thanks to the forum

Discussion in 'Welcome Forum - New Member Intros' started by ruralhipster, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. Hi

    Just started learning the bass a couple months back and joined up here to get all the typical newbie questions answered. (easier as a member since I now get to use the search function)

    Treated myself to a bass for my birthday and an amp for Christmas. Now all I need is practice and lessons to achieve my goal of becoming a moderately proficient bassist (somewhere in skill level between Sid Vicious and Derek Smalls)

    Thanks in advance,

  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Welcome to Talkbass, Roy.:cool:
  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.

    Read as many of the FAQ's in each forum as you can. Lots of good info there. I suggest you bookmark your favorite threads or even keep a copy of them in a document for future reference.

    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. Slang/abbreviations, forum usage, TB maint., posting. TB rules, Website questions, Membership, Terms of Use 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 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

    Here's a link to a Google search tutorial that I've found helpful:
    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
    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.

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    ************************************************** If I only knew then...(covers all topics of being in a band) Best musical advice Things every bassist should know

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    Online lessons TB member Dmanlamius has free video lessons Who's the best youtube bass teacher? Bass studies,online metronome, fretboard printer, bass clef tutor,more. Tab based lessons by members for members covering all types of bass instruction. with MarlowDK including videos. beginners' guide/lessons, tech advice,drills, bass sound files,tips,Q&A, links/more . For all bassists Online bass course (5 day free trial) Free and paid lessons from Cliff Engel Cliff Engel customer reviews

    Books and instructional materials Books, DVDs, all styles and methods Looking for the Bass "Bible" MarlowDK's recommended books "Best" theory/harmony book TB Book Links - all styles,levels and techniques

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    Getting creative Creating bass lines Creating bass lines - Target Approach Playing scales Creating bass lines for a jam Playing behind/ahead of the beat "Feel"

    Going "pro" Becoming a session player

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    Software: Transcribing, Slow Downer, Looping, Recording, Utilities Transcribing software Slow down software Slow down software Free music software thread Cheap but good recording software Computer utilities/software you can't do without

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    ************************************************** So you want to be a music major in college Solfege Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary (music theory terms) Auditioning for college jazz band College audition dilemma

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    --Funk,Groove,R&B Links to over 20 funk,groove and R&B bass players Funk 101 "Funk Bass" by TB member Jonster (John Liebman) R&B/Funk James Jamerson book/CD

    --Latin Learning Latin music "The Latin Bass Book" by Oscar Stagnaro and Chuck Sher

    --Jazz Learning to play jazz Jazz Improvization Primer - Sabatella (Book/Online) Walking bass lines Jazz Scales History of Jazz

    --Metal Metal How to scream/growl

    ************************************************** How "good" do you have to be to play in a band? Covers vs. Originals Playing in a 3 piece band Bassist's guide to singing Repairing cuts on your fretting fingers

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