Bass guitar is fun. And it’s a crucial part of worship. So I’m going to give some tips on how to be a better worship bassist. I’ve been playing for 12 years, and I have a pretty good idea of what bass is supposed to be.
These are not listed in the order of importance.
- Understand what the purpose of bass is
Be tasteful. The most annoying bassists are those who started on guitar and don’t really understand what bass is. It’s not just a guitar with less strings. Bass is there to lay a foundation (along with the drummer) for the other instruments to layer on top.
It’s a lot of fun to do bass runs, but use them sparingly. We don’t need runs all day for You worship. We need tasteful bass in worship.
2. Have a good bass
I pretty much only recommend one kind of bass. They’re not the most expensive bass you’ll find, but they’re definitely not cheap either. Fender American Standard P-basses are just about the cream of the crop when it comes to worship (or dare I say, most music).
If you can’t afford a more expensive bass, don’t worry! Just because you have an inexpensive bass doesn’t mean you can’t sound good. The quality of the bass mostly affects the playability, meaning it just helps you. You certainly can have a decent sounding bass setup with little investment.
3. Always learn
There’s no time where you shouldn’t be trying to get better. There’s always room for improvement. When you think you’ve reached a plateau, keep pushing. Check out a YouTube tutorial and practice a new technique.
Another big piece of advice is to get into it. You don’t get to be boring because you’re the bass player. That may be what people expect, but prove them wrong.
Don’t just move, but worship. Sing, raise your hands when you’re not playing.
5. Listen to the songs before practice
Even if you’ve played it before. Try listening to the song and see if you’ve missed anything. You may pick up on some things that you didn’t hear at first.
I could continue to add to this list, but I think 5 is a good stopping point. These things will absolutely make you a better worship bassist.