Hello from Austin, Texas
I just purchased my first Bass guitar two weeks ago.
It is a 2008 Fender American Standard Precision.
I am in love with this instrument. I spend about an hour a day practicing. I have an "Acoustic B-10" amplifier I found on Craigslist.
I am taking Bass lessons once a week. My teacher really knows his stuff. Right now I am mostly practicing scales (Fretboard notes) and learning how to pick the strings. Just the basics.
Do you have any good advice for a beginner?
Your instructor starting you on scales - That is a great place to start. Why? Gets your fingers and ears going to the right places.
Good advice. Do what your instructor tells you to do.
Learn your fretboard. This can be done between lessons from your easy chair.
Lot of the songs we will be playing right at first will be using a I-IV-V chord progressions, i.e. C-F-G,
or D, G, A, or any of the other keys. The 1, 4 & 5 chords in the key. Find your 1 (or R chord) on the 3rd string. Where is the 4 & 5? --- Find a C on the 3rd string where is the F and G? Find a D chord root note (the D), where is it's G and A? Yep, piece of cake.
Song will use the G scale/key and use a I-IV-V chord progression. Where can you find a G note?
Where will be the C note?
Where will be the D note?
Same question; This time for the D scale/key.
Where can you find a D note for the I tonic?
Where will be the G note?
Where will be the A note?
See why I had you find your I tonic on the 3rd string. Yep you run out of strings, if you placed it on the 2nd string..... You could use the 4th string if you like, but, if you do where is your 5? No, you find it.
Ask yourself questions about where the notes are going to be found on your fretboard.
Welcome to the bottom end.
Thank you for the information about scales and notes.
That's awesome Chris, congratulations on it. On a side note; thanks for the info, Malcolm! That might be useful to me as well, for I'm having my first bass class tomorrow. Can't hardly wait!
Welcome! Congratulations and keep on practicing!!
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