make sure its in tune!

I’m not going to bore you with how to tune your bass id say to start with use an electric tuner.

If you want to learn how to tune Click here

Right so you’re in tune!

Now its time to play! To start with you just need to get use to playing. To start with playing bass may feel very alien. Here is a very common and simple exercise to get you started. This will get you use to just fretting notes and walking your right hand fingers

1-2-3-4 Exercise

Put your index finger on the 12 fret (commonly marked with 2 dots) of the G String (this is the thinnest string) then play the next fret (The 13th) with your middle finger. Next the 14th fret with your ring finger. Finally play the 15th fret with your little finger. You should leave your fingers on the fret board as you go. Then play it backwards taking one finger off at a time.

Here is the tab for it.

( If you don’t understand this here is a guide to reading tab )

Hang on what’s my right hand doing?

Your right had plays the string alternating between your first and middle finger. Make sure the notes ring clear. If they don't look at your fretting hand to make sure your pressing just behing the fret (not on top of the metal bar but just behind it)

Your right hand should be doing.

Right, left, right left or Left, right, left right

I hope this has helped someone out there! Please comment with what you think… let me know if you found this useful. (I know most people won’t due to being past the 'Getting Started Stage'. Please check back for more advanced posts soon)

Tom Boyd

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