|Within the entire pop genre and especially in rock music, the electric bass is well established although jazz bassists also like to use electric basses nowadays as well when it comes to amplified or rock-orientated types of jazz music.|
In modern music production there has been a general tendency towards using sampled bass sounds played by keyboardists. But this particular case will not be discussed in this guide.
What exactly constitutes the electric bass? First of all, everything you’ve learned about the wood types, design and electrical equipment of electric guitars applies to the electric bass as well. Only the pickups have a slightly different layout and are placed differently on the instrument.
The standard electric bass features four strings tuned to E-A-D-G. This tuning matches the four lowest strings on a guitar. Bass strings, however, are considerably thicker as they are tuned an octave below a guitar. Tuning a bass is done in the same way as a guitar.
There is a certain trend among advanced rock musicians for using five- or six-stringed basses. A five-stringed bass features an additional lower B-string while the six-stringed has another high C-string on top. This expert-setup, however, shouldn’t concern beginners as handling a four-stringed bass is already enough of a challenge.