Introduction to Bass Guitar

Class Name:

Introduction to Bass Guitar

Whether you're specifically wanting to learn to play the bass or if you're an experienced guitarist wanting to know how your guitar knowledge can apply to the bass, this class will use a guitar to teach you how to play the bass guitar! Guitar and bass guitar are closely related- so if you have a bass, GREAT! Bring it! If not, we can teach you on a guitar and all your learning can be transferred to the bass when you're ready. We'll learn how the fretboard is laid out across the neck so you can start slapping bass roots in just about any song you'd like!


Matt Gerry


4 day workshop for ages 8 to adult- July 25th through the 28th from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m.

Class Size:

Minimum 4, maximum 25

Age Range:

Ages 8 to adult; for beginners or for anyone wanting to explore the bass

Materials Required:

Guitar: Preferably an acoustic or classical guitar, but an electric guitar will work as well. If the student only has an electric, they will not be able to plug in to an amplifier during the group lessons and will be very quiet during the class. Guitar needs to have relatively new strings and be able to hold a tune. Questions about guitar and string quality can be directed to the instructor, S.M. Hanson Music, or Midwest Music stores. The Stiefel does have 5 guitars that can be checked out during the workshop if you do not have your own. They are first come, first serve and a waiver must be signed making the student responsible for any damage. If you'd like to check availability, please email the instructor at

Picks: 3 to 4 medium gauge picks

Music: All music, including accompaniment tracks, will be available to students online. If the student does not have internet access, please inquire about having physical copies made for the student.

Course Objectives

*How bass & guitar are related

* Finding notes across the fretboard

*How to find simple bass roots

*Reading simple charts to play the bass

*Slash chords and the bass

*Brief introduction to bass tablature