Here are a few links that I've collected along the way that I've found enlightening and hope you will as well.
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TB Slang, forum usage, maint., posting http://www.talkbass.com/forum/faq.php
TB posting and etiquette tips
*Note: On TB, G.A.S. or GAS means Gear Aquisition Syndrome
Do a TB search before you create a new thread. The internal TB is limited to words 3 characters or more. IMO, the Google search option is more flexible. Google's Advanced Search parameters help refine your searches. Putting a "year" in your search terms is one method to limit responses.
Here's a link to a helpfull Google search tutorial: http://www.googleguide.com/crafting_queries.html
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For ease of use, outline of links by Category and Sub-Category.
1. MUST READS
2. FOR NEWBIES & NON-NEWBIES
~Books and Instructional Materials
~Free Jam Tracks
4. COLLEGE MUSIC
~Funk, Groove, R&B
6. BEING IN A BAND
~Leaving the band
~Cool Rigs, Equipment and Info
7. EFFECTS/ ACCESSORIES
~Tips for day to day living
1. MUST READS If only I knew then what I know now...
If I only knew then.. Best musical advice you ever got
Best musical advice Things every bassist should know?
Things every bassist should know
2. NEWBIES & Non-NEWBIES Most common mistakes?
Beginners mistakes/where to start The 'feel'
How to develop musically For bass teachers, and students seeking them
Find a teacher Guitar players as bass players......
Guitarists switching to bass http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/advice-first-bass-506102-post6817723/
First bass advice http://www.garywillis.com/pages/bass...tupmanual.html
How to setup a bass Which would you upgrade first? An amp or a bass?
Upgrade bass or amp first? Really silly question about buying instrument cables
Buying cables 1 of 2 Best cables?
2 of 2 Good strap for heavy bass
Comfortable strap 1 of 3 Recommend a Bass Guitar Strap?
2 of 3 New bass is heavy, causing pain. Comfort Strapp? Other suggestions?
3 of 3 Tabs or music
Tab or not to tab? When Did You Get Off Tabs?
Getting off tabs do you really have to learn how to read music to be a good bassist?
Sight read or not? A LOT of Free Lessons, how to's and other stuff from me!
TB member Dmanlamius-great beginners site http://www.thelibster.com/bass/
Intro Bass Lesson (click on "Beginners") Need help reading bass clef
Read bass clef i want to learn how to read music.
Learning rythym http://www.download.com/NoteCard/300...-10004005.html
Software-Read bass clef (recommended- TB member AlphaMale) http://www.playthebass.com
print bass clef flashcards and staff paper http://www.musictheory.net/index.html
Visual Beginning Music Theory (Power Point lessons), ear trainer
~Practicing Practice Practice Practice
How to practice 1 of 2 Pacman's sure-fire scale practice method
2 of 2 http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f15/can-anyone-recommend-good-headphone-amp-494539-post6634274/
Headphone amps/mixers/trainers Need advice on best headphones
Recommendations for good headphones Hands Going numb.
Help! My wrist/fingers are sore and/or tingling My girl friend took my bass.
Repairing cuts on your fretting fingers
~Online lessons Who do you think has the best lessons on youtube?
Who's the best Youtube teacher? http://www.playbassnow.com
with MarlowDK A LOT of Free Lessons, how to's and other stuff from me!
TB member Dmanlamius-great beginners site http://www.musicdojo.com/index.asp
Online bass course (5 day free trial) http://www.cliffengel.com/
Free and paid lessons from Cliff Engel http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showth...92#post6857992
Cliff Engel customer reviews http://www.studybass.com/
Bass studies,online metronome,bass clef tutor & more http://www.activebass.com/
Tab based lessons by members for members http://www.thelibster.com/bass/
Beginners' guide/lessons, tech advice,drills, bass sound files & more. http://www.cyberfretbass.com/index.php
For all bassists, videos & more,
~Books and instructional materials http://www.bassbooks.com/shopping/default.asp
Books, DVDs, all styles and methods looking for "the bass guitar bible!"
Looking for the Bass "Bible" http://playbassnow.com/recommended-learning-materials/
MarlowDK's recommended books Best Theroy book
"Best" theory/harmony book http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=99676
TB Book Links - all styles,levels and techniques http://www.jonliebman.com/
See all of Jon's books and others
~Ear training. http://www.good-ear.com/ http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...lineScreen.swf
Test your ear http://www.miles.be/
Great, free downloadable ear trainer (basic/advanced) - uses chords to help you. Solfege training included. "Must have" program.
~Theory I need to learn how to read music for bass, how do i do it?
Learn to read music 1 of 2 Reading Music
2 of 2 http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f22/sight-reading-486398-post6521582/
Improve site reading Introduction to Scale and Chord Theory
Intro to scale & chord theory I need basic music theory help...
Learning Theory Music Theory/General Instruction Links and Book List
TB Gen.Instruction Theory links list Theory Forum FAQ and Links
Theory (from the DB side of TB) Newbie learning modes!
Learning "modes" The reason for Modes
Reason for modes Modes...How to use them practically in music.
Using modes Circle of Fifths Question
Key signatures/Circle of 5ths/Cycle of 4ths Circle of Fifths Question
Circle of 5ths (spreadsheet format) http://www.teoria.com/
Music Theory. Check out the tutorials, exercises and reference dictionary
~Getting creative Where does creativity come from?
Where does creativity come from? http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f30/creating-bass-lines-8154/#post80043
Creating bass lines 1 of 3 Bass Line Construction: Target Approach
2 of 3 - Target Approach http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f22/what-good-ways-approach-playing-over-chords-503344/#post6770334
3 of 3 - For a jam Scales and improvisation
Playing scales what is in front of/behind the beat?
Playing behind/ahead of the beat The 'feel'
~Going "pro" Foundation Degree in Popular Music Practice does it mean anything? (help please)
Becoming a session player Advice for aspiring Studio Players or anyone that wants to "Go Pro"
~Teaching Bass Lesson Plan for Bass Teachers To teach or not to teach
~Software: Transcribing, Slow Downer, Looping, Recording, Utilities A way to slow down MP3s without altering the pitch?
Slow down software 1 of 2 I need software to slow down a song so its easier to learn
2 of 2 Software for Transcribing?
Transcribing software The Big Free Music Related Software Thread
Free music software best free recording software
Cheap but good recording software FREE Software Thread - Utilities & Applications You Cannot Live Without
Computer utilities/software you can't do without
~Free Jam tracks http://www.freejamtracks.com/index.html
Note: there are still free tracks. Scroll down below the Stevie Ray video (current as to 2/7/09). http://www.cyberfretbass.com/jam-zone/index.php
4.COLLEGE MUSIC Colleges?
So you want to be a music major in college? Solfege - What's the Point?
Solfege training. Free downloadable program http://www.music.vt.edu/musicdictionary/
Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Theory Dictionary Just Had My First Audition on Bass [Long Post]
Auditioning for college jazz band Ok... College audition dilemma
College audition dilemma http://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page
Classical sheet music (free)
~Blues Going to a blues jam tonight ... any pointers
First blues "open mic." jam 1 of 3 First open blues jam tonight... pointers?
2 of 3 Blues Jams... What you should know.
3 of 3 Slow Blues bassline help needed!
Slow blues http://www.music.vt.edu/musicdiction...ogression.html
Blues progressions explained w/ audio samples Recommend some old school blues.
Influential blues musicians (mostly) pre-1959 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blues
"Blues Bass" by TB member Jonster (John Liebman) Looking for some Blues books
Blues books http://www.amazon.com/Razor-Sharp-Bl.../dp/B000PHU7J2
"101 Razor-Sharp Blues Turnarounds by Larry McCabe http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Rhyth...ref=pd_sim_b_1
"Complete Rhythm Guitar Guide for Blues Bands" by Larry McCabe
~Funk,Groove,R&B Old School funk song suggestions...
Links to over 20 funk,groove and R&B bass players Funk 101
Funk 101 http://www.amazon.com/Funk-Bass-Buil...146101-2319058
"Funk Bass" by TB member Jonster (John Liebman) http://www.amazon.com/Funkmasters-Gr...ref=pd_sim_b_1
" Standing in the Shadows of Motown" James Jamerson book/CD http://shop.jonliebman.com/product.s...1&productId=31
Funk Bass Bible
~Latin Latin help.
Learning Latin music http://www.amazon.com/Latin-Bass-Boo...2222000&sr=1-1
"The Latin Bass Book" by Oscar Stagnaro and Chuck Sher
~Jazz Knuckleheaded question of the day
Improvization Primer - Sabatella (Book/Online) Walking bass "licks" - some help for those new to walking bass lines
Walking bass lines examples Good books to learn walking bass?
Walking bass lines books jazz scales? not played bass in over a year
Jazz Scales http://www.jazzstandards.com/history/index.htm
History of Jazz
~Metal Teach me to play metal bass...
Metal how do you learn to growl/scream??
How to scream/growl
~Hip-Hop bass for hip hop
6. BEING IN A BAND How good do you have to be to be in a band
How "good" do you have to be to play in a band?
~Starting Need help in the world of cover bands!
Covers vs. Originals Power Trio
Playing in a 3 piece band Most professional Craigslist wanted ad I've seen
Advertising for new member(s) Making a Band
New Band Starting a "Top 40" type band. some questions
~Auditioning Starting a cover/tribute band from scratch
How to audition for new band 1 of 2 Starting new band... best methods for auditions?
2of 2 How to run Guitarist Auditions?
Auditioning -new member 1 of 3 Getting Suckered
2 of 3 -red flag stories Would you treat this as a red flag?
3 of 3 -story
~Band names Coolest and Dumbest band names you've played under...
Best/worst real band names The Infamous Band Name Thread
Infamous band name thread http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f67/band-name-change-cadillac-bloodmen-499655-post6734711/
Changing a band's name http://www.bandnamemaker.com/ http://www.1728.com/bandname.htm
~Leaving the band Quitting the band without losing friends
Quitting Got fired from my band last night.
~Band management Introduction to Management Forum - important links here ...
Intro TB Compilation: Must-Read Book Recommendations
Books Any tips for a first band?
First band Is your band a democracy? or the opposite?
Running a band: democracy or dictatorship? How to fire someone from a band
How to fire a band member gig money = band fund ??
Band "funds", "to be or not to be?" The "Get Mad at Local Acts/Venues" Thread
Originals Band "paying dues" I'll Never Play for Free Again
Is playing for "free" really "free"? How do we get a gig and get paid?
Getting gigs Aspiring band newbie seeks craigslist ad advice
Advertising yourself Business cards on the cheap? Any sources or ideas?
~Band Reheasal/Gigs/P.A. Bassist's Guide to Singing
Bassist's guide to singing Hearing Loss and Ear Plugs
Protect your hearing! Wear ear plugs! IEM- In Ear Monitor ... Usage/Experiences
In-ear monitors Audtion with Pro Tools and headphones-any tips?
Band rehearsal through headphones Band Practice Tips?
Rehearsal -tips 1 of 3 Band practice efficiency
2 of 3 -efficiency How often does your band rehearse?
3 0f 3 -how often? Zoom h2
Recording rehearsals/practice/gigs Anyone know of beginners books for live sound?
Learn Live Sound mixing Great gig dolly
Moving equipment 1 of 2 how do you move gear with a bad back?
2 of 2 http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f203/coiling-cables-video-512082-post6914637/
Coiling cables First gig ever tonight
First gig 1 of 2 First Gig tomorrow night
2 of 2 Noodling/Showing-off between songs
To noodle or not to noodle? Bar Manager Refused to Pay Us! Now what?
Being asked to turn down the VOLUME Eminence 2515 wattage needed for xmax
Compression will save your
P.A. What size/type of PA do you use on your gigs? Check all that apply.
What size? first half decent pa: any advice
First Help a little band out with advice on a PA
Configuring Anyone know of beginners books for live sound?
Learn Live Sound mixing
~Cool rigs, equipment and info AMPS FAQ!! Info on OHMS, Allsize RIGS-OverUnderPowerCabs DIY TechTalk-Links
TB Amps FAQs Portable amps, cabs and combos
Links to 30 light weight cabs,amps, combos http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f15/best-combo-music-money-388713-post5041266/
Buying a combo 1 of 2 Best gigging combo amp
2 of 2 Pros and Cons of combo Amps
Combos vs Head/Cab http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f15/10-inch-speakers-vs-12-inch-speakers-248190/#post2968494
10's v. 12's v. 15's v. 18's 1 of 2 why 10s for bass?
2 of 2 410 vs 210 vertical stack...question
4x10 vs. 2-2x10 vs. 2x10/1x15 vertical stack The "I love my rig" Club
Happy with my rig 1 of 2 happy with my rig
2 of 2 Mini Rigs of Doom-Let's see 'em!l
Mini-rigs of doom 1 of 2 Mini Rigs of Doom: Episode II - A pack of the Cones
2 of 2 RIGS OF DOOM - Ch. 3
Rigs of doom I want a monster amp...... which one? That is the question..
"I want a monster amp!" Your Ultimate Rig (with sort of a twist)
Ulitmate fantasy rig The Gear Insurance Thread
Gear insurance thread http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f203/i-have-counquered-500628/#post6729196
Isolating Amp/Cabs from stage/each other
~Building/Fixin' Stuff http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f15/old-cabs-new-drivers-174035/#post2020562
Upgrading speakers in old cabs bass cabinet plans?
Cabs fEarful™ 12/6 & 15/6 enclosure designs - FREE!
Cabs(plans included) + discussion of cab building http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f21/why-i-keep-hammering-carol-kaye-pick-method-452467-post6169317/
Bill Fitzmaurice cabs DIY Lightweight Composite Cab Build
Light weight fiberglass cab http://www.mojomusicalsupply.com/
Parts finished making a 100w valve amp
Building a tube amp http://www.el34world.com/service.htm
Fixing tube amps http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f15/good-amp-techs-519922-post7046092/
Good amp-tech links http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f57/
TB's Luthier's Corner http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f18/
Bass Setup and Repair How to sound isolate a garage?
Sound proofing (reduction) 1 of 2 http://drummerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37523
2 of 3 -w/ room pics http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...d.php?p=493324
3 of 3 -w/ room pics
~Guitars Need advice for a 12'er (Guitard content)
12 string guitars Whats your favourite guitar maker?
7. EFFECTS/ACCESSORIES http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f36/
TB Effects Forum Light for fretboard
Lights for your fretboard.
~Tips for day to day living Gimmicks, gadgets, gizmos that WORK - found any?
Gadgets and Gizmos Tips/tricks for living, what are some you've found over the years?
Tips for living Ways to save money that you know.
Ways to save money