To be able to start playing a bass guitar, or any instrument for that matter, it is always best to know everything about it first. Why? It is simply because you won’t get through a lesson without hearing a couple of technical terms.
The terms weren’t made to make your life more complicated, trust me. They’re actually made to make learning possible by understanding every part and explaining its purpose. This should be the first thing that you master when learning to play the bass guitar.
If you still have no idea, this is the perfect time to take a glimpse of the parts of your bass guitar. Imagination is key, but it will be better to get a hold of your guitar so we can analyze its parts one by one.
Holding the bass guitar head up, where the logo is printed, let us begin our first lesson. Headstock- is where the brand of the guitar is usually visible. This part holds the turning pegs and the nut.
Turning Pegs- also called machine heads. It holds the other end of the strings, making it possible to twist the knobs to change the key of a certain string when necessary.
Neck- is the part of the bass guitar that contains the fretboard and frets. It is long; it has the strings crossing it and is attached to the body of the guitar. Inside the neck is the truss rod, which aids in reducing tension in the neck.
Frets- are thin metals attached to the fretboard, which is on the neck of your bass guitar. It is used to modify the extent of the string’s vibration, making the sounds different in each strum.
Body- is where all the controls and transistors are. It is where you will see the pickups, two rectangular pieces located just after the end of the neck, which enables the conversion of sound for amplification. The bridge is in the body too, holding all the strings together.
Another item on the body of your bass guitar are the knobs, which obviously control the quality and loudness of sound. Lastly, the output jack is the tiny thing sticking out of the guitar. It is where you attach a wire connected to an amplifier for a better sound effect.
Now that you know the parts of the bass guitar, you’re ready to start reading through self-help books on how to play it. No need to stop to look for meanings to be able to understand it. So what are you waiting for? Let’s rock and roll!
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