If you’ve ever listened to a band and found your head bobbing or your feet tapping, chances are you’re feeling a good bassline. Ever notice that breakdown moment in a song, when all the guitars and vocals cut out, and the bass and drums carry the beat for a few measures before the guitars jump back in? Those are powerful moments when you’ve got a good bass player! Bass guitar isn’t as popular for students to learn as other instruments, but a good bassist will never -- and we mean NEVER! -- have a hard time finding a band. Bass is an easy instrument to learn initially, as you’ll start with playing single notes rather than learning chords, so you can jump into full songs almost right away! Over time, as your rhythm skills and understanding of chords and melody grows, your bass lines will grow with you.
Bass guitars come in a couple sizes, including short scale, standard, and extra-long scale, and varying numbers of strings (most bass guitars have four strings, but advanced players will often play bass guitars with five or even six strings, which give the bass a lower range). For new students, we recommend the four-string bass, and the short-scale bass size is a good option for students with smaller hands. Basses also come in solidbody and hollowbody. Solidbody (a bass that’s made from a single piece of wood and is not hollow) basses are the most common.
If you’re playing bass, you’ll need an amplifier to be heard, so you’ll want to buy a bass amp as well. You won’t need to bring this with you to lessons, as we’ll have amps we can use, but to practice at home, you’ll need to have one! As with all instruments, we recommend you try before you buy, because there are a ton of different kinds of basses! A good option for trying different bass guitars without commitment is to rent from Rock N Roll Rentals on Burnet in North Austin.
Note: Did you know that there’s such a thing as a ukulele bass? They’re called a U-bass, and they’re small and cute, with big, soft, rubber strings, tuned the same way as a standard four-string bass. They need to plug in to an amp just like other bass guitars, and they have a sound reminiscent of a big stand-up double bass. If this intrigues you, be sure to check local music stores to see how they feel in your hands!
We have several choices for teachers in bass guitar. You can learn a little more about them here, or you can go directly to our booking page and just see who’s available in the exact time slots that you need!