Learn more about Bass Guitar

Frequently asked questions
The bass guitar is a staple of almost all forms of modern music. From rock and roll to jazz, country to hip-hop and beyond, bass guitar has provided the foundation and power of countless songs for nearly a century. The bass guitar's four strings are tuned one octave lower than the lowest four strings of a regular guitar. To provide the necessary low-end power, these strings are thicker than guitar strings (the low E string of a bass guitar is around .105 inches in diameter). The bass guitar is a surprisingly versatile instrument. While it is typically used as part of the rhythm section and not as a lead instrument, there are countless examples of bass solos and creative lead parts on bass. You will typically play one note at a time on a bass guitar, highlighting the root notes of chords and making tasteful decisions to craft a memorable bassline.