Advanced Upright Bass Lessons

Improve upright bass skills with slurring, scales, and shifting positions. Learn advanced upright bass techniques and positioning from a music teacher in this free bowed string instrument video series.

Series Summary

The bass has a bit of a chip on its shoulder. Many people think that the least talented musician in a band is assigned to the bass. But fewer strings does not necessarily translate into less creative impact. While much of pop music has relatively simple bass lines, even the most basic of these lines are crucial to creating a solid rhythm section. In more progressive forms of rock music as well as in jazz, the bass maintains the timekeeping function while adding a subtlety and depth to a band’s sound nearly impossible to achieve with the more intrusive lead instruments. In funk and hip hop, the bass steps up to center stage, pounding home dancefloor rhythms. And in reggae the bass takes over, with the guitar keeping the beat as expansive bass runs dance all around it. The double bass is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument used in the modern symphony orchestra. Also known as the upright bass, this instrument requires a great deal of practice to learn the numerous ways in which different scales, chords, and patterns can be played to fit myriad music styles. In this free video series, a music teacher will demonstrate a number of advanced upright bass techniques, including slurring notes, shifting positions, playing up the neck, and playing a few scales on three strings. With these tips and techniques, upright bass players will be able to build on the basics they have already mastered.

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