Knowing how to play a bass solo can be a lot of fun. Often as a bass player it can be tough knowing what to play when its time for your bass guitar solo. The key to playing really amazing bass solos is having a good understanding of the bass fretboard and notes.
Bass solos are also not that common in pop music but have been used a lot by pro bass players, especially in on their solo albums.
There are also many techniques that you can use in your solo. Like tapping, chords, hammer on’s, pull offs, slides and one of my favourite to listen to is a good slap bass solo.
The style of the bass solo also depends on the style of music being played and the tempo of the music. For example a really fast slap bass solo might not go to well with a classical or jazz piece.
Bass scales are one of the really keys to learning how to solo on bass. Knowing which notes go with each other is what separates the beginners from the pros.
When playing your bass solo you first need to know they key of the song that you’re playing. This will let you know which notes are available for you to play. Once you know which notes you have to use in your solo you then need to use rhythm, technique and contrast to create your solo. By contrast I mean that generally an amazing bass solo will start out fast and upbeat, then it will back off a little and then build up to the finish.
Sometimes you don’t have long to get your bass solo in. It could be as little as 8 bars and so you need to have a good idea of what you’re going to do before hand. Even though you can improvise it’s a good idea to have a few ideas and licks up your sleeve. Sure you can mix them up a bit but having at least an outline or an idea can save you from looking silly.
I hope this article as been helpful for you and you should now have a good idea of how to get started. Good luck with your next bass solo!