i just started 2 play

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by metal_fan_uk, Dec 9, 2001.

  1. metal_fan_uk


    Dec 9, 2001
    For my christmas im gettin a Tanglewood Rebel 4K, 4 strings and left handed. Is this quite a good bass to start learning on ?
  2. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    I've never heard of one, but my suggestion is to spell things properly, otherwise you won't get much attention.

    ie: "I just started to play."

  3. metal_fan_uk


    Dec 9, 2001
    Ok, i didn't think that informal language such as that would stop me getting replys, but i'll take your advice.
  4. Yeah, people get a little uptight about that sort of thing :)

    Psst, most of them are british :D j/k

    Anyway, I've never heard of that kind of bass either, but if you've played it, and it makes noise for the price you're looking to pay, and you're happy with it, not a thing in the world could be wrong with it.
  5. metal_fan_uk


    Dec 9, 2001
    Thanks for the kind words. They must be more popular in frosty Scotland then.
  6. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i think that's a good starter bass. tanglewood is known in usa as cort.
  7. joke


    Sep 17, 2001
    Hey! Welcome to TalkBass!:) It's good seeing some more Scottish people on the boards.
  8. metal_fan_uk


    Dec 9, 2001
    Ahh Cort, ive never heard of that. That must be why i can't find many web pages on Tanglewoods. Hi joke ur my first buddy, i hope you dont mind.
  9. joke


    Sep 17, 2001
    Course not! :D
  10. metal_fan_uk


    Dec 9, 2001
    Whats a better way to start playing bass. Learing songs of bands you like, or taking a more musical approach?
  11. joke


    Sep 17, 2001
    I do both. I play songs I like to keep me interested, and learn theory so i have a better knowledge. A good place to start is www.libster.com

    Happy Playing!
  12. I completly agree with Joke.

    As far as how I'm learning I've got a teacher who teaches me theory as it applies to the bass, and I bring in things that I want to learn, and he helps me out with getting them right. Slowly but surely I'm getting better at learning by ear, phsyically playing the pieces, and knowing why I'm playing the parts that I am. Its all very cool.


    Ah, if Tanglewood is known as Cort in the US, then I'd say thatts pretty good :cool:
  13. metal_fan_uk


    Dec 9, 2001
    Thanks for the link Joke its exactly what i was looking for.

    I'm gonna teach myself at the moment, but lessons seem like a good idea as long as I get a teacher who gives me the freedome like you to teach me things which I want to learn.
  14. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001
    everyone knows the tangelwoods are foxy basses, congrats metal fan, and here in scotland we say,

    heeeeeeyy heey babay, i wanna knowowoowoow
    will you be my bass

  15. hey, welcome to talk bass metal dude!
    I say don't shy away from lessons. I had a very good teacher, who would ask me every week what I wanted to learn. I tried to teach myself for long time, but once I took lessons it opened up so much more.
    a good bass teacher can show you how to apply theory to the bass. you can learn about theory all you want, but unless you can apply it to the bass it's not very much help.
    libster is good ;)
  16. Hi Metal' and welcome to Talk Bass.

    There is differing opinion here as to what might be the best way to learn. I'd definitely consider lessons as I know how difficult it can be as a self-taught player.

    Whatever happens you've got to get your fingers used to being on the strings and that can only come from playing. Mess about with the bass and see what you can do. I made the concious decision to adopt the "classical" approach with the fingering hand - left in my case - right from the start. You know, thumb aback the neck with the fingers a bit like a spider moving over the fretboard. I think that technique will eventually pay dividends even though it'll be more difficult at first.

    I chose to concentrate on playing technique first on the grounds that if my fingers couldn't go where I wanted them to go, then I might not be able to play the tune I wanted to play.

    Try www.Activebass.com

    There are loads of lessons on there for all levels of player.

    And, above all, enjoy what you're doing.

    Best of luck.

  17. SystemofatooL


    Dec 15, 2001
    ive just started to play bass too
    i dont get lessons, but i played guitar for ages so its been pretty easy for me to pick it up
    i just got an ashton AB 200
    pretty cheap, but i think its decent
  18. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    A good teacher can show you things that might take you years to stumble upon or discover on your own.
  19. SystemofatooL


    Dec 15, 2001
    yeah turrock, i agree
    if i were seriously into bass i probably qwould get a teacher, but for now ill just teach myself
  20. Hey man, welcome to the bass,
    You made the right decision joinin this here forum, you'll learn heaps....not from me, but still,...

    Word of warning, don't mention the T word


    :D -'rice