How to play a violin bass

By | April 4, 2021


Note that the body of a violin bass is much smaller than that of a full-sized bass. This really gives you an advantage if you are a smaller person or want a smaller instrument. Also note that the violin base is a hollow body base. This means that the inside of the body has been worn out to give the base a unique resonance (similar to an acoustic guitar). This gives the bass a warm, soft tone that gives some deviation from the usual electric bass sound. Most violin basses have a 30-inch neck that gives 22 fringes on a rosewood fretboard. This allows you to easily play with less hand reach than other, larger basses. The violin base is called a violin base because it has the same body shape as a violin and is also hollow as a violin.

Get the best tone. The violin base usually contains two 511b adhesive pickups – one placed on the bridge and one closer to the fretboard. The tone is drastically different from one pickup to the other. The violin bass sounds good to a low, upsetting tone, as well as a plucking, staccato tone. For a lower round signal, play with your thumbs on the front pickup located near the fretboard. For a tone with higher midtones, play the back that is closer to the bridge. Because it is a hollow instrument, you do not have to pick or pick as hard as you would on a regular bass. It can play to your advantage and allow you to play deeper and faster bass lines. Experiment with hand placements and pick prints, and you will really see how different the violin base is.


Set the tone. Most violin bases have a control panel with two volume controls, two switches and a rhythm / solo switch for volume increase. This allows you to have a lot of control over the desired tone and sound. With a switch, you can completely strain a pickup so that the entire sound is pushed through the rhythm / solo switch gives the bass a little extra kick that sounds a little better. Most players leave both pickups while playing.

Tips and warnings

  • Play with softer finger picking to improve the resonance and tonality of the notes. ry different amps with the violin bass to find a tone that you are happy with. Press your thumb or use your thumb to pick the notes, as this will create a very warm sound. Keep your violin bass in good shape. Set it up regularly and try to preserve the delicate details that make this base so popular.
  • Heavier music such as metal, punk or hard rock may not be as good for the violin base due to its electronics and body size. In other words, aggressive picking can not be good with this base.
  • The violin bass first became popular with Paul McCartney of ‘The Beatles’. Since then, the violin bass (sometimes called the ‘Beatle bass’) has served as an iconic symbol for bass guitars and of that time of music. Here we will discuss how to play these violin basses and how they differ from other types of bass guitars.