Bass is the heartbeat of music, heartbeat of the band. The foundation of the groove. Not only heard but felt. What would Motown and many other songs sound like without the Bass line. Holds things together like glue. Links the Harmony (the chords) with the rhythm (the groove).
Songs are made up of chords and all the notes relate to the chords. As the chord progression moves along the notes change but relate to the chords as they come along. A Bass player sets up the chord for other players by choosing notes that lead smoothly from one chord to the next. Lock in with the drummer. Use a metronome to develop a great sense of time. Learn to create rhythms, where to place the notes for the groove in relation to the beat.
Explain the Anatomy of the Bass, all the parts in and out. Bass neck longer than guitar. Longer the strings the lower the pitch. Playing with the right hand, don’t pluck too hard, will rattle, too light and won’t sound, playing with the left hand, press too hard and will hurt, play too light, string will buzz.