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Hello everyone, a proud newbie here

Discussion in 'Welcome Forum - New Member Intros' started by Saymo, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. Saymo


    Dec 27, 2013
    Sooooooo, i would like to learn how to play the Bass! and luckily enough, my job sold some used ones, so i got the Dean Edge, and I hope that isn't a **** brand or something! lol, even so, i got it now, and I will make the best of it!

    ummm, I saw some videos where the player had one finger per fret, but my hands are small compared to his, so, is there another technique? or can i just slide my fingers down the neck to get to the next fret? Any help would be appreciated!

    A lil about myself, I am from South Carolina. I am a Poet, Rapper, and all around lover of music from Jay Z to Johnny Cash! and I just want to expand my music knowledge and all that fun stuff!

  2. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA

    The Dean is a perfectly acceptable starter instrument.

    Regarding "one finger per fret", yes, you may have to slide around a bit, especially in the lower registers. Once you get a little further in your studies, you'll learn scale shapes such as the Dorian mode, which actually requires you to cover five frets, so some sliding around becomes inevitable.

    If you're finding that the size of your hands is detrimental to learning the instrument, you might consider a short scale bass. They're still "real" basses, just sized a little different, and there are a couple of them in the same price range as your Dean that have good reputations here on TB.




  3. Welcome to the low end where we get less love than guitarists or drummers!

    yeah about the small hands I had that problem too when I started. I still kinda do. Just keep practicing and stretch your fingers everyday a bit. I also find playing a bit of piano will help a lotttttttttttttt like seriously.

    Never heard about Dean bass guitars so I can't say too much about it. Just be glad you got a bass guitar you like.
  4. Saymo


    Dec 27, 2013
    Thanks y'all, I am actually getting a little more used to it as I practice more and more today. BTW, what is your views on the Rock Smith game?
  5. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    Never heard of it. I tried a forum search and came up with nothing, so I tried searching "rocksmith". There have been a couple of threads that might be worth reading.

  6. skychief


    Apr 27, 2011
    South Bay
    This is the essential virtue of any successful musician ('all around lover of music'). Its in your soul. The one common thread which bind us together.

    Welcome to TalkBass.
  7. ProgRocker


    Mar 25, 2011
    I personally like Dean basses. If you enjoy playing it, that's all that matters.

    Welcome aboard!
  8. Draconic slater

    Draconic slater

    Jan 2, 2014
    I have a dean bass and I love it and about rock smith it's a good game teaches you how to play bass guitar and guitar but you need to get bass edition
  9. Saymo


    Dec 27, 2013
    Yeah, i have had the Rocksmith game now for about two days, and it is helping out tremendously!! I am excited! a few songs are kicking my ass, but i know it will get better with time