Monday, October 24, 2016

Scales

I finally learned a scale on the bass. It is the C Major scale. This is done by playing all the notes on the bass, besides flats and sharps. Scales are pretty hard, because you have to play the notes almost immediately after one another. There is more scales than just the C major scale, but here it is: first I play C, then D, E, F, G, A, B, and C again. I hope to perfect the C major scale, and learn other ones.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Chords for the Bass Guitar and Slap Bassing

For playing chords on the bass, you only hold down one string and pluck that string. A full step is 2 frets over. A half step is 1 fret over. There is a new letter every full step over. A half step to the left of a letter is a flat (for righty's). A half step to the right of a chord is a sharp. A full step is the next letter. I also found out that the closer the string to the head of the bass is higher not lower. The strings go (from lower to higher) F, G, A, B, C, D, E, and repeated. Another fact about the bass is that there is no sharp for B, or E. Only flats and the actual chord. There is also a different way to play strings without plucking them: slap bassing. This is done by hitting a string with your thumb. I have not perfected and cannot seem to make the slapping sound when I slap bass so I will have to keep working on it at home. Here is a for a reference to what I am talking about:

Each of the sections with a number is a fret -


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My Plans for GTIS This Year

This year I am hoping to learn the bass guitar this year in GTIS. Luckily, I don't have to buy one because I already have one at home. It is a Washburn Taurus. I plan on learning how to write and read music in class, and play the actual bass at home. I will do this so it isn't too much of a struggle to take my bass and amp to class everyday, and so it isn't loud for the rest of the school. If I learn the bass guitar this year in GTIS I am hoping I will be able to play at my church.