I'm picking up bass in The Gibson Lounge Posted February 11, 2010 · Report reply I have a couple different takes on it. Read all of it, trust me. 1. Make playing bass easy, get the action as low as possible to fret board and play light on the strings. You will be able to play much faster if you play relaxed. It is a good habit to learn. 2. Don't have your bass hung too low if you are trying to play difficult parts keep it at comfortable height. If not, make sure its lower than your knees.:) 3. Practice picking with both your pointer and middle finger, some people just use one. That's a bad habit. 4. Don't put your thumb over the top of the fret board, place your hand on the neck as if you were playing a classical guitar. You thumb and your middle finger should line up. 5. Some songs are simple, some songs are busy for the bass. -Play for what the song calls for *If its a blues, be busy on the neck. If its a punk song, keep the bottom end thumpin' -Less is more *Don't play advanced parts all the time, find places in a song to add a cool run. You will find it sounds and sticks out better. 6. You and the drummer should be best friends. Get to know your drummer, to try "read" him. Learn his fills and anticipate his fills. Were ever the drums go in a song, you should too. 7. Keep and opened mind to bass players. Slap, Fusion, Jazz, Rock, Prog., ect. Learn it all. Do these things and you will go far.