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Bass Guitar.

So, yea, I'm gunna start playing bass.


Any players here?


Anything I should know?


Thanks.

Watch this
phoebe man

fun. it's much easier than guitar.

againstbound
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^Is much easier than the guitar if you play with a pick or just 2 fingers, and if you settle to be just a background musician. Great bassists can kicks the asses of lots of guitarists (nad it's a guitarist saying this).

Josh_McCray

I've always been a musical failure, hopefully this time is different =P. It'd be nice to play guitar someday, but maybe becoming an uber bassist would be cool too. It looks like alotta fun when you see really good bassists play.

PuterBoy

You get the ugly groupies of the band.

againstbound
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Not really bad, but it limits a lot what you can do with a bass. If you play it with a pick you'll be basically playing a 4-strings low guitar, a bass has a whole world of its own.

againstbound
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This stuff looks far from easy

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againstbound
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^If you are already eager to learn that's gotta inspire you even more.

And yes, if you can find a good teacher that would be great, specially in the beggining. But you can also download methods and study on your own. And remember that no instrument is easy to start with, you might hate it at first but the love comes in time, and it's worth it.

Jonny Freedom

practice squeezing a tennis ball, or put a heavy duty elastic band around your fingers and practice pushing out....

fingers have muscles too :)

Jonny Freedom

i do have one of those... some people dont wanna spend on such items when they start out..

also mine is blue :)

againstbound
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I've got the blue one too, but for a bassist the yello is probably better (the yellow was the one with higher tension right?)

SoulfumeInc

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blows me away every time

I've been playing bass for about 7 years but I don't practice nearly enough. I moved away from my band in Michigan and its been rough...

Josh_McCray

Sweet, wasn't expecting to come back with responses.

I guess I'll try my best on my own and if that doesn't work, then move to a teacher. It'd feel nice to not look completely hopeless infront of the teacher.

Thanks for the vids, I'll have to check them out.

Josh_McCray

Do you guys know any songs with well known bass parts that I could practice with? Easy bass parts that is =P.

the czar

Way to go Againstbound, you posted most of the best bassists out there!

I have been playing for 25 years, never get tired of it.
The best way to start is to play along with cds of bands you like, and play as much as you can every day. When I first started playing, I would learn entire Iron Maiden albums. I also played about 3 - 4 hours a day.

Playing along does 2 things; it helps develop your ear, so you know what note you are hearing, and it will develop your rhythm.
Take lessons if you can, learning theory is something I wish I spent more time on.

As for playing with a pick or your fingers, it is a personal choice. You can do much more with your fingers, but it will hurt like hell for a while.
Using a pick can give you a more trebly, punchy sound.

Josh_McCray

Wow, those videos were pretty crazy. Especially the stuff with the 6 string basses.

Wow, 25 years? Thats a lonnnng time. I really dread getting a teacher, but it probably is the best plan. I just don't want to look like a failure/moron. I'd rather do that all by my lonesome =P.

Thats a good tip, I'll have to give that a go.

Sir_Minimus

i actually just got a bass, which adds to my collection of stringed instruments.
taking lessons is probably your best bet. who cares if you dont know anything about it? thats why you are taking lessons.

mike bautista
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you don't learn techniques from tabs. and bass has a lot of techniques to explore and experiment in.

flea is a favorite bassist of mine.
bass is pretty underappreciated in music, but if you focus in on just that instrument, they add A LOT to a song.

mike bautista
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i'd say either by a teacher or from a video, if you can't find an actual person.
a video can teach, but can't give you pointers or correct what you're doing. but i'd only get a teacher if you're really committed.
i play a little bit of guitar and i get around on tabs and vids. but i don't do anything public with my skills, or lack thereof.

phoebe man

Go to ultimate-guitar.com and chances are you'll find the bass tab to any song. I taught myself guitar and it's fun when you can learn songs you actually LIKE. Lessons sucked for me because we learned crappy songs that no one knew.

Sir_Minimus

that is true^. there is a guitar teacher in my town that will teach you whatever you want. if you want to learn from a book, he'll teach you from the book, if you want to learn a song he will teach you the song. it's pretty cool.

bobobob1230

I can play pretty decently. I don't devote much energy into it.

The best way to learn is to, once you get the basics down (i.e how to play a note), to start playing with other musicians.
If that's at all possible.
And to take risks... try new things.

Oh and remember that there are a lot of frets but at the end of the day only 12 real tones.

Tabs are better then notes, in most circumstances. Though i am paying for it if i want to play bass for jazz band.

I'm just babbling, mostly what i would have wanted someone to tell me.

Josh_McCray

Thanks guys.

I guess I'll play tabs/with cds and stuff, mooch off of friends who play, and if all else fails/I really want to get going I'll get a teacher.

chemi hydro

I play bass as well.
I taught myslef years ago without any literature.
I started by creating a simple rythm on the E string and then over time added in the A etc. If you can come up with some wierd and interesting pattern that incorporates a lot of different frets, strings, and or patterns that is a little tricky you can eventually figure it out through repetition and enhance your skills. It's like lifting weights, playing that light up SIMON game, playing video games, or even crazy shit like stabbing a knife aroun your opend hand. Eventually it it will become easier and easier.

I personally never really cared about learning the songs of others but I'm sure that it would be a good method to get you started.

I didn't watch the videos above, but I am personally a fan of Squarepushers bass work although he isn't as well known for it as his overall production. Here's a video

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Josh_McCray

I meant that as a, for now until I learn sort of statement, not a shut up everyone I have a plan kind of statement.

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