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Problems

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Foxtonry3, Nov 20, 2005.


  1. Foxtonry3

    Foxtonry3

    Nov 20, 2005
    Hi, I've been playing bass for about 8 months now, and I can read basic tabs and play quite a few songs but I think im really ****. I Don't seem to be improving, me and my mates have started jamming together (Guitarist, Keyboardist and Vocalist) and I find it really hard to come up with bass lines to go with the guitar. People have told me it's because we don't have a drummer and a drummer would help me out a lot because thats the main person I would work with. But we're looking for a drummer but not much luck at the minute, I really want to play bass good and I practice as much as possible but I don't really know a lot about bass and can't afford a teacher so I just find myself reading tabs and playing songs but like I said, I find it difficult to come up with my own bass lines. All help would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. Foxtonry3

    Foxtonry3

    Nov 20, 2005
    By the way, We play Punk/Ska type music. Cheers.
     
  3. Mixmasta J

    Mixmasta J

    Dec 4, 2004
    ok a few things:

    If you can afford a theory book, get it. It will be your bible

    Punk music is usually composed of a streaming eighth note guitar riff, with 3-4 chord changes, often times more. The key to punk bass, is to take the root of the chord, and pound it away following the guitar rythm. Unless your going for a rancidesque style of playing, following the guitar is always a good thing, and a drummer is not necessarily neccesary

    Ska is a little bit different. In ska often times the bass has a crazy line that is hard to follow (evident in five iron frenzy, and Big D and the kids table) This is where a drummer is helpful because you could follow his rythms, or do something completely different. It is a lot of passing tones, and notes that will bring you through changes, so you may not be ready to make a complex one at this point in time.

    keep working at it, watch other bands, and study ska basslines and it will come with time
     
  4. Foxtonry3

    Foxtonry3

    Nov 20, 2005
    Thanks for your reply mate. Do you know where I can get hold of a theory book online? Cheers.
     
  5. Foxtonry3

    Foxtonry3

    Nov 20, 2005
    Also do you think it's worth pushing my budget to the limits and getting myself a teacher?
     
  6. Mixmasta J

    Mixmasta J

    Dec 4, 2004
    yeah a teacher is definately going to help, but only if you are serious about music, because you can by all means get by on tabs and ear work

    I suggest harmonic color, I cant remember the author, but it has a bass with a rainbow of colors on the front of it. It definately helped me a lot