Basic Bass Plucking Technique (Beginner Bass Basics)

The bass plucking technique that 90+% of the pros use – demystified.

0:09 How to pluck the bass (thumb placement, alternating)
1:06 Pull across, not up
2:35 Play-along sneak peek
4:18 How to play the groove
5:45 Slow play-along
6:37 Medium play-along
7:25 Full play-along

Getting your bass plucking technique dialed isn’t complicated – but it’s crucial if you want to get a good tone and be able to play cool s***.

I’ll get you started with where to place your thumb, which is the anchor that keeps your plucking hand where it needs to be (and helps you mute unwanted string noise).

Then we’ll talk over the basics of alternating plucking, which is the main plucking technique that bass players have used for the last few decades.

I’ll also show you how to pull across, not up, which keeps your tone solid, so you don’t sound like a beginner. (even if you are one – I won’t tell :P)

And then we’ll jump into a disco-funk-tastic playalong where you can make sure you’re plucking the right way.

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  1. You are an excellent teacher!

  2. Just bought a bass last weekend. So thankful for this channel. also, i have a way of remembering the strings notes but its kind of weird.

  3. What do you do when something like a 16th note messes it up? Should you start on you index or middle finger on the new bar?

  4. Zedrick Aaron Delos Santos

    Woaaah that help me lot. Thanks man

  5. Yo. I noticed your are counting even numbers. If on the four, you have to go to another string, do you start with the index or the middle?

  6. Hello, when I plucking (or change a string), which finger should start on? index or middle? thank you very much.

  7. Just found your fine channel….just what I was looking for…really like your posts…..subbed!

  8. Yesenia Rodriguez

    So glad I came across your channel! I’m soon to be a beginner bass player, thank you for these basics.

  9. Fausto Nóbrega Villas Boas

    Great teaching skills (specially for a 50++ living all the way down in Brazil). Thanks. Couldn't catch your name though!

  10. Josh, please do you have any tutorials for beginners that include how to create fills and application of chords, and is it on CD because I am in Africa and I will like to know the cost. Thanks

  11. Hopefully your channel blows up soon coz it's great. Keep the good work

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