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Brand new aspiring bassist...

Discussion in 'Welcome Forum - New Member Intros' started by Saxn, Oct 23, 2010.


  1. Saxn

    Saxn

    Oct 23, 2010
    Nashville, GA
    Hey gang. I was directed here from another (completely unrelated) forum and was told it was THE resource for all things bass... which is good because I am a complete noob.

    I have been playing music (sax player) for a good 17 years or so, but I have always wanted to expand into musical types besides the ones where the sax has been pigeonholed. It didn't take a whole lot of thinking before I chose the bass, as that is where my ear always went when listening to just about any kind of music. So, after 15 or more years of delaying, I finally took the plunge and bought an intermediate bass to learn on. Now when I say brand new I mean just that - one lesson before having to leave the new toy at home while traveling for work! So as you might imagine I have at this point worked with my right hand ONLY getting the string muting and picking thing down. When i get back to the house it'll be back to that grind.

    Anywho, look forward to seeing what's going on in the rhythm section (finally).
     
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Song Surgeon slow downer. https://tinyurl.com/y5dcuqjg
    Here are a few links that I've collected along the way that I've found enlightening and hope you will as well.

    GET THE MOST OUT OF TB
    Read all the the FAQ's in each forum. Fill out your User Profile. Become a supporting member.

    1. MUST READS
    If I only knew then...
    Best musical advice
    Every bassist should know
    How to really "learn" a tune"
    Save your hearing
    Custom ear plug primer

    2. NEWBIES
    ~Basics
    Where to start
    Am I too old to learn to play the bass?
    How "good" do you have to be to be in a band?
    Guitarist switch to bass

    Online bass tuning
    Beginners mistakes
    "Go slow" practice method
    Creating a practice schedule
    Find a teacher

    2 starter books
    First Timer's Intro to Bass Guitar (picture based) w/CD
    Bass in a year

    Intro/History of Bass guitar
    First bass advice
    Strings: Flats or Rounds?
    Polishing/cleaning bass
    1 Setup a bass
    2

    First amp advice
    Using two combos together
    Upgrade bass/amp first?
    Connecting an amp to a cabinet

    Free downloadable interactive fretboard learning tool for Microsoft Excel or Open Office spreadsheet

    ~Newbie Learning
    Bass trainers/practice w/o amps
    Pick/not to Pick?
    Pick advice
    Developing musically
    Metronome info

    What's a chord?(w/audio examples)
    What are charts?
    Tips for writing sheet music

    Tab website
    Tab/not to tab?
    Getting off tabs
    Sight read standard notation(SN)?
    Nashville Number System (NNS) Book
    NNS chart example
    NNS online tutorial

    ~Newbie Theory
    What's "Theory"?
    Intro to Theory website-easy to follow
    Easy understanding of chords
    Music Theory for Practical People book
    Online Visual Beginning Theory, ear trainer

    Beginner's Bass Clef tips
    "Name that note" online SN game
    Downloadable read "bass clef" software
    Online bass clef audio/visual trainer
    print bass clef flashcards/staff paper

    ~Newbie Rhythm
    1 Learn rhythm
    2

    ~Newbie On-line Resources
    Dmanlamius' beginner's site
    1st bass lesson (click on Beginners)
    Intro bass-learn songs,videos
    Tab based (w/audio) lessons

    ~Newbie On-line paid lessons
    $3/mo bass lessons
    Cliff Engel online,correspondence,private lessons
    Adam Nitti's online "class room" learning website
    How to Play Bass. com

    3. LEARNING
    ~Practicing
    Technique forum
    1 How to practice
    2

    Singing and Playing bass
    Protecting your voice
    Bassist's guide to singing

    Odd time sigs

    Headphone amps/mixers/trainers
    Tascam GT R1 Portable Stereo Recorder/Mixer/Trainer/Effects/Drum Machine

    "Band-in-a Box" software for practicing
    "BIAB vs. Tascam Bass Trainer
    Bass learning software that uses midi
    Playing along with your PC

    1 Good headphones
    2

    Help! My wrist/fingers are sore/tingling
    Carpal Tunnel
    Repairing cuts on your fingers
    Cracked Skin-Preventing/Fixing

    ~Backing Tracks & Drum Machines
    1 Drum Machines
    2
    3
    Free, full-use,downloadable drumtrack software
    Drum Tracks
    Free backing tracks
    Different methods to play drum tracks
    Build your own backing tracks online
    Build a song, upgrade by subscription

    ~Instructional materials
    Over 100 DVDs/books
    Books, DVDs, all styles/ methods
    Looking for the Bass "Bible"
    MarlowDK's recommended books
    "Best" theory/harmony book
    TB Book Links
    TB member Jon Liebman's books and more
    Books, DVD's, equipment, accessories, etc. (by style)
    over 100 books of transcriptions & more
    ii-V-I book and CD

    ~Online lessons
    dmanlamius.com Dman's hands on videos and more
    playbassnow.com MarlowDK's cool videos & more
    Read music,lessons, online metronome,bass clef tutor & more
    Studybass.com Sound files/tab/standard notation based lessons..more
    thelibster.com Tech advice,drills, bass sound files & more
    cyberfretbass.com Videos & more
    activebass.com Lessons, backing tracks, articles and more. Xlnt site

    ~Software: Slow Down, Change pitch/key, Loop, Record, Metronome,Utilities
    1 Slow down
    2
    3
    Change pitch/key
    BestPractice-PC based, free, easy to use, slow downer/pitch shifter/looper/vocal remover/bass isolator/ backing track maker
    Hi-end hard drive practice/recording units

    Other software


    Metronome-odd time sigs.
    Victor's metronome lesson
    TempRef-hooks to drummer's snare

    Free music software
    1 Cheap/good recording software
    2 Cheap computer/recording interface/sound card & software
    Guitar Pro

    ~Transcribing, Music Notation, Chord Charts, Software, Online
    Transcriptions to practice;many with .mp3 files. Click on Transcriptions
    Free transcriptions
    1 Suggestions for music notatation software
    2
    Let the computer transcribe your played notes
    Taking transcribing to the next level
    Making chord charts w/lyrics

    ~Ear training
    Goodear.com
    Test your ear
    Free downloadable ear trainer (basic/advanced) Solfege. Xlnt program
    Trainers/tutorials. Music theory, ear training, read music, chords, intervals, etc.
    Online Visual Beginning Theory, ear trainer
    Discussion of Solfege

    ~Sight Reading
    Bass clef to fretboard translation. Memorize this first
    1 Learning
    2
    Improving
    Practicing
    Sight reading source material
    Transcribe/read transcriptions free online

    ~Theory
    Musictheory.net
    Learning basic theory
    Intro scale & chord theory
    3rds & 7ths?
    Tri Tone Substitutions
    Theory links list
    Theory (from the DB side of TB)
    Useful music theory info with audio

    Learning "modes"
    Reason for modes
    Using modes
    Putting it all together (scales/modes)
    Key signatures/Circle of 5ths/Cycle of 4ths
    Circle/Cycle of 5ths/4ths (spreadsheet format)

    ~Getting creative
    Where does creativity come from?
    Writing songs

    Creating bass lines
    Target Approach
    Walking bass line examples
    Ed Friedland on walking bass lines
    TB's Ed Fuqua's walking bass line book

    For a jam
    Jammin'

    Playing scales

    Playing behind/ahead of the beat
    "Feel"
    Playing "in the pocket"


    ~Song Writing
    Chord progression for Songwriters
    Chords of Great Songs

    ~Going "pro"
    Nashville's Roy Vogt's TB thread
    Becoming a session player
    1 Going pro
    2
    The musician's life
    1 Expectations
    2

    ~Teaching Bass
    1 Teaching ideas
    2
    Becoming a teacher
    Carol Kay's bass learning/playing advice

    4.COLLEGE MUSIC
    So you want to be a music major?
    Virginia Tech Music Theory Dictionary
    Auditioning for jazz band
    Audition dilemma
    Classical sheet music (free)
     
  3. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Song Surgeon slow downer. https://tinyurl.com/y5dcuqjg
    5. STYLES
    ~Blues
    Becoming a blues bass player
    Blues progressions explained w/ audio samples
    Basic lessons/free backing tracks
    Getting into the blues
    Slow blues
    1 "Must know" blues tunes
    2

    1 Blues jam terms/progressions
    2
    3
    Ice Cream Changes
    Backdoor Progression
    ii-V-I
    more blues
    Abersole's 35 blues variations
    Improving the blues

    1 First jam
    2
    3

    Gig coming up

    Blues bass player's club

    Influential musicians (mostly) pre-1959
    History and styles
    20 important blues recordings & more

    "Blues Bass" by TB member Jon Liebman
    Ed Friedland's Essential Styles and Techniques
    Blues books
    "Complete Rhythm Guitar Guide for Blues Bands" by Larry McCabe
    "101 Blues Bass Patterns by Larry McCabe
    Turn arounds book for blues/jazz

    ~Funk, Slap, Groove, R&B, Soul
    Links to over 20 funk,groove and R&B bassists

    TB's Funk 101 list of funk tunes
    Funk 102
    TB's Old School Funk tunes suggestions
    R&B set list tunes
    50 songs to learn R&B on

    Muted Grooves by Joaquin des Pres
    Classic Funk and R&B by Joaquin des Pres

    Bass Grooves by TB member Jon Liebman
    Funk Bass
    Funk/Fusion Bass
    4 R&B/Funk book
    "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" James Jamerson book/CD
    Funk Bass Bible

    New funk groups
    Modern Funk bassists
    Funk Masters w/James Brown Rhythm Section Book
    Who played bass with Aretha Franklin?

    The late, great, James Jamerson
    Jamerson w/Marvin on Youtube

    TB slap bass references/links
    Over 60 slap/funk lessons by MarlowDK
    Video lessons w/Dmanlamius

    Playing behind/ahead of the beat
    Getting a "synth" bass tone/sound
    1 Get that dead flatwound string sound
    2
    TB Synth bass thread
    Funk rock

    Neo-Soul (1990's)


    Books/Videos from
    F. R. Prestia/Tower of Power
    Anthony Vitti
    Alex Sklarevski
    Bill Dickens
    Tony Oppenheim
    Larry Graham

    ~Latin
    Learning Latin music
    "The Latin Bass Book" by Oscar Stagnaro/Chuck Sher
    Afro-Cuban bass/drums grooves book

    ~Jazz
    1 Learning
    2
    Improvization Primer (Book/Online)
    Theory, soloing, videos by Ethans1980 website
    Walking bass lines examples
    Walking bass lines books
    Jazz Scales
    History of Jazz website
    Fake book-which one?

    ~Metal
    Play Metal bass
    Demystifying metal styles
    Tuning your bass for metal discussion
    How to scream/growl
    Drop Tuning - which strings?

    ~Hip-Hop
    1 Hip-Hop bass
    2
    3
    Hip-hop bands with instruments
    Hip-Hop Bass

    ~Reggae
    1 Reggae bass
    2
    1)Best bass/setup for Reggae
    2)
    Reggae broken down

    Aston Barrett
    Robbie Shakespeare
    Errol "Flabba" Holt

    ~Urban Gospel
    Examples of songs
    Gospel/PW basses/rigs/strings
    Learning

    6. POPULAR SONGS BY DECADE
    ~Sixties
    Essential 60's songs

    ~Eighties
    Cool 80's songs
    ~90's Funk
    90's Funk
    ~Top 100 songs by year
    1950-2009
     
  4. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Song Surgeon slow downer. https://tinyurl.com/y5dcuqjg
    7. BEING IN A BAND
    ~First band
    How "good" do you have to be?
    Joining first band

    ~Starting
    New band
    3 piece band
    Advertising for new member(s)

    Cover band
    Picking songs for setlist
    Cover band setlists
    Covers vs. Originals

    Tribute band

    ~Band names
    Real band names
    Infamous band names
    Changing band name
    1 Funk Band Name Thread
    2

    Bandnamemaker.com
    1728.com

    ~Joining a new band
    Finding new band
    Questions to ask before joining

    ~Auditioning
    1 For new band
    2
    Getting back in the game

    Red flag stories
    Hilarious/Bizarre audition stories
    "Never got to audition"

    ~Replacing a band member
    Firing band member
    1 Auditioning new member
    2

    ~Leaving the band
    Quitting
    Giving notice
    Getting fired
    Quitting music?

    ~Reheasals
    Wearing ear plugs
    Band rehearsal/headphones

    Learning band set list
    Learning songs quickly
    1 Rehearsal tips
    2 efficiency
    3 how often?

    1 Sound proofing/reduction
    2-w/ room pics
    3-w/ room pics
    Build Recording Studio book- for pros/DIYr's
    Terms and Tips

    ~Band management
    Intro
    Books
    Book - "Bandalism"

    How to handle a big band
    Playing in a band w/o rehearsing
    If your significant other is a non-musician
    Democracy/dictator?
    "Leading" a band
    Band "funds"?
    Why many bands fail

    Originals Band "paying dues"
    Is playing for "free" really "free"?

    ~Gigs
    Getting gigs
    Keeping track of gigs/rehearsals

    The "art" of closing the deal
    Gig pay
    Advertising your band
    Business cards

    Gigging
    Overcoming gig anxiety
    1 First gig
    2
    3
    Still gigging after all of these years
    How early to show up?
    What to do if you don't know a song or forget your part
    Touring advice

    ~Gigs-stage management
    1 Moving equipment
    2
    3
    Coiling cables
    Taping down cables

    What's in your gig bag?
    In-ear monitors
    Going wireless
    Getting your sound "live"

    Music stands on stage?
    Designing/Managing your sets
    Managing sound on stage
    Controlling your stage volume
    Directing the band on stage-hand signals
    1 On-stage Banter
    2
    Being asked to turn down the VOLUME
    To noodle/not to noodle?

    ~PA/Lighting
    First
    1 What size?
    2
    Configuring
    DIY monitors
    1 Upgrading
    2

    1What mixer is your band runnin'?
    2
    QSC K series PA discussion
    Microphones

    Low cost lighting

    ~FOH
    Working with the "sound guy"
    Cheap vs. Expensive DI
    Working a DI
    1 Learn live sound mixing
    2
    3
    Frequency ranges of band instruments
    Bass string notes,frequencies and harmonics chart
    EQ primer (all instruments)
    FOH vs. on-stage sound
    Solving odd feed back situations

    Isolating Head/Cabs from stage/each other
    Best wireless?

    ~Mixing/Recording rehearsals/gigs
    Recording rehearsals/practice/gigs
    Recording/Mixing
    Recording software recommendations
    Cheap but good studio mics
    Home Recording

    8. COOL RIGS, EQUIPMENT, INFO
    Upgrade bass/amp first?

    ~Amps, Heads, Rigs, Speakers, Cabs
    Amp FAQs
    Pros/Cons of Amp Design
    How many watts do you gig with?(poll)
    Amp "watts" vs. cab "watts"


    >30 light-weight cabs,amps, combos
    "Light weight" tube heads
    TB micro-amp tone reviews

    1 Buying a combo
    2
    Opinions/experiences-great small combo amps
    The ultimate custom built combo?

    Combos vs Head/Cab
    Pre-amp/Power Amp vs Head/Cab or Combo
    1)2 ohm capable heads
    2)
    "I want a monster amp!"
    Powerful,reliable rack amps

    10s v. 12s v. 15s v. 18s
    2
    4x10 vs. 2x10/1x15
    2
    Benefits of vertical speaker cabs

    1x10's that do the job
    Full range cab (Carvin LS1503)
    1x15/6.5 custom cab
    Big cabs
    Low B reproduction/speakers/cab thread
    Rig for low F#

    1 Happy with my rig
    2
    Gig rigs

    Micro-rigs of doom
    Mini-rigs of doom
    Rigs of doom
    Cheap rigs of doom
    Ulitmate fantasy rig

    ~Accessories/effects
    Bass stands

    1 Buying cables
    2
    3
    4
    High end vs. low end
    Difference between speaker/instrument cables

    1 Comfortable strap
    2
    3
    4

    Benefits of compression
    Compressor FAQ's and reviews
    Pedals that add rhythm guitar type sound
    1 Benefits of a rumble filter
    2
    Best D.I.
    Going wireless

    Gear insurance thread
    Buying road cases
     
  5. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Song Surgeon slow downer. https://tinyurl.com/y5dcuqjg
  6. Saxn

    Saxn

    Oct 23, 2010
    Nashville, GA
    Jeebus, man.... all I can say it THANKS for a killer start!

    Look like you threw enough knowledge at me to last till I'm dead, so i better get started. MAN I wish I was at the house so I could start now.

    Cheers!
     
  7. Welcome to the F Clef my friend.
     
  8. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    Good to have you here, Saxn.
     
  9. Saxn

    Saxn

    Oct 23, 2010
    Nashville, GA
    Thanks guys. I hate to have my time at the forum with such a long wait before I can actually pick up my bass again, but such is the nature of my job. I have already found a LOT of useful info here, and am hoping by the beginning of next month to put all this head-cramming into practice. Till then I have the trusty tenor sax here (it is in the place the bass will occupy on future work trips) for a jam session in Chi-town, so all is not lost.

    Thanks again for the warm welcome and I'll be asking stupid questions in no time!
     
  10. We'll probably have some stupid answers for you as well, especially in OT. :D
     
  11. BluesOnBass

    BluesOnBass Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    By the Big Lake
    Wow - Stumbo - thank you SO much for putting this all in one place!!! I've played guitar for about 35 years, but bass only the last 2.5. I've learned quite a bit so far, but find all these resources in one place - you rock. Thanks. This gives me some of the direction that I've been looking for lately. Happy holidays to you and yours!

    Steve
     
  12. This needs to be a sticky. There is just too much good information here to be lost in history.

    Thanks Stumbo.
     
  13. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Song Surgeon slow downer. https://tinyurl.com/y5dcuqjg
    FYI, it's in the TB Wiki under "Links for Noobs"
     
  14. There's a TB wiki?!
     

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