The bass guitar can create a complete groove: bass lines, percussion, chordal elements, and melodies. That's not the case with either guitar or piano. The bass can switch between, or overlap these roles more easily than any other instrument. It's hard to imagine a rhythm section without a bass guitar.
It starts with conditioning your hands, and with ear-training. The best way to learn bass, guitar or piano is to learn to play along with tracks and real songs. If you're a beginner, we will start with playing slow, simple parts to easy, repetitive songs and background tracks. If you have the patience to begin with a few basic songs, and gradually learn more complex parts as you get better, then the bass can be one of the easiest instruments to get started on.
The main role of the bass line is to mark the chord changes. By playing one note in a low register, the bass player controls whether the listener hears what the guitar and piano are playing as a major chord, or a minor seventh in another key, or an eleventh chord in yet another key.
By looking at real parts from real songs, you will come to understand how bass lines function. Besides marking the chord changes, an effective bass line also has percussive and melodic elements.
Every serious bass player should learn the traditional 2-finger pizzicatto technique upright bass players use. Modern bass players should also be able to play with a pick, because it opens up a range new tones, and also because many recorded bass parts are picked. So you have to use a pick if you want to reproduce the recorded part.
Bass guitar is a good adjunct to learning guitar. It's also a good choice for the many people whose hands are too big to play open guitar chords.
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