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I need some help

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by l33t, Apr 3, 2001.

  1. l33t


    Apr 3, 2001
    I'm a newbie on the bass, I just bought a 5 string Ibanez and I dunno how to start off....could anyone hook me up with some documents or possibly some suggestions on learning how to play? First instrument and I really love the sound of bass playing especially done by Fieldy and Les Claypool.... PLZ HELP!!!!!
  2. benjamintowle

    benjamintowle Guest

    Apr 3, 2001
    usa tewksbury mass
    frist korn bass player isn't that great ask any one here and les is good it takes years tb be a les claypool think easyer stuff like tree and misfits mommy can i go out and kill tonight i 15 and i pretty good so there you go
  3. l33t


    Apr 3, 2001
    I don't know notes, cords, or what not. Like I said I'm totally new and need lots of help. I dunno what strings are what......
  4. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    My advice is to learn how to read. That's standard notation, not tab. It'll make life much easier for you in the future.

    Take lessons. Yeah, they can be kind of a expensive, but just taking one or two is a HUGE step in learning.

    And while Fieldy isn't exactly the paragon of proper technique, emulate anyone you want to. Figure out how others play, and then begin to model your own sound.
  5. Jake15


    Jan 17, 2001
    USA, PA
    Nobody has answered how you probably want someone to answer so hear we go.
    You say you have 5 string so its probably tuned b e a d g if you have a lower string instead of a high C.
    Start by putting your thumb on the pickup(at leist thats what alot of people do) and pluck the strings with your index and middle. You alternate the 2.When I say pluck I mean pulling the string toward you and not outward.
    Practice some simple excercises like playing 1234 on the fretboard with each string.You can change the patern how erver you wnat(1324,4231,4321,2314) and son on.
    I hope this has come in handy and have fun.

  6. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    1st off learn proper finger positioning and your scales..this in turn will help you learn your fretboard...a good book for this is titled "Bass Guitar Scale Manual"

    then as suggested before, learn to read music.
  7. Welcome to TB!

    Best bet is lessons but if you cant afford it then go out and get yourself a beginners bass book and if possible one that comes with a CD about $20.
    Second going through the book is going to be sh*t boring but do it anyway as well as this get some music of some bands you like and try to emulate the sound I would suggest Nirvana or something similar as it is fairly easy stuff. Also get yourself a tuner about $20 and a amp $200 and up if you don't already have one.
    Another good thing to do would be to find someone who knows guitar or another bass player and get them to show you some stuff if it's a guitarist then play what is called the tonic note this is the note of the chord for eg a E chord would mean you play an E.
    The notes go in this order A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G# so if you were to play on the top string (B string) for eg it would go B, C, C#, D, D# etc. I hope this helps and remember it seems a bit much at first but you'll get it so just keep playing good luck.
    If you need any more help as you go along there are many people on this forum that can help you so dont hesitate to post your problems or other questions.
  8. Welcome to the world of bass ,my son.

    As stated before get a teacher if you can....even if it is for a short time.You may want to pick up one of the "how-to" bass videos,that way at least you will have an example to go by.

    There are lots of great websites to utilize too,I`ll let the others chime in on those as I am in pre-sleep mode*yawn*.Read as much as you can(from this website and others)it will help you down the road.Check out the General Instruction and Technique forums on this website.

    Everyone here is cool so don`t be shy! :) I was in your shoes like 9 months ago and still consider myself a big time beginner.Feel free to email me(addy is in my profile) or PM me anytime.


  9. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Here are some web sites that have free lessons which which will give you introductions to scales, chords, intervals and fretboard familiarization.

    http://www.activebass.com [url]http://www.basslessons.com




    Your first goal should be fretboard familiarization, meaning knowing the names of the notes that are played on each string and fret. Start off by just learning the first five frets, all five strings. (The first fivfrom the head of the bass, not the body of the bass.) Add a new fret, all strings when you are comfortable with the first five. Keep adding a fret at a time.

    Learn the major and minor scales (up and down) and learn how to play major and minor triads (up and down), then seventh chords(up and down.)

    That's a lot to chew on right there.

    Get a teacher or a buddy who plays bass or guitar to orient you. It is pretty challenging to do all by yourself.

    Come here with your questions. Lots of people can answer them.

    jason oldsted
  10. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Don't know why, but one of the sites I printed doesn't show up in the post, but shows up in my original. This one is a good site too, so I'll try again.
    I tried to edit it, but it still didn't print.



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