Review of Bass Guitars

unduhan-11Jazz and heroes made them popular, and now they are as profoundly dug in the music scene, that it will be quite a while before they are supplanted by something else. I am talking about the low register guitars. What takes after is a little layman’s information about the low register guitar.

As the name indicates, a bass guitar is an instrument that is used for playing the bass notes of music, which are actually the lower notes. This music that requires more refined notes in a lower tone. In a general band or orchestra, the bass guitar is always played in tune with a lead guitar. While the lead guitar hits the high notes, the accompanying bass guitar does the important task of underlining the high notes with softer low sounds.

Today, bass guitars are a part of almost every ensemble music performance. The bass sounds produced by these guitars make every kind of music sound really good. These have been a long time favorite of jazz musicians, but it is also used to an amazing degree of success in rock as well as metal rock music. It has a special place in the southern and classic rock genres of music. In several jazz performances, as also performances of fusion, Latin, rock, blues, and funk, the bass guitar can also be used as a solo instrument.

Bass Guitar and Ordinary Guitar
For a music novice, a bass guitar might look quite much like an ordinary guitar. Most people do not even know that there are different types of guitars, for that matter. But for those people who really care, it must be said that the bass guitar is totally different from an ordinary guitar. It is like saying chalk is the same as cheese.

The following are some striking differences:

  • The normal guitar is always bigger in size. The bass guitar has a longer body and a greater length, which also means that its strings are longer.
  • The ordinary guitar has six strings, but the bass guitar generally has only four strings, which are all that are needed to produce the bass sounds. However, there are models available with five and even six strings, but they are not much favored by professional guitarists.
  • Another very subtle difference is the four strings of the bass guitar are tuned one octave lower than the four lower strings of an ordinary guitar. That is the reason why a person who is acquainted to playing on an electric guitar will find that the sound is not the same on a bass guitar.

Electric Bass Guitar and Semi-acoustic Bass Guitar
The electric bass guitar that’s so much en vogue today in the music world is actually a derivative of the double bass that was used in the ’50s and ’60s. That makes the current version of the guitar a much evolved musical instrument. Indeed, people started tinkering with the bass guitar since as early as the ’20s, and that is clearly evident in the sounds of today, which are much more sophisticated.

It can be said that the popularity of jazz music played a major role in the popularity of the bass guitar. Jazz music needs this guitar to be heard quite distinctly, or the other instruments will drown its sound. Rock music which reached its dizzying heights of popularity also needed the guitar to be strong in a similar fashion. The double bass guitars that were used in those times were just not sufficient. That is the reason music experts began experimenting with bass sounds for the guitar. The best solution for this problem came in the form of the invention of the electric bass guitar, which had wonderful sound amplification devices attached to it.

Another major improvement is the semi-acoustic bass guitar. These guitars are designed in a very innovative manner to provide maximum resonance for the sound. Music with resonance has a high-quality feel to it, and is much favored in concert performances with live bands. This guitar has a hollow middle, which provides the modification for the resonance of sound. It can also be externally connected to an amplifier (it has connections provided at the back). That is the reason why rockers favor this type today. It gives them the choice to play it as an ordinary bass guitar with acoustic amelioration, or to use it as an electric guitar whenever they want to.

Easy Bass Tabs Tips

The stone and jazz culture saw a broad utilization of low register guitars. Today, numerous individuals figure out how to play the bass, because of sheer love for depression and dash. Some simple low pitch guitar tabs and lessons have been given in this article to help you turn into a decent bass player.

If you are a beginner, you are bound to find some really simple bass tabs on the net. But, understanding the theory and logic behind such tabs is an absolute necessity. The bass guitar is a combination of double bass and guitar, and hence, it plays a very important role in any music ensemble. The bass controls the flow and tempo of the music, and gives any composition, the much-needed texture. It is essentially called the skeleton or framework of a song. There are three principles or basic styles (Groove, Gallop, and Solos), which you can adopt while playing the bass. Note that every style is unique, and you need to gain an almost complete mastery over each, to become a really good bass player.

Style 1: The Groove

Among the several bass styles, the groove is the most important one. Its meaning is simple, you have to pluck a pattern according to rhythm and texture, and keep on playing it in the proper scale.

Song 1: Hotel California (Eagles)
The following is a slow but melodious bass groove from the song, ‘Hotel California’ by the band ‘Eagles’.

Intro:
G————————|————————|
D————————|————————|
A—-9—–7—–5——-|—-9—–7—–5——-|
E-7—–5—–3—–0–2-|-7—–5—–3—–0–2-|

Verse 1:
G————–11—11—-|————-9–9—|————-7–7—|——————–
D—9–9—–11—11–11–|—7–7—–9–9-9–|—5–5—–7–7-7–|—2–2——4–4–4
A–9–9–9–9———–9-|–7–7–7–7——7-|–5–5–5–5——5-|–2–2–2—4–4–4-
E-7———————–|-5——————|-3——————|-0———2——–

G————–11—11—-|————-9–9—|————-7–7—|——————|
D—9–9—–11—11–11–|—7–7—–9–9-9–|—5–5—–7–7-7–|—2–2——4–4-|
A–9–9–9–9———–9-|–7–7–7–7——7-|–5–5–5–5——5-|–2–2–2—4–4–|
E-7———————–|-5——————|-3——————|-0———2——|

Chorus 1:
G———-2/7-7—-7–7-|——————–|
D-5—-5–5—–7–7–7–|-4—-4–4—–0-24-|
A–5–5–5——-5——-|–4–4–4–2-4——|
E—3——————–|—2—————-|

G———-2/7-7—-7–7-|——————|
D-5—-5–5—–7–7–7–|-2—-2–2-4-4/16-|
A–5–5–5——-5——-|–2–2–2———|
E—3——————–|—0————–|

The groove style was widely used by noted bassist Jaco Pastorious.

Song 2: Californication (RHCP)
The bassist Flea of ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’ is another expert on this style, and hence, the bass tabs of the song ‘Californication’ are provided below. The letters, ‘h’ denotes hammer on, and ‘p’ denotes to pop.

Intro:
G————-9—9——7h9p7————–7—7—5——————–9—9——7h9p7————–10—10—7—
D—7—7——————————————————–7—7—————————————————————
A—————————————–8—8———————————————————–8—8————————
E—————————————————————————————————————————————-
Verse:
G————-9—9——9—7h9p7——————–7—7———————9—9——9—7h9p7——————–10—10—7—
D—7—7———————————-10———————10——7—7———————————-10——————————-
A————————————————-8—8———————————————————————8—8———————
E———————————————————————————————————————————————————
G—————————————–
D—————————————–
A—3—3———————5—5—
E————-3—3—1—1————-
G————-9—9——9—7h9p7——————–7—7———————9—9——9—7h9p7——————–10—10—7—
D—7—7———————————-10———————10——7—7———————————-10——————————-
A————————————————-8—8———————————————————————8—8———————
E———————————————————————————————————————————————————
G—————————————–
D—————————————–
A—3—3———————5—5—
E————-3—3—1—1————-

Pre-chorus:
G——————————————————————————————
D—7—777—7—777—9—10——————————-10—9———-
A——————————————8—888—88—88————–10—
E——————————————————————————————
G—————————————————-7/9—9—7—5——
D—7—777—7—777—9—10————————————–
A——————————————888—————————-
E—————————————————————————–
G——————————————————————————————
D—7—777—7—777—9—10——————————-9—10———-
A——————————————8—888—88—88————–10—
E——————————————————————————————
G—————————————————————————-
D—7—777—7—777—9—10———————————–
A——————————————888—888888888—
E—————————————————————————-

Chorus:

G———————————————————————
D———————————————————————
A—3—3————-5—5————-3—3—————–5—
E————-3—3————-5—5————-3—1—3——-

Outro:

G————————————————————————-7——————–7——-7——————————————————————————–
D————————————————————————————————————————————————————-3—1———————
A—3—3————-5—5————-3—3—————–5—5——-5—5——5——-5———-3—3————-5—5————-3—3————-3—2——-5—
E————-3—3————-5—5————-3—1—3———————————————————–3—3————-5—5——————————-3——-

The key is to observe the strumming of the guitarist or the keyboard player, and group together the notes accordingly. If the guitarist keeps up a strum such as 1-2-3, 1-2-3, then play a grove that has lower pitched notes in the beginning, and higher pitched notes at the end. Such grooves are found in all old rock songs and even in jazz songs. The jazz bass tabs are mostly all groovy; a very famous jazz bassist is Victor Wooten. Some bassists such John Myung of Dream Theater play according to all three styles. But, if you are looking for simple bass tabs for beginners, there is nothing more pleasing than old grooves.

Style 2: The Gallop

This style is more often observed in the metal genre songs. Steve Harris of Iron Maiden is one of the well-known gallop style players. This method is quite difficult, and you will require a considerable amount of practice with your right hand.

Song 1: Coming Back to Life (Pink Floyd)
Provided below are some easy to learn bass tabs to play. They consist of the bass line for the song ‘Coming Back to Life’ by Pink Floyd, and it has a very slow tempo.

…..shining sun
G||——————————————-
D||——————————————-
A||———-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3–3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-
E||——————————————-

G||———————————-
D||———————————-
A||-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3–3-3-3-3-3-3-3—
E||——————————–3-

lost in thought….
G||————————————
D||—————————–5——
A||-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3–3-3-3-3-3/7-7\3-3-
E||————————————

G||————————————–
D||————————————–
A||————————————–
E||-1-1-1-1-1-1-5/8-5–8\1-1-1-1-1-1-1-3-

while the seeds of….
G||———————————-
D||———————————-
A||-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0——————
E||——————3-3-3-3-3-3-3-0-

G||———————————-
D||———————————-
A||———————————-
E||-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1–1-1-1-1-1-1-1-3-

outside the rain…..
G||————————————
D||—————————–5——
A||-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3–3-3-3-3-3/7-7\3-3-
E||————————————

G||———————————-
D||———————————
A||———————————-
E||-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1–1-1-1-1-1-1-1-3-

while I pondered….
G||———————————-
D||———————————-
A||-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0——————
E||——————3-3-3-3-3-3-3-0-

G||———————————-
D||———————————-
A||———————————-
E||-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1–1-1-1-1-1-1-1-3-

I took a heavenly…
G||———————————-
D||———————————-
A||———————————-
E||-5-5-5-5-5-5-5\1–1-1-1-1-1-1-1-3-

G||———————————-
D||———————————-
A||-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0–1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-
E||———————————-

for killing the past…
G||———————————
D||———————————
A||-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0————-0h2-
E||—————–3-3-3-3-3-3—–

G||———————————-
D||———————————-
A||-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3–3-3-3-3-3-3-3—
E||——————————–3-

The gallop is extremely slow, and almost lethargic, but the melody is amazingly magical and awesome.

Song 2 : The Trooper

Intro:
G: ———————————————————————————–
D: -2——-0–0-0-0-2——-0–0-0-0-2———-0-0-0-2–2-2-0—0-0-0—————
A: ————————————————————-2——-3-0–3-3-3-0–
E: ———————————————————————————-3

Starting of the gallop:
—————–
-0-0-0-2——-
—————–
—————–
The following tabs are used for every verse:
G: ———————————————————————————-
D: -2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-2—0-4-0-2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-2
A: ————————————–0——————————————-
E: ———————————————————————————-

——————————————————————————————
—0-4-0—————————————-0-4-0-2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-2
-0——-3–3-3-3–3-3-3–3-3-3–3-3-3–3-3-3-0——————————————-
——————————————————————————————

Chorus:
G: —————————————————————————————————
D: -0–0-0-0–0-0-0–0-0-0–0-0-0–0-0-0–0-0-0-4-0-2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-2
A: —————————————————————————————————
E: —————————————————————————————————

Style 3: Solos

Playing bass guitar solos is quite difficult, and you would require quite a bit of practice to accomplish it. Soloing is generally done as the intro or outro of the song. There are some bassists who follow the guitar solo.

Song 1: Solar Groove (John Myung of Dream Theater)
Introductory Solo

G|——9——-4—|—–7——-5—|—–7—–5—–|-4—–5—–4—-|
D|o—7—7—6—6-|—5—5—4—4-|—3—3—–3—|—3—–3—–3-o|
A|o-0——-0——-|-0——-0——-|-0——-0—–0-|—–0—–0—–o|
E|——————|—————–|—————–|——————|

Song 2: Trooper (Iron Maiden)

Solo 1:
G: —————————————————————————————–5——-7–
D: —————————————————————————————5—5—7—7
A: -7–7-7-7–7-7-7–7-7-7–7-7-6–6-6-6–6-6-6–6-6-6–6-6-2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-3——-5——
E: —————————————————————————————————-

Solo 2:
G—————————————————————————————5——-7——
D-7–7-7-7–7-7-7–7-7-7–7-7-6–6-6-6–6-6-6–6-6-6–6-6-2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-2–2-2-3—–3–5—–5–7
A—————————————————————————————–3——-5—-
E——————————————————————————————————

The outro is the same as the intro.

The key to become a really good bass player is to start following the rhythm and scales. It must be noted that merely playing tabs, will not be sufficient. You also have to take into consideration the melody and feel of the song. Disciplined practice and consistent efforts with scales and grooves, will help you to roll out amazing bass lines. A very important aspect of playing the bass is patience and concentration. A combination of the two results in a killer bass line.

Tips to Bass Guitar Chords for Beginners

The second stage in bass playing is learning and utilizing every one of the harmonies. It is fairly troublesome on the bass, in light of the fact that the strings are thicker and the sound is difficult to get right. This article clarifies a couple of fundamental low register guitar harmonies for amateurs and middle of the road guitarists.

The key to become a good musician is not only to learn to play musical instruments but to think music and all of its related aspects beyond limits. Simply think about the chords or beats, even if you are not playing them on actual musical instruments.

You can never demote a bass player to anything lower than an integral part of the band, regardless of the band’s genre. If a song does not have bass sound as a backup, it will sound more empty than a song with a bass line. Just like the electric guitar, the bass guitar has also inspired many guitarists to learn this awesome instrument. Aspiring bassists need to understand that the very first step in learning to play the bass is to get to know the notes on a rhythm guitar. Once you are familiar with the notations and chords on an electric or acoustic guitar, you will naturally obtain the understanding to play single notes on the bass guitar. I’ve noticed there are generally two types of bassists – the ones that move on to the bass from the acoustic or the electric guitar, and the ones that pick up the bass the moment they see it. Both eventually develop different playing styles, each better in some ways than the other. This article is meant for those who are quite good on scales on the bass, but need a place to start off with chords.

Learning Bass Guitar Chords

You can either finger-pluck a bass string (preferred by most bassists) or you can use a bass pick. When it comes to playing the chords, you can switch to the pick if you’ve been finger-plucking, but the choice still depends on your comfort. There are many creative techniques used on the bass guitar such as slapping, pulling, tapping, etc. While slapping and tapping requires the absence of the pick, your chord play may need one. For the fretting hand, you are typically supposed to hold individual notes on the fretboard, unlike chords in the rhythm guitar. However, professional musicians are proficient in the techniques of using chords on the bass guitar. They have experimented with bass chords for beginners. If you are thinking of playing chords on the bass, remember that the pattern is similar to how you would be playing barre chords on the last four strings on a rhythm guitar. The following explanation will help you understand the fundamentals of bass guitar chords.

String Patterns of Rhythm and Bass Guitar

Standard 6-stringed guitar tuning –

e(1st)—————————-
B(2nd)—————————
G(3rd)—————————
D(4th)—————————
A(5th)—————————
E(6th)—————————-

Standard bass guitar tuning –

G(3rd)—————————
D(4th)—————————
A(5th)—————————
E(6th)—————————

It’s simple to notice that the bass only uses the last four notes of the guitar. Therefore the notations on the four strings of the bass guitar are same as the barre chords on the last four strings of the rhythm guitar. Just to brief you about how to read guitar tabs, the numbers on the lines denote the fret on which you are supposed to place the fingertips of the fretting hand. Simply refer to the below tablatures about basic guitar chords on the rhythm as well as bass guitar.

Major Chords on the Bass

‘C’ Chord

Barre Chord on the Rhythm Guitar

e————-3——————
B————5——————-
G————5——————-
D————5——————-
A————3——————-
E————3——————-

Chord on the Bass Guitar

G———–5—————-
D———–5—————-
A———–3—————-
E—————————-

‘D’ Chord

Barre Chord on the Rhythm Guitar

e————-5——————-
B————7——————-
G————7——————-
D————7——————-
A————5——————-
E————5——————-

Chord on the Bass Guitar

G————7—————
D————7—————
A————5—————
E—————————-

‘E’ Chord

Barre Chord on the Rhythm Guitar

e————-7——————-
B————9——————-
G————9——————-
D————9——————-
A————7——————-
E————7——————-

Chord on the Bass Guitar

G————9—————
D————9—————
A————7—————
E————0—————-

‘F’ Chord

Barre Chord on the Rhythm Guitar

e————-1——————-
B————1——————-
G————2——————-
D————3——————-
A————3——————-
E————1——————-

Chord on the Bass Guitar

G—————————–
D————-3————–
A————-3————–
E————-1—————

‘G’ Chord

Barre Chord on the Rhythm Guitar

e————-3——————-
B————3——————-
G————4——————-
D————5——————-
A————5——————-
E————3——————-

Chord on the Bass Guitar

G—————————–
D————5—————
A————5—————
E————3—————-

‘A’ Chord

Barre Chord on the Rhythm Guitar

e————5——————-
B———– 5——————-
G————6——————-
D————7——————-
A————7——————-
E————5——————-

Chord on the Bass Guitar

G—————————–
D————7—————
A————7—————
E————5—————-

‘B’ Chord

Barre Chord on the Rhythm Guitar

e————-2——————-
B————4——————-
G————4——————-
D————4——————-
A————2——————-
E————2——————-

Chord on the Bass Guitar

G————4—————
D————4—————
A————2—————
E—————————–

You can change chord positions on other strings as well, provided that the notes are correct and in scale. When chords are played on the bass guitar, the sound output turns out to be very high. This is why bass guitar amplifiers used should be powerful enough to handle loud and lowest tones. Also remember that playing chords on the bass guitar demands a lot of practice. One who is familiar with playing barre chords on the electric guitar can easily learn to play chords on the bass.

Tips to Tune a Bass Guitar

A low pitch guitar is a basic piece of numerous types of music. Not just is an instrument that is hard to play, additionally hard to tune. This article lets you know precisely how it ought to be finished.

The standard bass guitar has four strings. These models are usually tuned in a standard form, which is, E, A, D, G. This method is used to tune almost all forms of music instruments. However with the advent of different music genres, manufacturers have come up with 5-string and 6-string bass guitar models. The following table gives all the possible permutations and combinations that could be used to tune a bass guitar.

Guitars Tunings
4-string bass guitars Standard tuning (E, A, D, G), Drop D tuning, ½ Step down tuning, full step down tuning, drop-C, Low-B.
5-string bass guitars Standard tuning (b, E, A, D, G), standard with High C, ½ Step down tuning, full step down tuning, high C tuning, high C half step down, and full step down.
6-string bass guitars Standard tuning (E, A, D, G, B, e), ½ step down, and full step down.

Most of the pro bass guitar players have a brilliant knack of tuning their guitars with the help of their hearing senses ONLY. The beginners however have to tune the guitar with the help of electronic tuners.

The bass is a basic instrument, and has a very basic sound. A bass guitar that has gone out of tune generally has clashing frequencies. To know if it is out of tune or not, you need to know the sound of a tuned guitar, i.e., E, A, D, G. Another sound that is peculiarly heard in a bass that is out of tune is the sound of ‘wah’.

The next step is to find out which string is out of tune. This can be usually accomplished by playing the scales on the bass. The notation placed on the string that is out of tune, does not fit into the scale. The next step is to find the note, of the out-of-tune string on the rest of the fret board. The following is an example.

G————————————-
D————————————-
A————————————-( String out of tune)
E—————5———————

In the above example, string A or the string that plays the note ‘A’, is out of tune. The note ‘A’ is also played on the 5th fret of string E. Hence string A should sound like the note ‘A’, that is played on the 5th fret of string E. The next step depends entirely on the player’s hearing senses.

All that a guitarist has to do is to match up string A with the note ‘A’ on string E. The best way to do that is to adjust the tuning key in such a manner that the ‘wah’ sound disappears. If the ‘wah’, sound gets extremely heavy, loosen the string and if it gets too soft, tighten the string.

Tuning a bass guitar with the help of the hearing sense of an (imperfect) guitar player is not 100% accurate, as developing the sense of playing the (perfect) bass guitar, is very difficult. Due to the enormous size of strings, matching the notations of the strings and the notes played, also becomes difficult. To achieve perfection in the task, one needs a lot of practice.