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Good First song to learn

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by jkrobs, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. jkrobs


    Feb 2, 2006
    Hi as some of you know...soon I will get my BB614 Yamaha bass guitar...I can't wait! But can anyone recommend me a good song to learn when I get it? cheers:bassist:
  2. BassChuck


    Nov 15, 2005
    Pacman's scales.
  3. jkrobs


    Feb 2, 2006
    Pacman's Scales??? is that from Pacman the video Game...you know the chompping little yellow guy? ha ha
  4. Edwcdc

    Edwcdc I call shotgun!

    Jul 21, 2003
    Columbia MD USA
    You must first learn Smoke On The Water before you can move on to scales and such.
    It's just the way it is.:)
    KerryC likes this.
  5. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    :rolleyes: ;)

    As important as theory is, particularly early on, when someone gets their first bass or guitar, it's better that they at least try to learn a simple song or two so they can have some fun with it. I've seen lots of new owners give it up if the very first thing they're exposed to and told they should do is theory- they immediately associate it with boring practice and lose the joy of their new instrument. It's okay to wait a month on the scales/modes/theory front.

    Pink Floyd's "Money" is a pretty simple, fun bassline that's a good one for beginners.
  6. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    bwahaha. That's true. Before you even learn what the strings are, you gotta play Smoke on the Water and NIB.
  7. jkrobs


    Feb 2, 2006
    Cool..Im listening to the song now..

    Any easy 311 songs to play?
  8. jkrobs


    Feb 2, 2006
    Whats NIB?

    Trust me Im not giving up on it...fair enought I gave up on my Roland EM-50 Keyboard..but the bass..well Im gonna work hard.
  9. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    I don't know what kind of music you like. I don't know if this is your 1st bass experience. Have you owned other basses in the past? I have no idea what your prior musical experience/knowledge is. I looked at your profile and all I know is that you are "male". :meh:

    I'm gonna say; for lack of details, "Johnny B. Goode". Nice and simple 12 bar blues (this is a song form that you should learn). Also, the title of the song is "male".

  10. fish man

    fish man

    Nov 14, 2005
    Ontario, Canada
  11. Dbassmon


    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    Tyler is right on the money.

    What attracted you to the bass? Try and learn something from your favorite artist. Be realistic. The sooner you can start to play something that excites you the better.

    A tip; there is software out there that allows you to slow down a track without changing the pitch. In other words it's like having you favorite bassist slow down his licks so you can hear each note a slowly as you like. Slowgold for PC and The Great Slowdowner for Mac. Makes learning stuff way easier. Hope that helps.
  12. jkrobs


    Feb 2, 2006
    thanks for your help..sorry Ive not long been a menber..hang in there Ill fill my profile in

    Oh up the spurs!
  13. jkrobs


    Feb 2, 2006
    thanks...do you know of ways to get songs from artist..but with just the bass and nothing else.

    Like I love Amber from 311 and would love to hear it with just the Bass...
  14. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    What's...NIB...? You...I don't...oh my god.

    NIB (Nativity in Black) is a song by Black Sabbath. The bassline (by Geezer Butler, at whose holy feet I worship) is pretty simple- easy to learn for a beginner. But there's also a lot of room to throw in some nice fills and things. Yep.
  15. Spector_Ray


    Aug 8, 2004
    The first song I ever learned on bass was Back in Black by AC/DC. It most certainly got the ball rolling for me. Once I started listening to a variety of bass lines, that pushed me to learn scales and music theory. The best motivator is the little fire inside you that makes you want to play. Thank God I still have that. :bassist:
  16. jkrobs


    Feb 2, 2006
    Jeezze..Im sorry, No I did not know that one. Should I?
  17. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    Another common beginner song is Sunshine of Your Love. It's really easy, and it sounds cool.
  18. jkrobs


    Feb 2, 2006
    Hold on..let me write these songs down..

    Someone make a list
  19. jkrobs


    Feb 2, 2006
    Any way to get Amber from 311 with just the bass
  20. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    (assuming that was directed at me)
    I was just messin around, man.:smug: