Hello everyone, a proud newbie here

Discussion in 'Welcome Forum - New Member Intros' started by Saymo, Dec 27, 2013.


  1. Saymo

    Saymo

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    Sooooooo, i would like to learn how to play the Bass! and luckily enough, my job sold some used ones, so i got the Dean Edge, and I hope that isn't a **** brand or something! lol, even so, i got it now, and I will make the best of it!

    ummm, I saw some videos where the player had one finger per fret, but my hands are small compared to his, so, is there another technique? or can i just slide my fingers down the neck to get to the next fret? Any help would be appreciated!

    A lil about myself, I am from South Carolina. I am a Poet, Rapper, and all around lover of music from Jay Z to Johnny Cash! and I just want to expand my music knowledge and all that fun stuff!


    Cheers!
  2. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

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    Welcome!

    The Dean is a perfectly acceptable starter instrument.

    Regarding "one finger per fret", yes, you may have to slide around a bit, especially in the lower registers. Once you get a little further in your studies, you'll learn scale shapes such as the Dorian mode, which actually requires you to cover five frets, so some sliding around becomes inevitable.

    If you're finding that the size of your hands is detrimental to learning the instrument, you might consider a short scale bass. They're still "real" basses, just sized a little different, and there are a couple of them in the same price range as your Dean that have good reputations here on TB.

    http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ibanez-GSRM20-Mikro-Short-Scale-Bass-Guitar-104621354-i1324105.gc

    http://www.guitarcenter.com/Squier-...pecial-SS--Short-Scale--108097676-i1860420.gc

    http://www.rondomusic.com/ursa2jrrn3ts.html

    http://www.rondomusic.com/URSA4JR3TSlh.HTML
  3. jazzonlyjazz

    jazzonlyjazz

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    Welcome to the low end where we get less love than guitarists or drummers!

    yeah about the small hands I had that problem too when I started. I still kinda do. Just keep practicing and stretch your fingers everyday a bit. I also find playing a bit of piano will help a lotttttttttttttt like seriously.

    Never heard about Dean bass guitars so I can't say too much about it. Just be glad you got a bass guitar you like.
  4. Saymo

    Saymo

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    Thanks y'all, I am actually getting a little more used to it as I practice more and more today. BTW, what is your views on the Rock Smith game?
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  6. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

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    Never heard of it. I tried a forum search and came up with nothing, so I tried searching "rocksmith". There have been a couple of threads that might be worth reading.

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/search.php?searchid=23929961
  7. skychief

    skychief Gold Supporting Member

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    This is the essential virtue of any successful musician ('all around lover of music'). Its in your soul. The one common thread which bind us together.

    Welcome to TalkBass.
  8. ProgRocker

    ProgRocker

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    I personally like Dean basses. If you enjoy playing it, that's all that matters.

    Welcome aboard!
  9. Draconic slater

    Draconic slater

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    I have a dean bass and I love it and about rock smith it's a good game teaches you how to play bass guitar and guitar but you need to get bass edition
  10. Saymo

    Saymo

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    Yeah, i have had the Rocksmith game now for about two days, and it is helping out tremendously!! I am excited! a few songs are kicking my ass, but i know it will get better with time

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