Different Bass Techniques That Are Important To Learn

None of us are born experts when it comes to playing the bass. If you are aspiring to play the guitar, you should strengthen your basics and learn about the common bass techniques. However, there is no single way in which you can play the bass correctly. But certainly, the basics remain the same. Some important terms and techniques you should be knowing include: Up is Down & Down is Up for the Bass Guitar For any student that starts playing the guitar, the 1st and foremost thing that confuses are the terms up, down, high, and low. An example to this would be: In a scenario where a person says to go up one string, he/she actually means going up in pitch and not the physical space of the instrument. For the bass, going up a string refers to fretting hand being moved towards the floor. Similarly, up the neck would mean moving towards the body of the bass making the pitch go higher. The quicker you understand these terminologies and their implications, the better you would do when playing the guitar. Plucking Bass Techniques Another perspective is to pluck the strings of your bass. Although, there is not a single way you could do this, but there are some good and bad ways. Hence, seeking as many perspectives possible would help you grow stronger as a student of the bass. The number of ways for doing this is endless and you certainly have the option of making your own technique. A few approaches that might be of use would include: 1. Finger Numbering: Many musicians prefer numbering their fingers for the bass. Like T could be the thumb, 1 being the index finger, 2 being the middle finger, and so on. 2. Trimmed fingernails: To avoid nail catching the strings, it is recommended to keep the finger nails trimmed and short. 3. Hand reflexes: Plucking the hand hang limp in the natural shape of your hands while keeping them loose, you can reflex shape in a manner that there is no need of tension. 4. Using alternate fingers: In order to improve plucking speed and efficiency, it is often recommended to at least use 2 fingers. Most would prefer using the index and the middle fingers alternatively. 5. Knowing where to pluck: Depending where you pluck on the string, you can produce a range of tones through your bass guitar. If you pluck nearer, it will offer a fatter and warmer tone. Moreover, if you pluck near to the bride, it will produce a percussive and brighter tone. 6. The Power you Pluck: Often you might come across musicians playing at live shows adopting aggressive styles of music. You might wonder if they are digging in and plucking hard, but that’s not the case. You need not pluck the strings hard to produce such sounds and doing so might cause several bad things. 7. Avoid forceful repetitions: Using amp can take light and small sounds from the fingers […] #BassGuitarAdvice
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