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A Guide to Bass Guitar Lessons

Learning to play the bass guitar takes practice, commitment, time, and discipline. These lessons are designed to help you become a better bass guitarist, whether you are a beginner or intermediate player.

Be sure to visit this site frequently to take advantage of all the free lessons. I recommend going through each lesson about four or five times - one for every string on your bass guitar! It takes time to master the basic skills, and even intermediate and advanced players can benefit from reviewing basic principles and skills from time to time.

Lessons for Beginners

Ready to get started? Even if you do not have a bass guitar, you can still start practicing some fundamental skills. Here are the bass guitar lessons for beginners:

  • Rhythm - A necessary skill for all musicians, rhythm is especially important for a bass guitar player. You can start developing your rhythm right now without a bass guitar.
  • Warm Up - Getting ready to practice is important. The more your play, the more you should stretch and work on your posture. You can review these warm ups and try them right now without a bass guitar.
  • Basic Techniques - How to hold the bass guitar, position your fingers, and play the strings.
  • Notes - A basic lesson in music and how to play notes on the bass guitar. What to do when you are finally ready to play some notes.
  • Scales - How to start playing groups of notes in succession. The next step in practicing after you are familiar with the basic notes on your bass guitar.
  • Patterns - An introduction to playing chords and patterns of notes on the bass guitar.

Lessons for Intermediate Players

Been playing the bass guitar for a while? If you are no longer a beginner but still want to keep learning, then these lessons are for you:

  • Play Along with Recorded Music - Once you know a few chords and are comfortable playing them, you can turn on a recorded song and play along with it.
  • Improvise - Learn how to improvise on the bass guitar.
  • Solos - For a bass guitarist, playing a solo is one of the ultimate achievements. Learn how to start developing your skills as a soloist.

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Further Reading

Where to Find Bass Guitars for Sale Online - Discusses the best online musical instrument stores for bass guitars and other gear.

Beginner and Cheap Bass Guitars - Find out what you need to know before buying an inexpensive bass guitar.

Bass Guitar Resource Guide - Learn more and improve your bass guitar playing ability with online lessons, books, DVDs, CDs, and private lessons.

Beginner Online Bass Guitar Lessons - No Bass Guitar Required - Start learning the bass guitar right now, without an actual bass guitar, by studying music and notes. If you have a bass guitar, you can use these lessons to begin practicing as well.

Guide to Amplifiers - Learn how amplifiers and other sound equipment make the bass guitar sound louder and better!

Hal Leonard Bass Method - The Complete Edition

Learn to play the bass guitar with the help of this book. This is one of the best books that I have found for learning to play the bass guitar.

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