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Bass Guitar Lessons


About the Bass Guitar

The bass guitar (also called electric bass, or simply bass) is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb, by plucking, slapping, popping, strumming, tapping, thumping, or picking with a plectrum, often known as a pick.

The bass guitar is similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar, but with a longer neck and scale length, and four to six strings or courses.

Like the electric guitar, the bass guitar has pickups and it is plugged into an amplifier and speaker for live performances.

The base guitar plays pitches one octave lower than the lowest pitched strings of a guitar.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In Finoon, there are typically 8 progressive levels for the bass guitar through which the student studies certain musical compositions with a special focus on technique and practice. The duration of each level depends upon the comprehensive capabilities of the student, their regular attendance to classes and persevere practice.

No, there aren’t any

First, let’s establish that no magic can make you a player overnight, mastering any musical instrument takes time. The most important thing however is, the number of hours per week that you actually invest into practice. Practice strengths your muscle memory so that your body knows what to do without you even thinking. Make sure that you practice at least three hours a week, but it is recommended to practice for an hour (uninterrupted) daily.

The curriculum contains a set of exercises for musical scales and sight reading that the student is advised to perform. You’re strongly advised to use a metronome to help you stay on rhythm. It is preferable, nonetheless, to practice for an hour (uninterrupted) daily or even more when advised.

Musical instruments are known to be very fragile, you should always handle them with gentle care, and that includes not subjecting them to heat, impact or direct sunlight. As for the bass, it should regularly be cleaned using a clean dry cotton cloth dedicated specially to it. Replace the strings should they get torn or change color. It is preferable to change the full string kit instead of replacing just one string.

The bass guitar can be played with most types of music especially the pop, rock and jazz; however, it’s more suitable to use the acoustic double bass. There are different kinds of bass guitar with the most popular of them being:

  • Acoustic Bass: which has a similar look to the acoustic guitar with a hollow body to amplify the sound created by the vibration of the strings. The strings are, however, thicker and longer than those of the acoustic guitar and its sound is also deeper than the guitar
  • Electric Bass: Which is further divided into the subtypes:
    • Solid-Body
    • Hollow/Semi-hollow body

A bass guitar’s neck can be fretted, where there are specific places to put your fingers, or it can be fretless which is capable of playing music genres where there are smaller divisions of a tone than the ½ tone like the ¼ tone and the 1/8 tone (for example: oriental music). There are also bass guitars made specifically for certain types of music like Jazz where the sound of the strings is brighter and more articulate compared to other types of bass guitars.

Yes, Finoon can buy the instrument on your behalf and this rids you of a lot of effort if you’ve just started your musical journey. Finoon can also sell instruments on your behalf, if you’re looking for an upgrade, or provide technical support and guidance for purchasing used and new instruments

Brands like Fender, squire, Gibson, Epiphone, Jackson, washburn, Ibanez, Yamaha have a number of models that suit you if you’ve just started your journey and there are of course the higher models and brands for the intermediate and advanced players

Well, there is a wide range of accessories out there to buy and they are all there to make your job easier, but for the most important part a proper case/bag, an amp and a shield are needed to get you started. There are of course other things like shoulder straps and effect pedals that add certain effects to the sound of the bass guitar like:

  • Overdrive
  • Delay
  • Reverb
  • Chorus
  • Fuzz
  • Flanger
  • Talk Box
  • Echo

And there are also other accessories like stands, pickups, picks and spare parts … etc.

Yes, preferably on both hands

There are a bunch of tuner apps, which you can download over the Internet and a lot of them are fortunately free. These programs will use the microphone on your computer or mobile phone to listen to the sound of each string and indicate its current tone, and based on that you can increase the tension on the string or loosen it a bit to get the desired tone from each string.

8 years and above should normally be good, and there is no maximum age. Some people start at a younger age than 8 if their musical talent allows it.