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Easy or hard?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Tombolino, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. Tombolino


    Dec 28, 2012
    As a newbie, but with guitar background and technique ability Im wondering if I should start with easy-ish songs for whatever genre, or....is there a big pay off when learning harder tunes early when begining to play bass like me....by easy vs hard I mean....I can learn easy blues patterns or I can go with Tommy Shannon stuff which is not incredibly hard but is more complex....or for funk XYZ easy songs vs. Tower of Power stuff.

    I also suspect that its wise to learn a variety of grooves/feels.

    follow me?

    your thoughts?

  2. I would suggest easy first and then build to hard. "Easy" songs still offer a lot that we can learn. Why bog yourself down with the hard stuff, get flustered and hate to practice.

    As you gain confidence branch out - I play Country and Praise in public and Jazz at home. Country is on autopilot, Praise takes more of my time these days and Jazz is for relaxation - would love a stand up bass; one of these days...... Yes branch out.

    My two cents...
  3. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    I'd start with getting scales and modes under my belt, then, as long as time signatures and counting are solidly understood, I'd move on to studying the bass parts on the music I have an interest in playing to get a clearer understanding of how to lock in with the drums, stay in the pocket, work off of the root notes, create fills, etc. Back in school they called that class "Music Appreciation"...we spent the entire course studying recorded music of all genres, deconstructing it, and evaluating the relationship between the various instruments and the ensemble as a whole.

    I also recommend that you also watch as many of Scott Devine's on line bass lessons as are pertinent to your skill level, playing style, and musical interests.

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