Dallas Bass Guitar Lessons
The bass guitar is a unique discipline in the guitar family primarily because
it sounds different from an acoustic or classic guitar, but it is also
due to its unique role in a band or group setting. Bass guitars usually
play an octave lower than other guitars, resulting in a deep, rhythmic
tone. Some of the most memorable parts of popular songs are the result
of a powerful bass sound, which establishes the rhythm and foundational
structure of a song.
Despite being a guitar, the role of a bass in a band is far closer to the
drums than to the melodic six-string guitar. While the six-string guitar
often receives the spotlight because it gets to play the melodies, the
bass guitar often lays the groundwork for melody by keeping the underlying
beat of the music going. While many people sing to the melody, they
move to the rhythm. In fact, the bass player will often sync his or her bass
playing to the drummer, allowing the beating of the drums to align to
the plucking of the bass. However, like the drums, bass playing also has
the potential to create truly memorable and spotlight-stealing solos that
stay with an audience for a long time. As you grow into bass playing,
its potential as a means of expression will grow with you.
While the bass is an accessible instrument to learn and simple to understand,
bass playing has a long and proud history of virtuoso technique and wide
varieties of style. Bass shows up in all kinds of music in wildly different
forms, from country to metal to jazz to hip hop, but in each case its
influence and power are undeniable. Some of the greatest jazz musicians
in the world are students of the bass because it is so crucial to the
success of a piece of music.
If you’re interested in creating powerful, deep sound that gets people
moving, bass guitar might be the instrument you’ve always wanted to play.