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Old 10-14-2012, 11:10 AM   #1
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What You Must Learn

So, a few months ago, I decided to take my guitar more seriously. For the first two months, it was just tabs. I'm not happy with that. I want to actually be able to play guitar, not say "Yeah...I can read tabs and then learn songs like that."

I'm teaching myself. That's already been figured out, mostly because of funds and a lack of time to actually set lessons.

What do I need to learn?

For now, I really need the basics. If you could add onto what I need after that, though, that'd be great. Thanks!

By the way, I'm teaching myself acoustic and bass, but my main focus is bass. That's why there's another similar thread in the acoustic forum.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:18 AM   #2
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Well I'm not telling you to learn theory... But I would say ultimately as a bassist, you want to be able to have a chord progression and be able to make up a bass line that fits the feel of the piece and sounds coherent.

So, learn the notes on the bass. Learn the chord progressions of songs and then look at the bass line and see what notes he is using and how he's connecting ideas.
What I'm saying is don't just learn songs so you can play them along with the record. Learn songs and really understand them.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:10 PM   #3
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Well I'm not telling you to learn theory... But I would say ultimately as a bassist, you want to be able to have a chord progression and be able to make up a bass line that fits the feel of the piece and sounds coherent.

So, learn the notes on the bass. Learn the chord progressions of songs and then look at the bass line and see what notes he is using and how he's connecting ideas.
What I'm saying is don't just learn songs so you can play them along with the record. Learn songs and really understand them.


Thanks! I've already got the notes down.
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:32 PM   #4
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i'll never be happy with the way i play until any idea i have, i can quickly get it straight out of my head and onto a bass or drums or whatever my idea was. if you're walking home from somewhere and you think of a little riff or groove, try and play it exactly how you imagined it.
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:05 PM   #5
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Get a metronome or a drum machine (there are some good freeware software versions out there) and use it even when playing scales. The biggest issue I have found working with bass students is that they know their notes and have decent tone, but their groove is all over the place
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