Blog #7
Instrument of the week: Bass
Bass Guitar
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Quick Facts

The bass guitar, electric bass, or simply bass, is the lowest pitched member of the guitar family.

It is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric or an acoustic guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and typically four to six strings.

Since the mid-1950s, the electric bass has largely replaced the double bass in popular music.

The four-string bass is usually tuned the same as the double bass, which corresponds to pitches one octave lower than the four lowest-pitched strings of a guitar (E, A, D, and G).

It is played primarily with the fingers or thumb, or striking with a pick.

The electric bass guitar has pickups and must be connected to an amplifier and speaker to be loud enough to compete with other instruments.

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Difference between Guitar and Bass

There are two main differences between the guitar and the bass guitar.  The first of which is the range that they each play in.  The bass guitar produces sounds one octave (12 pitches) lower than the guitar.  The strings of the two are tuned the same, except that the bass is tuned low and the guitar is tuned high.

The other major difference between the two is the number of strings that they each have.  The bass guitar has only 4 strings (although there are some with more, the standard is 4) while the guitar has 6 strings (again, not all guitars, but that is the standard)

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Types of Bass Guitars

Electric Bass

Electric Bass

Acoustic Bass
Acoustic Bass

Double Bass

Double Bass

Guitarron

Guitarron
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Listen

Jaco Pastorius
Jaco Pastorius


Victor Wooten
Victor Wooten


Stanley Clarke
Stanley Clarke


Bootsy Collins
Bootsy Collins
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Respond

Click this link to respond to the two questions below


What are the main differences between a guitar and a bass guitar?

What do you think is different between playing a bass guitar or a double bass? (if you don't know what it looks like to play a double bass, watch the Stanley Clarke video)