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Posted by Mickster on February 02, 2001 at 12:17:22:

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

Rick, to start off, you can go to and go to the books & video
section. I bought a few of them, and they're pretty good.Most of the books
come with a CD, which is an excellent way to learn if there's no teacher
available right now, and it's also good in that you'll learn some bass lines
that some teachers may not know, plus whatever's on the CD is written out
exactly as it's played, so after a while, you'll be reading/playing by rote.
I bought Fingerboard Harmony and Expanding Walking Basslines. Also, you can
try playing along with Country & Western CDs, as most Country music follows
basic progressions. It's easy on the ears, and on the brain(learning wise).
Go slowly, and don't try to be Joe Pro right away. We all learn at different
paces, so don't ever think that you can't get it. I stopped playing for a few
years, but, when I came back it was as though my brain was in a freezer all that time; I forgot nothing, plus all of a sudden all the theory I studied
years before now made perfect sense. You can also try, or
Barnes & Noble (B& As they say, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree"
so don't be surprised if some of your Dad's talent is asleep within you.
Wake it up.

Take it easy,

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