Posted by Robbie on January 21, 2000 at 01:08:58:
In Reply to: can you help me ?? posted by Darksith on January 03, 2000 at 19:22:53:
My first comment is that your choice in instrument is perfectly fine. The Squier basses are fine beginning instruments--although I must say that the Korean made Squiers of today aren't as fine as the American made ones of 8 years ago. That point aside, there is NO difference in the important aspects of the bass between your Squier and a regular American mad Fender--ie: string length, etc. The most important thing you can do at this critical point is to learn the fundamental rules of music. I know everybody hates the idea of learning to read music and feels that it is a waste of time, but knowing music means knowing your instrument and knowing your instrument means being able to master it. You should learn all the notes of the fretboard (there are infinite resources for this--and guitar books (for the most part) will have the same worth at first as bass books would.) I would recommend finding a beginner's book on bass. There is also an extraordinary book recently released by the publishers of Bass Player magazine called THE BASS PLAYER BOOK. It is available in probably any bookstore (try Barnes and Noble) and has one of the greatest collections of bass instruction of anything I've seen. This book not only teaches you the music of the bass guitar, but also, technical knowledge (ie-setup, maintanence, care of the bass), history of the bass guitar, as well as a wealth of information on successful and talented professional bassists. It includes interviews with many of these players as well as a collective discography of good "bass-albums" or albums which feature these wonderfully talented bassists. This would be my first recommendation--get this book and read it cover to cover--then read it again. Practice all the lessons in it and keep practicing them.
Anyway, whatever your method for becoming "the world's best bass player" (as was Jaco Pastorius), the most important thing is, learn to enjoy it. Good luck!
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