When students participate in bass lessons they begin to learn one of the most integral instruments in the world. The electric bass formally came into existence in 1951, around the same time that the electric guitar saw a spike in popularity with blues musicians. The bass provided a rhythmic counter to the guitar, serving as an anchor alongside the drums. Since then, the bass has been an integral part of a number of musical genres including rock, reggae, funk, soul, jazz, and progressive rock.
Bass lessons give students the opportunity to learn many important aspects of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, and music theory concepts such as chord structure. Countless bass players have taken the bass beyond providing rhythm and into playing melodies, including Paul McCartney of The Beatles and John Entwistle of The Who.
Our recommended starting age for bass guitar is around eight. This later age is suggested because the bass has heavier strings and a longer neck, making it difficult for younger students. The bass is also a great instrument for musicians with some experience on the guitar; many bassists began their musical career as guitarists.
Basses can be found everywhere from pawn shops to department stores and everywhere in between. For the parents of younger students interested in the bass, we strongly recommend looking into what are called “short-scale” bass guitars, which are designed for shorter arms and smaller bodies. Adults who are smaller in stature may also consider a three-quarter scale bass; there are several notable models of bass guitars that come in this shorter variation. Local shops can often provide rentals for beginning students.
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