Beginner Bass Guitar Positioning & Posture

The fretting Hand

First of all, relax your fretting hand…. this is most important, as a relaxed hand will prevent tension related pain in the wrist and fingers.

A good warm up technique is to shake your hand and arm, allowing your arm to fall down by your side. Doing so will allow your hand to automatically assume a relaxed and natural position.

When starting out, its best to get accustomed to using one finger for each fret. Your fingers should be spaced out in a relaxed state, with your thumb behind your middle and index fingers.

Begin moving your hand to a playing position. At first you may find it difficult to remain relaxed whilst applying pressure to the strings. Over time this will improve as your hand and fingers gain strength & you find a confortable zone.

It’s important here not to fall into the trap of bunching your fingers together to apply the necessary pressure on the strings. If you find your struggling to keep each finger within it’s own fret, then you should stop, rest & try again later.

Holding the Bass

Bass guitar positioning at which you hold your bass is totally up to you. Although its fair to say rock music bass guitarists will have the bass slung low, while funk & blues bassists will have it worn higher.

Ideally as you start out, you should position your bass at a height that will make it confortable for you to learn bass guitar effectively. Keep it practical.

If you’re choosing to stand, remember to keep a relaxed posture with straight back. Keeping your shoulders back will ensure you don’t begin to slouch over & induce fatigue.

A good tip is if you play standing up, then sit down to learn.

If you’re looking for an interesting take on how to hold a bass, then watch this video to learn some beginner positions.