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Unread 07-02-2012, 06:57 PM   #1
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How to teach a person, who is new to stringed instruments, how to play bass?

So I have to take the role of electric guitarist soon so I have to find a new bassist for our praise team.
However, the only person interested is someone who isn't very musically knowledgable. He can do drums a bit but that's it.

Where would I start to teach him?

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Unread 07-02-2012, 07:40 PM   #2
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I learned by playing during worship. Just teach them the basics of how to play off the guitar chord sheets, and give them a couple weeks. You'd be suprised how much you can learn by playing live in front of people.
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I would start with the notes on the E and A strings up to at least the 12th fret. This will give them the note knowledge to play a bulk of the currently trending worship music.

Of course, somewhere in there you'll have to show them how to pluck a string.
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Unread 07-02-2012, 08:22 PM   #4
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Well so far, I told him to memorize the note names onall the strings open to 12th fret. He's got it down, but now he has to practice being able to tell me what the note is when I point to random frets on the E and A string without much hesitation :P

I just dont know where to go from here. Should I go into basic theory with him? Or maybe proper bass care and maintenance? lol
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I'd say theory before maintenance. Obviously he needs to know how to tune and what the knobs do, but I wouldn't bog him down with details that some professionals pay other people to worry about.
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Unread 07-02-2012, 10:15 PM   #6
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Teach him the 1,4,5,6m chord families for a few keys. Once he knows where to find those notes for a given key, he can play most church songs in that key.
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Unread 07-03-2012, 10:46 PM   #7
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I tried to tech my friend I said either buy a book or just mess around and eventually you'll get it.
He quit though, so don't know how well those theories worked.
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