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					If you wish to learn how to play bass guitar, then you should know the fundamental
facts about the bass guitar. A bass guitar is not a flashy work like the lead guitar or the
lead singer. The bass guitar only helps in filling out the sounds of the bands with
low-end notes to ensure the rhythmic pulse for propelling the whole music forward.
However, the bass guitar is one of the most important ingredients to any band. The
bass guitar is the glue, which holds the music of the band together. As such, bass
guitar players are always in good demand in any band. Still, it takes several years of
constant and sincere practice to become an excellent bass guitar player.

Parts of Bass Guitar

The first step in your effort to learn how to play bass guitar is to understand its
various parts. The bass is a string instrument and a normal bass would have four
strings. Each string is normally tuned to a different note, the standard being E on the
thickest string, and A, D, and G in the next three strings. The frets divide the strings
into different sections. The frets are just small metal strips arranged from top to
bottom. The strings and the frets form a grid type structure. If you keep your finger on
a fret situated higher, the note generated would also be higher. In general, each fret is
designed to produce a half-step higher note than the previous one. The headstock at
the top of the bass guitar contains the four tuning pegs. The tuning pegs assist you in
adjusting the pitch of the strings.

Fretting

When you learn how to play bass guitar, it is advisable to use a proper guitar strap, so
that the shoulders and back carry the weight of the bass. This gives the hands very
free movement. Keep the bass base near the belly button and keep your back straight.
Hold the neck of the bass gently, with the thumb resting without pressure behind the
neck. This helps the other fingers to float over the strings without strain. It would be
better to trim the fingernails so that they do not interfere when you press down on the
strings. You should always press between the frets and not on them. Initially, you
might get blisters while starting to learn how to play bass guitar, but after a few days,
the fingers would develop thicker skin and become stronger. At the starting, practice
the fretting of strings with each finger separately, so that all the fingers are evenly
strengthened.

Plucking

Plucking is the action done at the bottom of the strings to create the sound. While
using a metal pick to pluck the strings is easy work, plucking them with the fingers is
normally considered ideal. The thump should be just outside the strings, while the
index finger should roll over the top portion of the E string and pull the string towards
your body before you let go. This plucking becomes perfect only after constant
practice. The middle finger should be used for plucking the A string.
Once you had mastered all the above techniques, you would be on your way to learn
how to play bass guitar and create various notes in a continuous fashion. In Western
music, 12 different notes are normally played. You would be moving along the frets
from the bottom to the top to get each note. This might require guidance from a
trained person in the initial stages. Still, if you are hard working and persistent, you
would easily learn how to play bass guitar and become an expert over time.

				
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