Bass Guitar Anatomy: Parts of a Bass Guitar

Parts of a Bass Guitar

Knowing what things are actually called is super useful in many situations. Whether you’re learning the lingo of D&D, a specific type of hardcore workout, or a new musical instrument, knowing what to say can make your experience a lot better. Knowing the parts of a bass guitar is a great example of this. You’re … Read more

Why is Bass Guitar Hard to Hear

Why is Bass Guitar Hard to Hear

Whether you’re listening to a song to try and learn the bass line or you’re just looking for more low end in your ears, you might be wondering, “Why is bass guitar hard to hear?” There are plenty of reasons why you might have trouble hearing the lower frequencies in a certain song. We’ll talk … Read more

Double Bass Vs Upright Bass: Is There a Difference?

Double Bass vs Upright Bass

The double bass, or the standup bass, or is it the upright bass? Whatever it’s called, the upright bass is one of those instruments that has truly crossed over in terms of musical styles and genres. Because the standup bass is used in so many different kinds of music, some people are left wondering, “Is … Read more

What is a Walking Bass Line

Fingers on a bass guitar neck

Here’s what we know. Walking bass lines are cool, deceptively simple, and every bass player wants to learn how to play them at some point. They convey tons of movement, and they build a scaffold for the rest of the band to play around. However, knowing those things still doesn’t quite tell us what a walking bass line is.

The main question when we break this down is, really, what makes a bass line “walking?” There are some specifics that all walking bass lines share. And while some bass lines might sound like they fall into this category, they might not. So, let’s take a look at the rules and the characteristics that make up a walking bass line.

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The Passive vs Active Bass Debate – What’s Right for You?

I have never been a big fan of active basses, although I have to admit that the idea behind them does seem pretty cool. The idea is to add a battery-powered active tone circuit so you can boost your signal and control the sound of your bass to a much higher degree. Since the passive vs active bass debate rages on, let’s take a look at the reasons why.

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Less is Better…Usually

In the bass community, we often hear the phrase “less is more.” This annoys some people to no end; they reason that less is less and more is more.

Of course, they’re missing the point, which is why I propose the “less is better” substitute.

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Maple vs. Rosewood Fretboard – Is there a difference?

maple vs rosewood fretboard

Fretboard wood is yet another hotly debated bass topic out there. And, it’s another topic that may have no real answer. While we can take a look at the different factors that play a part in the comparison between a maple vs rosewood fretboard, we’ve found that it comes down to a lot of personal preference and psychology.

However, there are still some very interesting things to consider regarding fretboard types, so read on. You may at least find out why time and time again bass players are still asking, “maple vs rosewood fingerboard, is there a difference in tone?”

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