BASS GUITAR< Back to Instrument Overview
If you are looking to be the rhythmic heartbeat of a group, look no further! The bass guitar provides users a low-end presence that cannot be achieved by any other instrument. Iconic from the early days of jazz and Motown on through today’s Hip Hop/ R&B, bass serves as the low-end foundation from which all other instruments can flourish. Our experienced bass instructors use advanced techniques that challenge the modern bass student to be at home with multiple styles and genres. Whether preparing for one of our Awards Recitals or working through our one-of-a-kind STEP program, our teachers will give you the necessary tools to develop your skills across a wide variety of genres! Our instructors will help you cultivate leadership skills to command the low end of your band!
The bass guitar is much like an electric guitar, but has a longer neck and scale length, 4, 5, or 8 strings, and is responsible for playing the lowest notes of a song. Unlike other guitars, one does not strum a bass, but rather picks, plucks, thumps, taps, slaps, or pops with one’s fingers. A bass requires an amplifier and speakers and is used in many genres of music including: rock, metal, pop, punk rock, country, reggae, gospel, blues, jazz, Latin, and funk. Famous bassists you may know include: Paul McCartney of the Beatles, Billy Wyman of The Rolling Stones, Cliff Lee Burton of Metallica, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Aston "Family Man" Barrett of Bob Marley and the Wailers. The bass player is always a key component of any band!