• Want to Learn Bass Guitar, need some suggestions.
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Being the badass he is, Sonar 7.
[QUOTE=Crazy] What do you use to record?[/QUOTE] Cubase. For interface I currently use a Soundblaster sound card and a few very good preamps for multi-inputs (With th ASIO driver) I'm buying a presonus FP10 Soon. 8 channels of pure awesomeness.
Website i go to for my bass needs: [url]http://www.bassmasta.net/[/url] LOTS of songs there.
[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] If you're in a decent band, and you're a decent bass player, then trust me, you will be hitting more than 3 notes in one song... take Pantera for instance, bass player played (almost) exactly the same as the guitarist (and that was one héck of a guitar player). So no you don't have to be Japanese to play some cool bass riffs.
[QUOTE=tannzwut]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.[/QUOTE] Infectious grooves Primus Red hot chili peppers level 42 Rage against the machine Tower of power Sly and the family stone James brown Graham central station (larry graham) The flektones (wooten) Marcus miller Reel big fish Hell even metallica...Trujillo is a master at funk, he Played in infectious grooves. And basically every jazz, reggae or funk band. You just have to listen to the right stuff. None of the ones I listed are really that obscure.
[QUOTE=SilverHammer]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[/QUOTE] Oh... well maybe you shouldn't play crappy repetative songs on the bass :rolleye: Don't listen to that guy.
[QUOTE=Tezzanator92]Infectious grooves Primus Red hot chili peppers level 42 Rage against the machine Tower of power Sly and the family stone James brown Graham central station (larry graham) The flektones (wooten) Marcus miller Reel big fish Hell even metallica...Trujillo is a master at funk, he Played in infectious grooves. And basically every jazz, reggae or funk band. You just have to listen to the right stuff. None of the ones I listed are really that obscure.[/QUOTE] Let's add Jan Olof Strandberg to that list.
Cliff Burton? Guys? guys? ... :(
Cliff Burton was good, but he gets much more credit than he deserves. Maybe I'm just not a fan of his style, but he was never anything special in my opinion. Anyway, put Jean Baudin on the list. Nuclear Rabbit is a bit out there, but it's still somewhat well known.
I've been considering learning to play guitar for a long time, but recently I've grown an itching to play the bass. Guitar holds almost no interest for me now. I'm not sure why the bass seems more for me, except maybe because it's more a structural instrument, and supports the band, while the guitar is usually a pointman and a leader. I prefer being support. Plus the bass is awesome. I love songs with heavy bass. Not to mention, bass should be easier to learn and play, since it has two less strings. (I'm talking a normal 4-string bass to a normal 6-string guitar) I'd say go for it. As a bassist you can find a gig with almost any band. There's far more guitarists out there than bassists, and bassists are almost always in demand. :)
Bass isn't easier to play, nor is it harder. You can't really compare the two instruments.
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[QUOTE=Buttsex]Bass isn't easier to play, nor is it harder. You can't really compare the two instruments.[/QUOTE] You really can it's just a guitar with 4 big thick strings and an elongated neck that you play with your fingers instead of a pick(though some people actually do play with a pick) It's basically rhythm guitar without having to play chords
Bass can be a very rewarding instrument if you put the effort into it. I've been playing for about 3 years and am fairly technically competent, and I have to say; it's a fun instrument to play. That may be due to the fact that my band lets me experiment with melodic lines, which is definitely a plus. Remember, repetitive parts can really add strength to a song, but melodic parts can too. Also, if you're looking for some inspiring player, check out Jaco Pastorious (spelling?), Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten and guys like them. Guys like John Paul Jones and Geddy Lee are what got me playing in the first place.
[QUOTE=SilverHammer]You really can it's just a guitar with 4 big thick strings and an elongated neck that you play with your fingers instead of a pick(though some people actually do play with a pick) It's basically rhythm guitar without having to play chords[/QUOTE] Once again, not really; Rhythm guitar plays off of the drums and the bass; the bass guitarist has to keep the beat and ontop of that does do some of their own, more 'lead-ish' flairs and trists in playing.
Ok, so it's more like Rhythm guitar with the occasional "lead-ish flair" are we all suited to our needs now?
[QUOTE=SilverHammer]Ok, so it's more like Rhythm guitar with the occasional "lead-ish flair" are we all suited to our needs now?[/QUOTE] No, Xanadu's bass is epic!
That's because Rush has the Bass as more of a lead than the guitar
[QUOTE=Tezzanator92]...Tower of power...[/QUOTE] Tower of Power are great, we're covering There's Only So Much Oil in the Ground and Don't Change Horses in our stage band. It's like an incredibly technical marathon for the fingers :v:
Try playing 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' by The Scorpions. That has a really nice bass line [the chorus anyway], and it's dead easy. it's the first song I learned to play and memorised. You should try it too.
Bass you will definitely need to know chords, not necessarily be able to play them. Knowing chords and keys etc. is very useful for bass playing, so I recommend lots of theory, unless you just want to play tabs which is boring.
[QUOTE=Benf199105]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.[/QUOTE] I've been playing bass for almost a year and I've never played a chord. I've played arpeggios, but no chords. And use bassmasta.net for tabs.
[QUOTE=SilverHammer]You really can it's just a guitar with 4 big thick strings and an elongated neck that you play with your fingers instead of a pick(though some people actually do play with a pick) It's basically rhythm guitar without having to play chords[/QUOTE] no it isn't do this on a guitar [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HZtcW3MP1s[/media]
did you ever learn bass
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Become as good as John Myung and learn Panic Attack by Dream Theater. Then you will win at everything forever.
Let me begin by pointing out no instrument is harder to learn than another, technically or conceptually, the instrument, and thereby the music is as hard as you want it to be. Secondly my suggestion is play no band in particular. Play whatever band you like listening to, chances are you'll enjoy playing their music just as much as you, if not more than, you enjoy listening to it. For good lessons though, short of hiring an actual teacher, I would suggest Bass Player magazine/website, they have great lessons for both beginners and experts. Also they approach the music from a purely bassist standpoint, while Guitar Player or Guitar World would mention it as merely a footnote. One last thing, play not only WHAT you wish to play but also HOW you wish to play. Don't feel you need to play finger style, there are plenty of great bassists that use picks: Lemmy - Motorhead, Justin Chancellor - Tool, and a plethora of others. The greatest bassists, and musicians in general, are not defined by what or how they play, but how well they do it. Good luck and godspeed my friend.
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I play bass, and I have a few pointers: 1. Build up callouses on your fingertips. It helps tons. 2. Build up your finger strength, especially in the pinky on your fretting hand. 3. Don't try the Myung Tackle. You will not succeed.
[QUOTE=SilverHammer;11545342]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[/QUOTE] [url=http://www.bassmasta.net/m/moloko/144435.html]I'm sorry, what?[/url] Pick up a bass scales booklet, they can teach you a shit ton of information about bass and some nice scales to jam about with.
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