The bass guitar is a stringed instrument played mostly with your fingers or thumb by plucking, slapping, popping, tapping or picking with a plectrum. The bass guitar is most commonly a 4 stringed instrument. The strings are tuned to E, A, D and G.
Most people stand to play the bass guitar, but it is common for beginners to sit when playing. The bass is easy to set up.
- Take it carefully out of its case and make sure you secure your neck strap carefully. The strap should be loosened or tightened so that it is comfortable and supportive.
- Always have some spare strings handy in case a string breaks. Your tutor should be able to re-string your bass for you in a lesson, or you can always take it to a music store for restringing.
- Always place your bass in the case string side up and never leave it standing unattended against a chair or on the floor.
Age of the bass guitar
The bass guitar was first made in the 1930s by inventor Davide Biale in Italy.
Bass guitar materials
The bass guitar has four strings and is made of a solid wood body. The most common types of wood used for the bodies are alder, ash or mahogany.
Who plays the bass guitar?
A person who plays the bass guitar may be referred to as a bassist, or bass player.
Is a bass guitar easier to play than an acoustic guitar?
Whilst a bass guitar only has 4 strings it is not easier to play than a guitar with six strings. Playing the bass guitar requires different knowledge and skills than a guitar.
Famous bass guitar players
A few of the most famous bass guitarist’s are Paul McCartney, Flea, Jaco Pastorius.
With or without a pick
There is no right or wrong answer. There isn’t even a preferred way.
Renting a bass guitar/amp pack from Presto Instruments is very easy! The expense of purchasing your own instrument can be quite daunting which is why renting a bass guitar from us can give you the chance to try it out without the commitment of purchasing your own instrument.
Once you complete the rental process, your bass guitar/amp will be delivered direct to your door. Our beautifully presented, quality instruments are checked over and professionally cleaned so that you can begin your journey of learning the bass guitar with complete confidence.
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Here are some videos that will help you get ready before your first bass guitar lesson.
How to play the bass guitar
How to tune your bass guitar
Parts of your bass guitar
If there are any other tutorial videos that you would like to see, please send us a message via the contact us page and we will do our best to find or produce a video to add here.