Last summer I took the plunge and bought myself a Bass guitar. Now this is not unusual for me because over the years I have has many whims and accumulated the necessary equipment to participate in them. But participation was often short lived. That was until I bought my bass. You see I have taken to Bass like a duck to a drake. I have reached the stage now where I think I am beginning to be able to play it. So therefore I thought other beginners might find it useful to hear how I got from beginner to student and student to novice. So what did I do? Here are my top 10 tips for aspiring bassists. 1. Learn the scale of C Major. 2. Learn and be able to identify the notes in the C Major scale. 3. Learn and remember the numbers of the notes in the scale i.e. C is one, D is 2 etc. 4. From that learn the C Pentatonic Major scale. (Same as 2. above - omitting the 4th and 7th notes). 5. Learn the rest of the notes on the Fret board up to and including the first five frets on all strings. (This will be easy now you have learnt where the 8 notes are in C Major). 6. Learn about chords and how they relate to scale degrees. 7. Play and learn a simple song. There are loads of beginners lessons on You Tube. 8. Learn the C minor scale and understand how and why it varies from C Major. 9. Learn and understand the notes in Chords and why they work. 10. Play!! If you do the above you will be able to get to grips with hundreds if not thousands of songs. Easy eh?