Beginner Bass Guitar Lesson – First Lesson Covering the Basics

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A bass lesson for the absolute beginner, covering the basics: the parts of the bass, how to hold the bass, tuning, playing fingerstyle, and tabs a.k.a. tablature.

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18 comments

  1. 1. THE PARTS OF THE BASS 0:40
    2. HOW TO HOLD THE BASS 1:19
    3. TUNING 2:45
    4. PLAYING FINGERSTYLE
    – Plucking Hand
    * E-String Position 4:42
    * A-String Position 6:36
    * D-String Position 7:44
    * G-String Position 8:33
    * All Strings 9:25
    – Fretting Hand
    * Explanation 11:16
    * Exercise 1 13:18
    * Exercise 2 14:04
    5. TABS / TABLATURE
    – Explanation 15:22
    – Play Along 17:11
    – Play Along (Faster, with band) 17:44

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  2. Amazing! It would be better if you could talk more about how to flatten the fretting hand.

  3. Temirlan Sabyrov

    I want staydy play bass,but bad understand
    Please rus sub. Senkiy!

  4. Temirlan Sabyrov

    Please I'm bad understand English, Russian sub please! I very like your game and canal!!

  5. Yes! I've been waiting for you to start teaching.

  6. Nathan, do you also use floating thumb technique to mute the strings too, or is the method you demonstrated your preferred method? And why?

  7. Can you do a beginner slap lesson for 5 string players please

  8. High Quality Lesson

  9. I've played Bass for 11 years and words still can't describe how excited I was when I saw this

  10. I’ve been playing bass for years, yet I still learned quite a bit from this. Definitely going to rework my right hand finger style. Thanks Nathan!

  11. Thanks for the lesson really needed it ….hoping to see more in the coming days

  12. Pin Panelle

  13. Hello i have played bass for 2 months now and i been thinking about my fingerstyle. This video was very useful since i learn't new tricks and correction of my fingerstyle. Can't wait for the next one!

  14. Excellent teaching. I have been playing for over 20 years and it was a few times that I saw someone teaching in such a didactic way. Keep going!

  15. AMAZING

  16. Project Levram Studio

    Great tutorial Nathan, i wish i had YouTube 20 years ago, i wouldn't be riddled with poor technique.

  17. good video Nathan , really nice bass , stay safe , stay healthy , God bless my friend.

  18. Andrea Cuppoletti

    Even the voice is B A S S

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