iVivify you said: "I hope by year end I will learn a few songs". And I realize this may have just been a figure of speech, however, a lot of time people new to the bass waste a lot of time learning the song's tune, when they should be spending their time on harmony and rhythm. If that is the case here, read on, if not forget about what follows. Trying to help.........
If you learn how to play your bass and follow the chord progression you will be playing bass accompaniment to thousands of songs by year's end. Yes, this thing we play is not rocket science, but, it does take some understanding of our role in all this.
If you want to play melody, yes, perhaps 10 to 15 songs by year's end is realistic. But, who will be hearing your efforts. If you just know the melody, a band has already got melody people, they need someone to provide the bottom end harmony, rhythm and beat.
My point, we accompany the melody, by playing notes of the active harmonizing chord. This provides the harmony and the way we do that provides the rhythm and a steady beat; the other guys get the solo. Yes the bass can play the treble clef solo parts, but was designed to play accompaniment. The bottom end, aka, bass clef, belong to us.
Get accompaniment under your fingers first. That will get you a spot in a band and then if they like you they will start giving you some lead breaks where you can play 24 to 36 measures of the tune. But, after you do that they will expect you to go back providing the harmony and rhythm.
Learn how to provide harmony and rhythm first. Melody and melodic playing come later.
Last edited by MalcolmAmos : 02-07-2014 at 08:39 AM.