Bass for Beginners

A bass player doesn't have to be flashy or loud, but a band won't survive long with a weak bass. The bass player and drummer will determine whether your band is mediocre, good, or great.

Did you think Guitar Noise was only for guitars? Our lead editor, David Hodge, wrote The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Bass Guitar, so you know you're in good hands.

Nov03
Bass Amp

A primer on bass amps for beginners. Here’s what you need to know when you look for something a little bigger than your first practice amp.

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Mar11
Van Morrison

Dan Lasley shares a fun lesson with us. It’s a bass lesson to accompany our easy guitar song lesson on Van Morrison’s Moondance.

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Jun24
Electric bass guitar

Guitar Noise has been teaching bass guitar to beginners for over ten years. The answers to most common questions are featured here.

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Jul30
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon

In celebration of his hot selling book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Playing Bass Guitar, David has put together a couple of bass lessons exclusively for the readers of Guitar Noise. Learn how to play this classic Pink Floyd song. It’s as easy as counting to seven (and occasionally eight)!

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Jun18

Here’s a great piece for beginners trying to get a handle on this confusing subject. And Paul Ortiz has gone above and beyond, providing some truly excellent MP3s to illustrate Dan’s lesson. Kudos to both of these guys!

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Mar07
Home Recording Studio

This is a wonderfully concise walk through on how to go about recording music on your computer. From knowing the computer to shaping your sound.

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Jan16
Marshall Amp Logo

Here is the lowdown on British bass guitar amplifiers. We detail the similarities and differences between the various amps and give you some help choosing.

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Oct01

Dan shares with us his love of the fretless bass guitar. He explains the difference no frets make and offers some reasons why you might want to go fretless.

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Feb22

Many people have asked about playing chords on the bass, so here is a discussion on how chords are built up from notes, and how they apply to the bass.

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