In a nutshell. This is a beginning method for learning to play a fretted acoustic or electric 'transverse' bass guitar, and not the orchestral, 'upright' or 'doghouse' instrument from older times. Physically is a completely different animal than an electric bass, which is so close to the six string guitar, it's sort of a shame not to play some of both. For there's just a 'ton of idential coolness' from one to the other. Same notes, fret dots, pitches, riff patterns, everything.

And while the concepts included here crossover, and some of the techniques are similar, there's a lot of technique and patterns of the pitches and licks that might not.

While this method is formatted for beginners, there's also ideas for more experienced players, both artistically and chops wise throughout. For once these basics are under the fingers, and you're 'theory empowered' to understand their basis, your own interests through listening, creative curiosities and necessities will energize and create pathways to explore.

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Bass clef pitches. Learn pitch names on the bass clef here if need be.

Play the root pitches of the chords. As the bass player in a musical setting, we've initially two main tasks. First is to play the root pitches of the chord in a song's progression. And how we rythmically do this is often about the style of the song we're playing. Each of our main styles will have their historically derived rhythms. Second, and through the rhythm, to add a pulse of time and rhythm, creating a pitch / rhythm pattern of the style, one that helps to motor along the song we're playing. Termed here to ... 'be the motor', bass and drums team up to fill the dancefloor.

Intermediate level lick. Learn pitch names on the bass clef here if need be.

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