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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on August 15, 2001 at 07:15:07:

In Reply to: i want to play bass, but i need some help... posted by krissi on August 14, 2001 at 17:10:44:

: i'm *determined* to learn to play bass...i've loved bass for a long time now, and i've finally decided to learn to play...but, i've never even touched a bass..so i need the really basic basics...i need one to learn on, but i don't have much money at all, because i only have a summer job (i'm 16)...i'm not in a band (YET! heheh..) so i don't need a big amp thing i don't think...i was also wondering if it's possible to just learn by yourself, because where i live, i don't know where i could get guitar lessons of any kind. any kind of help you guys can give me would be great :) thanks

Krissi,
Since bass is usually played one note at a time - vs. playing several notes at once, like on a piano or guitar - it's easier to get a feel for the basic techniques. I'll agree with everything that A said in his reply 100%, too. :-)

You didn't say whether you'd ever had any exposure to music lessons, like piano; knowing another instrument *definitely* helps.

You might want to borrow a bass from a friend for a couple days just to get a feel for it, but it's not a necessity.

Once you've decided that you want to buy yourself a bass, you might want to check out www.MusicYo.com; they have the Kramer Focus 420S - a clone of Fender's Precision Bass - for about $100, and a package with amp for around $175, which is about as inexpensive as you get for a quality instrument. I've got one myself (and I've been playing for over 20 years), and I *love* it! :-)

: p.s. - the type of music i want to play is alternative(creed like) and/or rock...maybe a bit of punk, if thats of any importance at all...

It's a fairly easy style to play; once you get the hang of it, you should be able to play it fairly well. :-)

Keep in mind that it *will* take time to develop your skills; don't be disappointed if you don't sound great right offhand, just keep at it.

Hope that helps!

-Bob



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