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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by NOOB, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. NOOB


    Sep 27, 2005
    I've been playing drums for 2 years. I have a Jazz band in my school, I play set in it, there's another drummer at my school. I decided that I should play bass (since thier is no other bassists in my school :scowl: ) Any help would be greatly appritiated.
  2. NOOB


    Sep 27, 2005
  3. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Help with what? You didn't ask any specific question...

    If you need help with everything, just read the forums and get friendly with the search function.

    Welcome to TB, by the way.
  4. unity bass

    unity bass

    Dec 15, 2003
    Modesto, Ca.
    This is not a very specific request but I want to chime in...

    Don't spend alot on your first bass.
    If you have the money, spend it on private lessons.
    If you don't have the money, get a couple of good method books. www.bassbooks.com
    Find some people, at your level or a little above, to jam with.
    Listen to the bass line in everything you hear.
    Listen to rock, jazz, country, blues, pop, punk, classical, reggae...
    Beware of GAS (gear acquisition syndrome).
    fill out your profile.
    Have fun.

    There's a start. Welcome to Talkbass.

  5. NOOB


    Sep 27, 2005
    I will probably use the school's bass.

    Thanks for all the help.
  6. Do they have an amp too? If so, just get some lessons.
  7. Shakey

    Shakey Vote for Pedro!!

    Apr 12, 2005
    Roanoke, Va
    +1 Great advice!!

    Practice, Practice, Practice!!!!

    If you plan on using the school's bass, that great. Use the $ for lessons. They are truely invaluable.
  8. NOOB


    Sep 27, 2005
    they have an amp

    P.S. I have $9.00 :(
  9. Spector_Ray


    Aug 8, 2004

    That may buy you a strap. A good supply of picks if you decide to go that way.

    You could always mow lawns and do other odd jobs for money. I worked my rump off one summer to save up $250 to buy my first bass. That was the best $250 I ever spent!
  10. Skeezix


    Sep 28, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    What he said, plus...
    Don't get ahead of yourself.
    Learn how to read music, really.
  11. dangnewt

    dangnewt Veteran Dispenser

    Jun 6, 2003
    MetroWest Boston
    Being a drummer will help you become a fine bassist. My teacher always stressed that it is better to play in time even if it is the wrong note than to play the right notes in the wrong time. As a drummer yourself, you'll probably lock in with the drums and will hold down a killer groove.

    I switched from guitar to bass for the same reason you did - I looked around (in my case it was my church) and saw that there were plenty of good guitarists but no one to play the bass. It was one of the best things I have ever done as I love playing the bass way more than I ever did the guitar.
  12. NOOB


    Sep 27, 2005

    I played bass for the first time today, IT WAS SO MUCH FUN :hyper: I loved it sooooooooooooooo much. It's sort of like drums and guitar rolled into one. :D
  13. NOOB


    Sep 27, 2005
  14. dangnewt

    dangnewt Veteran Dispenser

    Jun 6, 2003
    MetroWest Boston
    My pleasure.
    Welcome to the low side.