Active and Passive Basses

Know The Difference

From warm and wooly to bright and funky, Daniel explains just what makes a bass active or passive.  

Hear The Difference


Tempo: Up

Song Key: B

God is Able

Artist: Hillsong Worship

Nice open chords and catchy riffs. Step on your delay pedal now.

The snare variations are what make this song so fun to play.

Australian 16 ths!

Get ready for the B3 and some strings!


Tempo: Medium

Song Key: C

My Victory

Artist: David Crowder

Love how this arrangement came together

Time to get creative!!

Straight quarter note vibe, think like a synth bass but play real bass!!!

Time for the synths!

Daniel Ornellas, worship leader in the band "The Worship Republic" is originally from South Africa. He moved to the US with his band Tree 63 and has toured and recorded with numerous worship artists. He produces records and lives in Nashville with his wife Samantha and their two kids and is the bass instructor for Worship Artistry.

Active and Passive Basses

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Great Post Daniel

Fantastic examples of active and passive. I also like how you noted your preferences along with describing the environments where each has advantages and disadvantages.

Keep 'em coming!


I purchased a G&L L-2500 that has both settings on it. So far, I've only played This is Amazing Grace in Active setting.

Thanks for all that you are helping us with on WA.

Active vs passive setting

You nailed it man, it's kinda like a different vehicle for each desired vibe.