This must be the boring part, right?
This is actually where you get to learn to play the Bass!
In my opinion, there are four different branches of playing the Bass that all together add up to form what we call "Theory".
The reason that I don't cram them all together on one page is that, in doing so, without a specific focus, it makes it hard to learn anything.
It would be like going to war with 20 different weapons at once and being expected to use them all at the same time.
That doesn't make sense now, does it? ;)
So..... I've broken all of the parts of the Theory area of my site into four separate sections:
- Playing the Bass (more of a physically applied sort)
- Reading Music
- Building Basslines
- Scales, Chords, and Arpeggios
If you're reading about Learning to play the Bass and you're getting a lot out of it, why would you want to be cut off mid-thought, just to be forced to read something about how to read Lead sheets?
It didn't make sense to me either!
The reason that they are all so important is that they are all individual skills that any successful Bass Player should know (especially Studio Musicians).
You need to know how to physically play the Bass so that you can get a sound out of it (that one really didn't need an explanation, huh? :)
You need to know how to Read Music so that you can play along to (or with) something someone has written out or composed.
You need to know how to Build Basslines so that you can create some parts that people want to hear and know how to do it well.
You also need to know your Scales, Chords, and Arpeggios so that you have tools with which to do those things.
Think about it: You wouldn't want to build a house without structure or a car without wheels, so why would you want to try to fumble your way through learning the bass without some guidance?
All the tools to become a better player are here, waiting for you!
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