Guidance please...

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by coop423, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. coop423


    Nov 21, 2012
    Hi all, first post here. I'm hoping you can send me in the right direction for something very basic...such as learning how to properly play bass. I started "playing" bass about 12 years ago. My friends played guitar, and I decided I'd play bass. I fell in love with the instrument, but I tried to take so many short cuts in learning that I feel I never properly learned the craft of playing bass. From the principles of the instrument, to rudimentary skills, etc...I just tried to learn songs and a scale to jam with. Does anyone have a good recommendation on where to go to really learn the right way? And a free option is ideal Thanks!
  2. repoman


    Aug 11, 2011
    Kinderhook NY
    Click on the sticky thread up there, right above this one ^^^^
  3. JoZac21


    Nov 30, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    1) Take lessons. Learn scales, chords and other theory stuffs.
    2) Play along to your favorite bass players (and other musicians) and figure out what they're doing.
    3) Play the bass... play alone, with other people, while watching tv, sitting reading talkbass, whatever... just play... always. Doing other things should feel like just taking a break from playing.
    4) Listen to lots and lots of music... as many genres as possible... listen to music you love... listen to music you hate, even, and figure out why you don't like it.
    5) Once you have all the above done, stop thinking and just play.
    6) Profit.
  4. MalcolmAmos

    MalcolmAmos Supporting Member

    Bass Guitar for Dummies. Will have all the fundementals, like how to hold it, tune it, get sound from it, etc. Plus the diagrams and visual aids are great.

    Then is a free bass lesson site that will be helpful. Start on screen number 1 and go from there.

    The major scale box and scale degrees helped me. The box, fake chord sheet music and the following epistle pulled it all together for me.

    Good luck.
    Spend some time with Dummies and then start with your scales - so your fingers know where the notes are on your fretboard. When you can run those scale listed above in your sleep - then - take on chord tones for your bass line. Think of chord tones being little scales, i.e. with the scale you ran the R-2-3-4-5-6-7 see a Cmaj7 chord coming up in the song run the R-3-5-7 scale degrees of the C major scale - as that R-3-5-7 are the notes that make up the Cmaj7 chord, thus is a safe bass line for that chord.

    Have fun
  5. coop423


    Nov 21, 2012
    Thank you, sir!
  6. Bass Mentor

    Bass Mentor

    Apr 30, 2012
    Nashville Tennessee
    endorsing artist: Lava Cable, E&O Mari, Rupert Neve Designs
    also, be sure to study chordal movement -- why and how a progression '' asks'' for the next chord and the the relationship to one another---and I would stress reading fundamentals --not tab-- tab is not used in the pro world

    Best of Luck!

  7. Take lessons, even though they're probably not going to be free - if you truly want to learn music and the bass, there's no substitute for having a knowledgable person guiding your progress.
  8. Plenty of good books and websites like the ones mentioned above. If you're having trouble with technique though, that's something that is hard to learn from a book or webpage. Even a few lessons could help a lot; perhaps to point out any bad habits you have and how to correct them. I also think that when you get to a point where you don't feel you're really improving or getting anywhere, lessons can give you a massive boost. I know they're not cheap, but you'd be surprised how much inspiration you can get in a hour with a good teacher.

    People spend lots of money on instruments and other gear, but your money is much better invested on a good teacher in my opinion.
  9. Just got that one not long ago to supplement my re-learning. I'll definitely recommend it. Everything from the basics on up to scales, modes, and various grooves, as well as how to work your own is in there.

    Great information and pretty straight forward reading.

    I did the same years ago. Kind of got tossed into bass on the deep end, and missed out on the basics. Something i have corrected now. You can too. Just follow the resources and stick with it.:)