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There are, in fact, 10 levels of bass playing, according to YouTuber Ichika Nito

One thing’s for sure: there’s a lot of great bass playing out there – just ask Thundercat.

But according to Ichika Nito – he of the ethereal guitar tuning – there are actually 10 levels of bass playing.

First on that scale? One finger playing, of course.

From there, Nito demonstrates two- and three-finger technique, hammer-ons and pull-offs, slapping, harmonics, tapping and more.

As for Level 10? Watch to the end to find out.

Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.