Had my first ever bass lesson last night

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by progrmr, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. progrmr


    Sep 3, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio
    I've taken lessons when I was a kid and some guitar lessons last year.

    One of the goals for the lessons is to learn how to read music. So we're shooting the **** and breakout my Hal Leonard book and start covering the first 3 notes on the 'E' string.

    I tell the guy that I want to master the lesson on each string fully, being able to recite the letter of the note as I read and play. He says that I shouldn't even worry about that - just learn to associate the note with a string/fret. Don't worry about what the note is, you can do that later.

    What do you all think about that method? It does sound easier to me and I'm going to take his advice to try it out.
  2. it's a different teaching method; it's up to the student I guess. I would try to learn (by name) the notes on the 3-7 fret at least; if you know these you will be able to find certain notes as reference points. I kind of had an advantage and already read bass clef as my first instrument was the Baritone Horn.
  3. I think you best listen to your instructor. You're paying him for a reason.
  4. slybass3000

    slybass3000 Inactive

    Nov 5, 2004
    Next lesson you'll learn the same thing on the A string.

    Then you will skip the next lesson because you will have a gig already LOL

    Good luck and hang on,

  5. Your instructor is right IMO. He's getting you to playing and reading at the same time, without adding note names in the middle for a little extra confusion. I'm sure he's going to reinforce memorising the note names once you're reading and playing better, he's just working through a step-by-step process.
  6. I don't think there is a right way, just different ways.
  7. Stumbo

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    Feb 11, 2008
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  8. Wow Stumbo!!!
  9. musicelectronix

    musicelectronix Guest

    Jul 8, 2007
    Hüstın, TX
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    Dude.. I bookmarked this page lol :)
  10. mjpzx2

    mjpzx2 Guest

    Jan 11, 2009
    Legend. I'll be having a look through those links :)
  11. +1 -- EXCEPT
    Don't recite the letter of the note, rather try to sing it
  12. +1... good tip!
  13. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
  14. Deefuzz

    Deefuzz Guest

    Jul 28, 2008
    St. Charles, MO
    Awesome Stumbo. Thanks for collecting that massive list of links!

    I too have it bookmarked and will be making use of a great deal of it!
  15. debassr


    Jan 23, 2008
    Mods - please make this post sticky!
  16. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Inactive

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    Yes Mods, just that one post can that be a sticky?

  17. DONT DO IT!!! Thats what i did in my guitar class, and now that we are going over sharps and moving up the fret board i'm starting to have real troubles.
    Don't do it the way your teacher wants you to do (although that sounds bad to say) do it the other way, it will SOOO pay off in the long run.
  18. I'd say be listen to your teacher, learn the lesson, then spend some time in extracurricular activities learning the note names too. Just don't make it priority #1.