Beginner in training Need some help

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by icebolt99, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. icebolt99

    icebolt99 Guest

    May 22, 2013
    Hello can anyone help me in learning how to the bass guitar. I want to teach my self but I don't know where to start so if you guys can send me tips and things like recommendations about some books and other things like website that can help me or the things I need to learn that would be great.
  2. spcjdoty


    Dec 31, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    Start at
    This is a great site for beginners
    Also you may want to look at Scott's bass lessons
    Great video instruction
  3. If you are teaching yourself, the following information will get you started. Good luck and have fun. I should mention, we play chord tones 95% of the time so when playing a song follow the chords and gather your bass line from the chord's notes. Now with that in mind...............
    Get a copy of Dummies, most of the R-3-5 stuff I listed came right out of dummies and will be time well spent.

    Some sites you will want to bookmark: Theory - Basic, Intermediate, Advanced.pdf The first 30 pages to start with.
    Now here is over an hour of theory presented in a way you may like better.

    Have fun and welcome to the bottom end. I've given you enough stuff to keep you busy for a year. Pick one thing and work on that, eat this moster one bite at a time. Scales first, and when those notes are sounding good, move to chord tones and get those under your fingers. See a chord and your fingers just know how to play a bass line for that chord. Then you are ready to play some songs.
  4. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member is good...

    There are SOME decent youtube teachers. I'm partial to dmanlamius and MarloweDK.

    Also, Ed Friedland's books (Bass Method I, II, etc.) from Hal Leonard.
  5. icebolt99

    icebolt99 Guest

    May 22, 2013
    thank you for your answers but what does r mean in r-3-5, and in the major scale box?
  6. Code:
    Major Scale Box. 
    G|---2---|-------|---3---|---4---| 1st string
    E|-------|---R---|-------|---2---|4th string
    R is the root of the chord or scale, i.e. the name of the chord or scale. The lowest note of the chord or scale - The R, or root of, is also known as the tonic note of the chord or scale. Little more. What is the 2? The 2 is the second note in the scale, the 3 is the 3rd note in the scale, etc. etc.

    Want to play a bass line over the Cmaj7 chord. Visualize the major scale box's pattern. Find a C on the 3rd or 4th string and place the box's R on that C note then play the scale degree notes of the Cmaj7 chord found within the box's pattern. The Cmaj7 chord's notes are the root-3-5-7 notes of the C major scale. So the R-3-5-7 notes within the box plays the chord notes of the Cmaj7 chord. Fmaj7 chord coming up next; move the R of the box over a F note on your fretboard - how about the F right over the C note - on your fretboard - and play the R-3-5-7 scale degrees notes again as both are maj7 chords. G7 coming up next, yep find a G note and this time play the R-3-5-b7 (different spelling) for your bass line over the G7 chord. The b7 and b3 notes are flatted notes, i.e. one fret back toward the nut. Sharp (# notes) would be one fret toward the bridge. Flatted notes one fret back toward the nut, and sharped notes one fret ahead toward the bridge.

    Place the box's R (root) note over the root note (name of) the chord or scale you want to play and then play the spelling of that item. Major chord R-3-5. Major 7 chord R-3-5-7. Minor chord R-b3-5. Minor seven chord R-b3-5-b7.

    On my first post I gave you the spelling on just about anything you will be playing.

    Have fun.
  7. Guinness20


    Jan 24, 2013
    Liverpool, UK
    I've been playing self-taught for a year now. I start off just learning simple songs I like. After a while, I learnt chords and about shapes and notes on the fretboard. In increasing my technical knowledge, it meant that I could expand my repertoire of songs.
  8. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    Why not take a few one-on-one lessons? A dozen lessons will give you a good head start and if you're musically inclined and have some discipline you can go on from there on your own.
  9. icebolt99

    icebolt99 Guest

    May 22, 2013
    Thank you very much :)
  10. casper_morgan

    casper_morgan Guest

    Feb 20, 2013
    Arlington, Tx
    The way I learned how to play was to play stuff I liked to listen to.. for me it was marliyn manson and metallica tunes. Once I learned the songs I already knew, I then started creating my own stuff out of that.
  11. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Check my Wiki links page below for lots of great TB info that will you out.
  12. icebolt99

    icebolt99 Guest

    May 22, 2013
    just a question how did you guys start learning how to play the bass?
  13. macrocheesium


    Sep 12, 2012
    I followed to the end of the lessons. A year later I started getting actual lessons, which is the best decision I ever made. It probably would have been best to start going to lessons right away, but studybass was very helpful.
  14. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Step 1. The Hal Leonard method books and trying to play along with recordings of songs I like with chord/lyric sheets.
    Step 2. Playing with other people live

    Along the way there have been other books, videos and this site. In time my endurance, theory knowledge and skills increased
  15. icebolt99

    icebolt99 Guest

    May 22, 2013
    is the book called Hal Leonard bass method(I,II,III) good?
  16. johnystringer

    johnystringer Guest

    Jul 15, 2013
    We are working on a project to connect teachers and learners.
    The idea is to find a cool, independent (not a school) teacher, for a lessons or a course, or some randon tips, or whatever... And be able to learn regardless of location.
    Take a look here, you might find something that suits you...
    Good luck and keep it up
  17. jmcorn

    jmcorn Guest

    Jul 4, 2012
    South Carolina
    Praise and Worship bassist member #1232
    I used bass guitar primer DVD and study for 6 months and joined the Praise and Worship band at church. When I reach a learning plateau I go for a month of lessons and that will get me over the hump. I also recommend Scottsbasslessons. He has some great stuff on youtube and on his website.
  18. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Scott Devine on the web.
  19. Probably the best! Paul Wolfe is good too!