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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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

How to Play Two-Octave Minor 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 minor scales. Every minor scale except E minor follows the same pattern. Because [more…]

How to Play a Two-Octave E Minor Scale on the Bass Guitar

Because of the size of the bass guitar, you need to shift your left hand out of position in order to play two-octave scales. The two-octave E minor scale is the only minor scale that requires a different [more…]

How to Play a Two-Octave Major Arpeggio on the Bass Guitar

When playing a two-octave arpeggio on bass guitar, you'll find that you can reach several of the notes without shifting your left hand. Even though the arpeggio has a lot fewer notes than the scale, playing [more…]

How to Play a Two-Octave Minor Arpeggio on the Bass Guitar

Playing the two-octave minor arpeggio on bass guitar is very similar to the two-octave major arpeggio except, of course, for the chord. You can use this pattern to play a minor arpeggio in any key. [more…]

The Order of Musical Notes

Knowing the sequence of musical notes is basic to understanding how to play music. On a bass guitar, each note (including sharps, #, and flats, ♭ó) is one fret, or a half step, away from the note next [more…]

Basic and 7th Chords, Modes, and Solo Scales for Bass Guitar

In order to play bass guitar well, you need to acquaint yourself with some important chords and modes (scales). A basic understanding of music will help you master these approaches, but here’s an overview [more…]

Strengthening the Left Hand to Increase Bass Playing Versatility

For bass guitar players, a strong and limber left hand makes playing the bass more comfortable and enjoyable, and it helps in tackling complex chords and scales. A good exercise for the left hand is the [more…]

Bass Guitar For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The real fun and challenge of playing a bass guitar is that the patterns of the chords and scales never change, no matter what musical key you’re in. Memorizing the order of your bass’s musical notes can [more…]

Bass Guitar Common Groove Skeleton, Groove Apex, and Groove Tail Placements

Playing the bass guitar well means playing grooves. Everyone loves groovy bass rhythms. Using the following figures (and lots of practice), you can play a perfectly authentic groove in just about any of [more…]

Bass Guitar Music: Note Names and Values

Knowing how to read music really helps if you want to play bass guitar. The following figures present your main rhythms (with rest symbols included free of charge) and the note names on the fingerboard [more…]

Bass Guitar Exercises For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Playing bass guitar well, much like playing any other musical instrument, requires practice. And how do you practice? You play exercises, often over and over, until you master them. Fun, no? You'll have [more…]

Note Names in the U.S. and U.K.

In the world of music, you may encounter different names for the many notes used. The U.S. and U.K. standard terms differ, but the U.S. names — which were originally translated from the German names for [more…]

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