How to teach yourself to play the bass?

I want to learn to play the bass guitar without having to go to lessons. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks in advance


I'm starting as a complete beginner and I need to learn even the absolute basics.

4 Answers

  • 8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Look up tabs, and maybe some videos of how to play easy songs

  • 8 years ago

    I play guitar and I started of at school when the music teacher handed us a sheet of guitar chords and once in awhile made us play something like old macdonald and then i just played those thing over and over and over because that's all i knew then i realized i could use the holy grail of all knowledge, the internet, but mostly just youtube, there's like a million different lessons on there and also all over the internet, usually one new discovery seems to lead to another discovery so just let that natural thing happen.

    Good Luck!

    Source(s): personal experience being self-taught
  • Drew
    Lv 5
    8 years ago

    Try using these sites:

    If you can find a group or band of musicians that you can hang out with, possibly sit in your learning curve will be much shorter.

    I am contemplating starting a blog about bass playing but haven't decided on it's content nor arranged my schedule to begin posting on it consistently. However, if you want you can go there and ask questions as comments. I frequently look and will respond. It's located at

    One other suggestion, join in on some bass guitar community forums. One I recommend is

    Source(s): 40+ years bass and keyboard player
  • most rockstars were self taught, therefore they just had enouph time to mess around with there guitars or bass, what ever sounded cool they would keep in doing that lol, but were in the 21 centry, therefore we have youtube, wich ive learned alot if strings and finger movements, hope tgis helps

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