Bass guitars, the treble bass guitar as it is also known, is usually the lowest-pitched member of the musical group. It's a slightly shortened version of the regular guitar, just like an acoustic or electric guitar, but shorter in scale and neck structure, and usually featuring four to five strings or tuners. Most bass guitars feature a resonant bass sound, with a low B string producing a low-pitched sound similar to that of a violin's sixth string. The bass guitar is played by plucking with the index and middle fingers or sometimes, with the pick. Bass guitarists typically use their thumb and fingers to play the bass notes. Some guitarists also use their thumb and fingers for playing treble bass notes.
Some famous bass guitarists are John Paul Jones, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mark King, Jack Bruce, Eddie Van Halen, and Steve Vai. Many other bassists have made popular contributions to the genre, most notably Les Claypool, who innovated the Fender Stratocaster. Other famous bassists who influenced the bass guitar include George Harrison, whom he wrote frequently because he was looking for something "human" in his music, Huey Lewis, who was a big fan of psychedelic rock and had introduced many guitar players to this genre, and Greg Lake, who was a session player for Cream and Black Sabbath. Bill Bourne wrote a book about his life with a bass guitar called Noises Off.
Although the bass guitar looks like an ordinary electric sound, it differs from an acoustic in a number of ways. For one, it has a hollow body and is therefore not as stable as an acoustic. It can easily break if mishandled, although repairable ones are widely available. As an electronic instrument, the tone can be changed instantly by plucking the strings, which gives it its characteristic sound. Because of its instability, it is often used as a beginner's instrument.
Like all short-scale instruments, the bass guitars play a major role in the musical genre known as blues. It is commonly used in this genre because it contains more deep bass notes than the standard guitars. Many bassists prefer to use their basses as a replacement for the electric guitar when they are not ready to learn to play the lead. Basses are also commonly used in rock music.
There are two main types of bass guitars, the blacktop, and the chrome. The blacktops have a wooden body and a 10-inch steel string. They are great for beginners because they contain deeper basses than the chrome models.
Another model is the twelve-string bass guitars. This type contains six low-string basses, which produce a deeper sound. This type is better suited for intermediate players who want to produce a heavy bass sound. It can be played with three, four, or five-string basses. Five-string basses feature two pickups that are attached to the bridge which is found at the end of the neck of the bass guitar.
Basses have a nut that extends from the body of the instrument. This nut contains magnetized fingerholes so that it allows you to change the strings easily. Bass guitarists prefer to use nylon strings because these do not easily scratch the bridge. Some bassists even use double-strings because of their increased versatility.
Before purchasing a bass guitar, you should consider your budget. Bass guitar brands such as Fender, Gibson, and Martin make many different types of bass guitars. You can choose to buy an acoustic or a solid body. If you want to learn to play the bass quickly, then you should get a model with the smooth P Bass pickup in the bridge. After you have learned all the basics, you can move up to the other models of standard tunings using the P-back or E-back pickup in the bridge.