20 Tips I Wish I Knew as a Beginner Bassist – Avoid My Dumb Mistakes

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Save yourself years of frustration and slow learning - here are 20 beginner bass tips I wish I knew when I was starting out.

Spotify playlist of recognizable bass lines.

0:00 - Intro
0:18 - Online Tabs Often Suck
1:11 - Listen to Bass
2:04 - Practice 5 Minutes a Day
2:46 - Slow It Down
3:30 - Practice Bitesize
4:03 - Learn the Alphabet + Fretboard
4:33 - Notice Your Progress
5:02 - Record Yourself
5:39 - Gear Barely Matters
6:26 - Get a Setup
7:01 - Wear a Strap
7:08 - Don’t Do This
7:31 - Unplug From the Amp Side
7:49 - Cable Through Strap
8:24 - No Drinks on Amps
8:34 - Learn Full Songs
9:07 - Sleep is Part of Practice
9:58 - Get Guidance
10:31 - Breathe
11:01 - Stop Believing in Talent

There’s tons of stuff I wish I knew when I was a beginner learning bass that would have improved my playing quicker and saved me a bunch of frustration… and here it is!

The beginner bass tips in this video will run the gamut of bass knowledge, from the basics of how to practice bass, to the tiny things pro musicians know to do with their gear to keep it from breaking. (or looking like a dumba$$)

Did you know you can actually learn faster by going slower? Or that going to bed can accelerate your progress more than endless practice?

By the end of this video you’ll have a handle on counterintuitive but useful truths - like those - that’ll help your bass playing keep evolving beyond the stuck points.

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