How to play bass guitar for beginners: start playing today

Generation Z Female Music Band On Rehearsal
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Most people assume learning how to play bass guitar is simple: four strings and a pickup. We agree. Within minutes of holding a bass for the first time, you'll be able to play a couple of notes.

But while the bass can offer an 'easier' route into a band by virtue of essentially single-note accompaniment, remember that the other instruments revolve around your most central contribution. So, if the bass looks like an easy instrument to play, it's never an easy instrument to master.

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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.