Hey there people,
I recently bought a Peavey dyna bass on a whim and have decided to learn how to play. Any and all suggestions/personal experiences/words of advice would be greatly appreciated. I've taught myself how to play tabs and know which cords/frets/etc are which, but I know there's soooo much more I'm missing.
Thanks in advance!
You're off to a good start.
Where are you? There may be good teachers available, or a Community College with classes. The CC option is a bit slower and less personal, but a good place to start and great value for your dollar.
Working on your own, learn songs you really like and play them until you are perfect on them. Then, move on to something more difficult.
Practice Practice Practice
You found the best place to start TB has showed me a lot just don't be afraid to ask and spend the time looking. There are a lot of threads stored on this site.
I found several things to help.
-Getting together with others who play music such as garage bands.
-Installed an App on my IPad called Amplitube and down loaded the songs I'm learning. You can loop and slow music down while learning. I run my IPad through a keyboard amp and drop the bass out and plug my bass into my GK bass amp
-Tabs4life store has some good CDs with user friendly software.
Hope this helps
Thanks guys. Downloading Amplitube when I get off work!
The book Bass Guitar for Dummies will have everything you need to get started.
www.studybass.com is a free Internet site that we all use. For example: http://www.studybass.com/lessons/common-bass-patterns/
With practice exercises like this: http://www.studybass.com/lessons/com...ary/exercises/
Save yourself some time - get a local instructor - that plays bass guitar. $75 +/- (US) for four thirty minute weekly lessons. Best $75 you ever spent. Four lessons should get you started, come back for more if you like, i.e. the amount of time you stay with an instructor is up to you. You will spend that amount on "How To Play" books alone. Knee to knee instruction is always the best way to go.
Welcome to the bottom end.
When I first started playing, I would get up early and turn on the vh1 classic morning video block, and try to play along. Now I was quite terrible for a few months, but I started to improve, picking up on common chord changes and harmonic motions, and how the bassline fit into these tunes. This was quite good for my ear training, and also taught me a little about theory.
just my experience, ymmv. I always enjoy playing along to something, be it a cd or in a live band setting, and feel this is a pretty sustainable skill to have. Btw... Nice choice in the dyna, OP ;)
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