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Bass Guitar Tips #1
By Scott Morris - 01/27/2009 - 09:21 AM EST

Have you always wanted to learn how to play bass guitar?

If so, I have created this special lesson as an easy
introduction learning how to play the bass.

What most total beginner's don't know is that
the bass guitar is related to the 6 string guitar.

The names of the largest or thickest 4 strings on the
6 string guitar are the same as the 4 strings on the bass
guitar.

The names of the notes are also the same on the
fretboard of both instruments.

The most common guitar chords for a rock guitarist to
play are known as "Barre Chords". However, barre chords
can often be difficult to play when first learning how to
play and getting your fingers to cooperate.


The most common guitar chords that exist, that many chose
to play in substitute of a guitar barre chord, are known
as 5th chords, or "power chords".

Why is this important to you if you're interested in learning
how to play the bass guitar?

The answer is, that if you know how to follow along with
a guitar player who is playing a song using guitar power
chords, then even if you're a total beginner, chances are
that you can pick up the bass and with just a bit of practice,
easily start to jam along and enjoy playing the bass guitar.

When a guitarists use power chords to play a song, they use
only 2 fingers. The name of the chords they play during a
song, are determined by the first note played in the guitar
power chord.

That note is called the "root note"

The root note is the first note played, that determines the
name of the guitar power chord. For an example, if the guitar
power chord begins with an F note (which is found on the
largest string at the first fret) .... then the guitar chord is
named F power chord.

Part 2 - How To Relate This To Bass Guitar Notes

This is quite simple. For this demonstration, I will give 2
examples.

1 for the guitar and one for the bass guitar.

Both examples are taught using "tablature"

If you're new to learning how to read tablature, here's a
basic explanation.

The lines shown represent the strings on each instrument.
The numbers on the lines, represent which frets to play.

The line shown on top represents the smallest string, high E.
The line shown on bottom represents the largest string, Low E.

This example teaches A pentatonic minor scale for guitar.

     A   C   D  E   G   A
e.---------------------------------------------------------
b.---------------------------------------------------------
g.---------------------------------------------------------
d.---------------5--7--------------------------------------
a.--------5--7---------------------------------------------
E.--5--8---------------------------------------------------


This example teaches A pentatonic minor scale for bass
guitar.

     A  C   D  E    G   A
g.---------------------------------------------------------
d.---------------5--7--------------------------------------
a.--------5--7---------------------------------------------
E.--5--8---------------------------------------------------


This scale is played the same way, using the same notes
on both instruments.

This same theory can also be applied when playing songs.
And what it basically amounts to is, that if you are playing
the bass guitar, you could follow the guitar player by
watching where his or her first finger is at while they are
playing guitar power chords.

Visit this link:

To read this entire article, and for 2 additional free guitar videos
and tablature samples that include a demonstration of how to play
guitar power chords, and also includes guitar tablature for the main
guitar progressions and bass guitar riffs for the songs Rock You Like
A Hurricane by the Scorpions and Paranoid by Black Sabbath!!!







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