Bass Techniques

Bass Techniques CartoonThese online bass lessons cover fundamental bass techniques. From hammer-ons and pull-offs to harmonics and slides…as well as other essential bass guitar techniques. Learning and practicing the core techniques for bass guitar should be part of your practice routine. Legacy Beginner Bass Lessons

The Online Bass Lessons here at are in the process of being updated. Below are some beginner bass lessons from the old website that have not made it to the new one yet.

Tuning the bass

Basic Tuning - This is the first method of tuning that you should learn. Electronic tuners, tuning forks, and tuning the bass with a piano are also covered.

Tuning with harmonics - After learning the most basic method of tuning, the next step is to learn to tune the bass using harmonics.

Drop D Tuning - This is a very common tuning in modern rock. From Tool, to the Deftones, this is one you should know.

Learn the language

Reading music on the electric bass - Learn the basics of reading standard notation.

How to read Internet tablature - This lessons gives a detailed description of how to read bass tablature found on the Internet.

Learn the names of the notes on the bass

Learning the neck - Very important, and often neglected. Learn the names of the notes on the neck of the bass!

Octave shapes - Octaves can be used to help learn the names of the notes on the neck of the bass.