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Does acoustic guitar technique carry over to bass?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Abemas, Dec 26, 2005.


  1. Abemas

    Abemas

    Dec 15, 2005
    I took private lessons on acoustic guitar (mostly fingerstyle) in college for a year and feel pretty comfortable with it. How much acoustic guitar technique carries over to electric bass. Obviously its a different beast altogether but I am assuming most of the right and left hand techniques I already have down will be the same as for bass. Am I way off here?
     
  2. Fretting technique is the same, although it feels different on a bass. Plucking is generally done only with your index and middle fingers, using rest strokes. Feel free to experiment, of course; that's just how it's usually done.
     
  3. T-Funk

    T-Funk

    Jul 2, 2005
    USA
    Unless you play the bass with a pick, the techniques for playing the bass are going to be much different. However, having a firm knowledge of the fretboard, hand positioning and general music theory will be extremely helpful.

    Ted