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Playing the Bass Guitar [electronic resource]

Espresso Productions
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Henry Thomas has collaborated with Van Morrison, Herbie Hancock, Chris de Burgh, Billy Ocean, and Randy Crawford. In this program, he familiarizes beginners with the bass guitar: the parts of the bass; choosing a bass; amplifiers and speakers; replacing strings; how to hold the bass with classical and rock grips; tuning; plucking and fretting; left- and right-hand fingering; notes and intervals; bending notes and vibrato; chord diagrams and keeping time; scales; triad arpeggios; movable shapes; how to improvise simple bass lines and rhythms; and playing the blues. The program concludes with a performance by Thomas.
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84 min.
6 & up
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films media Group on May 02, 2012.
Music Makers: Basic Instrument Instruction
Music makers (New York, N.Y.)
  • Henry Thomas Plays (4:13)
  • Getting Started (0:55)
  • A Closer Look at the Bass (3:28)
  • Finger Technique (4:45)
  • Finger Technique: Changing Pitch (3:42)
  • Finger Technique--Thumb (1:56)
  • Tuning (4:15)
  • Strings and Things (3:53)
  • Stings and Things: Pickups, Amplification (2:29)
  • First Notes (3:22)
  • First Notes: Intervals (3:55)
  • Scales (5:08)
  • Major Intervals and Movable Shapes (3:28)
  • Major Intervals and Movable Shapes: Roots and Fifths (5:44)
  • Major Intervals and Movable Shapes: Open Positioning (3:06)
  • Musical Sixths (2:10)
  • Passing Notes (2:05)
  • Minor Patterns (3:55)
  • Minor Sevenths (1:54)
  • The Blues Scale (3:26)
  • Counting Time (3:28)
  • Counting Time: Triplets and Sixteenth Notes (3:15)
  • Choosing a Bass (3:31)
  • And Finally (3:13)
  • Credits: Playing the Bass Guitar (1:35)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c1991.
Publisher no.
  • 32910s Films Media Group
  • 32917 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (84 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
Mode of access: Internet.
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