Anyone have any good advice for me?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Oddman545, Dec 1, 2001.

  1. I have been playing (seriously, like practicing almost everyday) for about a few months. I already knew how to read music and have some musical experience. I've bought a couple of instruction books so far because I'm not going to be able to get a teacher. The books I bought were all the FastTrack instruction books for bass and all the songbooks. I'm almost in the second one. What I want to know is, do you know of any good books that have sheet music in them like them. I need music that's not so easy it's boring, but not so hard I couldn't play it. I can play most any easier songs, and am wanting to get some more books and stuff. Also, do you have any advice for me as I'm not a beginner anymore but not really average just yet?

  2. *ToNeS*


    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    my advice to you would be to go and see some real bass players, and get humbled. should do ya wonders :p
  3. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    Always play plugged in, even if only to a small practice combo or a headphone amp.

    I've seen many CG commandos that think they're hot because they always practice without amplification - boy, are they embarrassed when they hear how they sound amplified. Don’t develop that bad habit!
  4. Alrighty, thanks. I appreciate the advice. Oh, do you know of any good books that teach jazz?

  5. low_mid


    Nov 20, 2001
    Lowell, MA
    If you are looking for a book on Jazz, try "Jazz Bass" by Ed Friedland (sp?) It covers common chords, modes, intros/endings, Latin, soloing, and performance protocol. Very well put together. Comes with a CD too.
  6. Oh, ok. Thanks for the books and stuff. I looked at the thread and I am going to go to the music store sometime soon. I found it on the internet. I might get it. Thanks! Would you know of any good songs to start learning? Like TABS or sheet music is ok. Is there a place online that has FREE sheet music for bass?

  7. Best tunes to learn first are simple ones that you like listening to. That being said, I generally teach walking through 12 bar blues, then go to All Of Me because of it's medium tempo and mostly two measures per change.

    Here's some charts and changes:
  8. Thanks. I'll go check out those sites right now.