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Where to begin?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by d8g3jdh, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    Hmm, well im looking into expanding my abilities beyond finger dexterity, and so i was wondering where to go to now. The list of things i want to learn include:

    Ear training
    Reading Music (specifically just the fretboard/bass clef)

    I know all these things are interrelated (except maybe tapping), but i think it would be more effective for me to start with one and then go to the next, etc. as opposed to trying them all at the same time and stretching myself thin. Is this right? Or is it better to do them all at the same time?

    If i should do them in an order, what order should i do them in? Ive been told to forget theory until i know the bass clef/fretboard, but ear training is important to, and tapping and harmonics are cool(i know, i know, whats cool isnt what's most musical/practical, but still)...augh! Where should i begin?!

    Also, what are some good ways to go about learning these things?

  2. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005

    I guess no one is man enough to answer my ultimate post of coolness...maybe i should ask a guitar player

    (Dodges hail of bullets)

    Run away!
  3. WillBuckingham


    Mar 30, 2005
    Well that's not an easy question. Filling out your profile would probably help people give you advice here.
  4. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Work on reading music, ear training and theory. Tapping and harmonics are secondary subjects compared to the first three.
  5. Yup, I agree. don't worry about "spreading yourself too thin" because they are almost joined at the hip, ie learning one will strengthen the other.