This is a guide for the beginner who wants to learn how to play the Bass Guitar and recording studio yourself to see your progress!
To play well, learning the instrument is essential.
What we are here to do is to help you develop a good foundation on which you can build.
What Inspires You To Play The Bass Guitar?
You may have listened to many of the great players of the instrumentand have been inspired to follow in their footsteps. And you may be anxious to get started with playing just like the player who was the source of your inspiration.
Everyone playing the Bass Guitar today, master player and journeyman alike, has their influences that have shaped the direction of their musical growth and has influenced the sound they ultimately produce.
So, I encourage you to, as much as possible, listen to your favorite player and attempt to play a particular line as they’ve played it. It is how you will grow in that direction and can be good ear training for you. You will also have to learn the fingerboard and the techniques for playing around it. While this is fun and easy, it is not always so simple. There are a few ways to play a particular line and to finger it properly you must know the fingerboard and the proper techniques.
Having someone to show you how to play properly will make it easier for you and shorten your learning curve. A quick way to learn the fingerboard and proper fingering and technique is to learn your scales, both major and minor scales. You will learn to quickly traverse the instrument to reach the notes and make your playing smooth and accurate.
You will learn to properly string your instrument. You will learn to tune it properly. You will learn how to properly care for the Bass Guitar.
You are about to embark on a great journey, one that can take you all over the world to places you’ve only dreamed about. You can meet people that you’ve heard of and they will help and encourage you in your career. You are about to have the time of your life!!
Before we get started you will need to have a Bass Guitar. That’s pretty obvious, but if you don’t have one then you’ll need to get one. You will need to think a bit about your needs. Are you left or right-handed. Yes, you can find left-handed Bass Guitars and you don’t need to play the instrument upside down, as I have seen some guys do. In my opinion, playing the instrument upside down will keep you from fully following your instruction because you would have to invert everything. So, there’s no need for that.
I suggest that you go to a store like Guitar Center and play several models. Your ear will be the judge of what you like hearing. Then you can search for a bargain.
In addition, you will need an amplifier. I always liked Ampeg amps, but you may have a preference of another brand. Make sure you like the combination of your bass with the amplifier you’ve chosen. It is important to like what you hear, even as a beginner, because you will have to play and practice with that combination to begin to achieve the sound you want to create.
Do you play with your fingers or do you play with a pick? It doesn’t matter in this instruction, but if you play with a pick, you should get one designed for playing the bass as they are a bit larger and harder to help you attack the heavier strings.
You will also need a chord to connect the bass Guitar with the amplifier and last but most importantly, you’ll need a metronome. Part of a bass player’s responsibility is to help the drummer keep the time even, steady and accurate. You can’t get a sense of good time unless you always practice with a metronome.
So, let’s get started. This is going to be fun!!