Posted by Jon on January 04, 2001 at 23:28:54:
In Reply to: Looking for Lessons for 5-String Bass in NC posted by Karl E. Sanders on January 04, 2001 at 15:24:24:
Well, if you're willing to hear from someone with a measly four strings, I have a little bit of advice for you. I'm not a teacher by any stretch of the imagination, but I can give this a toss...
Anyway, you have to get used to the fingerboard. I suggest that you listen to what you're going to want to learn how to play, and listen closely to the bass that's played in it. When you listen to it, play your bass along with it, try to pick up as much of it as you can. Exact note choice isn't as important as getting the gist of the music and seeing where you're putting your fingers to do that. Afterwards, try to play a little bit when you're not listening to it... it probably won't come out perfect, but you don't have to be perfect. You just want to be able to hear it happening.
I don't know much about instructors around here 'cause I just moved to Raleigh, but you can almost definitely find a couple beginner books or instructional videos at Mars on Capitol Blvd. in Raleigh. I never really took a lesson, so I found that instructional videos were extremely helpful to me. However, you should definitely ask anybody you know who plays to show you a little something. Even if they play guitar or banjo or mandolin. Get ahold of some of the other people in Praise and Worship in Church and grill them for musical knowledge... I usually try to get people talking in such a way that once they get going it's hard to get them to slow up long enough for you to digest the information, and then immediately pick up on exactly half of what I needed to know to get it right, and then practice it wrong for two weeks until it suddenly dawns on me that I should've paid attention when they were speaking and not noodling with an incomplete... oh sorry, got carried away.
Victor Wooten said to approach everything by first looking at it, and then saying "That's easy!" before you even start... that way you don't have that negative feeling while you're doing it. Personally, I think it's good advice. I say "Never say you can't, only say you can't yet" and I sincerely believe it. Good luck, man.
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