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 LEARN HOW TO PLAY BASS AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS ABOUT BASS

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PostSubject: LEARN HOW TO PLAY BASS AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS ABOUT BASS   Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:18 pm

LESSON #1

The Role Of The Bass

Bass is often one of the most over-looked instruments in a musical group. Many audience members have no idea what a bass even is. Despite this fact, bass is probably the most critical instrument in a group. It is rare to find a performing band without a bass player. As a budding bassist, you should be happy to know there is always a high demand for bassists—especially good ones.
The Responsibilities of the Bass Player

Traditionally, the bass performs two basic and vital functions within a band or group:

1. Bass provides the rhythmic foundation.
2. Bass provides the harmonic foundation.

The Rhythmic Foundation

The rhythmic foundation refers to the consistent pulse of the music. A skilled bassist supports the group by providing a good-feeling, steady pulse. Most music that is well received has a steady rhythm, or beat, to it. This is the responsibility and priority of the bassist.

The drummer, when present, also aids in providing the pulse. However, don’t be mistaken that it is the drummer's job to create the pulse and you are only along for the ride. Your sense of rhythm must be very solid and independent of anyone else in the group. Each group member should have good rhythm independently while playing together as a whole.

Your rhythmic skills are the most important thing for you to master as a bassist. It doesn’t matter how perfect your choice of notes is. If your notes are in the wrong place rhythmically, it won't feel or sound right.
The Harmonic Foundation

Most people realize the bass player helps with providing the rhythm. A lot of people don't realize the other important function the the bass player — supporting the harmony.

Harmony means together. In music, harmony is the playing of several different notes at the same time. Sometimes one person alone, such as a guitarist or pianist, creates this harmony. Other times several people, such as an orchestra, rock band or a barbershop quartet, create the harmony together.

The bass plays a powerful role in how we hear harmonies. When we hear several notes played at the same time, we hear them all relative to the lowest sounding pitch — the bass note.

The bass player's second major traditional role is to properly define the harmony by supplying the correct foundational notes.
In Summary

As you continue studying music, you will learn that music is comprised of three main elements—rhythm, harmony and melody. The bass lays the foundation for two of these three elements. Studying bass means to study rhythm and to study harmony, and the techniques to create them on the bass.

Bass is a very powerful instrument. A good bassist can often rescue a mediocre group, while a bad bassist can easily destroy a great group. Use your bass-playing powers for good, not evil. Learn about rhythm. Learn about harmony.

http://www.studybass.com/lessons/basics/the-role-of-the-bass/


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PostSubject: Re: LEARN HOW TO PLAY BASS AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS ABOUT BASS   Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:29 pm

ako ako! haha. d lang magaling. tsk. paturo idol! hehe
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PostSubject: Re: LEARN HOW TO PLAY BASS AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS ABOUT BASS   Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:53 pm

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PostSubject: Re: LEARN HOW TO PLAY BASS AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS ABOUT BASS   Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:16 pm

ill be updating the lessons for bass guitar so if you are interested to learn this instrument, wait for the next lessons.
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PostSubject: Re: LEARN HOW TO PLAY BASS AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS ABOUT BASS   Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:39 pm

Up And Down

On the Bass Guitar, Up is Down and Down is Up!

One of the first things to confuse students on the bass guitar is the use of the terms up, down, high and low. These terms all refer to pitch, or how high or low a note sounds.

If someone says go up one string or one note, he or she means to go up in pitch – not in physical space on your instrument. On the bass going "up a string" means your fretting hand is moving toward the floor. That seems backwards, but if you listen, you will hear the pitch goes higher in this direction.

To go "up the neck" means to move towards the body of the bass. Again, that makes the pitch go higher, or up.

The sooner you get this straight, the better. If you understand what up in pitch and down in pitch mean and you LISTEN, then you won’t have any problems with this concept. If you're new to playing bass guitar, then this may take some getting used to.
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PostSubject: Re: LEARN HOW TO PLAY BASS AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS ABOUT BASS   Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:49 pm

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kuya third.dba turuan mo man ako?
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PostSubject: Re: LEARN HOW TO PLAY BASS AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS ABOUT BASS   Sun Nov 09, 2008 3:54 pm

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PostSubject: Re: LEARN HOW TO PLAY BASS AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS ABOUT BASS   Sun Nov 09, 2008 3:55 pm

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