first bass

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Posted by Barry on August 22, 2000 at 14:09:37:

I just bought my 15year old son his first bass( I thought we could learn to play at the same time). He informed me that it's his, so I have to get my own sooner or later. I know absolutely nothing about them( good from bad brand names)but ended up with the Gibson Tobias (Toby 4 string) It looks really sharp and as far as I can tell sounds good. My son is crazy about it anyway. I went to find someone that gives lessons, the teacher wanted to start him out on an acoustic guitar first then switch to bass later. ( Is this the norm?) She told me he would get bored with the bass if we started out with it first. I showed her the bass and told her my son was very excited about playing the BASS and wanted her to try and start on the BASS, so he is.
anyway I'm looking for a combo amp now, the little singalong amp he's using now will not keep him happy (he wants to rattle the windows). is the hartke kickback 15 a good practice/ small stage amp?
also is there any cheats or tricks to help remember fingerings?
Thanks for your help.

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