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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on February 02, 2001 at 13:11:57:
In Reply to: First time bass player posted by Rick Jackson on February 02, 2001 at 08:30:28:
: I'm looking for a couple of good books or videos, for someone who knows little to nothing about playing bass. My father played bass his whole life and when he passed away he left me his guitar and amp so I'm trying to teach myself how to play. Thanks for any help you can give,
: Rick Jackson
Sorry to hear about your father's passing away, first of all.
As far as teaching yourself how to play, I'd tend to agree with both Brewmeister and Mickster. The first thing I'd do is to find someone who can teach you the bass-ics (sorry, just had to throw that in), the reason being that it works a *lot* better to learn things right the first time rather than having to *unlearn* bad habits.
After you get a fundamental understanding of bass (proper hand positions, fingering, etc.), then check out the books, videos, CDs, etc., that are available; you should be able to find something that works for your personal learning curve (not everything works well for everyone, so you might have to try more than one before you find the right one).
Good luck, and welcome to the Wonderful World of Bass! :-)
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