Playing techniques for bass guitar

Multimedia tutorials for practicing bass playing techniques

 
Two Finger Rest Stroke

Two Finger Rest Stroke

Author: How 2 Play Bass
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This traditional bass technique consists in alternately plucking the strings with the index and middle finger of the right hand. When you play low strings the thumb should rest on the pickup, but it...

Shifting Positions

Shifting Positions

Author: How 2 Play Bass
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Shifting positions with the left hand is a technique which will allow you to slide smoothly and rapidly up and down the entire length of the fingerboard. This technique is essential for mastering...

Three Finger Technique

Three Finger Technique

Author: How 2 Play Bass
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The three finger technique consists in playing the strings with the index, middle and ring fingers of the right hand. This technique guarantees not only rapid execution and increased endurance, but it...

Right-Hand

Right-Hand "Glissando" Technique

Author: How 2 Play Bass
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This technique consists in carrying out consecutive rest-strokes on two consecutive strings with a single finger of the right hand – either with the index, or middle finger. In doing so, your right...

Floating Thumb Technique

Floating Thumb Technique

Author: How 2 Play Bass
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Contrary to the traditional technique, in which the thumb is anchored, this technique allows the thumb to follow the movement of the right hand. It rests against the strings, lying flat over them...

Playing with a Pick

Playing with a Pick

Author: How 2 Play Bass
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Nowadays more and more bassists are playing with a pick, also known as a plectrum. Because of the sharp attacks and the balanced, powerful sound it provides, you can find it in almost every musical...

Alternate Picking with a Plectrum (Pick)

Alternate Picking with a Plectrum (Pick)

Author: How 2 Play Bass
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The alternate picking technique consists in alternating downstrokes (from low to high strings) with upstrokes (from high to low strings). This technique guarantees rapid execution and increased...

Barring/Bar Technique

Barring/Bar Technique

Author: How 2 Play Bass
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This technique consists in pressing several strings at once with one finger of the left hand; the point being that you can press every single note on a fret with only one finger, allowing your left...

Playing Dead Notes

Playing Dead Notes

Author: How 2 Play Bass
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Dead notes add a percussive and dynamic quality to grooves and therefore play an integral part in the bass. Dead notes are played by muting the strings with your left hand; this can be achieved either...

Accentuation

Accentuation

Author: How 2 Play Bass
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An accented note is a note which is played more loudly than the others, bringing out the bassline, giving it dynamic, colorful and expressive qualities. Accentuation is indicated by the symbol “>” and...

Legato Techniques (Hammer-on & Pull-off)

Legato Techniques (Hammer-on & Pull-off)

Author: How 2 Play Bass
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Legato or articulation techniques allow you to play several notes with only one right hand stroke, smoothing the connection between the notes. A hammer-on enables you to play two consecutive ascending...

Sliding Technique

Sliding Technique

Author: How 2 Play Bass
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This articulation technique consists in moving your left hand finger along the string from one note to another. The first note is played normally, but the second is obtained exclusively through the...

Finger Stretching

Finger Stretching

Author: How 2 Play Bass
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Finger stretching exercises are absolutely essential for a large number of basslines; this is illustrated by numerous musical examples included in the course. By forcing yourself to reach notes...

Finger Independence

Finger Independence

Author: How 2 Play Bass
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Training the left hand fingers to move independently of one another is an essential part of learning bass guitar. This will make you feel more at ease with your instrument and will help you loosen up...