The bass guitarist plays an important role in Rock, Metal, Progressive rock, Alternative, and other similar genres of music. The bass guitar is quite different from an electric guitar or the traditional acoustic guitar as it has only 4 strings although 5 and 6 strings bass guitars are also available.
Bass guitars today are available in fretless or fretted format. Jaco Pastorius is one of the greatest Jazz fusion bassists to have spearheaded the art of playing on fretless bass guitars.
One of the most important aspects of the bass guitar is that you will have to play it using your fingers or the thumb. The plectrum is used only by electric guitarist players. The electric bass guitar of today is used as a soloing instrument in fusion, rock, jazz, and Latin styles predominantly. Of course, you may have seen a Steve Harris solo on several iron maiden numbers!
So where does one begin? If you are ready to take on a bass guitar then we have some great bass guitar lessons for the absolute beginner.
Our bass guitar lessons have been developed by a pro bass guitarist in such a way that it will be easy for you to understand the fundamentals of bass guitar. Above all - these lessons comprise of "learn as you play" modules to make the entire exercise a complete learning experience.
The first phase of bass guitar lessons will include how to hold the guitar, how to play it and above all how to tune the guitar. If your guitar is not well tuned then you will not get the desired rhythm.
Taking up the guitar lessons is one of the best decision as I am loving every minute!
I can play all my favourite rock songs now. Its fun and makes me feel like a real star! In fact, i plan to join a competition shortly!
Sherry Maclin, 22 years old
Once you are comfortable holding and playing the guitar, you will move on to the second phase, which will include understanding and playing bass notes.
The notes in a bass guitar are exactly the same as the ones on a 6-string acoustic guitar. The only difference is that there are 2 missing strings in the bass guitar, which is the high E string and the B string.
From understanding and playing the notes, you will move on to your third bass guitar lesson, which will focus mostly on the various chords and scales. You will learn different types of bass scales like the 5 basic scales, which include major, major pentatonic, minor, minor pentatonic, and blues. Apart from this, you will also get to learn more about chromatic scales, which will consist of 12 possible pitches.
Your final and most important bass guitar lessons will be focusing on bass rhythm followed by techniques and chops. Some of the techniques that you will master include producing natural harmonics, string crossing, slides, and hammer-ons.
Once you have completed each of the bass guitar lessons, you will be proficient in playing the bass guitar on covers and even create your own solo compositions!
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