About The Bass Guitar

The Bass Guitar is a modern instrument, first developed in the 1930s by an inventor called Paul Tutmarc. With its guitar-like shape, it is easier to transport and hold than a double bass, and the addition of frets to the neck make it easier for players to find the notes. Mass production of the bass guitar was first done by Leo Fender in 1951, with the release of the Fender Precision Bass.

Famous Bass Guitarists

  • Paul McCartney
  • Jaco Pastorius
  • Stanley Clarke
  • Flea
  • John Paul Jones
  • TM Stevens


The bass guitar has overtaken the double bass in popularity in modern music. It is used very widely today in rock, pop, jazz, blues, latin and country music as part of the rhythm section, responsible for holding the harmonic framework of a piece of music together, whilst, along with the drums, maintaining the correct tempo. Bass guitarists read music from the bass clef, or some rely on chord charts. Music can also be read from ‘tablature’, a simple way of transcribing guitar music using numbers.

Famous Bass Guitar Music

  • Another One Bites The Dust (Queen)
  • Under The Bridge (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
  • Money (Pink Floyd)
  • Low Rider (War)
  • Come Together (The Beatles)
  • YYZ (Rush)

Is the bass guitar for you?

Learning the Bass Guitar can be a great way into playing modern electric music, as it features in most music genres. It can be played with either a pick or with right hand fingers, and progress to playing well known bass lines can be fast and rewarding. The electric Bass can be taken as an instrument in grades 1-8, and can also be studied all the way through to University degree level.