Holding Your Bass While this may seem like an easy thing to learn, the fact is that many people develop bad positioning habits that can make it harder for them to play (as well as causing long term back and shoulder problems). Here are some tips for how to hold your bass guitar.
Whether you're standing up or sitting down, always use a guitar strap. This will allow your back and shoulders to carry the weight of the guitar so that your hands are free to move up and down the fretboard. Adjust your strap so that the bass falls at a comfortable level across your chest. In general, your bass should be at about the same level as your belly button. Always pay attention to your posture. Keep your back as straight as possible and try not to slouch or bend over when playing. If you are right-handed, then the headstock should be to the left (opposite for left-handers). Take a look at the strings on the guitar. If you are holding it correctly, the thickest string (E) should be closest to your chest, while the thinnest (G) string should be closest to your feet. Take your fretting hand (left for right-handers and right for left-handers) and grip the neck of your bass gently. Your thumb should be resting behind the neck of the guitar, supporting your hand while your other fingers float above the strings, ready for action.