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Posted by Frederick on July 07, 2000 at 23:05:40:

In Reply to: Re: VERY UNEXPERIENCED AND WANTS TO PLAY BASS posted by Bert on July 07, 2000 at 21:32:44:

: : Hey,
: : Umm i have never in my life wanted or even thought of playing bass until last monday (July 3rd, 2000) I went to a club and saw a band playing and the bass player was a girl, i got totally inspired and now i am determined to play bass, i havent quite yet gotten a bass but i plan on going to a pond shop to get one. On the other hand i would like as much follow up on playing. I have never played guitar or anything, ive been in choir all my life so i know that much about notes. I live in downtown Nashville, so if anyone is possibly good enough to give me some info on this i would greatly appreciate it. I am 15 by the way and wanting to learn bass to mostly play hard rock! Email me or respond and i would love to hear from you...........God bless..........Candice

: All this about needing to take lessons is full of it... its not that hard to learn, if you can read music (and since you been in choir thats no problem). Usually it involves asking people... if you have any questions feel free to email me at ... I started playing a year age and have been in many different types of bands ranging from Punk to Hard Rock to Praise and Worship.

I'd ask if you're joking, Bert,but I don't think you are. Nobody HAS to take lessons, but taking lessons from an experienced instructor is not "full of it". Taking lessons for lessons sake will speed up your progress 100%...or more. Asking well thought out questions and getting an answer with a demonstration is tough to beat. It sure beats reading about it, or watching a video even. Learning from an instructor/friend/ doesn't matter, but you'll learn much faster if you can get with somebody that knows the pros and cons. As a matter of fact, I'd recommend that a person take bass lessons from somebody that also plays the piano (like Mingus did), if they could possibly afford it. Good luck and have fun!

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