I am amazed by just how many people end up with a bass that is completely wrong for their application. This is usually because not only do they have no idea what they need, but bass tone can be a bit of a mystery.
If you only ever play on your own or in a full band you are missing out. Bass guitar is only a part of the rhythm section. In order to really grow you need to spend time with just a drummer to work out grooves and patterns that are fun to play and also have real world application.
So many songs in modern worship either replace the bass or augment the bass with keyboard. Fear not! We can create a similar tone by using octaves. In this video I'll show you how. Once you've got the idea try using it in the lesson for Wake by Hillsong Young And Free.
For this green room post, here are some great little intros. Sometimes it’s great to get into a song with a little something before the down beat. It's like a drummer leading into a song with a fill. Here are a few simple ones to get you started.
This thread is to talk all things bass so don't be afraid to ask your own questions as well as answer others. We can talk gear, tone, specific technique, worship leading...whatever you want. My only requests are that you engage with one another and be respectful to all. Be sure to check the notification box whenever you comment so you know when someone responds. Have at it.
One of the most difficult things to navigate when playing bass in church is that it is often difficult to hear yourself play without getting so loud that it ruins your sound for the sound guy. Here is how to beat the bass amp blues.