Hot Bass Posts

How To: Play the bassline from the Beatles' "Come Together"

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!

How To: Play the song "Radioactive" by Kings of Leon on the bass

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.

How To: Boil vigor into your bass guitar strings for a "brand new" tone

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.

How To: Play "Le Freak" by Chic on the bass

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!

How To: Play the main bassline to "Disco Inferno" by the Trammps

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.

How To: Play the bassline from "Jamming" by Bob Marley

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...

How To: Play the bassline from "Time is Tight" by Booker T

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...

How To: Do rhythm changes in C while playing bass

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...

How To: Properly hold an electric bass guitar

In this bass guitar lesson for beginners, you'll learn how to hold an electric bass guitar using the proper technique. 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, watch this free video lesson for beginning bassists.

How To: Fret and play an A note on a bass guitar

In this bass guitar lesson for beginners, you'll learn how to fret and play a natural A like a natural. 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.

How To: Fret and play a G sharp note on a bass guitar

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.

How To: Get better at the bass

In this tutorial, we learn how to get better at playing bass. To progress, you first need to practice with your bass! You need to not practice once a week, you need to practice regularly, no matter how busy you are. 30-45 minutes a day is adequate practice time to learn the bass properly. Next, you will need to be persistent, because it take commitment, even when you don't feel like practicing. If you let things slide, you can continue this process. Keep daily practice in your routine. Last, ...

How To: Find your way around the fingerboard on the bass

In this video, we learn how to find your way around the fingerboard on the bass. If you are a beginner, you probably know the strings from thickest to the thinnest. This doesn't give you a full range of where the notes are, so try this new exercise to find them easily. First, you will pick a note and go through all the notes on the fingerboard to find where your specific note is, and while trying to find it, think about that note in your head. Once you've done that note, do all the notes, it'...

How To: Play the Beatles' "In My Life" on an electric bass

Want to know how to play the bass line to the Beatles' "In My Life"? Learn how with this free video bass lesson. 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 John Lennon song on your own electric bass, watch this how-to!

How To: Play "Decode" by Paramore on the bass

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!

How To: Play "Message in a Bottle" by the Police on the bass

See how to play the Police's "Message in a Bottle" on the bass with this free video bass lesson, which presents a complete, step-by-step 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 this classic Sting song on your own bass guitar, watch this how-to!

How To: Play "Come As You Are" by Nirvana on the bass

Interested in learning how to play the bass line to Nirvana's "Come As You Aware"? 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 "Come As You Are" on your own bass guitar, watch this how-to!

How To: Play "Every Breath You Take" by the Police on the bass

Want to know how to perform the bass line from the Police's "Every Breath You Take"? See how to play it 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 classic Sting song on your own bass guitar, watch this how-to!

How To: Play the bass line to "Rain" by the Beatles

Want to know how to play the bass line to the Beatles' "Rain"? Learn how with this free video bass lesson. 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 John Lennon song on your own electric bass, watch this how-to!

How To: Play the bass line to David Bowie's "Let's Dance"

Want to play "Let's Dance," the hit single from David Bowie's 1983 album of the same name, on your electric bass guitar? This free video music lesson will show you how it's done. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players (advanced ones should be able to figure out the song themselves), beginning bassists should also be able to play along given a little time and effort. Learn how to play the bass line from David Bowie's "Let's Dance" with this video guide.

How To: Play "Tush" by ZZ Top on the bass guitar

If you're a beginner bass player, sometimes the best way to learn is to watch others play. Also, learning from books and virtual bass websites can be frustrating and confusing, but this video makes it all simple. It's a beginner bass lesson for "Tush" from ZZ Top. It's basically a 12-bar blues, and there are 2 different bass lines to this format— either the verse or what's played under the guitar solo.

How To: Play the bass to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

Kurt Cobain's simple but majestic songwriting for Nirvana has been perhaps the greatest boon to aspiring rock musician of the last two decades. The video from How To Play Bass details how to play Krist Novoselic's iconic bassline from the song Smells Like Teen Spirit. Even if you can't count sixteenths, this video should have you playing the song quickly and is a great way for beginners to learn to play a really fun part without needing too much experience.

How To: Tune up your bass guitar with Dale Titus

In this how-to video, you will learn how to tune your bass. This is important, as weather can affect your tuning. Every time you pick up your bass, you should tune it. First, start with the low E string. You will need to listen to a reference E note to tune this string. A tuner or piano can be used. Go to the fifth fret on the E string and tune the open A string to this note. Tighten or loosen up the string accordingly. Now, go to the fifth fret of the A string to tune the D string. Next, go ...

How to Play bass: Double stopswith tritones

How to Play Double-Stop Boogie with Rich Appleman and Danny Morris When you play double-stop, you have two techniques to choose from, like strumming two post strings at the same time. You could also play this by strumming 2 adjacent strings. Tritone means three tones. Try to slide in and out of the tritones to make a nice sound on the base coupled with an open string. Couple it with a nice chord, you can now play the double-stop boogie.

How To: Play the bassline from Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean"

Wanna play the bass like a pro? Paul Wolf provides a superlative video, for beginners, to learn how to play Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" on the bass guitar. The use of a picture within a picture provides beginners good closeups of where to place the fingers of both hands to accomplish the task. He includes a slower version and a breakdown of the parts of the piece, the chords and metronome settings to help with the changes in tempo of the song. He provides great insights to all of the rift...

How To: Change the strings on a bass guitar

Is it getting to that time? When the strings on your bass need changing & you're not sure how to replace them? Don't take it in to a guitar shop and pay a string changing fee... Learn how to change bass strings yourself! In this two-part video tutorial, learn step-by-step how to replace old bass strings with brand new ones.

How To: Play the bass guitar for beginners

This video shows in great detail how to slap the strings of a bass guitar with the thumb or pop the strings with the finger. The various angles of the video make it easy for a viewer to see what it looks like as they slap or pop the guitar, especially the over the shoulder angle. With this angle, the viewer sees what they would see if they were looking down at their own guitar. The picture-in-picture view is also helpful so that the viewer can see up close what both of their hands are doing w...

How To: Play Mozart's "Turkish Rondo" on a five-string bass

This three-part video lesson series presents a guide to playing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Alla Turca," or "Turkish Rondo," on an electric bass guitar. While this lesson is geared toward intermediate and advanced players, bassists of all skill levels will find something to take away. Get started playing Mozart's "Turkish Rondo" on the bass with this awe-inspiring set of video bass lessons.

How To: Play walking bass lines

Check out this instructional bass guitar video that shows you how to play dominant 9th and 13th chords through the circle of 5ths with a walking bass line. Improve your guitar playing skills by learning a few tips on walking bass line techniques.

How To: Play slap bass guitar for beginners

If you are looking to begin playing the bass guitar then this how to video is the place to start. This is a short demonstration lesson about slap bass techniques. You will learn where how to hit the strings and get that cool slap sound while still resonating the strings. Slap bass is a difficult technique to master, so it will take a lot of practice. With this tutorial you will learn tips to improve your slap bass guitar technique.

How To: Walk on one chord

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.