Originally Posted by c4lvint1me
Hi..its been a little while since i've posted on TB. i've been using tabs for around 7 months and i feel like i haven't improved.
Tabs are OK to get you started, however, I like to play from fake chord or lead sheet music which have the chord names shown. I then play the chord's notes in time with the lyrics of the song. How to do that - keep reading......
....how do you train your ear so you could just hear a song and copy it?
Buy one of the ear training videos and get started. Good Luck, I've been playing music for a long time and I can not hear a song and copy it note for note. But, If I know what key the song is to be played in, and that is not hard to find, I can lay down a groove to a song I have never heard before.
How? I assume the chord progression and then play specific notes of the chords I assumed are being used. If I assume wrong I adjust. No, you are not going to be able to do that right now, you have to have played a lot of songs before you can assume stuff - so for now use fake chord or lead sheet music.
Also, i don't know how to play bass reading sheet music and chords. Help Please! Thanks |
OK - for now forget about reading standard notation - the fly specks - and concentrate of finding sheet music that has the chord names shown on the paper. Google can usually find them for free. Just Google ---- Guitar chords, "name of the song" The comma and quote marks help in the search. In your spare time start learning how to play using standard notation - you will need it sooner or later.
Once you have the fake chord in front of you how should you use it to play the song? Here is fake chord on Happy Birthday. http://www.guitarchordsmagic.com/gui...ar-chords.html
Print this and the next item. http://www.guitarhangout.com/wp-cont...itar-notes.jpg
Looking at both. The song is using the C F & G chords. Find a C note on your 3rd string. Where is the F and G notes? Yep right above and right below the C. Knowing where the notes are on your fretboard is something you need to get into your bag of tricks. Just ask - in another thread........
Let's just concentrate on root notes right now. One C note per lyric word. Happy and Birthday take two notes each as they are two syllable words. The words To and You only get one note per word. Notice on "you" the chords change to a G. OK start using G notes - one note per lyric word. Yes, you need to sing the song under your breath so you know when to change root notes and play your notes in time with the lyrics. This is step one. When you can play with a song using only the root note and not have the song go off and leave you - then we can start using more than just the root. But, gotta start somewhere.
See what you can do with this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUK5pE5x_6A
Find an A note on the 3rd string. How about at the nut 3rd string. Where is the D & E? Yep same place; above and below the A. Is this a pattern? Yep. Something you can count on? Yep.
Keep going, ask specific questions. Welcome to the bottom end.