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Posted by Douglas (203.147.24.123) on January 13, 2004 at 07:16:08:

In Reply to: bass beginner posted by sam on January 09, 2004 at 05:57:40:

: just wondered if any one has any advice or help. ive just got a bass set up and hoping to start lessons soon. i could do with advice on practice pieces, reading tabs, different terms that are used ie riffs? Total beginner at this, messed about with an acoustic a good few years ago! i can read music but im a bit rusty at that too! all advice gladly recieved.

Sam,
I'm somewhat a beginner myself, but at least my experience is recent!
I never had the chance of lessons, they would be a great start, and a chance to talk to someone with experience.
There are plenty of good Bass Learning books around, I can recommend "Progressive Bass Guitar" by Gary Turner and Brenton White. It covers a wide range, in easy lessons, including riffs (repetaitve goups, usually rythmic), reading tabs and music, etc etc - it comes with a CD so you can listen & play along, and takes you to the point of joinng a group.
There are also websites devoted to learning.
An easy (!) exercise is - start on E string, play first finger first fret, second finger second fret, up to fourth fret, then move to A string, repeat across all strings, then move up to second fret, start all over again. Work your way up the neck. Aim for consistent timing and stretch the fingers!!
Good luck!
Doug


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