BASS GUITAR LESSONS AT NATOMAS MUSIC SQUARE
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Q. How old should potential students be to start Sacramento bass guitar lessons?
A. Bass, like any other instrument, can start as early as you like but it is a large instrument that requires a wide wing span, so it is more conducive to students who have reached near 5′ tall.
Q. Is the discipline for Electric bass similar to the discipline for upright bass.
A. Thought the notes on the fretboard are the same the discipline and technique for plucking are completely different and the styles and genre’s that each instrument serve best are also very different.
Q. Can I put an electric bass through a guitar amp?
A. If you can plug it in then of course you can play it through an amp but be advised that it is not the recommended speaker style for bass. Most guitar amps use either 8 or 12 inch speakers and have built in reverb tanks but most quality bass amplifiers are generally made out of 10,” 15″ or sometimes 18″ speakers that have no built in reverb.
Q. Who are some notable bass players that I could listen to and aspire to play like?
A. James Jameson was the session bass player for Motown Records throughout the 60’s and 70’s and played on a large perecentage of their hits during the golden era of R&B. Most rock bass players will cite Geddy Lee of “Rush” as one of the greatest bass players in history. Flea of “Red Hot Chili Peppers” and Les Claypool of “Primus” are some of the most notable bass players in modern funk/rock music.
Q. Are bass string tuned differently than Guitar?
A. Standard 4 string bass tuning is E,A,D,G like guitar but the strings are much thicker and are tuned one whole octave below a guitar.
Q. If I own a 5 string bass what is the lowest string tuned to?
A. Generally you tune that one to a B to keep up the patter of bass string being tuned in fourths.