Today I’d like to share with you some of the best bass guitar advice I have learnt over the years. I’ve managed to narrow it down into my 5 top tips that are going to give you a big boost in your playing ability.
Some of these may seem quite simple but are often easy to over look. It might be tempting to attempt to skip over some of the fundamentals of playing bass. This is a huge mistake though and will only slow you down in the long term.
1. Tune your bass guitar
This first tip is simple yet so often ignored. The very first thing that you should do every single time you pick up your bass guitar is tune it. The quickest and easiest way to do this is with an electric bass tuner.
2. Warm up
Once you have tuned your bass the next step is to warm up. This will help to get your hands ready to play properly. Warming up can help you to avoid hand injuries and pains from playing. It also gives your fingers chances to stretch and get use to playing again before you jump into the main part of your playing or practise.
3. Learn the notes of the bass fretboard
Learning the notes of the bass fretboard is something you should spend a few minutes each day doing. So few players, even bassists who have been playing for years still don’t know the notes of their bass. So make sure how take the time to learn it.
4. Learning Songs
It’s a good idea to pick an easy song and starting learning it even if you’re a total beginner. Just start with something simple and break it down into small pieces. Sometimes beginner bass players put off learning songs until later and focus on bass chords, scales and theory. I recommend that one you have the basic bass technique of plucking and fretting notes you are ready to begin your first song.
5. Have a bass schedule
Having a bass practise schedule is the one thing that turned my bass playing around. Once I had a solid plan of what to do each day my bass playing improved drastically. If you currently pick up your bass and just play about on it, it’s properly the reason you’re not seeing the progress you’d like to. Having a bass schedule is some of the best bass guitar advice I can give you.
I hope you have found this bass guitar advice useful. I think if you put all 5 of these tips into practise and do them you will see much better results. Before you know it you’re be playing in a band, jamming with friends and becoming a great bass player.
Peace, Love and Rock n Roll,