How To Play Bass Guitar – Lessons for Beginners – Open Strings

alright now let's start playing some bass the next exercises are going to get us used to looking at written sheet music so first thing we're going to do is show you what the open notes look like on a staff paper and bass clef and also work a little bit on our right hand technique because when you're plucking the notes with your right hand you're not so much pulling straight up on the string I think the idea is to kind of have your string your finger resting on the string kind of pull it backwards and then get your finger out of the way so the string can vibrate all right you really don't have to hit it hard because if you hit it too hard you're gonna get a lot of fret buzz right so a nice even stroke trying to get all your notes to sound the same right so now we're going to do a little exercise on the open strings that's going to combine looking at sheet music and little basic rhythms and getting your right hand just the coordination of going between the first and second finger and skipping strings so let's look at this staff and bass clef the basic time or C common time means 4/4 time what that means the top four means that there are four beats in the bar and the bottom four means that it's a quarter note that is getting one beat right so let's look at what a whole note is that's worth four beats so I want to borrow for four you're going to get one whole note now let's look at a half note there were two beats each so you're going to get in a borrow four for two half notes and then we have quarter notes which you're going to get a worth one beat they're going to get four of those to make up one borrow for four then you have eighth notes that are worth each half a beat and those are going to be obsolete aid to those in a bar of 4/4 then we're going to play triplets which is you play three notes for every beat and then we're going to go to sixteenth notes and so follow along we're going to get a little click check along here at 120 beats per minute and this is just going to get you used to looking at basic rhythms of half notes whole notes quarter notes triplets and sixteenth notes while also getting your right hand you know a little coordination going and basically skipping between strengths so follow along and try to make every note ring out and sound nice and clear we'll start with whole notes on each string 1 2 3 4 e a d g to the end 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 now let's go to half notes one-two-three-four one-two-three-four one-two-three-four one-two-three-four one-two-three-four one-two-three-four one-two-three-four one-two-three-four now let's go to quarter notes which is one beat per beat 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 remember nice even strokes with your right hand so that again one to lose your fingers you're alternating for your index and middle finger another thing that you should think about while you're doing this exercise they should start doing right away is with your left hand fighting ways to keep the other strings from vibrating or sounding when you're playing and this takes a lot of just imagination and practice but basically like what I'm playing the open E string kind of got my other fingers resting on the other strings to keep them from from ringing and then when I play my ei string sometimes I'm kind of getting my thumb over there not pressing down but just having them be there because if you don't have your hand there you're not going to stop the other string from ringing so just something to think about different ways of using your left hand to mute the other strings that you aren't playing now let's get back to the exercises all right now we're going for eighth notes and again you may think as they get a little faster you have to work harder to get it but actually the opposite is true relax and play with it lightly one two one two eighth notes let's do that again nice and even think about the sound of the notes now for the triplets and sixteenth notes I'm going to slow the beat down a little bit and if any of this stuff is too fast for you then feel free to get your own metronome out and you know work with it whatever temple you're comfortable with and just never be in a hurry to play too quickly because we want to learn everything you know you didn't learn to speak in one day so it's going to take some time so we're going to slow the tempo down to 100 beats per minute and when you go back and try on our triplets which is three notes per beat again alternating with your right hand between the first and second finger all right now we're going to go to sixteenth notes and again these are pretty quick but just relax let your fingers do the walking one two three four Oh

30 thoughts on “How To Play Bass Guitar – Lessons for Beginners – Open Strings”

  1. The lead singer of Rush inspired me to want to try to play the bass even though I have 0 musical background at all.

  2. This made more sense to me than any other video about music, notes, rhythmic timing, and technique, for any instrument. Thank you so much.

  3. "You didn't learn how to speak in one day". What a great quote from an amazing lesson. Thank you so much! Totally subbed.

  4. Good lesson. I love the sound of bass. While I am predominantly a guitar player, I have to lay down my own bass lines for the lessons and compositions I create. I'm always working on becoming a better bass player.

    TrueFire is a great resource for learning. I've purchased many lessons from you over the years. I still have a CD set called Jazz Uni that I bought many years ago for guitar. It improved my Jazz playing significantly.

    Thanks TrueFire!

  5. Here is a link to great Bass Method book that teaches bassists how to
    play like all the old master bass heroes! Which is understanding notes
    under the chord changes and moving with those changes!

  6. I can't help but notice that the person who made this video looks like stu hamm bassist for Joe satriani

  7. I play guitar but I wanted to branch into bass , I don't think it will be that hard since I have gained dexterity from acoustic

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