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Learn a Bass Guitar

The Bass guitar, pronounced as "Base" Guitar, is a stringed instrument that came into being as the evolution of the double-bass and the guitar. Bass guitars traditionally have 4 strings though they are available in 5 and 6 string versions as well. Since the 1960s, bass guitars have been prominent as the bass instrument in the rhythm section of popular music. They play an important role in maintaining a harmonic foundation and providing a beat to the music. In Jazz music, the bass is also prominent as a solo instrument.

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The Significance

The bass guitar is a relatively new instrument in the history of music. It is also a commonly overlooked instrument. This is because it is the backbone. You may not be able to hear the bass distinctively (unless you are a musician) but you can most definitely feel the bass. If the bass was removed from a piece of music, it would lose depth, fullness and punch. Listen to “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson to see what I mean.

The most memorable variant of the first bass guitar was designed and produced by Fender Musical Instruments in the 1950s. It started taking the place of Jazz and Blues bands and soon became a staple part of any band. Fender called this the “Precision Bass”. All companies that make bass guitars through this design still call them Precision Basses. Fender later released the Jazz Bass which quickly gained popularity due to its mellower sound and versatility in tone. Today both the Precision and Jazz Basses are the standard upon which most bass guitars are built.

Fender Precision Bass Fender Precision Bass

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Now why is this so important? The bass players of most bands stand in the back and keep the music together and go mostly unnoticed. So what? Here’s the fact: along with the drums, it is the bass that makes you want to do something when you hear a piece of music. That pulsating rhythm that makes you want to dance, move your body or at the very least nod your head to the music is what the bass provides. Without the bass, slow music would turn into lullabies and faster or heavier music would sound unbalanced or even painful.

Learning to play a Base Guitar

So what now? Granted the bass is important. Why do we need to discuss this? Here’s another fact: there are not that many bass players out there, especially in India.

Guitars are cool. There are no two ways about that. They sound great; they look fun and often steal the show. It is no surprise that everyday new people, young and old, pick up a guitar and start learning. The bass is, as mentioned above, often overlooked and therefore it is not an obvious choice of instrument. Due to this there is a lack of bassists out there. I have run into plenty of musicians asking me if I could join their band or if I know another bassist that can. I usually have to say no because I am already playing with another band myself and there are not enough bassists out there.

The Key Point

If you are an aspiring musician or just want to pick up an instrument as a hobby, I urge you to consider the bass guitar. Some great musicians have grown this instrument to the point where it is no more just a background instrument. Aside from being an important instrument, it is great fun to play. It also feels great when you realize that it is you giving the music its bounce and groove. Try it out and you will never look back. A good bass guitarist on his/her own is the beat, the bass, the groove, the rhythm and even the melody of a song.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up your bass and groove along!

~ Rahul

[ Admin note: Rahul Chidambaran has about 10 years of experience in Music and provides classes for Guitar and a lot of other music instruments in Bangalore. To enroll for his classes you can see his UrbanPro profile here.

If you are not in Bangalore or not able to take classes from Rahul, you can post your guitar learning need here.


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Rahul 01/01/2014

Agreed. This takes time and patience and practice. Of course it also requires awareness for and of the instrument.

Greenhall Leonard 01/01/2014

The Bass guitar played well with all the riffs and finger working is hard to beat - played badly just hurts the ears

Rahul 15/12/2013

Hi. Click on the link to my profile at the end of this article and message me from there so that we can have an easier email based conversation. I can help you from there.

Kapil 15/12/2013

I'm from Mumbai. This post couldn't have been more timely. I have been debating whether to start learning the acoustic, classical or bass guitar as a hobby. I like the guitar, but I have always been fascinated by the groove and rhythm the bass provides. I am not looking to go professional; just want to learn and play by myself. Would you still recommend...  more » I'm from Mumbai. This post couldn't have been more timely. I have been debating whether to start learning the acoustic, classical or bass guitar as a hobby. I like the guitar, but I have always been fascinated by the groove and rhythm the bass provides. I am not looking to go professional; just want to learn and play by myself. Would you still recommend the bass, or would that get too boring? Also, I'm planning to learn by myself, since my work schedule does not allow me to learn one on one with someone. Would you be able to recommend a strategy for self learning? Sorry for the long post, but your help would be invaluable. «less

Rahul Chidambaran 10/12/2013

Hi Praveen,
I can teach you. If you live in Bangalore we can do face to face classes. If you live elsewhere, we can do skype lessons. Do reach out to me through my UrbanPro profile.

Rahul Chidambaran 10/12/2013

Hi Kanishk,

I can teach you. If you live in Bangalore we can do face to face classes. If you live elsewhere, we can do skype lessons. Do reach out to me through my UrbanPro profile http://www.urbanpro.com/bangalore/rahul-c/1245306

ThinkVidya Support 10/12/2013

Hello Pravee! Yes, we can find you the right trainer to teach you Guitar in Indian Style. Please specify your learning requirement in the following link, so that we can find a trainer for you.

ThinkVidya Support 10/12/2013

Hello kanishk! You may register with us by visiting the following link. We shall connect you with few institutes and trainers, who would be able to help you learn Guitar.

kanishk 10/12/2013

Would like to learn bass guitar

Praveen 10/12/2013

I want to learn guitar in Indian Style, are there any tutors who can teach guitar in south Bangalore, I am 41 now & learning spanish guitar now

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