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Guitar Basics: Strumming an Electric Guitar

Strumming means dragging a pick (or the fingers) across the strings of the guitar. You drag the guitar pick in a downward motion (toward the floor) to sound the chords formed by the left hand, but you [more…]

Right-Hand Warm-Ups on Bass Guitar

Just as with any other physical activity, you need to prepare your body for the task of playing bass guitar. Without proper exercise, your hands simply won't be strong enough or coordinated enough to endure [more…]

Cleaning Your Bass Guitar Part by Part

Cleaning your bass guitar is the most basic of maintenance jobs, and the first step is to wash your hands. No, really! The finish on the wood and hardware shows every fingerprint. So the least you should [more…]

Dissecting a Bass Guitar Groove

Whether it's the blues, rock, reggae, jazz, or R&B, the bass guitar lays the musical foundation on which the rest of the band plays. A good bass guitar groove can make or break a song. But what is a bass [more…]

Choosing the Right Notes for a Bass Guitar Groove

The bass guitar is the foundation of any band, so playing a good bass groove can make or break a song. Here are a few guitar-playing guidelines to remember when you're creating a bass groove. [more…]

Understanding the Bass Player's Function in a Band

The bass player has the most crucial role in the band. Everyone in the group depends on the bassist's subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) lead. If the guitarist or saxophonist makes a mistake, hardly [more…]

The Basics of Bass Guitar

Understanding the basics of bass guitar includes understanding what makes a bass a bass and how a bass guitar fits into a band. In the right hands, the bass is a tremendously powerful tool, because it [more…]

How to Play the Blues Scale on Bass Guitar

The six-note blues scale is one of the most commonly used scales in soloing. Consequently, learning how to play the blues scale on bass guitar is essential. The blues scale is so popular because it’s comfortable [more…]

How to Play the Minor Pentatonic Scale on Bass Guitar

Learning how to play the minor pentatonic scale on bass guitar will add a lot of flavor to your playing because it's one the most versatile scales. The structure of the minor pentatonic scale is very similar [more…]

How to Play the Major Pentatonic Scale on Bass Guitar

Learning how to play the major pentatonic scale on the bass guitar is like getting a two-for-one deal. You can use the major pentatonic scale for two different chord tonalities: the major chord and the [more…]

How to Position Your Right Hand for Finger-Style Bass Guitar

Although there are many popular right-hand bass guitar techniques, it is important to learn how to position your right hand for finger-style playing, which is the most flexible and widely used bass guitar [more…]

How to Hold an Electric Bass while Standing

Playing your bass guitar is easiest if you know how to properly hold it. Learning how to hold the bass while standing will pay off by making you more comfortable and making it easier for you to play with [more…]

How to Use the 5th-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. Knowing how to use the 5th-fret tuning method on a bass guitar is a great tool. [more…]

How to Find the Right Position for Your Bass Guitar

Strapping on your bass guitar is not a simple as you might think. You need to know the right way to adjust the guitar strap in order to keep the bass in the perfect position while you play. The better [more…]

How to Position Your Left Hand for Bass Guitar

Knowing proper left-hand position for bass guitar will make fretting chords and fingering strings simpler because the left hand will be more comfortable. By keeping it loose and relaxed, you'll be able [more…]

How to Position Your Right Hand for Pick-style Bass Guitar Playing

Although there are many popular right-hand techniques for bass guitar, it is important to learn how to position your right hand for pick-style playing, which is one of the most popular styles. Many bass [more…]

How to Position Your Right Hand for Slap-style Bass Guitar Playing

If you know how to properly position your right hand for slap-style playing on the bass guitar, you'll be able to produce a wider variety of sounds. The idea behind slap style [more…]

How to Play and Use Harmonics on a Bass Guitar

One drawback of tuning a bass guitar to a fixed reference pitch is that the reference notes are in a higher octave. If you know how to use harmonics to tune a bass guitar, you'll find it easier to compare [more…]

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…]

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