The bass guitar is an instrument commonly used in bands to add a deep, rich tone to music. These guitars can be
both acoustic and electric, or a combination of both. There are five types of bass guitars available. These include
the four string short, medium and long scale, the five string long scale and the six string long scale. The four
string short scale bass guitar is the kind most commonly used by beginners. This is due to the fact that these
guitars are slightly lighter and extremely common. The lighter weight of the guitar allows a beginner to become
accustomed to the weight of the guitar while they learn. As it is easier to learn on four strings rather than five
or six, most beginners work with four.
When you first learn bass guitar, it is suggested that you take free online lessons, or be taught by a friend or
professional tutor. As the fundamental basics are very important when you learn the bass guitar, you should make
certain that you are not trapping yourself into bad habits.
Once you have learned the fundamental basics, which include taking care of your instrument, tuning your guitar
and learning the basic strings and note variants, you will begin to learn chords. Chords are a combination of notes
played in a certain order or all at once. These chords are combined to become melodies which are in turned used in
songs. Learning chords is a requirement to be able to master the bass guitar, so you will spend a great deal of
your time memorizing and practicing the different chords.
Learning the bass guitar is a combination of finger memory and memorization of chord patterns. In addition to
this, it is having the ability to move your fingers in unison. Finger memory, or the ability to have your fingers
automatically move to a desired chord without error, is something that many musicians spend years mastering. This
finger memory permits a player to master extremely difficult runs, or series of chords. The harder the run, the
more difficult chords are used within them.
Once you have mastered the basics of the bass guitar, chances are you will end up purchasing a new instrument.
The guitars beginners use often have a less rich sound than a master's guitar. When you purchase a guitar, you
should balance your current skill with the skill you expect to be at six months from now, then buy a guitar that
matches that skill level. Owning a guitar that is slightly more advanced than your current skill will cause no
If you are interested in learning how to play guitar without a fretboard, it is suggested that you convert
an older guitar to a fretless board, as this is much cheaper alternative than buying a high end guitar to learn
In the recent past, acquiring a bass guitar tab for some popular bands has become difficult. Due to bands
desiring to protect their investments, some tabs have been banned for sale or distribution to the general public.
If you are having difficulty locating a tab in your stores or online, this is probably the reason for it. The
organizations in charge of this are the NMPA and the MPA, or, the National Music Publishers Association and the
Music Publishers Association. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get a listing of the tabs that are currently banned
from the public domain.
The easiest bass guitar tab to acquire is for music that has been entered into the public domain. These are
songs that the bands have either released to the public domain by their own will, or songs that are so old that
they naturally progressed into the public domain. These songs are commonly used as teaching tools, as acquiring
them is extremely easy.