Exercises for bass: 5 ways to improve your bass guitar technique

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Now, if you're anything like us – or a beginner on the instrument – the thought of working on your bass guitar technique might be a bit off-putting. We know: rocking out on stage is often more appealing than sitting down to work on your bass playing. 

But you know what? Work through these exercises and you'll rock out better, because you'll be more confident, more in control and unimpeded by jumbled fingers and cramping wrists.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.