Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Learn to Play Bass Fast
Is it your ultimate dream to learn to play bass guitars? Would you like to know the basics of playing one? If you do, then the information below would be helpful in starting off your journey to become a bass player. Let’s take a moment to help familiarize yourself with the features of a bass guitar, the basic terms used in playing one, and tips on how to position your fingers when playing the notes.
The basic anatomy of a bass guitar includes the body, neck, nut, headstock, and the tuning pegs. The body is the large area attached to the neck. The long slim part of the guitar is called the neck and it holds the strings and the frets where you will place your fingers on. The headstock is the furthest part of the neck, and attached to it is the four tuning pegs. The small part found at the center of the headstock and neck is called the nut.
The standard bass guitar has four strings that have different tunes. The strings are arranged as follows: E, A, D, and G. E is the thickest string, while G is the thinnest.
There are common terms associated with playing the bass. Fretting and plucking. Fretting is done by holding two strings and releasing them together to play a certain note. The proper way of doing this is by placing your thumb behind the neck of the guitar and your fingers angled above the fret board. Plucking is different from fretting in that you need to pluck each string to create your desired note. Some guitarists use an accessory called a “pick” to aid in plucking, but most naturalists go for fingers.
Before playing any note, proper handing and positioning is essential to play the instrument properly. For right-handed individuals, it is best to position the headstock to the left (vice-versa for left-handers). Note where the strings are positioned, if your positioning is correct you could see that the thickest string (E) is on the top-most while the (G) string is at the bottom.
When playing, pluck the thickest string first without using the fretting hand. In this instance, you will produce an E note. Plucking the third string without the fretting hand will create an A note, the 2nd string with a D note, and the last with a G. This type of playing (without using the fretting hand) is called “Open”.
If you repeat the procedure again and hold the string with your index finger of the fretting hand, the sounds that will be produce will differ from the “open” technique. Every time you move the fret nearer to the base, it creates a higher note from the previous fret.
Now that you have learned the basics, it’s time to put your knowledge to the test! Try to find a song to play and use the notes to produce the melody. When we learn to play bass guitars, it is not about having formal training since the most important part about playing is having fun, and that’s all to it.