The first step to learning how to develop a bass line, is to
simply play the roots of the chords. Everything else is just icing
on the cake. So then it just boils down to where to play the root
on the neck of the bass, and what rhythms to play.
What are chords? Chords are more that one note played at a time.
You could play chords on the bass, but for the most part they
will sound too muddy to be of any use. If you are playing in a
band, then the guitarist or keyboard player will be playing the
chords. There are a lot of different chords, and it is beyond
the scope of this lessons to go into them in too much detail,
but what you need to be concerned with right now is what the root
of a chord is. A C chord, a Cm (C minor), a C7....the root of
all of these chords is C. The root is the basic note that the
chord is named after. The other parts of the chord name, like
the m, or the 7, just give information about what other notes
are in the chord. Later on this will be very important, but for
now you will play the same thing for all of these chords.....C.
One very important bit of information that you should master
as a bass player, is what all of the names of the notes on the
neck are. There is no way to play the root of a chord if your
don't know where it is. Goal #1 should be to learn the notes on
the 4th and 3rd string. You are going to use the notes on these
2 strings as an anchor when first learning to play the bass.