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Posted by Carol Kaye on July 08, 2000 at 23:25:36:

In Reply to: Re: VERY UNEXPERIENCED AND WANTS TO PLAY BASS posted by Matt Strickland on July 08, 2000 at 17:44:49:

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: : : : LOL Sorry i meant pawn shop, lol

: : : : : 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

: : : Hey Candice, I would suggest that you maybe look into purchasing a book or video on bass lessons for beginers, and don't get discouraged when it starts getting a bit confussing. Stay enthusiastic and keep working hard. Also, I would suggest you buy a NEW bass at a low price. You would be amazed to know that there are great deals on new bass guittars. By the way GOD BLESS YOU.

: : I would also recommend taking lessons from a teacher. Concsiously and deliberately think of any questions you might have about the Bass(write it down if you have to), and ask an experienced teacher. There should be PLENTY of good Bass instructors in Nashville(with references)! If you ask questions from an experienced instructor, you'll learn 100% faster than if you try to figure it out for yourself. You should also have a big advantage, having sung in a choir. p.s. Don't forget, what type of strings you have on your Bass does make a difference in your sound...for better or for worse. And get a Bass (be it new or used) with a straight neck. Good luck and have fun!

: : There is a good site that has basses for very good prices.
: That is where I got my first bass. Brand new too. You can get basses
: there from 90 dollars to 9000 dollars. I would recommend one of the
: Stienbergers.
Steinbergers. For a beginner, I wouldn't recommend those, the necks are extra-long, and the bass is not balanced good enough. I've been a bass teacher since 1969, even tried the Steinberger when they first came out (and just recorded the Steinberger sounds that are currently in the Paul Allen Experience Music Museum), if you like that style bass fine, but wouldn't recommend it for a beginner. Either a new Fender Precision or Jazz bass, or an Ibanez or Yamaha that didn't cost too much would do just fine. And don't stand up with it at all if it weighs more than 6 lbs, you're pulling on that dangerous area in the top part of your left shoulder that will eventually affect the vagus nerve bundle, sit down and play unless the bass is extra-light weight.

There's a lot of resources on the websites all over to get started with. But yes, take some lessons, especially with someone, preferably an experience teacher who is also a good professional, currently working -- one who functions in CHORDS, not scales. Tunes require chords, and a bass player-guitarist is fine. I find that pianists don't know the real theory to form the 2-part patterns you need for blues, rock, funk, soul etc. like a lot of guitar players who can accompany you with better rhythms too. You're not going to play heavy jazz at first, so there's no need for a pianist, but yes, a guitar player who is a bass teacher is fine. Don't let them load you up with non-working scales....scales don't work in teaching creative bass patterns at all, whether it be rock-funk-soul-blues-gospel or jazz, scales don't work. Chordal theory works. Arpeggios work, get some reading skills (it's not that hard, again don't do the 1-e-an-a stuff, but aiming for the downbeats with the downbeat lines written in at first does work). Get your teacher to record the lessons for you to take home for reference and to play to the tape with. If you're having a tough time trying to find a teacher, call up the local college (Music Dept.) and get names from them. Sometimes you can find a teacher in a store, but usually the best ones have their own places or teach in the comfort of their homes. You can get some self-tutors in the meantime that will help you also. Get tutors (videos, books with tapes, etc.) that have *many different styles of music* in them. I've been a top professional in music since 1949 and all the combo and big-band experiences I had reall;y came in handy when I worked all those studio recording dates in LA in the late 50s, all of the 60s and 70s. And have gone back to recording and playing live jazz today too (rock recording, the new Matthew Sweet "In Reverse" etc. others). Remember, music is not your identity, if you goof, no problem it's a *project* you're working on, not yourself as a "failure or winner", music is and can be FUN. Somehow I don't see many musicians really enjoying sometimes on stage, they're trying to prove something. Everyone has a different voice to speak with, enjoy the music as *your voice*.

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