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New from Nelson, BC

Discussion in 'Welcome Forum - New Member Intros' started by phatbeatskiwi, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. phatbeatskiwi


    Mar 12, 2014
    Hello! I am a recent convert from acoustic guitar, having always wanted to make the switch. Just saw Tool in Spokane ,4th row right in front of Justin Chancellor and got inspired. Bought a used Dean bass last week to play with Rocksmith and trying to educate myself on the many and varied intricacies of bass amplification.
    I found this forum through multiple google searches, and am keen to learn.
  2. handofseven

    handofseven Soaking up the cathode rays... Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2010
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Awesome! I have a buddy who lives in Nelson... He owns Big Cranium Designs, a screen printing and design shop.
  3. MalcolmAmos

    MalcolmAmos Supporting Member

    Welcome to the bottom end. Most everything you learned on the acoustic 6 string will transfer over. Just remember we do not strum, we play the notes of the active chord one note at a time to the beat of the song. It's a lot like playing arpeggios. Bass Guitar for Dummies is an excellent book to get you started. It will go into detail on how to hold your bass, how to get sound from it, how to tune it, etc. all those fundamental things that you must learn first. I always work best when I can see the big picture of what is expected. Here is an overview of what you will be doing. For example:

    When the vocalist, or solo instrument, is singing or playing we play accompaniment - using the notes of the active chord. First question what notes? The root, 3, 5 and 7. I never go beyond the 8 octave and leave the second octave 9, 11 and 13 notes to the solo instruments. Roots at first to the beat of the song; R-R-R-R. When you feel comfortable with that move on to something new. Something like R-5, R on 1st beat and 5 on the 3rd beat, then R-5-R-5 fills out a 4/4 measure nicely. Then the 8 is always nice and generic R-5-8-5. After that get the correct 3 and 7 into the bass line, i.e. R-3-5-b7 if playing under a dominant seven chord or R-b3-5-b7 if playing under a m7 chord. This is going to be new and will take some time. Remember how long it took you to get the finger pattern down for the basic 21 chords you strummed. Same thing here; get your major, minor, dominant seven and diminished chord tone notes (scale degrees) into muscle memory. See a Cmaj7 chord coming up in the music and your fingers know where to find a C note on your fretboard and then where it's 3rd and 5th and 7th are located. http://www.smithfowler.org/music/Chord_Formulas.htm Yes we think in A, B, C and 1, 2, 3.

    You will want to run your scales so your fingers know where the notes are located on the fretboard and your ears start recognizing the good notes from the bad notes. I know of no instrument that does not start you out running the Major and natural minor scale. It's a right of passage thing.

    Have fun it is a journey. I recommend you start on page 1 of Dummies or sit knee to knee with a live instructor.
  4. phatbeatskiwi


    Mar 12, 2014
    Great!Thanks MalcolmAmos I appreciate the advice.
    and handofseven, I know Big Cranium, I have several friends who get their merch printed there. Small world!