Billy Sheehan Basic Bass lesson

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Billy Sheehan doesn’t THINK anything! He knows. If you think he doesn’t
know, it’s because you don’t have a clue. That’s why hes so awesome and you
are not. GO BILLY!

Written By EricBlackmonGuitar on January 13th, 2014 @ 8:28 am

I guess you feel good under them lights, but to be honest I wish it was a
little better lit up there :-) 

Written By Roy Colley on January 13th, 2014 @ 9:22 am

I’m quite surprised that the subject of scale length didn’t come up early

Written By Paul McCaffrey on January 13th, 2014 @ 9:36 am

I don’t even play bass. Why am I here or better yet: why did I enjoy this
so much and why did I watch the whole thing?

Written By Mathi De Pauw on January 13th, 2014 @ 9:43 am

Oh God even Billy thinks magnetic pickups pickup the sound of wood.
Oh well, everything else is good info at least.

Written By paul macfarlane on January 13th, 2014 @ 10:10 am

Never heard of the (very liberating) ‘floating thumb’ technique Billy? No
rules remember? ;) 

Written By theRealAV8r on January 13th, 2014 @ 10:20 am

best lesson ever!

Written By robin tamsang on January 13th, 2014 @ 11:07 am

What a genuine guy who happens to be one of this planet’s truly great
electric bassists! Great groover but as sololist? He might be greatest
ever. I’ll stand by that statement. But he communicates so straight to the
point for beginners. He knows right where to hitcha.

Written By W. Roberts on January 13th, 2014 @ 12:05 pm

Not only one of the greatest bass players to ever walk on earth, but
probably the best teacher I’ve seen as far as explaining bass is concerned.
I love listening to what he is saying as much as I love listening to his

Written By Muzzer27 on January 13th, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

billy I can see that you are a great bass player but when you are showing
the basics of the left hand you can intiminate a beginner on how fast you
move your notes from one fret to another. go slower so I can see how you
hold and can recognize the notes you are holding.

Written By Carol Lupinski on January 13th, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

Been playing guitar for many years, starting to get into bass. This was
really helpful, picked up some good warmup and hand strengthening
exercises. I went to music school for a semester and learned some theory
(modes, intervals, all that)…I like Billy’s honesty of not knowing
theory…he knows he’s doing it, he just doesn’t know what to call it. This
is what music school can do to you, get you all crazy over theory and
technicalities and you forget about the music. There are many ways to learn
something, school is just one of them. Don’t let anyone tell you there’s
only one way or a best way. Do whatever works for you. We’re all

Written By Carlo Alcos on January 13th, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

Wow, he really plucked up…

Written By Philip Sarkisian on January 13th, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Sheehan around 1989 or so with Mr. Big.
They played the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis. He really took alot of time
talking to me and was really nice and down to earth. Great guy, and a
phenominal bassist. He and Jaco Pastorius are my favorite bassists. Victor
Wooten is excellant, too.

Written By Chrisdougable on January 13th, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

So basically this is a basic video about the bases of playing a basic bass

Written By Armathyx on January 13th, 2014 @ 3:42 pm

way cool thanks man u the man Billy thanks bro

Written By James Huggins on January 13th, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

no idea why i watched this but im glad i did. the bar on the pick guard was
driving me crazy as to its purpose. learn something new everyday

Written By Greggori G on January 13th, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

Sound advice intelligently explained

Written By PutItAway101 on January 13th, 2014 @ 5:09 pm

good stuff tobad i didnt start here

Written By Rage DeAngelis on January 13th, 2014 @ 5:46 pm

What bass is that?

Written By takedownmma999 on January 13th, 2014 @ 6:12 pm

4:32: “There are no rules as far as how a bass should be held or how it
should be played” Please cease to believe everything is predefine, should
be learn and followed. This is exactly why this guy is sitting on this
chair. He created something.

Written By Mathieu Laverdiere on January 13th, 2014 @ 6:22 pm

I had never seen that Billy played slapping.
I heard that he was not good at slapping, but he could.

Written By atina on January 13th, 2014 @ 7:07 pm

Sorry I just fell asleep

Written By Dale Vincent on January 13th, 2014 @ 7:25 pm


Written By Upi Ajja on January 13th, 2014 @ 8:08 pm

So much good stuff, so well delivered! Try and watch it all initially, then
chunk it up to suit your needs. Something in here for all of us. Thanks

Written By John Harbour on January 13th, 2014 @ 8:40 pm

exactly what i wanted..everything basic from the scratch. Thanks!

Written By Samuel Dotse on January 13th, 2014 @ 8:53 pm

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