HELP! Beginner's questions need answering


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Posted by the learner on October 30, 2000 at 15:17:55:

Hello all! Well here's the deal - I've recently taken up the bass guitar and I've got a few questions:

1.The bass I purchased was a used, mint condition (it was bought for a collection, never played) Fender American Standard P-Bass. I paid $425 total (375 + shipping) for it. Did I get a good deal or no? Also, the strings sound a bit dead, or flat, should I try boiling them?

2.I've no knowledge of theory, scales, notation, etc. at all. I'm considering lessons, but should I go with Bass lessons or guitar lessons? All my friends say I should take guitar.

3.Also, what's the best way to learn to recognize notes by ear?

4.Finally, and I know this is an extremely relative question, but what would you say is the minimum length of time it usually takes for the average person with no "natural ability" to become a decent/functional rock bassist? I'm talking straightforward rock and roll or punk rock. I'm not trying to be Steve Harris or anything (at least not yet), but I just want to be able to jam in a band without becoming lost when someone starts to play something, or says "lets start this one out in C".

I've sat idly by for years while all my friends learned to play music well. Now as I near my thirties (god help me), I'm realizing that music is what I've loved all along. It just that I always thought I would never be able to do it, or that it would take forever to play halfway decent (and not be laughed at).

Give me some inspiration fellas!

Thanks. -thelearner


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