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How to teach someone to play bass?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by feeblefingers, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. feeblefingers


    Mar 16, 2012
    Hey, I hope I put this in the right spot, feel free to move this thread as needed. :)

    Well my story is as such. I have played bass for several years now, and my sister plays piano. But I've heard her say she wished she could play bass (or guitar) so she could view music from a different angle and have more expression opened up to her. But she says she never can learn how to play anything on a stringed instrument because it hurts too much, and it's so new to her from playing keyboards all her life. I want her to have the big world of bass-ism opened up for her, but I have never taught anyone how to play an instrument.

    So I guess my question is this: Where would I start in giving "lessons" so to speak? I'm sure once she learned one riff or song, she would take off on her own. How would I keep interested long enough to bear through getting blisters and such?
  2. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology: Protecting the Pocket since 2007
    If she plays piano, then she probably reads and has a good ear already. You could show her some basic technique for playing without getting hurt, and let her work her own way through some basic method books.
  3. If she already plays basslines with her left hand, she knows basslines, so show her where they are physically on the bass.
  4. feeblefingers


    Mar 16, 2012
    Actually, neither of us read music, but we both have really good ears! :)
    Thank both of you for your advice!
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  6. remainthesame


    Sep 24, 2008
    i dont have any advise. but id like to point out how cool this thread is. you are being taught how to teach. its like woah!
  7. feeblefingers


    Mar 16, 2012
    Hehe, yeah it is pretty awesome! I hope it wasn't a lame thing to ask, but I thought if anyone was bored enough to throw a response out there, I would give them the chance, haha!

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