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Bass Guitar The Most Useful Knowledge You Will Ever Need

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The Most Useful Knowledge You Will Ever Need

So you want to learn more about playing bass? I’m about to tell you everything you need to know on 1 sheet of paper.

“I didn’t follow the standard rules of bass playing, and many musicians on many different instruments who became noteworthy for their unique or particular style did a very similar thing.”
-Billy Sheehan

One of my biggest sayings is that “There are no rules.” In music there are only theories. Hence the term “music theory.” The way you play an instrument is the way you interpret that instrument. Yes there are better ways, and better techniques than others. What I hope to do with just a few minutes of your life is to help ...view middle of the document...

C, C#, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G, G#, A, Bb, B

Major Scale
A major scale starts on one note and goes up 7 until starting back over at the note it started on (the root note.) For example; a C major scale: C D E F G A B then back to C.

There is a whole step - half step formula to creating a major scale.
WHOLE STEP, WHOLE STEP, HALF STEP, WHOLE STEP, WHOLE STEP, WHOLE STEP, HALF STEP.
Now take a look at this for a second time-

Do you see the formula happening that creates a major scale?
Now look below. For the C major scale, the black keys mean a whole step, and the absence of a black key means a half step.

The scale is important on bass. You’ll know which notes are in the song you’re playing by following the scale. Just begin on the root note, (the key of the song) and walk up the scale.

Now you know everything you need to know before playing bass.

I call these “The 3”

1. ALWAYS lock in with the kick drum pattern.
If the drummer is playing a random kick pattern, and not a consistent kick pattern, ask them what the pattern they are playing is so that you can lock in with them for a tight sound.

2. Less is More.
Right now you want to focus on getting solid. Play the notes of the song, don’t focus on becoming Flea or Victor Wooten just yet. Those guys KILL their parts in the genres and styles of music that they play, but that dosen’t work in...

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