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    Introduction & Basics Pt. 1

    In this tutorial, we are introduced to bassist Chris Kringel and start the lesson with the basics of the bass guitar.

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    Basics Pt. 2

    Next, we continue with the basics of the bass.

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    Reading Music

    Here we look at some of the fundamentals of reading music.

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    The First String: G

    Chris shows us three notes on the first string of the bass.

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    The Second String: D

    We learn our next three notes by playing on the second string.

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    The Third String: A

    Next, we focus on the third string of the bass and learn three more notes.

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    The Fourth String: E

    Now we go over the fourth and lowest string of the bass, the E string.

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    First Position

    In this tutorial, we learn about playing notes in the first position.

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    Fifth Fret

    Here we go over notes found at the fifth fret of the bass guitar.

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    Major Scales

    Now we learn about major scales.

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    Minor Scales

    Next we focus on minor scales and how they are built.

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    Common Styles of Music

    In this final video, Chris plays through several common styles of music.

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This Hal Leonard video series is a great introduction to the bass guitar. Simply follow along with the songs in the downloadable PDF booklet as you watch the teacher in the video tutorials!

This complete guide to the basics of Bass guitar covers songs, riffs and scales, all musical styles and playing tips and techniques, with all of its examples in standard notation and tablature.

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Chris Kringel is an American bass player, author of several instructional books for the bass guitar. He was born in Appleton, Wisconsin and lives in Milwaukee, and in 1995, recorded demos with the post-breakup Cynic band Portal. After a while, he was also involved in another Cynic-linked project, Æon Spoke, recording Demos2000. Playing live with Cynic when they reunited in 2007, as the band's original bassist Sean Malone was unavailable for touring, Masvidal called Kringel and he performed on a number of world-wide shows from the 2007 Cynic Reunion Tour. He currently produces several Play A-Long series for Hal Leonard Publishing, does production and recording for several artists and performs in the Milwaukee area.

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    Play Bass Today!

    This Hal Leonard video series is a great introduction to the bass guitar. Simply follow along with the songs in the downloadable PDF booklet as you watch the teacher in the video tutorials!

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