• Want to Learn Bass Guitar, need some suggestions.
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Hey FP. For a long time i tried, and failed to play electric guitar. I never really enjoyed playing anything on it, it seemed like dull, sounded high and annoying. Anyway, my uncle recently showed me his bass guitar, and i've started listening to some cool Bass music, and i think I originally tried to learn the wrong instrument, i think i'm a bassist! I'm looking to pick up a bass guitar, preferably on the cheaper scale and was thinking of this one... [url]http://www.gear4music.com/Bass_Guitars/Yamaha_Bass_Guitars/Yamaha_RBX374_Bass_Guitar_Blacksefv_5.html[/url] I used Ultimate Guitar for my guitar playing days, will it help for Bass? Also, i was wondering do you have to be able to play lots of chords for bass work? Thanks in advance.
Bass doesn't use chords often I don't think. Although I warn you, unless you're in some crazy Japanese experimental band, you're going to spend half your time hitting three notes in succession through a whole song. UG does indeed have resources for bass players.
Yeh, i really like the bass line sounds, i don't mind if its repetetive. So was playing rythm guitar. I also like the idea of supporting the group a bit more, lead guitar seems to do their own thing, i prefer to keep the sound good. Songs don't sound the same without bass, i really want to try it!
[QUOTE=Benf199105]Yeh, i really like the bass line sounds, i don't mind if its repetetive. So was playing rythm guitar. I also like the idea of supporting the group a bit more, lead guitar seems to do their own thing, i prefer to keep the sound good. Songs don't sound the same without bass, i really want to try it![/QUOTE] Look for the work of Geddy Lee, he makes some interesting bass lines that aren't just three successive notes. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTD1QW3SM60[/media] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2LNNvGlJts[/media] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFBHAPpexWA[/media] He's in Rush.
You can practice playing bass by just playing on EADG on your guitar. It's not perfect but you can get an idea of whether you will like it.
Learn scales. Every one. It helps so much!
Thanks M477 but i'm a big Rush fan! :D Geddy is one of my favourites, along with Entwistle :D Anyone think the bass looks good, the one i posted in OP?
If you can play guitar decently you can play Bass easily it's usually just the same fret x20...then some other fret x20 OH SHIT HERE COMES THE SCALE then it's back to that first fret 20 more times
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVl39LBZGMw&feature=related[/media] Ultimately i would like to be half as good as him. Also Silverhammer, i know that bass is "repetetive" but i dig it.
However, bass can also get technical my brother plays it technical a lot, like in this song: [media]http://www.fileden.com/files/2007/8/27/1385717/full_0abde12a5e7dd25651a2cb5f611fc299.mp3[/media] Listen for the bass during the chorus, and obviously the solo part [b]Edit:[/b] lol broke my merger :*(
[url]http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/bass_guitars/yamaha/rbx374/index.html[/url] [url]http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Electric+Bass/product/Yamaha/RBX-374/10/1[/url] Read some reviews of the bass you want
Thanks Puppy, it looks pretty sweet, my uncle recommended it.
Check some Rage Against the machine songs. For example: Bullet in the head has a repetitive but catchy bassline.
Yeah if you have experience on guitar it should come easier to you. I've tried bass and I love the feel. I know what you mean. Learn to play note for note along with some Zeppelin songs (Ramble On) or Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet. That's a great song for bass.
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw8ytGHTbNc[/media] If you guys are going to talk about bass guitar playing talk about victor wooten.I mean just listen how hard he hits them harmonics. But yeh,if your just gunna end up in some garage band its going to be all simple scales and just following the drummer.
Boris the spider was the first song i learned on bass, and it's soo much fun.
[QUOTE=tannzwut]Bass doesn't use chords often I don't think. Although I warn you, unless you're in some crazy Japanese experimental band, you're going to spend half your time hitting three notes in succession through a whole song. UG does indeed have resources for bass players.[/QUOTE] Not all music is like pop. I like to play Funk on bass.
Yeah what about My Generation. That'd be cool.
RATM has really complicated but catchy bass stuff. But yeah, since I play guitar bass seems so much slower.
Thanks for the advice. RATM are another one of my favourites, so i already know alot of the songs. Thanks for the suggestions.
Try songs by [B]The Shadows.[/B] They are perfect for beginners of bass and guitar! You should deffinetly take a look! Listen the bass in this song. You might not like their style, but this kinda music teaches you liked it or not. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrbDN9R9rIQ[/media] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37aPhmdRQtw&feature=related[/media]
UG is a great resource for bass players. And that bass in OP sucks. I suggest something like a Schecter Omen. It's a bit more expensive, a little over $300 I believe, but as far as basses go, that's still pretty cheap, and, being a Schecter, it's a good bass. And when you know bass is going to be a hobby for a long time, if you don't mind going crazy (like over $1000 crazy) on the price, shoot for a Rickenbacker. They make badass basses. Metallica, Motorhead, The Beatles, and tons of other great bands had a bass player with a Rickenbacker at some point in time.
[QUOTE=doughnut][media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw8ytGHTbNc[/media] If you guys are going to talk about bass guitar playing talk about victor wooten.I mean just listen how hard he hits them harmonics. But yeh,if your just gunna end up in some garage band its going to be all simple scales and just following the drummer.[/QUOTE] A challenger appears! [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp2g61MlAtE&feature=related[/media]
[QUOTE=Buttsex]UG is a great resource for bass players. And that bass in OP sucks. I suggest something like a Schecter Omen. It's a bit more expensive, a little over $300 I believe, but as far as basses go, that's still pretty cheap, and, being a Schecter, it's a good bass. And when you know bass is going to be a hobby for a long time, if you don't mind going crazy (like over $1000 crazy) on the price, shoot for a Rickenbacker. They make badass basses. Metallica, Motorhead, The Beatles, and tons of other great bands had a bass player with a Rickenbacker at some point in time.[/QUOTE] Or a musicman stingray. But I chose it for its funky ass slap tone and powerful growl. Those musicman pickups are bloody incredible. And the build quality... incredible. I was never keen on the Rickenbakers, But that's not a discussion for here. If you can afford to get a Cort GB* Series, [b]GET ONE[/b] I Have one and Have had a few in my hands, The quality is consistent, the tone on them isn't bad and the necks are slim and fast. I got mine for £275 used. Did I mention they have a locking Neutrik jack? And... It looks sexy: [url]http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b93/tezzanator/instruments/HPIM0989.jpg[/url] Depends if you are willing to pour more money into starting, personally I would, As you spend more, the higher percentage you will redeem if you sell it! [b]Edit:[/b] Also just noticed the OP bass is a RBX374 - I own one of these too, In silver: [IMG]http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b93/tezzanator/instruments/HPIM0990.jpg[/IMG] Now, It's a really nice bass when set up correectly, however there's one thing I dislike about it: The painted neck chips [b]VERY[/b] Easy It drinks battery power like no tomorrow - It saps them dry. - SO REMEMBER TO UNPLUG THE LEAD FROM THE BASS WHEN NOT IN USE (it disconnects the battery when you do so) It's a VERY good bass for metal, Lacks growl but cuts through your average rock band no problem. Put a set of DR lo-riders on there and it has a rockin' slap tone. It stays in tune well. It has a 3 band EQ on it, If you boost the Highs and lows you can coax out some more funk! All in all, A VERY good bass - I don't use it as much as my cort or stingray but I wouldn't sell it... Ever. Something else to note, The pickups have a cutaway for your thumb! - No more screw-shaped imprints on your thumb! *phew* that's alot of words. [b]Edit:[/b] An improvised sound sample of the Yamaha (with some Tell-me-baby in there): [media]http://tezzanator.net/downloads/yamaha%20test.mp3[/media] Some finger style then some slap, on just about flat EQ settings with 1 month old strings. I'll upload a sound sample of any of the other basses if you wish - I have recording equipment on hand. [b]Personally, I say go for the yamaha if this is your price range, Seriously nice bass for the price.[/b]
[QUOTE=Crazy]A challenger appears! [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp2g61MlAtE&feature=related[/url][/QUOTE] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9a4ThBNacY&feature=related[/media] I think not.
[QUOTE=Buttsex][media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9a4ThBNacY&feature=related[/media] I think not.[/QUOTE] [B]COUNTER ATTACK![/B] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhuyV1wmk9c[/media]
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dWb-aCWR8U[/media] Wooten is king.
No, Jaco is. :v: or me :D
I do admit, Portrait of Tracy was good.
[QUOTE=Buttsex][media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dWb-aCWR8U[/media] Wooten is king.[/QUOTE] [B]The challenger just keeps appearing!![/B] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra27D4yAKqM[/media] [b]Edit:[/b] [QUOTE=Tezzanator92]Or a musicman stingray. But I chose it for its funky ass slap tone and powerful growl. Those musicman pickups are bloody incredible. And the build quality... incredible. I was never keen on the Rickenbakers, But that's not a discussion for here. If you can afford to get a Cort GB* Series, [b]GET ONE[/b] I Have one and Have had a few in my hands, The quality is consistent, the tone on them isn't bad and the necks are slim and fast. I got mine for £275 used. Did I mention they have a locking Neutrik jack? And... It looks sexy: [url]http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b93/tezzanator/instruments/HPIM0989.jpg[/url] Depends if you are willing to pour more money into starting, personally I would, As you spend more, the higher percentage you will redeem if you sell it! [b]Edit:[/b] Also just noticed the OP bass is a RBX374 - I own one of these too, In silver: Now, It's a really nice bass when set up correectly, however there's one thing I dislike about it: The painted neck chips [b]VERY[/b] Easy It drinks battery power like no tomorrow - It saps them dry. - SO REMEMBER TO UNPLUG THE LEAD FROM THE BASS WHEN NOT IN USE (it disconnects the battery when you do so) It's a VERY good bass for metal, Lacks growl but cuts through your average rock band no problem. Put a set of DR lo-riders on there and it has a rockin' slap tone. It stays in tune well. It has a 3 band EQ on it, If you boost the Highs and lows you can coax out some more funk! All in all, A VERY good bass - I don't use it as much as my cort or stingray but I wouldn't sell it... Ever. Something else to note, The pickups have a cutaway for your thumb! - No more screw-shaped imprints on your thumb! *phew* that's alot of words. [b]Edit:[/b] An improvised sound sample of the Yamaha (with some Tell-me-baby in there): [media]http://tezzanator.net/downloads/yamaha%20test.mp3[/media] Some finger style then some slap, on just about flat EQ settings with 1 month old strings. I'll upload a sound sample of any of the other basses if you wish - I have recording equipment on hand. [b]Personally, I say go for the yamaha, Seriously nice bass for the price.[/b][/QUOTE] What do you use to record?
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