We don’t want to burst your bubble in the first sentence, but there really is no Secret Recipe or Formula for becoming a Bass guitar legend. However, there are patterns that successful bass players follow that lead to success. We outline a few of these methods in this post.
Practice EVERY Day
Practicing bass everyday is a great way to map out your progress and see maximum results for your efforts. I’ve written quite a few articles about different practice habits and tips that you need to check out.
Don’t Make Excuses, Make Goals
I tackled this topic in my Bass Resolutions and Goals post earlier this year. Basically you just need to have clear goals in order to see results and track your progress as a bass player. It’s really that simple. Don’t go and watch all the “Pros” on You Tube and say “I will never be that Good…” YES you will if you want to be. How do you think those guys started?
Get Out And Play
The easiest way to become a better bass player is to go find some fellow musicians and start a band. Even just jamming with a few friends is a great way to improve your musical skills in a noticeable way (especially drummers). Don’t be shy when it comes to bass! And it’s Fun!
Asking for help is hard for a lot of people, me included. I personally advocate the use of a 1-on-1 bass instructor because that is how I started learning how to really play bass. There is no shame in just asking others that play bass for a few pointers. You will pass it on to a newbie someday.
Learn Basic Music Theory
You don’t have to be Mozart to know the benefits of learning some music theory for the bass guitar. There are plenty of good articles on BeginningBass.com like pentatonic scales, octaves, and the basic major scales.
There are no secrets to playing bass. Some people are just naturally more inclined to see progress more quickly, and that’s alright. You can keep up by setting aside daily practice time and working extra hard.
If you have any bass guitar secrets let me know with a comment below!