Originally Posted by fearceol
Thanks for the complimentary remarks.
.........Being able to play by ear will take a bit of work, but in the long run will be far more rewarding than having to rely on tabs ( which more often than not are incorrect)......... IMO tabs wont get him there.
Yes - and this opens the question: What should he play from?
Standard notation is always the best, but, is there standard notation out there on this song? And he has already said he is new to music......
That leaves fake chord or lead sheet music. Fake chord is usually available and also usually suspect, however, better than nothing. Lead sheet is usually a little more correct than the normal run of the mill fake chord, has the treble clef to help out, if you know how to build chords from melody notes, but, .......
So what is a brand new bassist to do? Answer; grab the sheet music they can read - their ear is surly not ready.
I recommend fake chord, the major scale box and root on one - as step one. Couple of years down the road they can start transcribing songs by ear.
Certainly an instructor sitting knee to knee is best, however if not in the cards then:
Bass Guitar for Dummies. www.studybass.com
Ed Friedland's books on how to play and how to build a bass line.
Scott Devine's video lessons. Over 100 free lessons on just about everything. Perhaps a little advanced for him right now, but, will give a glimpse of what lies ahead.
Most songs you will be doing probably will be Major key and have a I IV V chord progression, i.e. key of C - the C-F-G chords. Find a C on your 3rd string. Where is the F and G? Let's say the next song is in the key of D. Find a D on the 3rd string, where is the G and A? Yep, it's not rocket science - follow the chords and root on one.
And good luck.