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5 Things All Guitarists Switching to Bass Need to Know

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In the early days of rock 'n' roll, the spotlight seemed firmly fixed on the guitarists and singers. There was little love or recognition for the rhythm section. Of course, things have changed a lot since Buddy Holly and the Crickets started rocking high school gyms. Metal and progressive rock came along, demanding a higher technical standard from players on all instruments and turning drummers and bassists into heroes. But true musicians know that great bass players were there since the beginning, keeping drummers on tempo, supporting the melodies of singers, and taming noisy guitarists. The bassist plays a noble role in any band. Think you’ve got the mindset to trade your six-string for the low end? Here are five things you need to know.

Performing, Honing Your Craft, bass

Apr 5, 2016 10:00 AM

Max Monahan

12 More of the Best Songs That All Bassists Should Have in Their Repertoire

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Did you read our first article on great bass songs? Need more? We've got you! Check out 12 more great songs to learn on the bass.

Performing, Honing Your Craft, bass

Mar 10, 2016 07:00 AM

Max Monahan

5 Simple (But Effective) Bass Exercises You Can Do While You Watch TV

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You need to practice. There's just no getting around it; it's a fact of life. But when you finally get home at the end of a long day, it can be a tough choice deciding between running yourself into the ground working on what you love, or actually unwinding. Thankfully, there can be some middle ground. Check out these five effective bass exercises that are still simple enough to do while you watch TV.

Performing, Honing Your Craft, bass

Mar 8, 2016 10:00 AM

Max Monahan

14 of the Best Songs That All Bassists Should Have in Their Repertoire

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So you think you're a master of the bass? Or maybe you've just picked it up and don't know where to start. A great way to approach your studies on the bass is through a mix of basic theory and a knowledge of songs that you want to eventually emulate. This is where you start to build a repertoire. Here's a list of songs, some easier and some more difficult, that each offer valuable lessons to be learned from the genre they represent.

Performing, Honing Your Craft, bass

Mar 1, 2016 09:00 AM

Max Monahan

The 6 Most Important Qualities to Look for in a Bassist

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Good bassists aren't exactly a dime a dozen, and they can make a huge difference in your band. If you bass player's got a bad attitude  or worse, can't keep a steady tempo – it's gonna be a headache for everybody. If you want your band to groove, make sure your bass player matches has all of these six essential qualities.