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Getting Started

Welcome to your first bass lesson! This video covers all the essential terminology and basic knowledge you will need as you continue developing your bass playing skills. Even if you feel you know a bit about the bass already, don’t be tempted to skip over this lesson, as there may well be some important information you have yet to pick up.

Tuning the Guitar

One of the first things you will have to get to grips with when you are learning the guitar is how to tune the strings to the correct pitch. This will require a bit of patience at first, but you will save a lot of time learning the right approach.

Bass Guitar For The Total Beginner

This bass lesson was created with the total beginner in mind, so if you’re just picking up the bass guitar for the first time, this is the place to start!

Some topics covered are:

  • Tones and Semitones
  • Difference between 4 string and 5 string basses
  • Root notes
  • Basic fretboard knowledge

Remember, if you have any questions, you can ask them in the comments area below.

Beginner’s Bass AND Guitar

This is the first lesson that Colin and Jonathan have paired up on, so let us know what you think about it!

This lesson is for both guitar players AND bass players. Having an understanding of the other instrument will really help you out as a player, and will give you a better understanding of how your own playing relates to the rest of the bad.

We’ll teach you a simple progression and give you some tools that you can use to jam with others over the progression.

6 Basic Chords (Key of G) Every Guitar Player Should Start With

This lesson is aimed toward beginner guitar players… and these six chords are enough to get your started, and on the road to being able to play hundreds of different songs.

Remember, if you have any questions or comments, you can leave them below.

Here are diagrams for the chords used in this lesson:


A Pentatonic Minor Scale (Closed, Root 6) – Scales For Beginners

If you’ve never played a scale before in your life, then THIS is the place to start.

The pentatonic minor scale is the most universal scale, meaning you can apply it to an incredibly broad selection of musical genres. It is used in blues, rock, metal, country, pop, R&B, funk, gospel, bluegrass… the list goes on and on.

In short – you need to learn this scale!

Here’s the tab for the scale in this lesson:

Tones and Semitones

Understanding tones and semitones is absolutely crucial to playing guitar… or any instrument for that matter!

Do yourself a big favor, and watch this lesson over as many times as necessary to really understand this concept, because it is going to be foundational to everything else you learn on the guitar. If you’ve got questions, ask away in the comments section below!