How To Read Bass Tab

This lesson will teach you how to read bass tab. Tab is short for tablature, a system used to show how music should be played on fretted instruments. It is in common use today, but is not a recent invention. Tablature has been in use for hundreds for years. Tab is popular among beginner bassists because it is easier to read than traditional musical notation and can be learned in a very short space of time.

How To Read Bass Tab

How To Read Bass Tab
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Bass Chords: An Online Reference – Open Position & Movable Chord Shapes For Bass Guitar, With Diagrams & Information

bass chords

A complete guide to bass chords – open position and movable chord shapes and how to play them.

Most of the time, bass guitarists stick to playing single-note lines. This ‘traditional’ approach has evolved for a reason; it’s all too easy to overload the low end of a song with a wall of bass sound. Oftentimes a more spartan approach is more effective.

That said, in certain situations playing bass chords will allow you to create new textures and interesting effects. You may want to fill out the bass part of a song, to create an intro, or to achieve a ‘bigger’ sound if you play in a small group.

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