I'm a new bassist!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by snowboarder86, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. snowboarder86

    snowboarder86 Guest

    Jan 4, 2009
    I'm loving playing bass... but like I said, i'm new! So I have a lot to learn. So far I think i'm doing alright though.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on stuff I should maybe concentrate on first? I've become familiar with playing root notes and root 5. I think that about sums up my knowledge base right now.

    Thank you!!
  2. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Concentrate on a good teacher.
  3. ROON

    ROON Guest

    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Above all, concentrate on having fun. :)
  4. uaudio


    Apr 11, 2008
    Hi and welcome. You'll find lots of good advice and teaching over in the 'general instruction' and 'technique' forums. Meanwhile, find a good teacher and listen to different styles of music.
  5. Fretlessdude

    Fretlessdude Guest

    Aug 9, 2008
    nanaimo bc canada
    I dunno i think teacher are hood for absoulte beggibers but a vabd practice and jamming are also usefull
  6. snowboarder86

    snowboarder86 Guest

    Jan 4, 2009
    thanks for the tips! yeah i've just been having funning jamming with my friends for now. hopefully will get a teacher soon!

    **sorry! i just realized i should have posted this thread in a different forum... oops!!
  7. etoncrow

    etoncrow (aka Greg Harman, the Mad Hatter Gold Supporting Member

    welcome to talk bass. Some "bassic" advice: 1. Always remember you are a member of the rhythm section and not a gui****. 2. Learn to read; you will never regret it. 3. Don't be a music snob. Learn to play as many styles as you can.
  8. Muusers

    Muusers Guest

    that's gotta be the oldest pun in the book:atoz:
  9. RonChase

    RonChase Guest

    Aug 15, 2008
    Here is a tip,starting out keep it simple.You can practice to some CD's of music you like.Secondly keep at it and one day you will just have what it takes.Once you get going it becomes easier.Also if you sing your stock will go up in the eyes of bands you are trying out for
  10. etoncrow

    etoncrow (aka Greg Harman, the Mad Hatter Gold Supporting Member

    I'd apologise but I'm older....
  11. lowendgenerator

    lowendgenerator All panic, no disco.

    Mar 26, 2006
    Welcome to TB! Here's my little thought on the subject, take as much or as little as you like...

    Learn just enough to be proficient at the instrument. Don't fall into the trap of picking up your bass just to play scales or practice technique. There's no fun in that! I found that the more I dug into learning theory and modes, the less fun I had when I picked up the bass to noodle around. You have to let the instrument be a window to your soul, not a device to show off your flashy moves.

    Buy as much of your gear used as you can. If you don't like it, you can get most of your money back re-selling it. You've already made a very important discovery, Talkbass is probably the single greatest resource for bass players.

    Good luck on your journey!
  12. etoncrow

    etoncrow (aka Greg Harman, the Mad Hatter Gold Supporting Member

    One more piece of advice. When you reach a plateau in your playing and your musical growth (and you will), do not give up. Keep plugging away because eventually, for no apparent reason, you will suddenly break through to the other side. This phenomenon is reoccurring.