Most beginner bass guitar players pluck the bass guitar strings too hard. When learning to play the bass guitar it is important to develop a light touch on your guitar strings. New bass guitar players usually pluck the strings too hard because they are trying to hear what they are playing, for this reason it is important to practice your bass guitar while hooked up to an amp. You will learn to play bass guitar faster and smoother using this technique. Playing your bass guitar through and amplifier you will be able to hear yourself better and will not pluck your bass guitar strings so hard allowing you to practice much longer with less fatigue.