Newbie from Toronto!

Discussion in 'Welcome Forum - New Member Intros' started by mrdey, Jan 28, 2009.


  1. mrdey

    mrdey

    Jan 28, 2009
    Hey Folks....hope you're well. Just joined today...I'm hoping I can learn and be inspired by you all. I'm an absolute beginner and I don't even have a bass guitar yet...but I would like to buy one and have no idea where to start. I've read reviews on different makes...yamaha, ibanez, dean, fender, rickenbacker, etc and I've also read when choosing a bass, choose one with a narrow neck because its easy to learn on. Do I go with 4 or 5 strings? What about the type of pickups...active or passive(what does that mean?) Type of strings to buy...etc....I'm will to spend up to 500.00 for a bass I can use for at least 3 years...any suggestions?
    Oh yeah...and is there a website that explains the anatomy of a bass guitar? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
    mrdey.
     
  2. etoncrow

    etoncrow (aka Greg Harman, the curmudgeon with a conundrum)

    Welcome Newbie. Meander your way around this forum and check the FAQ threads. There is an incredible amount of information here and a really knowledgable and friendly community to add to the resource. You will eventually have to make up your own mind on those questions of yours.
     
  3. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Here are a few links that I've collected along the way that I've found enlightening and hope you will as well.

    GETTING THE MOST OUT OF TB
    ****************************************************
    Read as many of the FAQ's as you can. Lots of good info there.

    If you haven't already, fill out your "User Profile", especially the equipment you own. Many TB'rs will check out your equipment list and music influences before posting an answer to a thread you create.

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/faq.php?faq=vb_faq#faq_faq_slang Slang/abbreviations, forum usage, TB maint., posting.

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/faq.php TB rules, Website questions, Membership, Terms of Use

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showpost.php?p=79390&postcount=1 TB posting and etiquette tips

    **Note: On TB, GAS means Gear Aquisition Syndrome.

    Searching TB
    ------------------
    So many topics have already been covered on TB, that it is always suggested that you try a search before you create a new thread. The internal search feature of TB is limited to words 3 characters or more. There is always the Google search option that utilizes Google search features. One of the best ways to search Talkbass.com is to use Google's Advanced Search parameters. Putting the year in your search terms is one way to limit the number of responses to a search. You can check it out at Google.com.

    Here's a link to a Google search tutorial that I've found helpful: http://www.googleguide.com/crafting_queries.html
    example: The - can be used for any search where you don't want to see a resullt with a certain word excluded. Such as
    -Fender when you want to find out how to play jazz bass not look for a Fender Jazz Bass

    Subscribing to TB threads
    ----------------------------------
    In your "MyTalkBass" control panel, there is a menu selection "Edit Options". When you click on "Edit Options", one of the choices is for "Default Thread Subscription Mode".

    I find it usefull to choose "Daily email notification" mode. What this does is to send you an email for each thread you post a reply to so you can follow subsequent replies without having to log on to TB. You can susbscribe to individual threads manually as you come across info that interests you but doing it manually takes time.

    For threads that interest you for which you don't want to post a reply, post a reply with "subscribed" in the reply box. You can unsubscribe at any time.

    Receiving email notification of Private Messages
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    Also within the "Edit Options" page, you can setup TB to send you an email when you receive a Private Message (PM). This is very helpful if you don't log on regularly. I've received replies to a PM I sent months later just because of this situation.




    MUST READS (save years of headaches and hard knocks)
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    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=429034 If I only knew then...(covers all topics of being in a band)
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=434246 Best musical advice
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=481465 Things every bassist should know




    NEWBIES
    **************************************************
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=489818 Beginners common mistakes/where to start
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=484065 Guitar players switching to bass
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?p=6817723 First "bass" advice
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=55969 Upgrade bass or amp first?
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=500040 Tab or not to tab?
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=504263 Getting off tabs
    http://www.thelibster.com/bass/ Introductory Bass Lesson (click on Beginners)
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showpost.php?p=6776933&postcount=40 Developing musically
    http://www.musictheory.net/index.html Xlnt visual Beginning Music Theory (Power Point lessons), ear trainer, chord calcs
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2338584&postcount=4 Learning "modes"
    http://www.download.com/NoteCard/3000-2133_4-10004005.html Download program-learning bass clef(as recommended by TB member AlphaMale)
    http://www.playthebass.com print flashcards for learning bass clef, print staff paper
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=363909 Find a bass teacher




    LESSONS, BOOKS, MUSIC THEORY, EAR TRAINING, JAM TRACKS
    ******************************************************
    Practicing
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=79878 How to practice bass
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=50170 How to practice bass
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?p=6634274 Headphone amps/mixers/trainers
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=499438 Recommendations for good headphones


    Online lessons
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=481548 TB member Dmanlamius has free video lessons
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=490379 Who's the best youtube bass teacher?
    http://www.studybass.com/ Bass studies,online metronome, fretboard printer, bass clef tutor,more.
    http://www.activebass.com/ Tab based lessons by members for members covering all types of bass instruction.
    http://www.playbassnow.com with MarlowDK including videos.
    http://www.thelibster.com/bass/ beginners' guide/lessons, tech advice,drills, bass sound files,tips,Q&A, links/more .
    http://www.musicdojo.com/index.asp Online bass course (5 day free trial)
    http://www.cliffengel.com/ Free and paid lessons
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?p=6857992#post6857992 Cliff Engel customer reviews
    http://www.cyberfretbass.com/index.php For all bassists


    Books and instructional materials
    http://www.bassbooks.com/shopping/default.asp Books, DVDs, all styles and methods
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=491293 Looking for the Bass "Bible"
    http://playbassnow.com/recommended-learning-materials/ MarlowDK's recommended books
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=498831 "Best" theory/harmony book
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=99676 TB Book Links - all styles,levels and techniques

    Theory
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=419687 Read bass clef
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=479642 Learn to read music
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=479401 Learn to read music
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?p=6521582 Improve site reading
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=125519 Intro to scale and chord theory
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=473968 Learning Theory
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=498975 Key signatures/Circle of 5ths/Cycle of 4ths
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showpost.php?p=6703697&postcount=22 Circle of 5ths (spreadsheet format)

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=507769 Reason for modes
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=485421 Using modes

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=56761 TB Gen.Instruction Theory links list
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=88294 Theory (from the DB side of TB)
    http://www.teoria.com/ Online study of music theory. Check out the tutorials, exercises and reference dictionary

    Getting creative
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?p=80043 Creating bass lines
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=125536 Creating bass lines - Target Approach
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=506691 Playing scales
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?p=6770334 Creating bass lines for a jam
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=491679 Playing behind/ahead of the beat
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=500896 "Feel"

    Going "pro"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showpost.php?p=6777192&postcount=7 Becoming a session player
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=173311

    Teaching Bass
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=493881
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=353486


    Software: Transcribing, Slow Downer, Looping, Recording, Utilities
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=142112 Transcribing software
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=481448 Slow down software
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23303 Slow down software
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=269168 Free music software thread
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=501892 Cheap but good recording software
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=374400 Computer utilities/software you can't do without

    Free Jam tracks
    http://www.freejamtracks.com/index.html


    Online ear training.
    http://www.good-ear.com/
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v300/IcerC/OnlineScreen.swf Test your ear



    COLLEGE MUSIC
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    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=479377 So you want to be a music major in college
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=484028 Solfege
    http://www.music.vt.edu/musicdictionary/ Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary (music theory terms)
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=507075 Auditioning for college jazz band
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=480154 College audition dilemma



    STYLES
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    --Blues
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=506931 Slow blues
    http://www.music.vt.edu/musicdictionary/appendix/blues/Bluesprogression.html Blues Progressions explained with samples
    http://www.amazon.com/Blues-Bass-Jon-Liebman/dp/0793586682 "Blues Bass" by TB member Jonster (John Liebman)
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=502819 Blues books
    http://www.amazon.com/Razor-Sharp-Blues-Guitar-Turnarounds-Music/dp/B000PHU7J2 "101 Razor-Sharp Blues Turnarounds by Larry McCabe
    http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Rhythm-Guitar-Guide-Blues/dp/1574241389/ref=pd_sim_b_1 "Complete Rhythm Guitar Guide for Blues Bands" by Larry McCabe


    --Funk,Groove,R&B
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showpost.php?p=6527889&postcount=10 Links to over 20 funk,groove and R&B bass players
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=314342 Funk 101
    http://www.amazon.com/Funk-Bass-Bui...079351620X/ref=pd_sim_b_5/185-2146101-2319058 "Funk Bass" by TB member Jonster (John Liebman)
    http://www.amazon.com/Funkmasters-Great-James-Rhythm-Sections/dp/1576234436/ref=pd_sim_b_1 R&B/Funk
    http://www.amazon.com/Standing-Shad...=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1231863330&sr=1-1 James Jamerson book/CD

    --Latin
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=501425 Learning Latin music
    http://www.amazon.com/Latin-Bass-Bo...=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1232222000&sr=1-1 "The Latin Bass Book" by Oscar Stagnaro and Chuck Sher


    --Jazz
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9859 Learning to play jazz
    http://www.outsideshore.com/primer/primer/index.html Jazz Improvization Primer - Sabatella (Book/Online)
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=502252 Walking bass lines
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=482544 Jazz Scales
    http://www.jazzstandards.com/history/index.htm History of Jazz


    --Metal
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=485799 Metal
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=290907 How to scream/growl




    BEING IN A BAND
    **************************************************
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=497571 How "good" do you have to be to play in a band?
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=495628 Covers vs. Originals
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=496467 Playing in a 3 piece band
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=173764 Bassist's guide to singing
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=509908 Repairing cuts on your fretting fingers

    Bands: Starting, Auditioning, Quitting, Getting Fired
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showpost.php?p=6777630&postcount=9 Starting a band
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=493356 Starting a cover band
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=483181 Starting a new band - how to audition
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=508611 Starting a new band - how to audition
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=494723 Auditioning a new member
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=492200 Auditioning: red flag stories
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=501208 Auditioning story
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=507131 Quitting
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=510146 Getting fired

    Band management
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=73200 Intro to band management
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=425221 Band management books
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=507322 First band
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=477182 Running a band: democracy or dictatorship?
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=466534 How to fire a band member
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=504370 Band "funds", "to be or not to be?"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=494100 Advertising yourself
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=503211 Business cards
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=508702 Originals Band "paying dues"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=508446 Is playing for "free" really "free"?

    Band Reheasal/Gigs
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3743 Protect your hearing! Wear ear plugs!
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=479102 Rehearsal tips
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=458468 Recording your rehearsals/practice/gigs
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=486490 Rehearsal efficiency
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=484615 How often to rehearse?
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=492051 To noodle or not to noodle?
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=497067 Being asked to turn down the volume
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=500417 First gig
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=442203 First gig
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=237521 Moving equipment
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=483338 Moving equipment
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=489244 Learning Live Sound mixing


    Band names
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=113925 Best/worst real band names
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=391461 Infamous band name thread
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?p=6734711 Changing a band's name
    http://www.bandnamemaker.com/ Band name website
    http://www.1728.com/bandname.htm Band name website


    Cool rigs, equipment and info
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=507568 Cables
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=166225 TB Amps FAQs
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=193818 Gear insurance thread
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?p=6729196 Isolating Amp/Cabs from stage/each other
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=442966 Links to 30 Manuf. of Light weight cabs,amps, combos
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=475615 Happy with my rig.
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=455442 Happy with my rig
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=140446 Ulitmate fantasy rig
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=280571 Mini rigs of doom
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=450492 Rigs of doom
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=506640 "I want a monster amp!"


    Building Stuff
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=491220 Cabs
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=432560 Light weight cab
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=499264 Building a tube amp


    Guitars
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=503675 12 string guitars




    OTHER
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    Accessories
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=494366 Lights for your fretboard.

    Aging guitars/basses
    http://www.grguitars.com/pick guards.html
    http://www.grguitars.com/parts_5bass.htm
    http://rchildsrelics.com
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=484051

    For fun
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=480666 Gadgets and Gizmos
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=480686 Tips for living
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=484653 Ways to save money
     
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