Teach Yourself VISUALLY Bass Guitar
Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review
- Each skill or technique is defined and described
- Step-by-step instructions accompany each photo
- Detailed color photos demonstrate each step
- Helpful tips provide additional guidance
What the Bass Guitar Does.
Chapter 2. Parts of Your Bass Guitar.
Parts of the Bass Guitar.
Fretted and Fretless Basses.
Bass Guitar Strings.
Four Strings or More?
Right-handed versus Left-handed Basses.
Passive and Active Pickups.
Control Your Bass Guitar.
Chapter 3. Holding Your Bass Guitar.
The Guitar Strap.
Sitting or Standing?
Your Fretting Hand.
Playing with a Pick.
Using Your Thumb.
Chapter 4. Tuning Your Bass Guitar.
Chapter 5. Basic Fretboard Fingering.
Proper Finger Placement
Shift Across Strings.
Stay Close to the Fingerboard.
Chapter 6. Plucking and Picking.
Alternate Fingering .
Pluck with Your Thumb.
Mute Your Strings.
Chapter 7. Play Your First Scales.
Basic Music Notation.
Notes on the Fretboard.
The C Major Scale.
The G Major Scale.
The F Major Scale.
Chapter 8. Playing with Chords.
What Makes a Chord?
Major Chords and Scales.
Minor Scales and Chords.
Chapter 9. Common Chord Progressions.
More Chord Progressions.
Cahpter 10. Basic Rhythms.
Apply Rhythms to Songs.
Chapter 11. Slapping and Popping.
Some Basic Slap Patterns.
Chapter 12. Getting Your Tone.
How Should You Play?
Playing in a Band.
Dialing It In on Active and Passive Bass Guitars.
Chapter 13. Buying a Bass Guitar and Amplifier.
What to Look for in Your Bass Guitar.
What to Look for in Your Amplifier.
What Else You’ll Need.
Chapter 14. Care for Your Gear.
Before You Play.
After You Play.
Change the Strings.
Plug It In and Unplug It.
Chapter 15. Some Last Words.
Where Do You Go from Here?
Learn Songs by Ear.
Reading Music and Music Theory.
Appendix: Some Especially Noteworthy Bassists.
Technical editor Richard Hammond, originally from New Zealand, is now based in New York City. He started playing electric bass at age 13, and by age 20 he was one of the most in-demand acoustic and electric bassists in Auckland, playing numerous studio, touring, and television dates. He moved to Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 1991, earning a bachelor’s degree in performance, after which followed a master’s degree in jazz from the Manhattan School of Music in 1996. Richard quickly established himself as a musician able to move freely between a vast array of styles with equal depth, fluidity, and sense of groove. As a professional bassist, he has recorded and toured with a diverse array of bands and solo artists, including Jonatha Brooke, Chiara Civello, the East Village Opera Company, Erasure, House of Red, Anjelique Kidjo, and Dar Williams.