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Posted by JDP on August 15, 2000 at 16:13:15:

In Reply to: I'm clueless and need help posted by Bigg Z on August 14, 2000 at 14:35:59:

: I play the guitar a little bit and i decided that i wanted to learn to play bass so i bought one and now i don't know what i should do next. Should i just buy a book and learn from it or should i just start trying to learn it? also i know there is tab for bass but is there chords on a bass like there are for a guitar?

: Any input would be greatly appreciated

: thanks

:Since you are switching from guitar to bass I'd HIGHLY recommend Essential Bass Technique by Peter Murray ( This book covers the many differences between playing guitar and playing bass. A bass is NOT a guitar with 4 strings like most guitar players think when they start out - myself included :) It's not a theory or compostional method, more like just the basics of how to hold the instrument, right and left hand positions, etc. etc. Onto chording. There are indeed chords for bass, but bass players use chords much differently than guitar players. Your standard root + fifth power chord isn't going to sound that great on a bass. Chuck Rainey (I think) has some books on bass chording in his Bass Method series, but you might check your local music stores and see what's available. Hope this helps. JDP

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