New to bass
Hey guys. So ive been playing drums for a little over 3 years. And ive always wanted to play bass to. My friend has taught me some basic songs and im really excited to start playing. I ordered a red fender jaguar. Any advice for startin off? Id really apreciate it.
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Welcome to the low down :D
Mjbing is correct. You will get all the information you require here. The problem is, getting it in the correct order, to help someone starting out.
As you are new to the bass, my advice (in order of importance, as I see it) is;
1. Spend a bit of time just getting used to the feel and different sounds of your bass.
2. Learn how to hold the bass, so as it is comfortable to play.
3. Learn good left and right hand technique.
4. Learn where all the notes on the fretboard are situated.
5. For a start, learn the Major, Minor and Pentatonic scales. Learn how chords are derived from scales.
6. Tabs are OK up to a point, but dont rely on them totally. Instead, develop your ear by trying to play along to music that you like. Try to figure things out for yourself. This will pay dividends in the long term.
A teacher would get you off to a great start. Even a few lessons would be a good idea. In the absence of that, below are some books and web sites I would recommend. "Study Bass" is particularly recommended.
Best of luck with it, and welcome to the low end. :bassist:
Thank you Fearceol
I knew one of you "other guys" would
qualify my post
All good information, I'll add the following.
The Internet sites listed will get you started. Don't remember if the book Bass Guitar for Dummies was listed, if not that is a very good starter book of instructions.
You were given www.studybass.com that site will go into detail on this. This will come in handy. http://www.smithfowler.org/music/Chord_Formulas.htm
I see that dummies is listed. Time with dummies is time well spent. As will be time with www.studybass.com
Welcome to the bottom end. Root on 1, then the 5, still have some room, the 8 or the correct 3 and or 7 on the 2 and 4 beat will keep you in the game. Right at first R-R-R-R will play a lot of bass. www.studybass.com will have some examples you can play from.
Welcome to the wonderful world of bass!
I recommend to learn the most common chord progressions (I-IV-V, I-V-vi-IV, blues form, etc.) in all keys, so you can play *thousands* of songs that use these chords. Your teacher (or any intro-to-music book) will explain the basics of harmony, so you can understand how chord progressions work.
The secret to playing bass is understanding the harmony/chord progression of a song, and then expressing it rhythmically. Since you are a drummer, you are already ahead of the game through your knowledge of rhythm.
Good work on providing the "big picture" Malcolm (post#5). :)
Welcome to the bassment. Listen to as many kinds of music and bass players as you can. Go see them play live. Do not covet another bass players gear, you'll go mad. Don' try to keep up with the joneses. Listen to and consder everything but make up your own mind.
If you're interested in learning to read music, Hal Leonard's "Bass Method" books are wonderful. There's a link in a previous post.
Also, I'll add: Listen to MalcolmAmos. He's probably been playing music for longer than most of us have been alive.
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