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Bass Ear Training

Bass ear training

Bass instruments bridge the gap between pitch and rhythm in music, connecting drummer with singer and contributing a vital aspect of music.

Bass players therefore need a range of listening skills, broader than most musicians, and each can be developed with dedicated ear training.

Ear Training for Bass Guitar

Bass Ear Training Howto

Bass Ear Training: How To

Bassists need a strong ear in four different areas of music: bass lines, rhythm, playing by ear, and bass tone.

Find out why and how to start improving your ear for each in "Bass Ear Training: How To".

Bass Ear Training Series

The Bass Tone series explores everything which creates the distinctive sound of the bass. From instrument choice (upright bass and electric bass guitar) to amplifiers, tone controls, and bass audio effects. Find out how to listen critically to the sound of the bass and how to perfect your own bass tone.

Bass Ear Training Resources

Bass Tone Podcast

Bass Tone PodcastBass Tone Podcast

Listen and learn about all aspects of the sound of bass guitar with the Bass Tone Podcast.

Topics Related to Bass Ear Training


The bass is a key part of the rhythm section in most bands, and bass players need tight, accurate, reliable timing for every note they play. Rhythm ear training is the key.

playing by ear

Improvising a bass line based on the chords, figuring out a song as you go along when called in for a performance at the last minute, and writing your own music all rely on your ability to play bass by ear. Some playing by ear ear training can considerably improve your abilities.


To the untrained ear, a low note is a low note—but in fact the sound of the bass guitar is hugely versatile. Use timbre ear training to help you hear the differences and craft your own perfect bass sound.

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Bass Ear Training: How-To

Bass Ear Training: How-To

Bass players get a hard rap among musicians. Just four strings? It must be easier than guitar. Playing from tab rather than sheet music? You must not be smart enough for “real” notation. Whatever. One thing that bass players often have better than anyone...
The Power of Listening (Chris Tarry)

The Power of Listening (Chris Tarry)

Today we welcome pro bassist Chris Tarry of to share his perspective on the vital importance of listening skills for great musical performance and playing well as part of a band.   There’s perfect pitch, good relative pitch, chordal...
Bass Tone: Time to Test Yourself!

Bass Tone: Time to Test Yourself!

We’ve covered a lot of different material in the Bass Tone series: after 9 articles and 6 podcast episodes, it’s about time to stop and check whether your ears have kept up! We’ve had a few quizzes along the way, but this week it’s time to add...

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