This video is a bass lesson that demonstrates how to use a two-handed tapping technique often used by Eddie Van Halen and others on guitar. To do this on bass, you should put your middle finger over the top of your index finger to make a more solid tapping finger, and put your hand up the neck with your thumb on the back of the neck. Land your finger to tap, and pull to pluck the string. He places his left hand on the frets in anticipation of pulling the string with the right hand. He demonst...
"She's Not There" is a great song from The Zombies in the 1960s, a top-ten hit in the U.S., and it spawned a number of covers, including hit version from his 1977 album Moonflower. Not quite as famous as the original, peaking at #27, but good nonetheless. And that's the version you'll be learning in this bass how-to.
Interested in learning how to perform Paramore's "Decode" on the bass? See how it's done with this free video bass lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, bassists of all skill levels can play along given a little time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "Decode" on your own bass guitar, watch this how-to!
In this bass guitar lesson for beginners, you'll learn how to fret and play a natural G. Regardless of your preferred style of music, if you want to be great, you'll need your head and hands on the same page. And there's no better way to get your head and hands on the same page than to practice. Happily, the Internet is awash in video tutorials like this one. For more information, and to get started playing this note yourself, watch this free video lesson for beginning bassists.
Play upright bass scales and learn about minor and major scales. Learn about upright bass octave scales in this free stringed instrument video from a music teacher.
Paul from how-to-play-bass.com gives a great lesson on how to play "London Calling" by The Clash. This is a great pacing, walking bassline with ample slides and triplet rhythm. Pay attention.
Finbar Taub explains how to play the bass guitar like Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers. Part 1 of 2 - How to Play the bass like Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers.
"Soul Man" was one of the biggest hits of 1967, and still holds its ground in success. Sam & Dave's hit single, written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, will forever live on in the music world, and through you… if you play bass. This video is a beginner's lesson to bass guitar, which teaches you how to play the baseline for "Soul Man" by Sam & Dave, with the baseline perfected by Duck Dunn. This is a good bass line for beginners who've played for a bit to get their fingers around.
This is a great lesson by Paul from how-to-play-bass.com for playing the bassline from The Doors' "Light My Fire". It's a simple bassline that utilizes triads and simple chord changes.
Everybody loves Costello, but not everyone knows how to play Costello. If you want to learn how to start playing bass, "Pump It Up" from Elvis Costello is a perfect choice to begin with. If you're a beginner and want to get better, learn songs not scales.
Practice the upright or double bass with easy songs in 3-4 time that work across different scales, patterns, and playing styles. Learn how to play upright bass songs in 3-4 time from a music teacher in this free double bass lesson.
There may only be one thing hotter than a disco inferno and that's learning how to play the bass line from 'Disco Inferno'. Throw down some heavy tones and watch them shake it on the dance floor. This disco classic will show you how to play the bridge section of this classic disco hit.
Want to know how to perform the bass part to the Beatles' "Come Together"? Learn how to lay it down with this free video bass lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song's bass line. This tutorial is best suited for beginning players. For more information, and to get started playing this classic Beatles song on your own bass guitar, watch this how-to!
In this free video bass guitar lesson, you'll learn how to fret and play a G sharp note. Regardless of your preferred style of music, if you want to be great, you'll need your head and hands on the same page. And there's no better way to get your head and hands on the same page than to practice. Happily, the Internet is awash in video tutorials like this one. For more information, and to get started playing this note yourself, watch this guide for bassists.
Paul from how-to-play-bass.com gives a great tutorial of a simplified bassline to "Moondance" by Van Morrison. Paul reduces the walking jazz bassline to an easier format for beginners.
This is a tutorial video on how to play bass, brought to you by How to Play Bass, hosted by Paul Wolf. In this lesson Paul teaches you how to tune your bass guitar down to what is called "Drop D" tuning. Follow along with him, as Paul demonstrates how to achieve this tuning by two different methods. The first method is done by tuning to the 'A' string, and de-tuning the 'E' string to 'D'. The second method involves a similar process, this time using the 'D' string to achieve the same effect.
Grab your bass and get ready to learn some beginner songs, specifically "Brown Eye Girl" by Van Morrison. This two-part video will teach you through playing songs, not learning scales.
If you are looking to begin playing the bass then this how to video is the place to start. This is a short demonstration lesson detailing the basic principles of walking bass lines. You will learn some easy scales and how to play a walking bass line for whatever song you are playing. With this tutorial you will learn tips to improve your walking bass technique.
The upright bass can be played with fingers or with a bow. Learn how to play upright bass in this free double bass video lesson from a music teacher.
Extend one chord on upright bass for an extended period of time. Learn about one chord walking on upright bass in this free stringed instrument video from a jazz and classical bassist.
Practice upright bass with minor scales and arpeggios. Learn about scales, sharps, flats, and more in this free upright bass video from a classical and jazz bassist.
Practice playing upright bass notes with the left hand using pizzicato and bowing techniques. Learn about finger patterns with the left hand on an upright bass in this free stringed instrument video from a music teacher.
The double pluck technique is for intermediate and advanced players and it widely used by Victor Wooten.
In this video series, watch as jazz musician Ryan Larson teaches advanced bass guitar lessons in all twelve keys. Learn how to read tab and relate it to scale names, how to walk through various bass lines, and how to play a Latin walking bass line.
In this video, I describe and show how to change strings on an upright double bass instrument. Several important thing that should be considered: First of all, don't change all strings at once, as this could damage your instrument if the sound post falls or changes position. So please, only change the strings one after another. Secondly, mark the position of the bridge; it may change position during string change, but it shouldn't. Thirdly, apply some graphite to the slots of the bridge and s...
Want to know how to perform the bass part to Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing"? Learn how to lay it down with this free video bass lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song's bass line. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, bassists of all skill levels can play along given a little time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "Little Wing" on your own bass guitar, watch this how-to!
Want to know how to perform the bass part to Oasis' "Don't Look Back in Anger" from their 1996 album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Learn how to lay it down with this free video bass lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song's bass line. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, bassists of all skill levels can play along given a little time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing this Oasis song on your own bass guitar, watch this how-to!
China Girl by David Bowie is a classic song from Bowies golden years. The intro riff alone on the bass is really cool! Wanna learn how to play the song? Well, looks like you're in luck! In this video you will get a quick lesson on how to play the four main sections of China Girl by David Bowie.
Radioactive by Kings of Leon is a very straightforward song for bass players, although as they say in the world of music "simple is almost always better". If you're just getting started on bass, or if you're just really into the song and want to learn it on bass, this video has what you need. In it you will get a full lesson on how to play "Radioactive" by Kings of Leon.
As a Bass player you should probably try to learn every single Police song that you can. After all, they made a name for themselves for mixing unique styles such as Reggae, 80's rock and more! In this video you will get a tutorial on how to play the Police song "Walking On The Moon".
A classic song by Queen is "Crazy Little Thing" which contains a few basics that you should know on bass including: Blues walking, I IV V progressions and more! In this video you will get a full tutorial on how to play the song "Crazy Little Thing" by Queen.
In this tutorial, we learn how to play bass guitar for beginners using open strings. Get used to look at written notes. To do this, look at open notes on a piece of paper and work on your right hand technique. You won't be pulling straight up, your finger should be resting on the string. Pull it slightly backwards and feel the string vibrate. A nice and eve stroke will be perfect, do this for all the notes to get them to all sound the same. Then, combine looking at sheet music with your right...
This is an old school trick to revitalizing your bass playing skills— on the cheap. If you're in desperate need of some new bass guitar strings, but can't afford the cost, then there's a solution to bringing new life into them for that "brand new" tone— boil them. Boiling bass guitar strings is a great trick to restoring your sounds, but you can only do this a couple times or it will stretch them out too much and break.
Le Freak by Chic is a popular song from the 70's and the epic bass player on the track was Bernard Edwards. The song for bass players is all about sticking in the pocket and grooving hard when it calls for it. In this excellent lesson you will learn how to play each section of the song from the intro, through the extended bridge, and more!
There's no better way to hone your bass wielding skills while shaking that fine backside of yours than grooving along to the superhit "Disco Inferno" by the Trammps. After being included on the soundtrack to John Travolta's "Saturday Night Fever," the song was catapaulted to the top of the charts and many of us still recognize the tune today.
In this tutorial, we learn how to play the bass line from "Jamming" by Bob Marley. For the intro, you will set your metronome at 90, then start to play the notes. The first bar is a B at the seventh fret of the E string, playing a rhythm with that. The second bar is E on the seventh fret of the A string. Play these together, then start with the third bar of the song. The third and fourth bar are played together, and are D and F# on the third fret of the G string. Once you start to do this, yo...
In this video, we learn how to play the bass line from "Time is Tight" by Booker T. Start with the intro playing the metronome, the chords will be: C, A, and G. You will have CCA, CCA, then CCAG for your rhythm as you are playing. Practice playing this over until you reach the first verse of the song. Now, play F on a higher string, then D, and C. The sequence is, F, F, D, F, D, C, F, D, C, F, D, C, and D. Play eight bars, then continue on to play the rest of the verses throughout the song. W...
In this video, we learn how to play bass: Rhythm changes in C. A lot of times this tune is played very quickly, but playing slow can sound very nice as well. When you play slow you can see and hear exactly what the note is supposed to be like. There is more time in between the notes when you play slowly, so you have to have a lot of control over your hands and chords. When doing rhythm changes, make sure to feel the groove as you are going so you can feel you are in key with the rest of the m...
Practice makes perfect, right? And practicing challenging songs will make your bass strumming perfect faster. Take the song "That's the Way I Like It" by KC & The Sunshine Band, for instance. It has a great melody and harmony, and with only two sections is also relatively easy to play.
Bass players definitely don't get as much love as guitar players when it comes to glory and mainstream music popularity. After all, the base is the low-sounding, harmonizing complement to the lead guitar's riffs, offering a nice contrast but getting obscured in the process.