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Posted by Douglas ( on January 13, 2004 at 07:16:08:

In Reply to: bass beginner posted by sam on January 09, 2004 at 05:57:40:

: just wondered if any one has any advice or help. ive just got a bass set up and hoping to start lessons soon. i could do with advice on practice pieces, reading tabs, different terms that are used ie riffs? Total beginner at this, messed about with an acoustic a good few years ago! i can read music but im a bit rusty at that too! all advice gladly recieved.

I'm somewhat a beginner myself, but at least my experience is recent!
I never had the chance of lessons, they would be a great start, and a chance to talk to someone with experience.
There are plenty of good Bass Learning books around, I can recommend "Progressive Bass Guitar" by Gary Turner and Brenton White. It covers a wide range, in easy lessons, including riffs (repetaitve goups, usually rythmic), reading tabs and music, etc etc - it comes with a CD so you can listen & play along, and takes you to the point of joinng a group.
There are also websites devoted to learning.
An easy (!) exercise is - start on E string, play first finger first fret, second finger second fret, up to fourth fret, then move to A string, repeat across all strings, then move up to second fret, start all over again. Work your way up the neck. Aim for consistent timing and stretch the fingers!!
Good luck!

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