Should I do bass covers on youtube?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by gfdhicool, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. gfdhicool


    Jun 8, 2012
    I've seen many people doing it (good and bad) and of course,It seems fun :)

    Unfortunately,I'm afraid that people will make fun of me as well (I'm 15).Here are a few songs out of the 100 I transcribed that I feel like covering.

    The Who-My Generation
    Genesis-Watcher of the Skies
    Rush-Tom Sawyer,Red Barchetta,YYZ,Limelight,Vital Signs,La Villa Strangiato,2112.I still need to get into Rush.
    Yes-Close to the Edge (2nd day learning it,but I'll finish by tomorrow),Roundabout.
    Iron Maiden-90% of their 80's material.I can play most of their older stuff perfectly.
    The Beatles-90% of their stuff.
    Queen-All the material on their greatest hits and a few gems.
    Duran Duran-Rio
    Black Sabbath-Anything except War Pigs.
    Deep Purple-Speed King,Highway Star,Living Wreck,Into the Fire,and I'm going to learn Pictures of Home.

    Should I do it?
  2. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Yes people will make fun of you some out of jealousy and stupidity but there will be folks who you will inspire if you have a thick skin do it and if you don't disable the ability for people to leave comments.
  3. thedane


    Sep 25, 2011
    Well, there are about a million people doing that already that are probably a lot better than you, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't do it.
    But don't do it if you think it will make you look "cool" to other people. Do it if you really think you have something to offer in the way you are covering the songs you choose.
  4. gfdhicool


    Jun 8, 2012
    I think I'm doing alright for someone who's been playing for about a year and a half :p,but you're right,there's people on youtube that are older and better than me (more experience).
  5. gfdhicool


    Jun 8, 2012
    You're right.I'm sensitive when it comes to my playing,since I want to become a serious bass player.But the only way I'll get better is if I just take the criticism.
  6. meteor


    Aug 21, 2013
    Yes, go for it! If anything, it'll help you grow as a musician.
    Perhaps you could give us a sample?
  7. gfdhicool


    Jun 8, 2012
    I will once I get a better microphone next week,since my webcam can't really handle bass frequencies (it sounds distorted).
  8. meteor


    Aug 21, 2013
    Can't wait to hear it, good luck getting everything together.
  9. gfdhicool


    Jun 8, 2012
    Thanks :D
  10. Do it. If someone makes fun of you, well, good for them. You're 15. In ten years you'll school them like they were babies. Most people who can't actually do it, just talk.
    Personal Note: If you're familiar with Maiden's 80's work, then you need to work on their 2000's stuff. Brave New World is an awesome new album and, while a slightly different direction for the band, it marked Bruce Dickinson's return to the band and a new chapter in Maiden. New Frontier isn't what I was expecting from them (too jammy), but it was ok. A Matter of Life and Death was solid as hell and Brighter than a Thousand Suns is definitely worth checking.
  11. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Do it and have some fun. If you plan on performing music, you might as well get used to receiving positive and negative feedback.
  12. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    Most of those videos have apologetic players. I hate that. Don't mature in public. Maybe tape yourself and evaluate in private instead.

    "Should we hire him for our band?"

    "No, he did one of those videos for youtube back in the day. Can't be seen with that."
  13. Go for it! A couple of years ago I did two of them - Open Secrets and Grand Designs by Rush - and I really enjoyed doing it. Sure, there'll always be guys better than you, but so what? Just don't take the criticism personally. Pick a song you like, rehearse the hell out of it, then record it and upload it to YT - it's that simple! :)
  14. gfdhicool


    Jun 8, 2012
    I understand what you mean,but a lot of my ****'s accurate and I'm not very sloppy if I'm wide awake.

    I REALLY want to do My Generation,because the guy doing it on youtube can't even get the bass solos correct
  15. Then do it!
    I did a fairly awful (disclaimer: My friends thought it was nice even if I didn't.) cover of Sugar Were Going Down, with all the instruments. I'm not ashamed to have it on YouTube! It was fair for a first try.
    If you post a cover I wanna hear it!
  16. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Food for thought, I fellow I know got his job with one of, if not the, biggest metal bands in Chile through his youtube videos. I have seen pics of him opening for Maiden standing in front of a sea of people. Youtube videos are just another way to get yourself out there.

    Do it, just don't be upset when people start tossing out names along with the constructive criticisms, the internet brings out the best and the worst in people.
  17. ngh


    Feb 6, 2013
    brooklyn, ny
    if you want to be a serious bass player, don't post covers on youtube they will come back to haunt you. I am a huge proponent of keeping ones internet presence as minimal and un-personal as possible. that way when you actually want to promote yourself in the future with some serious work of your own, you have a clean slate to work from and you can create any image of yourself that you desire. as a musician/artist (or any sort of professional really) this is a vary useful tool to have at your disposal when it comes to promotion etc. for my money, play with/for your friends in real life, and don't use the internet as your personal diary. by all means record yourself playing things (I have a tape running every time i am noodling around if possible), but it is in your best interest to be vary selective with what you release to the world. I know this might sound like something that a 60+ year old would say, you know, back in my day we had no internet, and we had to walk both ways up hill in the snow carrying a full SVT rig in order to be heard by other people etc. I actually grew up with the internet, and sometimes I wish my name was not on those myspace band profiles circa 2004 that I no longer have access to, yet still come up when people google me.
  18. hotrodjohn

    hotrodjohn Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2009
    Do it! Great learning experience. It will force yourself to learn the songs well and at the same time you will learn about recording and video editing. My advice - don't use a mic. Record digital direct and mix the backing track low so people can hear your playing. Wish I had these resources available to me when I was your age.....
  19. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast

    May 7, 2010
    Go for it! You can always minimize how visible the videos are by setting them to unlisted and/or not giving them any tags. I find them helpful because it really shows me places that I need to work on (timing, musical expression, etc.). It's also nice to have kind of a chronology of your progress, for better or worse.

    Recording direct is useful. This probably isn't the best method, but I use Audacity (free audio program) and load an mp3 into it as one track. Then I have my bass go to my amp which goes into my pc, and record that as a second track. I record the song, and then go back and edit it. Editing is usually just syncing up the two tracks since there's usually a couple milliseconds of lag during recording and then pushing my track to one side and the original track to the other. Then I save that as an mp3, load it into a crappy video editing program, and sync up the mp3 to the muted video. It's all tedious, but it's free and gets to be a fun hobby after a while.

    EDIT: I forgot to mention that at 15, another thing you won't have to worry about is seeing a 15-yr-old absolutely rock out on a song and think to yourself "I'm almost 30 and can't play like that! That's not fair!" Lol
  20. Jimmi Clarke

    Jimmi Clarke

    May 23, 2012
    Lowestoft UK
    Endorsing Artist: Musicman, Ernie Ball, Ashdown Bass Amps
    Do It!!

    I've just put 2 covers onto youtube and I've been putting it off for years. I've had some great feedback and its been much more positive than I expected.

    You can check out my channel if you like.