If you are interested in learning how to play the bass guitar there are some things you will need to learn to get started. By learning these basics will save you a lot of frustration. You will need to practice often to become good at bass guitar. Learn to play along with one of your favorite bass guitar songs will motivate you to practice. Even if you are a complete beginner you will be amazed at how simple most bass guitar songs are to play.
Look online to see if they have a chord charts for your favorite songs. I suggest signing up for online bass guitar lessons to completely understand how to read the chord charts and the proper finger positioning. Start learning the basic chords for the song you hope to learn. You will feel great as you start to learn how to play along with one of your favorite songs.
You should also always make sure your bass guitar is tuned properly. Each chord and note will sound so much better if your acoustic guitar is properly tuned. It is very important not to just have your guitar tuned close either. Make sure each string is perfectly in tune with each other string. Because you will be judging you playing on how you sound, you want to have your bass guitar perfectly tuned. There are many ways to tune your guitar. You can tune your guitar using pitch pipes, piano or with a guitar tuner. I suggest using a guitar tuner. This will allow you to make sure your bass guitar is perfectly tuned to pitch.
You will also want to take in consideration what type of guitar pick to use. This may sound strange but there are many different gauges thickness of bass guitar picks. The lighter gauges will give you a softer sound while the heavier gauges will make for a slightly harsher sound. This is something to experiment with after you are more advanced at acoustic guitar.
The last thing you are going to have to do is practice, a lot. You have to get into the mindset that the only way to become good at acoustic guitar is with practice. Take your learning slow and truly master the basics before you move on to anything more challenging.