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How to Use Harmonics to Tune a Bass Guitar

The harmonics tuning method is the most difficult and most precise tuning method you can use to tune your bass guitar without a tuner. But if you learn how to use harmonics to tune a bass guitar, you'll [more…]

How to Use the 7th-Fret Tuning Method on a Bass Guitar

There are three ways to tune a bass guitar to itself: the 5th-fret method, the 7th-fret method, or the harmonics method. The 7th-fret method is similar to the 5th-fret method, but it works in reverse [more…]

Knowing When to Change the Strings on Your Bass Guitar

Some bassists think that you don’t need to change strings on a bass guitar until they unravel (the strings, not the bassists), but to keep your bass working properly, you need to know when to change the [more…]

Right-Hand, Same-String Bass Guitar Warm-up Exercises

Before your hands will be strong enough to survive hours of bass guitar playing, you need to strengthen them with exercise. Knowing how to warm up using right-hand same-string strokes will give your right [more…]

Bass Guitar Warm-up Exercise: Right-hand Accents

Before your hands will be strong enough for hours of bass guitar playing, you need to strengthen them with exercise. Knowing how to warm up using right-hand accents will give your right hand the strength [more…]

Right-Hand, String-Crossing Bass Guitar Warm-up Exercises

Before your hands will be strong enough for hours of bass guitar playing, you need to strengthen them with exercise. Knowing how to warm up using right-hand string crossing is the final stage to preparing [more…]

How to Practice Bass Guitar Finger Permutations

Get ready for one of the best exercises you’ll ever find for bass guitar players: finger permutations. By learning how to practice finger permutations, you can prepare for every possible combination of [more…]

How to Tune a Bass Guitar with an Electronic Tuner

When you're going to play your bass guitar with a band or another instrument, you need to be sure that you're all tuned to the same reference pitch. Using an electronic tuner is by far the easiest way [more…]

Must-Have Accessories for a Bass Guitarist

Certain items are required for your career as a bass guitar player; they simply come with the territory. The trick is knowing which accessories are essential for a bass guitar and which are just plain [more…]

The Best Gadgets for Bass Guitar

Some accessories are a must if you want to play bass guitar, but then there are all those cool extra accessories and gadgets. Take a look at the best gadgets for bass guitar. You may not need them, but [more…]

What to Include in a Cleaning and Repair Kit for Bass Guitar

Before you attempt any adjustments or cleaning for a bass guitar, you need to assemble the right tools. Knowing what to include in a bass guitar cleaning and repair kit will ensure that you are prepared [more…]

How to Clean a Bass Guitar

No matter how careful you are, your bass guitar is bound to collect battle scars. You need to know how to properly clean a bass guitar if you want yours to last for years to come. If you play your bass [more…]

What to Do When a Bass Guitar Needs Minor Repairs

At some point, your bass is going to need some repairs. You can do many minor repairs on your bass yourself in order to keep it in top-notch playing condition. The trick is knowing which repairs you can [more…]

How to Adjust the Truss Rod on a Bass Guitar

As the weather changes from season to season, the wood in the neck of your bass guitar can bend or straighten slightly. If you know how to adjust the truss rod on a bass guitar, you can counteract those [more…]

How and Why to Adjust the Saddles of Your Bass Guitar

If you know how to raise and lower the bridge on a bass guitar, you can make slight adjustments to the action of your bass. The saddles on the bridge can be lowered or raised by turning the screws at the [more…]

Troubleshooting Guide for Guitar Problems

Guitars are surprisingly hardy creatures. You can subject them to a rigorous performing schedule, keep them up all night, bang on them relentlessly, and they don’t mind a bit. Generally speaking, guitars [more…]

How to Remove Bass Guitar Strings

Before you can put new strings on your bass guitar, you need to remove the old ones. You should always replace all your bass guitar's strings at the same time because they all wear at about the same rate [more…]

How to Restring a Bass Guitar

After you've removed the old strings and cleaned the fingerboard, it's time to restring your bass guitar with brand-new strings. New strings are usually coiled in envelopes. The envelopes are numbered [more…]

How to Create a Walking Bass Line

If you know how to create a walking bass line, you can be more creative in your jazz playing. A walking bass line is a more creative form of bass playing than the other swing styles because you choose [more…]

What is Carter-Style Guitar Playing?

Carter-style playing is a guitar picking style named after the famous Carter family, whose members included June Carter, “Mother” Maybelle, and “Uncle” A.P. To play Carter style, you play the melody on [more…]

How to Play Travis Picking on Guitar

One of the most popular fingerstyle folk guitar techniques is known as Travis picking. By learning how to use the Travis picking technique on guitar, you can add interest when you play not only folk music [more…]

How to Create a Travis Guitar Picking Pattern

The Travis picking pattern is one of the most popular folk guitar techniques; however, creating a Travis picking pattern is fairly complex. Create different Travis patterns by varying the timing that you [more…]

How to Use the Handspan-Plus-Two-Frets Method to Find Any Note on a Bass Guitar

Playing notes in a two-octave range on the bass guitar can be challenging. The trick is knowing how to find any note in any octave on the neck. One popular method for finding bass guitar notes is called [more…]

How to Find a Bass Guitar Note in a Different Octave Using the Two-Strings/Two-Frets Method

Playing bass guitar in a two-octave range can be challenging. With the exception of the five lowest notes, all the notes on a bass guitar occur in at least two places on the neck. The trick is knowing [more…]

How to Play Two-Octave Major Scales on the Bass Guitar

Because of the size of the bass guitar, you'll need to shift your left hand out of position in order to play two-octave major scales. To shift your hand smoothly, you need to anticipate where your hand [more…]

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