Observe different bands playing and you will certainly find out that the bass player is usually the coolest in the group. He may not be as flashy as the band’s frontman or the lead guitarist and he may even be found at the more conspicuous part of the stage. However, he is the one who is actually the source of the band’s rhythm. Because of this, you may be inspired to learn how to play the bass guitar. One of the fastest and easiest ways of learning this instrument is through DVDs. Actually, it is also the cheaper and more convenient option compared to hiring a bass guitar instructor.
Even if you are getting your instruction from a DVD, you should still impose some discipline in yourself. There is actually no human instructor involved, one who would not hesitate to put pressure on you to learn. This is the reason why you should develop a good combination of discipline and determination while learning how to play bass. If you are able to do this, there would definitely be no need for someone to breathe on your neck while you practice. The DVD should be a gentle yet effective instructor to you. One key element of your being disciplined and determined is by strictly following a schedule for practice that you yourself made.
With the help of the instruction DVD, you should be able to identify the parts of the bass. Of course, it would be unthinkable for someone to start tinkering with an instrument that he hardly knows. If you are going to be an expert at playing the bass guitar, you should first know the basics. Aside from identifying the parts, you should also know tuning, the proper position when playing the bass guitar, reading the tablature, and the positioning of the right and left hands. The DVD provides a clear instruction on these subjects. Since these are in video format, it should not be difficult for you to understand it.
You must remember that the DVD on how to play the bass guitar can only give you instruction. No matter how clear and descriptive the instruction may be, especially because it is audio-visual, it is still your attitude towards learning that counts the most. If you are really interested in the instrument and if you are really serious about becoming a good bass player, you would surely allocate enough time for practices. You must not simply watch the DVD; you must actually follow what is being performed in the video. You must not only listen to what music is being played; you should try to play it yourself.