Top 5 Must Know Bass Riffs For Beginners

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This lesson I cover my top 5 most popular riffs for beginning bass guitarists. We’re going to be looking at:
1. Another One Bites The Dust – Queen 1:10
2. Stand By Me – Ben E King 15:16
3. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson 29:51
4. Come As You Are – Nirvana 33:53
5. Sunshine Of Your Love – Cream 38:29

Riffs are a great way to get started on bass because they are relatively quick to learn (quicker than full song) and they’re usually quite catchy. So you can play them to your friends and feel like a rock star!

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  1. Thank you so much for posting. This was the first thing AFTER tuning my new bass. Love it!

  2. William St-laurent


  3. I'm so tempted on buying a bass… I bought my guitar so I could play my favorite video game themes, but some of the songs have some kick ass bass lines too, and really wanted to feel what is like to play them also.

  4. Thank you for taking your time to make these videos, I really like your teaching style.

  5. Any techniques for fingerings? I can play it, but my fingers get confused and I use different ones then they ache from stretching. Any tips?

  6. I haven't found a better instructional for beginners. You don't overlook anything and you go in depth without showing off or being remotely condescending. It's fantastic, thanks

  7. Great tutorial! Thank for taking your time to teach the basics, it never gets old and reminds the importance of them when the primary instinct is to rush learning new songs.

  8. How can I get beginning of lessons from you? I like to learn how to play bass guitar. please help me. Thank you,,

  9. Thanks for teaching us noobs! We appreciate the detail.

  10. Longview Longview Longview Longview and Longview. That's all you need to know.

  11. apolinario fontiveros

    Great for beginners like me thanks a lot

  12. What about Seven Nation Army

  13. When I play the last note from the another one bites the dust bass line I alway have natural harmonics ringing in the background, is there anything I can do about them?
    Your lessons are really helping me transitioning from classical guitar to bass guitar. ^^

  14. Uggggh i want a bass so baaad

  15. This is my kind of pace and well done taking trouble to explain some technique things like choking the note etc as you say get these things right from the start then less bad habits

  16. Need a really good tutorial of Tonics Casual Affair

  17. Guitar player learning bass for the first time. Great tutorial for some quick and easy bass riffs for starting players. Appreciate your work. Wish me luck…:)

  18. What bass is that?

  19. Svyatoslav Smirnou

    I'm so mad how do I exercise my fingers to press the strings properly cause my 4th finger is to weak and i cant press down the strings properly

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