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Unread 03-15-2003, 12:15 PM   #1
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Dear Bassists,

Hey guys...A new thread in the works.

Heres the idea...This thread is open to any bass knowledge that you may have to pass on to others. We'll start with the basics like scales arpeggios and rhythm (of course), then move on to more advanced topics. Topics open for inclusion...

*WHat every begginer should Know
*Songs to play (scholarship)
*Cool tricks
*Common Mistakes/Problems (and how to avoid them)
*Tech/Hardware Tips

...and anything else that you guys come up with. It would be helpful if you started your post wiht one of teh above phrases for the convenience of others.

Please participate in this thread. It can do alot to eliminate the "Im a new bassist and dont know what to do" thread, as well as answer the many questions that people have. Thanx.

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Unread 03-15-2003, 06:10 PM   #2
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Well one thing I think every bassist should know is walking bass lines.

These go like this:

I III V VI VII VI V III

for every chord, that is that you play those notes for every chord in the song. (must be in 4/4 time for this work with this progression)

So for a basic key of G song, you'd play G B D E F E D B over the G chord, C E G A A# A G E over the C chord, and D F# A B C B A F# over the D chord.
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Unread 03-15-2003, 11:53 PM   #3
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memorize the fretboard!!! im still(only been playin for 6 months :P haveing a little trouble where notes are
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Unread 03-16-2003, 03:49 PM   #4
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USE YOUR PINKY, I went for like a year without really using my pinky, and when it came time to use my pinky I couldn't do it, it just wasn't strong enough, so once again, USE YOUR PINKY
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Unread 03-16-2003, 05:32 PM   #5
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USE YOUR PINKY, I went for like a year without really using my pinky, and when it came time to use my pinky I couldn't do it, it just wasn't strong enough, so once again, USE YOUR PINKY
Tom, you seriously own that Waraick there? That's SWEET! Anyway, I can use my pinky on my fretting hand, but not on my plucking hand.
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Unread 03-16-2003, 06:43 PM   #6
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yes I do own a warwick, but the one I own is stained red, they didn't have a picture of the red one so i used that picture. but back to the bass knowledge, I was refering to the fretting hand not the plucking hand.
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Unread 03-16-2003, 09:49 PM   #7
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Soul to Squeeze by Red Hot Chilli Peppers is a really cool bass line. Easy to play, too. Black Dog by Led Zeppelin (though the same as the guitar part) is a good one, too.
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Learn to use Hammer-ons and Pull-offs, memorize your scales to make your own bass lines. That's what I have been working on a lot recently. All bassists should know, that is the basis for everything you do.
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I would say learn your scales and modes and play the crap out of 'em. Much easier to write basslines when you have a foundation like that.
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I'm getting ready to order a bass improv cook with a cd, improv is something I think everyone should learn
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Slap_j,

I know my scales and arpeggios, but ive only heard of modes...what are they???
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Unread 03-18-2003, 12:55 PM   #12
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I know my scales and arpeggios, but ive only heard of modes...what are they???
Modes are scale patterns.

This link should explain it better than I can...

http://www.cyberfretbass.com/theory/modes/101/index.php
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I am not a bass player but


A bass player needs to be able to lock in tight with the drummer and play off what the drummer is doing. I've heard some nice bass licks that are way off the groove of the song. it sounds really bad.
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Unread 03-19-2003, 08:04 AM   #14
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I am not a bass player but


A bass player needs to be able to lock in tight with the drummer and play off what the drummer is doing. I've heard some nice bass licks that are way off the groove of the song. it sounds really bad.
I am not a drummer but...

A drummer needs to be able to lock in tight with the bass player and play off what the bass player is doing. I've heard some nice drum licks that are way off the groove of the song. It sounds really bad. :klol:

Just kidding!!

In all seriousness though, your attitude in a band should be, "How can I make everyone else sound better?" Instead of, "How can I sound better and get everyone to notice me?" If everyone in the band gets a hold of this and works together for the greater groove of the song, then you will have a very good sounding band. The key is listening! Listen to everything else that's going on and try to compliment it, don't try to be a one man band.

I once was at a local coffee house and heard a very bad band. The problem wasn't that they couldn't play or sing very well. It was because they were all trying to be the star of the show. It was ever soooo obvious that they were all playing their guts out and not paying any attention to anyone else. They had absolutely no clue how bad everything sounded to the audience. I watched as one by groups of people got up and left, until finaly, I left.

That's my advice.

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I'm going to say sort-of what Groover said...

The most important thing in music is listening.

While I get tied up in chops at times, I always try and tell myself to just "shut up and listen." Like Groover said, ask yourself how you can make the song better. Listen to the Drummer, listen to the melody...try doing fills that follow the melody instead of just looking at what the chords are.

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