5 tips that will make you a better bass player



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ACEOFTHEBLITZ
The busy fills were dope tho...
Abusive Wife
Steve Harris would laugh at this
Angs Rf
Hero licks typically fit best at the time the drummer does rolls on the toms, or when the song is rocking out (and the main chords have already been established) such as the bridge or outro. But grooving in the pocket and smooth chord transitions always have priority.
Anmol Eastern fire
Lovely face with poor lessons.....
BassMasterGeneral77
I really do not understand all the negative comments regarding technique or creativity. I've been gigging for almost 15yrs and also a sound engineer. All her points are super valid and are relevant to 99% of all players out there, even those playing more expressive styles. \n\n#1 - no open strings - I do believe the exception is E. However, bass is a percussive instrument of sorts, and you just cannot get the same sound out of an open string as opposed to a fretted one.\n#2 - Do not sacrifice the groove - no one should be able to argue against it. We are supposed to keep in the pocket at all times. \n#3 - Simple and consistent - We are the driving force behind the song. Low end can get super muddy if you are not careful. Also, as the backbone of the rhythm section, we are what many people use to find harmony and groove. Consistency can make or break a hit.\n#4 - Root notes - Definitely a must, unless you are writing the songs with specific chords in mind. Sting has some pretty funny comments about changing chord tones as both the leader and bassist of his band. This follows playing the song the way it was written.\n#5 - Keep it low - Definitely! As a sound engineer, I carve out pockets for each instrument. If your band has a piano or keyboard player, playing in the upper register is going to put you in his pocket and out of yours. If you want to be heard, know your role. \n\nThese are all practical tips for any skill level....heck, I know many great, creative players that still struggle with some of these, because they think they are the star.
BassMusician7
I actually understand everything. This is very helpful! Thanks!
Bawookles
STAY IN YOUR LANE! But what if someone actually wants to be a musician?
Berliner Stadtschloss
When she curves her lips downwards, it look real ugly.\n\nAnd her headbanging is kinda sick, too.
BlackJack794 IsTypical
Bassist stop trying to be guitarist
Bobby Salvin
All of those tips are pretty subjective. Many of the more creative bass players people admire don't abide by them.
Brock
Maybe this would be useful for an absolute beginner. But if I had her as a teacher I'd have never stuck to bass. I don't advise anyone to follow this advice. Any of it really. (No open strings? Really? Play open strings people, just mute em when you're done with em.)\n\nScott's Bass Lessons is what I'd be YouTubing for some good bass tips.\n\nInspiration is the important bit. Do what you love while you learn.\n\nThen when you join a band do what the music and situation calls for. Do what will pull the band together best and strengthen the overall sound and groove. Don't be afraid to venture round the fretboard and don't feel bad for playing roots. No one's going to care how you do it, they just want you to groove good.
Brock Adcock
Yonit was trying hard to sound bad and almost couldn’t
Bruce Bass
The problem with her tips is this: you play what the song requires!! If it requires the use of only open strings, that’s what you play.
Carlos martinez gracia
thanks a lot for your tips!! aprecio tus recomendaciones. gracias  saludos!
Charly Lopez
Good tips but I guess these rules don't apply if you want to play like Steve Harris from Iron Maiden :))
Cleo 1010
So basically don’t be creative 👌ok got it
Cløckwørk Ørangé66
I think u shud donate that bass guitar to me
Commando Lemon63
5:30 you can go to any other instrument, literally any other instrument.\n\n*Plays double bass*
DarcelleA1544
Well as a person who also studied bass and theory, we've learnt quite the opposite. Music is expressive never try to limit yourself. You don't have to always start on the root note... Inversions, etc are beautiful. You play what the song needs and don't just stifle yourself with all these do's and don'ts...stop making bass seem so boring, it really is quite the opposite. I felt so stifled watching this as a bass teacher.
DarkFacet
Always when the \
Dave Lawlis
#5 in my experience is wrong. If you can play notes in that \
Dave W
Thanks for the tips. What kind of bass do you have there? I really like it.
DaveTex2375
Did people miss the part about this being tips for beginners & intermediate players? Get the solid fundamentals down first, then you can play with the boundaries. Also, she referenced gigs, where you can lose your job for jacking around when you get a wild hair. Also, these are tips, not hard rules.
Dedas Almeida
I am the kinda jazzy, funky bass player and this affects my creativity\n\n\n\n\nJames Jamerson disapproves this
Duck Loranj
I just got a P Bass that is so god damn resonant that any well-fretted note above the low C on the A string sounds like an open string. I shit you not. So what do I do now? Not play open strings OR fretted notes?
Endriu 5
Why am I even here? I'm a guitarist. lol
Erich Bremer Soto
No le hagan caso!
Fabian Sanchez
Can`t do anything !!! \nJust joking... i make all this mistakes , thank you! now im going to calm down.
Felipe Ahumada Jegó
Dee Dee Ramone and Sid Vicious must be her favourite bass players
Frost River
That “Don’t do this at the gig” face tho 🙁\nGood starter points!
G X H
is it just me or those are some really bad tips
HDG4
Title: How to get better at bass by not doing what a bass should do\n\n1# Don't even play the strings\n2# Don't be creative with your notes\n#3 Stop the video and dislike it because it's trash.\n\nThanks for watching!
Harold McLaughlin
Hard to argue with some of the world's premiere air-bass players here telling us their imaginings of what REAL bass players would say to this. Quite a few probably taking time off from a busy Playstation RockBand 'tour' to give us their imaginary John Entwistle quotes on the subject.
Hector Borrell
That lesson made lots of sense, i play metal and i always stick to playing the root note because that is rhe backbone of the music. Thank you you're lesson is most valuable!!!
HoshiHikari
I just started bass this week and.....I don't hear anything wrong with any of these \
Indigo Whitelotus
Hi funny people, where did she say for pro, Paul from Beatles was amazingly gifted and Professional. This girl is right on! The only thing she might of said which is obvious by the music played, it was not jazz or Fushion it was middle of road playing tips and Root note with most runs under B on E string and across and down, yes the money area of the bass.This Video is obviously for people who want Gigs that pay. And not play like Jaco at day at jam! and kitchenhand at night.
Ira Witte
and that, ladies and gentlemen, is how another boring bass player is born
JC RM
I wonder what happened if Paul McCartney did nothing but stick to your tips back in the 60´s... We wouldn´t have basslines like something, hey bulldog, rain, lovely rita or come together, all my loving.... stop it, don´t listen this lady young learners!!
Jace Everett
Another tip: tune your bass before you make an instructional video. Sweet JAYsus...
Jack Fisher
Good tips.. Im a guitarist, but from time to time i pick a bass if I need to make a recording and sound like a whole band. I dont know much about bass scales and stuff so I try to keep it simple and i use what i learned on my guitar. I try to stay to the rhythm and as much the same tones the guitar is played in. I dont do bass solos tho i know one guy who learned bass like a pro in TURBO time and played in a 3 man band. They played funk. The music without that bass was nothing. He did allot of fills and he was given time to solo too. I guess that was the right type of music for the guy. It sounded so funky.
Jacky Lie
is depending on music genres you playing. if you play hardcore or neo classical metal, or maybe japanesse rock this lesson is useless.
Javier Mendoza
Chris Squire is frowning 😫
Jaysson B.
I've been playing for about 30 years, but I'm always looking for tips. IMO, you have to stay humble as a musician. I understand where she's coming from with this info. I have found over the years, that some of these things make sense in certain situations, but I have to respectfully disagree with all of it. Steadfast rules for playing are how boring musicians are created. The fact is, you should do whatever you want. If it ends up sounding bad, do something else, but don't ever say \
Joseph Mielewski
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Kadehr
I stopped the video at tip #2 lol
Keith Coleman
These are tips you need to hear. I hire bass players a lot. Ego is the worst enemy of a bass player. If you want work.keep it on the one, in the words of James Brown. You want to solo learn to play guitar. In football you don't hire a tackle to run downfield and catch passes.
Knot Sew
Great tips for beginner and early intermediate bassists. As she says, 99% of the time, if you follow this, the band will want you back. There are very few people who can play all over the neck AND still support the song.
Leo Bass
Using open notes like that is fine as long as have good muting technique.
Lessonface
Note from Yonit: \n\nHey everyone! Thanks for watching the video :) Just wanted to make a few clarifications! \n\n* This video is for beginner / intermediate bass players\n\n* Obviously, there’s exception to all my tips (which are not rules!) but these tips should help you when playing with your band. Of course you can play open strings if you can mute them (which is a difficult technique to master if you’re a beginner), of course you can play fills that are well practiced, on time, from the bottom to the very top of your neck and so on. \n\n* Always play the root - in the beginning of the bar - you can obviously play any chord tone / mode tone you want after. But not straight at the top. We establish the root and then venture out. Of course you can play inversions but that changes the chord, and you probably should make that decision with your band-members.\n\n* I may have said ‘never’ and ‘always’ but this is really me just trying to make a point, don’t take it too literally fellas\n\n* This can be applied in many genres, but mostly for mainstream genres such as pop, folk, rock, funk etc. Yes, if you’re playing a progressive-jazz-fusion-hardcore-metal song this might not be the video for you.\n\n* Here’s a 6 tip for the brave ones who read all of this - make music to be happier and have fun with other human beings. That’s the point of everything, including this video ;)\n\nPeace, love and many low frequencies,\n\nYonit
Luc S
If everyone followed these rules, nobody would want to play bass in the first place. It would be way too boring.
Martin Cohen
Well after all the clarifications, I'm seriously struggling to see the point of the video in the first place. No open strings? No inversions? Good God. As a concert and studio session player of over 45 years experience, my advice to any beginner is to know chord structure, learn to read music and listen very carefully to the old masters of which there is a treasure trove on the internet, not available to me when I was growing up. At the end of the day, If you can't play in time, understand groove and the fundamental role of a bass player in any musical environment, sell your bass and work in a music store.
Matthew Newman
Almost all players who demonstrate basses or pedals seem to violate all of these tips! So irritating.
Mr. Boojangles
3:55 John Entwistle would be appalled
Neil Coules
Really, really solid advice. Its knowing the role of the bass player within your band. Its engine room support with the drummer laying the foundation for the others to push off on. Other band members will appreciate you not trying to be Eddie Van Halen!
Nicolas Tambuyser
be a servant of the song, not a showcase of your skills basically
NoobPanda
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Onkel F
She's right with all 5 tips! All the people here who don't agree with her tips ar bass-playing guitar-players...
Peter Jackson
What if the rhythm guitars are too simple? I think that the busier style of bass fixes that problem. \nOf course it depends on the song. But I do love counter point.\nPaul McCartney did well with independent bass melodies. It depends on how much you want to avoid stealing the show from a guitar riff that needs bass presence but room to be the main thing showcased.\nOpen string issues are tied to bad eq issues.\nBy the way, I was enjoying Yonit's busier playing very much, each every time, when suddenly that don't do it sign flashes, then she looks up shaking her head in disapproval of her own awesome playing.
RHCP_WORLD
Unless you’re as great as Flea
Randell Johnson
Unless you are Mohini Dey and everything you do on the bass sounds awesome, follow this lesson and do what Yonit says to do.
Randy Mac
How to Be a Boring Basic Bass Player by Sticking to The Rules! There are fundamentals and rudiments that apply to every instrument, but forcing a bass player to merely stay within their rhythm lane stifles creativity. Sure, it is important that the bass doesn’t overshadow or over power other instruments in a song, but at the same time insisting upon inflexible rules- “never, ever do this . . . don’t do that” prevents a bass player from learning his/her full potential and contributing in a way that enhances a song. Try encouraging new or even experienced bass players that there are times to experiment and expand the boundaries, while not becoming too showy. Think of artists like John Entwistle, Chris Squire, Stanley Clarke, Geddy Lee- If they were restricted to the background of no fills, just “keep it simple” type of playing, then I don’t think I would enjoy the music of their bands half as much- imagine The Who without the turbo charged rhythm section of Entwistle/Moon. Baba O’Reilly would have been a pretty dull song without those two guys breaking all the rules!
Robert Pipe
What’s your opinion of the NeObliviscaris bass player?
Robron Hoodlum
Why am I watching this? I'm a drummer.
Rock Guitar Lessons
This video popped up on my list as 'Recommended to You'. Interesting, since I don't even play bass, lol. :-)
Shawn Budden
The lady shared some tips that she saw as relevant and helpful. If they are not for you, move on and let others enjoy them. Or better yet, start your own blog/video lesson site, web page, etc. (if you can spare the time from your busy touring and recording schedules, lol)\n\nSome people play music to bring joy to themselves and others. Arrogance and petty comments ruin that experience. It also ruins the experience for many beginners and only encourages them to stop short.\n\nI think the only think worse than the political trolls are the ones who troll musicians.
Sir Curtis Seretse
I would agree with most of what you say. In fact, just before I had switched you on, I was looking at a couple of bassists on YouTube who played along to the same record, and both sounded terrible. Neither were \
Soviet vape King
Hello how are you im fine
T H
Geezer Butler played most of his notes above the seventh fret. While Tony Iommi player the lower notes on guitar. It worked quite well for Black Sabbath
The Missing Link's Younger Brother
LMAO.. Brilliant!
TheDrewSmyther
Everybody dissing on the video: most of these tips are for GIGGING bass players on how NOT to lose their gig. She's a working musician in a city where there's so many bass players ready to take your gig. \
ThePaul Steezo
NO open strings???? GUESS YOU NEVER LISTENED TO THE IMMORTAL JAMES JAMERSON???
TheZusko
מה זו הגיטרה המגניבה הזאת ?
Thijs van Gisbergen
2:05 guy I used to play with had these insane long riffs, but he made sure beat remained. Total automation and sync of his hands, very inspiring. Very difficult techniques, but still no ''side-sounds'' of the bass hearable.
Tim Weijers
Man, I get that you're giving tips to session players, but almost all of your tips deny or completely bash intuition, taste and creativity - the things that make music magical. I hope young musicians don't take them to seriously because this video is intimidating and dogmatic.
Tiny Dragon
Never sacrifice the beat for the fill - there goes jazz LOL 😂
Tom Tobin
#1- Learn the notes of the fretboard. #2- Ear training
TwEagle z
Yeah, she never listened to Metallica or RCHP. Each band has its own structure and sound, nothing is \
ViGi Tres
not agree withi the 4th one. Check AC/DC - Back in Black for example. That 3rd making verse sound cool
William Cunningham
Tip 6: it's a bass let it sound like one.way too many treble frequencies for my taste.sorry
William Olivas
Great work, thanks for the tips, you are an amazing bass player and teacher! But christ the difference between these comments and the ones from the (cough) *guy* on Guns and Guitars. I'm a 25 year old guitar player and I learned 5 things from this video
Yoshiki G
Damn, she is cute. Just the kind I like. :D \nAnd great lesson. :P
alexei.exe
Hey, I'm a pretty new player, so I understand if youd like to take this with a grain of salt, but I didn't find these tips very helpful. Muting the strings is something beginning bass players learn and telling people to never play open except to end a song contradicts every double bass line ever written. One of the most memorable experiences for me so far has been when my jazz teacher told me to walk a Bb blues near the nut, because the punchy tone of an open string connects very well with the drummer. I agree that your licks sporadically thrown about that rock progression sound utterly tasteless, but honestly, that was in large part due to the nature of the song, and in some settings it might be musically inappropriate to always hit the root in a predicable fashion. I believe you'd be fired from a gig for playing those licks over that song, but I also believe you'd be fired if you played a constant root with a fill or two during a song with a latin or jazz feel. I apologize if this is a bit long winded, but I feel as though a skilled musician such as yourself shouldn't be teaching habits and mannerisms that will hurt students down the road, especially with the almost cruel mockery. I appreciate you trying to pass on what you know, though
below middlec
1) I ALWAYS use open strings wherever possible, and you can combine that with dampening .. open strings give a brighter punchier clearer tone by far and more sustain ... \n2) \nthen the fill is not the problem, in this case it would be the timing and coming out of it cleanly ... As Geddy Lee, Billy Sheehan, Chris Squier, Steve Harris, do ALL the time --- \n3) at 10:06 .. um, EVERYWHERE there are tasty solo-like bass lines all over progressive music that sound awesome especiall with a power trio where tasty bass lines fill the gaps - think Mark King, Level 42 !!!\n4) I call BS, even as far back as Bach, and figured bass notation and - hello - inversions .. taking a not other than the root is perfectly acceptable, ever PREFERRED, what is more critical is what register the note is on rather than the chord tone itself\n5) the reason your higher notes are more 'subtle' is because of your right hand position ... play harder and closer to the neck to get punchy tones from notes played higher up the neck ...\n\nThis video has 5 of the worst tips I could imagine giving anyone ...
bill lyons
my advice to all you up and comin bass enthusiasts out there, shop around, I don't think shes the one that should be handing out advise, there are multitudes of other bass vids that can supply as much or more than what she has to offer, shop around, and then decide
billbarrett89
John Entwistle would laugh at this
chusss Music
Well Yonit, because you are pretty good, even the bad stuff you demonstrate not to be practiced does actually sound good :) Good advises. Thanks for this lesson.
david chavez
You Can't say never use open strings..\nE string at times is needed to give certain songs a different sound. Its really a player preference on there playing style. You shouldn't be restricted by someones else point of view.
ippikon
Keep it down.... \
jarry Dee
No one wants a bass player that sits on the root.
jjzmurphy
What kind of bass is that
mark peotter
Rule 5, stay on the bottom. If the song is in D, for example, you can get a deeper sound playing D on the 10th fret of the E string. (Come Together) Many songs have a bass that sounds lower by playing the notes on a thicker string.
monicas madhouse
seems like your bass & all aren't working...I can't hear you
mxkt77
Hmmm, guess who's going to receive a 9 fret bass for Xmas!!
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peterpaul herreur
Dear Yonit, you are a very conservative and restricting bassplayer/teacher.\nYou can't in generally say Don't do this or that at a gig, it all depends on the tune,\nthe atmosphere, the style, what you want to express, and so on. Your bassplaying\nseems very dull to me, without any adventure. Your lessons must be creativity killing...
precede
I can only assume these are tips for session players only, because in every other context your advice is 100% wrong and boring.
st1tch87
Not that I use many open notes, its fine as long as you control your muting, when you showed open strings you deliberately showed shitty technical skills, its guitar and bass 101 on how to keep undesired noise out of your performance/recording. Also when you spoke about root note, tell that to Jaco... don't get me wrong it depends on the song but there were/are plenty of melodic bass players out there.
tube dude
I find a lot of bass players sound overpowering and muddy in a small club