Guitar Essentials: How to Play Along on Bass Guitar

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Knowing how to play bass is an asset for any gigging guitarist. Not only can it help you land more gigs but it also gives you the versatility to play a vital role in a jam when there are too many guitarists competing for space.

In this new video, Sean Daniel offers a primer in bass accompaniment for guitarists. In it, he shows how you can use fundamentals of bass guitar to match a chord progression on guitar using a root note, fifth and an octave.

“Bass is a very nuanced instrument, and to really master it takes just as much precision as anything else,” Sean says. “But we’re going to simplify it and just bring it down to a couple of notes and the bare minimum of what you need to do to fill the sonic space and mesh with another instrument.”

Throughout the video, Sean demonstrates how to put these principles to use and provides solid examples of what can be done using just the rudiments of bass accompaniment.

For this video, Sean is playing a Rickenbacker 4003 through an Ampeg Portaflex and an Ernie Ball MusicMan Albert Lee through a Fender G-Dec.

Take a look. And when you’re done, be sure to visit Sean’s YouTube channel for more of his informative instruction videos.