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What To Do When Buying A Bass Guitar

The bass guitar is very much like a slightly larger version of an electric guitar, but it usually only has four strings and also has a longer neck and a slightly wider body. The first lesson in learning bass is to understand the instrument's role in the band and the second lesson should be to get a grasp on the different ways to play the guitar depending on the different genres of music adopted by the band.

There are some interesting techniques for the bass guitar which also have interesting names. ' Slapping' is a technique where the guitar player strikes the E string (usually) with their thumb before quickly pulling away their thumb. The E string is the ' fattest' string-the one that plays the lowest note. You can hear this technique being used extensively in funk music.

Popping is another bass playing technique. It is done by putting one of the fingers underneath the string, pulling it outwards, and then releasing it so that it pops back. The two techniques, can be used alternately by moving the hand in such a way that first that the thumb is used to slap, the finger then pops, the thumb slaps again etc. Of course, by doing it this way, it can be done a lot faster than if one were to repeatedly repeat the one technique on its own using only the one digit.

The main backbone of a band is made up of the bass guitar working closely with the drummer. This section provides the rhythm, the main melody and the basic harmonic foundation for the rest of the band who play chords over the top of this foundation. Obviously, the bassist therefore needs to have particularly good timing. You will normally find more men than women playing the bass, not least because of how thick the strings are, therefore it needs a reasonable amount of finger strength and toughness to be able to play the instrument for very long periods of time without causing injury. It is more likely to be the case if it is a particularly aggressive, rapid style of bass playing required for that type of music.

Another reason for this, is that many larger men have wider fingers, bigger hands, and longer arms which makes it much more comfortable than easy for them to play the bass, whereas it can be quite difficult for them to cope with the intricacies of the electric guitar. For example, a rhythm guitarist will mainly play chords which are more suitable to smaller fingers and a dextrous hand. Therefore for someone with quite large fingers who is possibly a little more clumsy than someone without, the bass guitar might be a much better choice.

Bass guitars are most usually played by using the middle finger plus the index finger to alternatively pluck the strings. The thumb is usually used as a support and is most commonly rested just on top of the pick-up. You can also play the bass guitar with a pick (otherwise known as a plectrum) and there are bass pics manufactured specifically for the bass guitar-these are thicker and more sturdy than the typical electric guitar pick.

Before purchasing a bass guitar on the internet, it's a good idea to make sure that the person selling it will be using suitable packaging to make sure that the guitar is not damaged in the post. If you're looking to buy a second hand one, it is also wise to have a good look at pictures of the item to see if it has any damage, scratches or any other kind of signs of mistreatment or evidence that the guitar has previously been dropped, because in the worst case scenario, this can permanently affect the quality of the sound produced by the instrument.

As with any online purchase, particularly if it isn't cheap, one should take great care to examine the credentials of the seller (if it's on eBay) or website. Look into their selling history, check their refund policy and look for any other information that will help you to make a safe and satisfying purchase.

Buying A Bass Guitar

Bass guitar is very similar to a typical electric guitar, except the standard version has only four strings (instead of six like the guitar) and it also has a wider body and a slightly longer neck. Anyone learning to play the bass (or planning to) needs to first understand the instrument's place in a band - IE - what it's main purpose is, and secondly to understand the different techniques employed for the different genres of music played by the band.

There are some interesting techniques for the bass guitar which also have interesting names. ' Slapping' is a technique where the guitar player strikes the E string (usually) with their thumb before quickly pulling away their thumb. The E string is the ' fattest' string-the one that plays the lowest note. You can hear this technique being used extensively in funk music.

Popping is another bass playing technique. It is done by putting one of the fingers underneath the string, pulling it outwards, and then releasing it so that it pops back. The two techniques, can be used alternately by moving the hand in such a way that first that the thumb is used to slap, the finger then pops, the thumb slaps again etc. Of course, by doing it this way, it can be done a lot faster than if one were to repeatedly repeat the one technique on its own using only the one digit.

The main backbone of a band is made up of the bass guitar working closely with the drummer. This section provides the rhythm, the main melody and the basic harmonic foundation for the rest of the band who play chords over the top of this foundation. Obviously, the bassist therefore needs to have particularly good timing. You will normally find more men than women playing the bass, not least because of how thick the strings are, therefore it needs a reasonable amount of finger strength and toughness to be able to play the instrument for very long periods of time without causing injury. It is more likely to be the case if it is a particularly aggressive, rapid style of bass playing required for that type of music.

Another reason for this, is that many larger men have wider fingers, bigger hands, and longer arms which makes it much more comfortable than easy for them to play the bass, whereas it can be quite difficult for them to cope with the intricacies of the electric guitar. For example, a rhythm guitarist will mainly play chords which are more suitable to smaller fingers and a dextrous hand. Therefore for someone with quite large fingers who is possibly a little more clumsy than someone without, the bass guitar might be a much better choice.

Bass guitars can be played using the index and middle finger in alternate 'plucks'. The thumb is often rested on the top of the pick-up nearest the middle in order to support these two fingers while playing. But the bass can also be played with a pick (or plectrum). There is also a pick that is made specifically for the bass which is larger than a typical guitar pick.

If you are looking to buy a bass guitar on the internet, some good tips are to check that the sender will be using adequate packaging to protect the item in transit. Also, you should view pictures of the guitar closely if it is second-hand in order to try and find any marks or other giveaway signs that the instrument has been mis-treated or dropped, as any damage could affect the quality of the sound produced by it.

Of course, as with any purchase on the internet, is a good idea to have a good look at the credentials of the summer (for example if the seller is on eBay) or if it is on a website, it is wise to thoroughly check out the legitimacy of the website, how long it has been selling for online, and any customer reviews who have previously bought from that website. Be sure to check out the refund policy as well as any other terms and conditions.

Buying A Bass Guitar On The Internet

The bass guitar is very much like a slightly larger version of an electric guitar, but it usually only has four strings and also has a longer neck and a slightly wider body. If you are planning on learning to play the bass, then firstly you should educate yourself about the instrument's 'role' in a band, and secondly you might want to understand the varying techniques used which change depending upon the type of music genre that the particular song belongs to.

Bass playing has some interesting techniques associated with it that also have unusual names. For example, 'slapping' is achieved by (usually) striking the E string (normally the 'bottom' string - IE - the 'widest' one that plays the lowest notes but appears to be the 'uppermost' string when the guitar is strapped on and the strings are viewed) with the thumb towards the neck of the instrument. The thumb is then pulled away quickly. If you listen to any 'funk' music, you will hear this technique being employed quite a lot.

Another of the bass techniques is called popping. This is done by slipping one of the fingers right underneath the string and then pulling it outwards and releasing it so that it pops back. Both of these techniques (slapping and popping) can be used effectively by alternating between one and the other. Obviously, this can be done a lot more quickly than repeatedly doing the one technique with either just the thumb or just the finger.

The main backbone of a band is made up of the bass guitar working closely with the drummer. This section provides the rhythm, the main melody and the basic harmonic foundation for the rest of the band who play chords over the top of this foundation. Obviously, the bassist therefore needs to have particularly good timing. You will normally find more men than women playing the bass, not least because of how thick the strings are, therefore it needs a reasonable amount of finger strength and toughness to be able to play the instrument for very long periods of time without causing injury. It is more likely to be the case if it is a particularly aggressive, rapid style of bass playing required for that type of music.

Another reason for this, is that many larger men have wider fingers, bigger hands, and longer arms which makes it much more comfortable than easy for them to play the bass, whereas it can be quite difficult for them to cope with the intricacies of the electric guitar. For example, a rhythm guitarist will mainly play chords which are more suitable to smaller fingers and a dextrous hand. Therefore for someone with quite large fingers who is possibly a little more clumsy than someone without, the bass guitar might be a much better choice.

Bass guitars are most usually played by using the middle finger plus the index finger to alternatively pluck the strings. The thumb is usually used as a support and is most commonly rested just on top of the pick-up. You can also play the bass guitar with a pick (otherwise known as a plectrum) and there are bass pics manufactured specifically for the bass guitar-these are thicker and more sturdy than the typical electric guitar pick.

Before purchasing a bass guitar on the internet, it's a good idea to make sure that the person selling it will be using suitable packaging to make sure that the guitar is not damaged in the post. If you're looking to buy a second hand one, it is also wise to have a good look at pictures of the item to see if it has any damage, scratches or any other kind of signs of mistreatment or evidence that the guitar has previously been dropped, because in the worst case scenario, this can permanently affect the quality of the sound produced by the instrument.

Of course, as with any purchase on the internet, is a good idea to have a good look at the credentials of the summer (for example if the seller is on eBay) or if it is on a website, it is wise to thoroughly check out the legitimacy of the website, how long it has been selling for online, and any customer reviews who have previously bought from that website. Be sure to check out the refund policy as well as any other terms and conditions.

Bass Guitars Rock!

The bass guitar is very much like a slightly larger version of an electric guitar, but it usually only has four strings and also has a longer neck and a slightly wider body. The first lesson in learning bass is to understand the instrument's role in the band and the second lesson should be to get a grasp on the different ways to play the guitar depending on the different genres of music adopted by the band.

Bass playing has some interesting techniques associated with it that also have unusual names. For example, 'slapping' is achieved by (usually) striking the E string (normally the 'bottom' string - IE - the 'widest' one that plays the lowest notes but appears to be the 'uppermost' string when the guitar is strapped on and the strings are viewed) with the thumb towards the neck of the instrument. The thumb is then pulled away quickly. If you listen to any 'funk' music, you will hear this technique being employed quite a lot.

Another of the bass techniques is called popping. This is done by slipping one of the fingers right underneath the string and then pulling it outwards and releasing it so that it pops back. Both of these techniques (slapping and popping) can be used effectively by alternating between one and the other. Obviously, this can be done a lot more quickly than repeatedly doing the one technique with either just the thumb or just the finger.

The main backbone of a band is made up of the bass guitar working closely with the drummer. This section provides the rhythm, the main melody and the basic harmonic foundation for the rest of the band who play chords over the top of this foundation. Obviously, the bassist therefore needs to have particularly good timing. You will normally find more men than women playing the bass, not least because of how thick the strings are, therefore it needs a reasonable amount of finger strength and toughness to be able to play the instrument for very long periods of time without causing injury. It is more likely to be the case if it is a particularly aggressive, rapid style of bass playing required for that type of music.

Also many larger built men find that their finger tip size, hand size and limb length make it much more comfortable and productive for them to choose the bass rather than the electric guitar. Specifically, a rhythm guitarist will quite often only play chords, which require hand dexterity and ideally, thin fingers. So for someone with big 'sausage' fingers, who also might be a little more 'clumsy' than others, the bass is the best solution as they may find normal guitar playing quite frustrating.

Bass guitars can be played using the index and middle finger in alternate 'plucks'. The thumb is often rested on the top of the pick-up nearest the middle in order to support these two fingers while playing. But the bass can also be played with a pick (or plectrum). There is also a pick that is made specifically for the bass which is larger than a typical guitar pick.

If you are looking to buy a bass guitar on the internet, some good tips are to check that the sender will be using adequate packaging to protect the item in transit. Also, you should view pictures of the guitar closely if it is second-hand in order to try and find any marks or other giveaway signs that the instrument has been mis-treated or dropped, as any damage could affect the quality of the sound produced by it.

Of course, as with any purchase on the internet, is a good idea to have a good look at the credentials of the summer (for example if the seller is on eBay) or if it is on a website, it is wise to thoroughly check out the legitimacy of the website, how long it has been selling for online, and any customer reviews who have previously bought from that website. Be sure to check out the refund policy as well as any other terms and conditions.

Bass Guitar Buying Tips

Bass guitar is very similar to a typical electric guitar, except the standard version has only four strings (instead of six like the guitar) and it also has a wider body and a slightly longer neck. The first lesson in learning bass is to understand the instrument's role in the band and the second lesson should be to get a grasp on the different ways to play the guitar depending on the different genres of music adopted by the band.

There are some interesting techniques for the bass guitar which also have interesting names. ' Slapping' is a technique where the guitar player strikes the E string (usually) with their thumb before quickly pulling away their thumb. The E string is the ' fattest' string-the one that plays the lowest note. You can hear this technique being used extensively in funk music.

Popping is another bass playing technique. It is done by putting one of the fingers underneath the string, pulling it outwards, and then releasing it so that it pops back. The two techniques, can be used alternately by moving the hand in such a way that first that the thumb is used to slap, the finger then pops, the thumb slaps again etc. Of course, by doing it this way, it can be done a lot faster than if one were to repeatedly repeat the one technique on its own using only the one digit.

The main backbone of a band is made up of the bass guitar working closely with the drummer. This section provides the rhythm, the main melody and the basic harmonic foundation for the rest of the band who play chords over the top of this foundation. Obviously, the bassist therefore needs to have particularly good timing. You will normally find more men than women playing the bass, not least because of how thick the strings are, therefore it needs a reasonable amount of finger strength and toughness to be able to play the instrument for very long periods of time without causing injury. It is more likely to be the case if it is a particularly aggressive, rapid style of bass playing required for that type of music.

Another reason for this, is that many larger men have wider fingers, bigger hands, and longer arms which makes it much more comfortable than easy for them to play the bass, whereas it can be quite difficult for them to cope with the intricacies of the electric guitar. For example, a rhythm guitarist will mainly play chords which are more suitable to smaller fingers and a dextrous hand. Therefore for someone with quite large fingers who is possibly a little more clumsy than someone without, the bass guitar might be a much better choice.

Bass guitars are most usually played by using the middle finger plus the index finger to alternatively pluck the strings. The thumb is usually used as a support and is most commonly rested just on top of the pick-up. You can also play the bass guitar with a pick (otherwise known as a plectrum) and there are bass pics manufactured specifically for the bass guitar-these are thicker and more sturdy than the typical electric guitar pick.

Before purchasing a bass guitar on the internet, it's a good idea to make sure that the person selling it will be using suitable packaging to make sure that the guitar is not damaged in the post. If you're looking to buy a second hand one, it is also wise to have a good look at pictures of the item to see if it has any damage, scratches or any other kind of signs of mistreatment or evidence that the guitar has previously been dropped, because in the worst case scenario, this can permanently affect the quality of the sound produced by the instrument.

Of course, as with any purchase on the internet, is a good idea to have a good look at the credentials of the summer (for example if the seller is on eBay) or if it is on a website, it is wise to thoroughly check out the legitimacy of the website, how long it has been selling for online, and any customer reviews who have previously bought from that website. Be sure to check out the refund policy as well as any other terms and conditions.

Bass Guitar For Beginners

Bass guitar is very similar to a typical electric guitar, except the standard version has only four strings (instead of six like the guitar) and it also has a wider body and a slightly longer neck. The first lesson in learning bass is to understand the instrument's role in the band and the second lesson should be to get a grasp on the different ways to play the guitar depending on the different genres of music adopted by the band.

There are a variety of different and interesting techniques which can be used to play the bass guitar. For example, slapping is a technique where you use your thumb to strike the E string (normally) before quickly pulling it away to make a slapping sound. The E string is the largest string, the one that plays the lowest sound. Funk music is one of the genres that uses this technique extensively.

Another technique is known as 'popping' and this involves putting one of the fingers underneath the string and pulling it outwards, before releasing it so that it 'pops' back. These two techniques (slapping and popping) are often used in quick combination to create some amazing sounding riffs.

The bass guitar is used very closely in combination with the drums to create the 'backbone' of a band - they provide the rhythm, or the melodic 'bottom' of a melody and the harmonic foundation for other members of the band who are playing chords. Therefore it is important for the bass player to have good timing. There are a disproportionate number of men who play the bass because due to the thickness of the strings, it needs a certain amount of strength and finger toughness to play for long periods of time without causing injury (particularly if the music genre involves an aggressive, rapid style.)

Another reason for this, is that many larger men have wider fingers, bigger hands, and longer arms which makes it much more comfortable than easy for them to play the bass, whereas it can be quite difficult for them to cope with the intricacies of the electric guitar. For example, a rhythm guitarist will mainly play chords which are more suitable to smaller fingers and a dextrous hand. Therefore for someone with quite large fingers who is possibly a little more clumsy than someone without, the bass guitar might be a much better choice.

Bass guitars are most usually played by using the middle finger plus the index finger to alternatively pluck the strings. The thumb is usually used as a support and is most commonly rested just on top of the pick-up. You can also play the bass guitar with a pick (otherwise known as a plectrum) and there are bass pics manufactured specifically for the bass guitar-these are thicker and more sturdy than the typical electric guitar pick.

Before purchasing a bass guitar on the internet, it's a good idea to make sure that the person selling it will be using suitable packaging to make sure that the guitar is not damaged in the post. If you're looking to buy a second hand one, it is also wise to have a good look at pictures of the item to see if it has any damage, scratches or any other kind of signs of mistreatment or evidence that the guitar has previously been dropped, because in the worst case scenario, this can permanently affect the quality of the sound produced by the instrument.

As with any online purchase, particularly if it isn't cheap, one should take great care to examine the credentials of the seller (if it's on eBay) or website. Look into their selling history, check their refund policy and look for any other information that will help you to make a safe and satisfying purchase.

Buying A Bass Guitar On The Internet

Bass guitar is very similar to a typical electric guitar, except the standard version has only four strings (instead of six like the guitar) and it also has a wider body and a slightly longer neck. If you are planning on learning to play the bass, then firstly you should educate yourself about the instrument's 'role' in a band, and secondly you might want to understand the varying techniques used which change depending upon the type of music genre that the particular song belongs to.

There are a variety of different and interesting techniques which can be used to play the bass guitar. For example, slapping is a technique where you use your thumb to strike the E string (normally) before quickly pulling it away to make a slapping sound. The E string is the largest string, the one that plays the lowest sound. Funk music is one of the genres that uses this technique extensively.

Another of the bass techniques is called popping. This is done by slipping one of the fingers right underneath the string and then pulling it outwards and releasing it so that it pops back. Both of these techniques (slapping and popping) can be used effectively by alternating between one and the other. Obviously, this can be done a lot more quickly than repeatedly doing the one technique with either just the thumb or just the finger.

The bass guitar is used very closely in combination with the drums to create the 'backbone' of a band - they provide the rhythm, or the melodic 'bottom' of a melody and the harmonic foundation for other members of the band who are playing chords. Therefore it is important for the bass player to have good timing. There are a disproportionate number of men who play the bass because due to the thickness of the strings, it needs a certain amount of strength and finger toughness to play for long periods of time without causing injury (particularly if the music genre involves an aggressive, rapid style.)

Also many larger built men find that their finger tip size, hand size and limb length make it much more comfortable and productive for them to choose the bass rather than the electric guitar. Specifically, a rhythm guitarist will quite often only play chords, which require hand dexterity and ideally, thin fingers. So for someone with big 'sausage' fingers, who also might be a little more 'clumsy' than others, the bass is the best solution as they may find normal guitar playing quite frustrating.

Bass guitars can be played using the index and middle finger in alternate 'plucks'. The thumb is often rested on the top of the pick-up nearest the middle in order to support these two fingers while playing. But the bass can also be played with a pick (or plectrum). There is also a pick that is made specifically for the bass which is larger than a typical guitar pick.

Before purchasing a bass guitar on the internet, it's a good idea to make sure that the person selling it will be using suitable packaging to make sure that the guitar is not damaged in the post. If you're looking to buy a second hand one, it is also wise to have a good look at pictures of the item to see if it has any damage, scratches or any other kind of signs of mistreatment or evidence that the guitar has previously been dropped, because in the worst case scenario, this can permanently affect the quality of the sound produced by the instrument.

As with any online purchase, particularly if it isn't cheap, one should take great care to examine the credentials of the seller (if it's on eBay) or website. Look into their selling history, check their refund policy and look for any other information that will help you to make a safe and satisfying purchase.

Bass Guitar For Beginners

Bass guitar is very similar to a typical electric guitar, except the standard version has only four strings (instead of six like the guitar) and it also has a wider body and a slightly longer neck. The first lesson in learning bass is to understand the instrument's role in the band and the second lesson should be to get a grasp on the different ways to play the guitar depending on the different genres of music adopted by the band.

There are some interesting techniques for the bass guitar which also have interesting names. ' Slapping' is a technique where the guitar player strikes the E string (usually) with their thumb before quickly pulling away their thumb. The E string is the ' fattest' string-the one that plays the lowest note. You can hear this technique being used extensively in funk music.

Popping is another bass playing technique. It is done by putting one of the fingers underneath the string, pulling it outwards, and then releasing it so that it pops back. The two techniques, can be used alternately by moving the hand in such a way that first that the thumb is used to slap, the finger then pops, the thumb slaps again etc. Of course, by doing it this way, it can be done a lot faster than if one were to repeatedly repeat the one technique on its own using only the one digit.

The main backbone of a band is made up of the bass guitar working closely with the drummer. This section provides the rhythm, the main melody and the basic harmonic foundation for the rest of the band who play chords over the top of this foundation. Obviously, the bassist therefore needs to have particularly good timing. You will normally find more men than women playing the bass, not least because of how thick the strings are, therefore it needs a reasonable amount of finger strength and toughness to be able to play the instrument for very long periods of time without causing injury. It is more likely to be the case if it is a particularly aggressive, rapid style of bass playing required for that type of music.

Also many larger built men find that their finger tip size, hand size and limb length make it much more comfortable and productive for them to choose the bass rather than the electric guitar. Specifically, a rhythm guitarist will quite often only play chords, which require hand dexterity and ideally, thin fingers. So for someone with big 'sausage' fingers, who also might be a little more 'clumsy' than others, the bass is the best solution as they may find normal guitar playing quite frustrating.

Bass guitars are most usually played by using the middle finger plus the index finger to alternatively pluck the strings. The thumb is usually used as a support and is most commonly rested just on top of the pick-up. You can also play the bass guitar with a pick (otherwise known as a plectrum) and there are bass pics manufactured specifically for the bass guitar-these are thicker and more sturdy than the typical electric guitar pick.

If you are looking to buy a bass guitar on the internet, some good tips are to check that the sender will be using adequate packaging to protect the item in transit. Also, you should view pictures of the guitar closely if it is second-hand in order to try and find any marks or other giveaway signs that the instrument has been mis-treated or dropped, as any damage could affect the quality of the sound produced by it.

As with any online purchase, particularly if it isn't cheap, one should take great care to examine the credentials of the seller (if it's on eBay) or website. Look into their selling history, check their refund policy and look for any other information that will help you to make a safe and satisfying purchase.

Buying A Bass Guitar

The bass guitar is very much like a slightly larger version of an electric guitar, but it usually only has four strings and also has a longer neck and a slightly wider body. If you are planning on learning to play the bass, then firstly you should educate yourself about the instrument's 'role' in a band, and secondly you might want to understand the varying techniques used which change depending upon the type of music genre that the particular song belongs to.

There are some interesting techniques for the bass guitar which also have interesting names. ' Slapping' is a technique where the guitar player strikes the E string (usually) with their thumb before quickly pulling away their thumb. The E string is the ' fattest' string-the one that plays the lowest note. You can hear this technique being used extensively in funk music.

Another technique is known as 'popping' and this involves putting one of the fingers underneath the string and pulling it outwards, before releasing it so that it 'pops' back. These two techniques (slapping and popping) are often used in quick combination to create some amazing sounding riffs.

The electric bass guitar is used very closely in combination with the drums to create the 'backbone' of a band - they provide the rhythm, or the melodic 'bottom' of a melody and the harmonic foundation for other members of the band who are playing chords. Therefore it is important for the bass player to have good timing. There are a disproportionate number of men who play the bass because due to the thickness of the strings, it needs a certain amount of strength and finger toughness to play for long periods of time without causing injury (particularly if the music genre involves an aggressive, rapid style.)

Also many larger built men find that their finger tip size, hand size and limb length make it much more comfortable and productive for them to choose the bass rather than the electric guitar. Specifically, a rhythm guitarist will quite often only play chords, which require hand dexterity and ideally, thin fingers. So for someone with big 'sausage' fingers, who also might be a little more 'clumsy' than others, the bass is the best solution as they may find normal guitar playing quite frustrating.

Bass guitars are most usually played by using the middle finger plus the index finger to alternatively pluck the strings. The thumb is usually used as a support and is most commonly rested just on top of the pick-up. You can also play the bass guitar with a pick (otherwise known as a plectrum) and there are bass pics manufactured specifically for the bass guitar-these are thicker and more sturdy than the typical electric guitar pick.

If you are looking to buy a bass guitar on the internet, some good tips are to check that the sender will be using adequate packaging to protect the item in transit. Also, you should view pictures of the guitar closely if it is second-hand in order to try and find any marks or other giveaway signs that the instrument has been mis-treated or dropped, as any damage could affect the quality of the sound produced by it.

As with any online purchase, particularly if it isn't cheap, one should take great care to examine the credentials of the seller (if it's on eBay) or website. Look into their selling history, check their refund policy and look for any other information that will help you to make a safe and satisfying purchase.

Buying Bass Guitars

The bass guitar is very much like a slightly larger version of an electric guitar, but it usually only has four strings and also has a longer neck and a slightly wider body. If you are planning on learning to play the bass, then firstly you should educate yourself about the instrument's 'role' in a band, and secondly you might want to understand the varying techniques used which change depending upon the type of music genre that the particular song belongs to.

There are a variety of different and interesting techniques which can be used to play the bass guitar. For example, slapping is a technique where you use your thumb to strike the E string (normally) before quickly pulling it away to make a slapping sound. The E string is the largest string, the one that plays the lowest sound. Funk music is one of the genres that uses this technique extensively.

Another technique is known as 'popping' and this involves putting one of the fingers underneath the string and pulling it outwards, before releasing it so that it 'pops' back. These two techniques (slapping and popping) are often used in quick combination to create some amazing sounding riffs.

The main backbone of a band is made up of the bass guitar working closely with the drummer. This section provides the rhythm, the main melody and the basic harmonic foundation for the rest of the band who play chords over the top of this foundation. Obviously, the bassist therefore needs to have particularly good timing. You will normally find more men than women playing the bass, not least because of how thick the strings are, therefore it needs a reasonable amount of finger strength and toughness to be able to play the instrument for very long periods of time without causing injury. It is more likely to be the case if it is a particularly aggressive, rapid style of bass playing required for that type of music.

Also many larger built men find that their finger tip size, hand size and limb length make it much more comfortable and productive for them to choose the bass rather than the electric guitar. Specifically, a rhythm guitarist will quite often only play chords, which require hand dexterity and ideally, thin fingers. So for someone with big 'sausage' fingers, who also might be a little more 'clumsy' than others, the bass is the best solution as they may find normal guitar playing quite frustrating.

Bass guitars are most usually played by using the middle finger plus the index finger to alternatively pluck the strings. The thumb is usually used as a support and is most commonly rested just on top of the pick-up. You can also play the bass guitar with a pick (otherwise known as a plectrum) and there are bass pics manufactured specifically for the bass guitar-these are thicker and more sturdy than the typical electric guitar pick.

Before purchasing a bass guitar on the internet, it's a good idea to make sure that the person selling it will be using suitable packaging to make sure that the guitar is not damaged in the post. If you're looking to buy a second hand one, it is also wise to have a good look at pictures of the item to see if it has any damage, scratches or any other kind of signs of mistreatment or evidence that the guitar has previously been dropped, because in the worst case scenario, this can permanently affect the quality of the sound produced by the instrument.

Of course, as with any purchase on the internet, is a good idea to have a good look at the credentials of the summer (for example if the seller is on eBay) or if it is on a website, it is wise to thoroughly check out the legitimacy of the website, how long it has been selling for online, and any customer reviews who have previously bought from that website. Be sure to check out the refund policy as well as any other terms and conditions.