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  1. #1
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    Oct 2008

    Default beginner bass

    i just got a new bass guitar and i wanted to ask what are some good beginner songs/techniques, or some good sites that teach me.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Santa Barbara


    get a metronome. then learn the major and minor scales. next practice by just alternating fingers (index and middle) walking up those scales with the metronome then go a little faster but make sure to stay in rythm. also learn the names of all the notes.

    but the main thing is to work on keeping rythm and being comfortable walking all around the neck in rythm. to play i use my index middle and ring finger and to practice that i woul djust spend about a minute alternating all of them in time on eaxt string, then i used all 3 for the scales.

    hope this helped a lil
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Mount Carmel, Illinois


    another quick tip, keep your thumb on the back of the neck... i know it sounds goofy but your thumb should be... for lack of a better term parallel to the neck. this can solve alot of problems and alot of people tend to put their thumb perpendicular to the neck and this can cause alot of wrist\attack issues.

    umm, another small tip which i dont even follow myself, its called the one finger one note rule. to explain: if you can read tab here

    I M R P *Fingers*

    this is saying that the first fret shoudl always be played with the index finger, the 2nd fret the middle, and so on and so fourth... with every string.
    if you do follow this rule it will help on your speed greatly
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    I like reccomend 7 Nation Army by the White Stripes (it's just 1 fun and easy riff), Another One Bites the Dust by Queen, Psycho Killer by the Talking Heads, and pretty much anything by The Offspring, Nirvana, or Pixies for beginning bassists. I think all that is good for getting a hang of the instrument, imo

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Kenosha, Wisconsin


    I've only been playing for a few months.
    I like to play:

    You belong with me- Taylor Swift
    Mama Mia- ABBA
    Another one bites the dust- Queen
    Accidentally in love- Counting crows

    look up the tabs on

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Budapest..that's in Hungary


    go to they have everything you can possibly need.

    pick songs you like and learn their bass lines from tab and by ear.

    learn a blues, major, and minor scale in 1 position.

    get a teacher! this will save you years of time.

    get groove agent or some other beat maker software and play along to it.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Sydney, Australia


    check out youtube got some quick lessons and tips, otherwise check out and for a wealth of information. Also check out "MarloweDK" on youtube who has thousands of funky bass lessons. Really breaks it down which is good.
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