Why should you begin plucking with the index finger when playing the bass?



Asked by: Terri Sanderson

What fingers do you pluck bass with?





And middle fingers.

Why do bass players play with their fingers?

Using Fingers to Play Bass



Usually, bass players report having more control when using their fingers, giving them a richer tonal variety, and beefier tone. In Addition, the popular slap technique used by many bassists can be easily implemented, if you don’t hold any pick between your fingers.

How do you finger pick a bass?

Then we play the C at the top there and we do four notes on that using thumb 1 2 3. And then we just come back down B flat and G and that's with the first finger and then the thumb.

Is it better to play bass with fingers or pick?

Truthfully, there is no right or wrong way to play a bass guitar. There isn’t even a preferred way. Any method you use to get sound out of the thing—fingers, pick, thumb, those weird stick things Tony Levin uses, telekinesis, whatever—works just fine. It’s purely a matter of personal preference.

Is bass easier than guitar?





Bass is easier than guitar in the early stages of learning music. You can play or cover famous songs quicker with a bass guitar. Most bass parts are monophonic, so you don’t have to learn chords.

Is it OK to play bass with your thumb?

There are exceptions to any rule of music, but generally speaking you’ll be better off learning to use your other fingers. Your thumb may work fine for you in certain styles, but the time is likely to come when you’ll be confronted with something you can’t do with it.

Are bassists failed guitarists?

This is somewhat connected to the myth above. While there are some bass players who transitioned from guitar to bass, that doesn’t mean they failed as guitar players. Some guitarists who are used to playing leads may even find it difficult to play bass.

Who is the greatest bassist of all time?

Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Top Ten Bassists of All Time

  1. John Entwistle. The clear winner in our poll was John Entwistle of The Who.
  2. Flea. …
  3. Paul McCartney. …
  4. Geddy Lee. …
  5. Les Claypool. …
  6. John Paul Jones. …
  7. Jaco Pastorius. …
  8. Jack Bruce. …

Do bassists play chords?

Bassists don’t play chords as often as guitarists or pianists do. This is because playing several low-pitched notes at the same time can sound muddy. Playing chords on bass can sometimes fill up too much sonic space competing with the rest of the band. It can be done, but must be done with care.



Can you strum a bass?

The bass guitar can be strummed. However, due to chords sounding muddy at lower frequencies, most bassists elect to not do so. When bassists strum the bass they generally play at higher ranges and use a clear tone that helps chords cut through the mix. Strumming the bass well requires a solid plucking technique.

Can a bass player play guitar?

So don't let somebody convince you of that it's not necessary to only play bass one way to call yourself a bass player keep that in mind. So at the very least as a guitar player on a bass.

Can you call a bass a guitar?

its actually a guitar. a bass guitar. the 6 string is called a tenor guitar. just like a bass clarinet or alto clarinet.



Who invented bass slapping?

Larry Graham

Larry Graham is generally credited as inventing slap bass guitar. Graham has said that he was simply trying to create a drum-like sound to flesh out the rhythm in the then drummerless Family Stone.

What do you call a group of bass players?

A pick of bassists. A finger… A slap… A cron… A root, fifth and octave