Advice on what tutorial to start out with

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by fnp5150, Oct 6, 2017.

  1. fnp5150


    Sep 18, 2017
    Ok, so I have what I need to get started learning to play bass and I've been watching numerous internet/YouTube based methods of instruction, but I would like some opinions from other's who've gone this route. I don't want to skip around doodling with 3-4 different instructors, I hope to pick the right one to start with. Private instruction is very lacking in my area, so that's out. I want something that will teach me in a way that will give me a good foundation to build on, such as learning to read bass lines and scales. On the other hand, I don't need a PhD in theory, and I would like to be taught to play songs (easy ones) earlier than later. I have many years of structured music experience due to playing the sax in jazz bands, but I need to translate it to the bass. Treating myself as a complete newbie, because thinking like a bass player and reading bass clef is completely different than what I'm used to. What have you guys tried that provided a good, well rounded instructional method, and most importantly, has a easy to navigate and use web site/channel? TalkingBass and TeachMeBassGuitar are 2 that I have read the most about, any experience with those? Any others?
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  2. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    Scotts Bass Lessons gets a lot of praise around here. If you do a search, you'll find threads about it. As for "being taught to play songs..." it would be much more beneficial to listen closely to the bass lines in simple songs (to start with) and try to copy/play along using your ear..and trial and error.

    Online Bass Lessons - Scott's Bass Lessons

    A book worth checking out (your local library might have it ) is "Bass Guitar for Dummies".

    Here is a set of Youtube lessons that IMO are great because they run chronologically, starting very basic and building from there.

    Best of luck. :)
  3. fnp5150


    Sep 18, 2017
    Thanks, that's one I haven't seen before. I'll give it a close look and see if it's something that I can grow with as I learn, though it may work out better to go with one series to learn the basics and another one may be more suited to more intermediate lessons. I've watched several from Scott's and like them, but for me, he spends a little too much time shooting the breeze, and not much on teaching.
  4. fnp5150


    Sep 18, 2017
    Learn Bass looks like a great resource, gonna give it a try. Funny how it seems you need to be British in order to teach bass LOL
  5. I do best from books - first - then go to the videos next. Bass Guitar for Dummies is a great get started book in that it starts off with how to hold the bass, how to get sound from it, etc. Basic stuff you need to get started.

    There are a zillion how to play sites. The ones mentioned are good, I'd add

    Good luck.
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  6. JimHouchin


    Mar 19, 2016
    If you have the funds.... personal instruction is CERTAINLY the only way to go. That said, you nailed it, it has to be GOOD personal instruction. Again, if you're serious about it I know a great instructor. (I could dissolve into bunch of fanboy B.S. and the like but bottom line I have ALL the materials from ALL the authors (Friedland, Johnson, Stinnit) and ALL the LIFETIME web memberships (Scotts, Marks, Nitty) and all the YouTube subscriptions AND all the previous BAD instructors you can stand! Studying with Mr. Hubbard over skype for the last 6 months has surpassed the last 6 years of music study I "attempted.") I M H O if you want to understand the bass and learn to be a well rounded player, Joe can get you there. I wish you much luck on your journey! I know I feel blessed to be well down the right path.

    Joe Hubbard Bass Lessons
  7. Treebeard


    Jun 5, 2016
    Cary, NC
    Bear Light Symphony, TimepeaceNC Band is great
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  8. Dogbertday

    Dogbertday Commercial User

    Jul 10, 2007
    SE Wisconsin
    Blaine Music LLC
    If there arent any instructors in your area, skype lessons are always an option. Get a hold of players you like and ask if they do them maybe?
  9. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Find a video, book, dvd, cassette, carrier pigeon that will teach you the 12-bar blues.

    Early on my path, someone gave me a book & cassette combo that had the basics, including instruction on the 12-bar blues in E. I don't think anything I've ever learned has taught me more about playing rock, blues and country than that.
  10. rocu


    Jan 28, 2015
    Missoula, MT
    ++ for the Dummies book and
  11. fingerguy

    fingerguy Inactive

    Aug 2, 2016
    Learn the difference between half to whole steps and the open notes. That alone will make it easier to find the notes and where. Then work on very basic easy songs for example:
    CSN&Y - Teach Your Children & Southern Cross
    VM - Brown Eye Girl
    Youngbloods - Get Together
    TP - Free Fallin'
    Ed Sheeran - What do I Know
    Allman Brothers - Midnight Rider (for a beginner it will be a bit tricky due to the groove and hammer-on but just stick with it)
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  12. I'll add, Louie Louie, Hang On Sloopy and Wild Thing. That's a three for one. You'll feel like a rock god tonight. :smug:
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  13. fnp5150


    Sep 18, 2017
    Used Learn Bass today from YouTube. Was going to skip the first 2-3 lessons that were for absolute newbies but I'm glad I didn't. Turns out, plucking a bass is COMPLETELY different than a guitar or banjo. I couldn't figure out why I sounded so crappy until I learned that you don't "pluck" a bass. He demonstrated it perfectly and now I sound a world better. It is NOT easy to switch from guitar to bass. Guitar is more your interaction with all the components and guitar, bass is much more personal between you, wood, and strings.
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  14. BassUrges


    Mar 14, 2016

    Hal Leonard Bass Method (by Ed Friedland).
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  15. XJ_Wheeler


    Oct 20, 2016
    Pick away at these two books: Improvisers Bass Method and The Evolving Bassist
    Spend dedicated time that works for you for learning songs by ear
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  16. I taught myself playing using resources here and there online. Would I have to start now, I would definitely go with Mark from I love his lessons and the way he delivers them: it's always packed with information and despite that it remains very clear to understand. I always learn something from one of his videos, even if it's about a topic I thought I knew pretty well.

    I am also a big fan of MarloweDK and his youtube channel. He has so many great playalong videos. And a few slap introduction videos that are what really got me going at the beginning.

    Good luck!
  17. BtaylorTheRogue


    Nov 14, 2016
    This many sound dumb, but I swear by the white stripes albums, in order of release date.
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  18. Get the bass grimoire and a highlight marker
  19. There are many instructors that offer private lessons over the internet. I think carol Kaye still offers lessons this way. She is a legitimate legend in the bass world.
  20. Member8675309

    Member8675309 Inactive

    Aug 19, 2017
    Nashville, TN
    Use Riffstation. It's like using the Nashville Number System, only simplified. It will be rough going in the start, but it will force you to learn where the notes are on the neck, will help you develop a voice, and you can start playing music immediately. Just, my advice, choose a 3 chord song to begin with, stick to roots until you're comfortable.
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