What are the best resources for learning to play bass guitar?

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    #1Beginner Bass Guitar Lesson - First Lesson: Absolute Basics

    Beginner Bass Guitar Lesson - First Lesson: Absolute Basics

    Beginner Bass Guitar Lesson - First Lesson: Absolute Basics is a free tutorial video on YouTube posted by TalkingBass - Online Bass Lessons. It was uploaded on Jan 25, 2015, and currently has 857,034 views and counting.

    Videos

    Free

    Edward Peterson
    Written on June 25, 2018
    "Although the vid was quite a bit long, it was very informative and did not bore even a second. And on top of all that is this is free! I didn't paid for any lessons and now playing in a pub downtown. You should come and see me play!"
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    #2How To Play Bass for SUPER Beginners

    How To Play Bass for SUPER Beginners

    How To Play Bass for SUPER Beginners is a free tutorial video posted by Josh Fossgreen on YouTube. Lasting 10 minutes and 24 seconds, it was uploaded on February 27, 2012, and currently has 936,061 views and counting.

    Videos

    Free

    Howard Wong
    Written on June 25, 2018
    "I liked this youtube video because it is short but it covered all the basics an beginner must have learned. I'm onto the more advanced video tuts..."
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    #3Learn how to play Bass Guitar

    Learn how to play Bass Guitar
    Learn how to play Bass Guitar is an app that includes 70 lessons so you can learn to play bass guitar for rock, blues, funk, jazz and more.
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Olivia Lynch
    Written on May 19, 2017
    "I'm learning bass guitar this summer, so I decided to try this app from the apple app store. It has a lot of music within the program, but the instruction side is a little rough. There's a bit of a learning curve."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that Jimi Hendrix is considered to be one of the most influential musicians of all time for his contribution to music? Aside from the several improvements on styles of playing guitar that he contributed, he also set the trend for singing and playing the lead at the same time—that is why we often see the image of rock stars today as someone who holds the guitar and also sings. In the parlance of music, the guitar plays four roles in a band such as rhythmic, melodic, harmonic, textural, and/or timbre. In the event that the guitar is not playing the melody, it is usually part of the rhythm. 

The guitar comes in so many forms such as acoustic, electric, classical, renaissance, baroque, resonator, acoustic bass, and many more. Interestingly, most often than not, bassists are one of the most underrated musicians in a band because according to an article on Spinditty, they are laid back. However, little did people know that bassists are the ones responsible for keeping everything together. Yes, they are responsible for the harmony through their one-octave lower notes. Aside from establishing the harmony, they also give emphasis on the beat of the music. Lastly, they serve as the referee between the electric guitar and full-on acoustic drums.

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    #4ABRSM Speedshifter

    ABRSM Speedshifter
    Designed for musicians, Speedshifter is a practice tool that enables you to adjust the speed of any audio track without altering the pitch. It's ideal for musical, slow practice to a recorded accompaniment.
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    $4.99

    Juan Rios
    Written on March 6, 2017
    "I recently decided to start learning how to play the bass guitar again. I didn't get too far during my first attempt last year. Besides taking lessons, I also found an app on the Itunes store called ABRSM Speedshifter. It's a great program that assists a lot with practicing playing several tracks at different speeds. "
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    #5Bass Guitar Tutor

    Bass Guitar Tutor

    Bass Guitar Tutor is an app for beginners to top musicians. It has a high simulator quality and is quick and responsive. Learn to play your favorite bass lines, learn scales, jam to backing tracks, and more.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Johnny Stanley
    Written on May 15, 2017
    "Bass Guitar Tutor is an iOS app for learning how to play bass guitar. I think it's a great app because it teaches the fundamentals of bass which a lot of self taught players may skip over. Bass Guitar Tutor works with you on scales and chords, from which you can build a good starting point for more advanced playing. "
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    #6Bass Guitar Lessons For Beginners

    Bass Guitar Lessons For Beginners
    This course is good for beginners! Take all the guesswork out of how and what to practice. This program comes with practice videos for each lesson. Learn the basics of how music works with fun easy to understand animated videos and enjoy learning at a pace that is right for you.
    Course

    $95

    Melissa Larson
    Written on January 23, 2017
    "I think this is a great idea for busy people who want to learn to play bass guitar. You can do it on your own time. You don't need to leave the house. It is inexpensive. You can watch videos over."
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    #7PlayPerfect Music Practice Software

    PlayPerfect Music Practice Software
    A software providing visual cues, playback and performance reports helping young musicians train their ear to detect notes that are wrong or out of tune. Students can practice playing with or without a metronome, and learn to play any instrument.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Susan Weaver
    Written on May 23, 2017
    "PlayPerfect Music Practice Software saves me so much money and hassle. I don't have to take my son Timmy to music class any more! I can just lock him in the garage and let him practice! Great product. "
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    #8PhraseStock

    PhraseStock

    PhraseStock is an app developed by One Groove Co. Ltd. for bassists and guitarists which allow them to access and add chord phrases. Available for iOS 10.0 or later.

    Apps

    iOS

    $6.99

    Hiroki Fujita
    Written on August 31, 2018
    "PhraseStock is a big part of my daily practice routine and will be of a major help to anyone in order to get your improvising skills a lot better."
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    #9guitarLayers

    guitarLayers

    guitarLayers is a software created by MOREORLESS MUSIC SRL. It is used to learn or teach guitar playing. It can map out notes played on a guitar so users can then tab them and play them on the guitar fretboard. 

    Software

    Mac

    $39.99

    Juan Rios
    Written on July 29, 2018
    "Guitar layers got me into a rhythm. I mean that in the most excellent way possible. I went form chump to bass smacking chimp in a few lessons. Does this guy play the strings for you and make you a cup of tea, and put you to bed Does it kiss you goodnight? Does it read you a bedtime story? NO! But if you put in the effort, unlike our president, then you will master a new skill in relative time. Learn the rudiments Embrace the conception of musicality."
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    #10Walking Bass - Quick Start Guide

    Walking Bass - Quick Start Guide
    In this course, you'll learn the necessary foundations for tackling walking bass style in-depth. Learn to improvise, gain confidence, know how to identify root notes for any chord, jam over backing tracks, and more.
    Course

    $50

    Gary Fisher
    Written on May 30, 2017
    "It's specifically about walking bass rather than the basics of bass guitar. But it does fit as a resource for learning to play bass guitar."
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    #11Fret Trainer

    Fret Trainer

    Fret Trainer is a free educational game app which will help you learn the notes and chords on the fretboard of the guitar and other stringed instruments such as guitar, bass, and 5-string bass.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    William Swinson
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Practice and quickly recall notes on the bass fretboard. Also has tools that let users practice chords (if needed), expore over 60 types of scales, and practice reading notes on the music staff and map them to the fretboard. Works for ANY tuning. Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.strongapps.frettrainer.android"
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    #12The Professional Bass Masterclass

    The Professional Bass Masterclass
    Learn the techniques, tools and methods used by the world's top bassists to master the bass guitar. In this course, you'll learn to master the entire fretboard, develop technique in both hands, understand the role of the bass, write great bass lines and more. 
    Course

    $200

    Melissa Cruz
    Written on April 30, 2017
    "I've always wanted to learn bass guitar, but never had time in my youth. Now I'm retired I thought I could try and finally pick it up. I thought I'd start with an online course so I could go at my own pace. I found this Udemy class, and spent $50 on it, discounted from $200 which I thought was a good deal at the time. Once I started, though, it just didn't work out. The instructor was grating, and not very clear. Not enough time was spent on fingering, in my opinion. And, to add insult to injury, not two week after I bought in, they were selling the same course, The Professional Bass Masterclass, for $10! Not a happy camper."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for learning to play bass guitar
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Beginner Bass Guitar Lesson - First Lesson: Absolute BasicsVideos 25 Free
2How To Play Bass for SUPER BeginnersVideos 18 Free
3Learn how to play Bass GuitarApps 17 Free
4ABRSM SpeedshifterApps 17 Paid
5Bass Guitar TutorApps 16 Free
6Bass Guitar Lessons For BeginnersCourse 14 Paid
7PlayPerfect Music Practice SoftwareSoftware 13 Free
8PhraseStockApps 12 Paid
9guitarLayersSoftware 10 Paid
10Walking Bass - Quick Start GuideCourse 9 Paid
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