#1
Hey ug, i got a bass a few weeks ago, after wanting one for almost a year. (look in the sig ) and i have progressed greatly over the past few weeks in IMO.

these are some songs i can play:
streets - avenged sevenfold
time is running out - muse
animal i have become - three days grace
by the way (intro)- rhcp

but i use a pick, and i need some tips on how to finger pick, also, any suggestions on songs to play would be useful.

also, what tips helped you when you started playing bass and what helped you progress?

are you self taught or did you take lessons?

and what types of music can you read (ex: tabs)?

thanks for the help in advance, its greatly appreciated

(i will read the bass tips thread, so dont just tell me to read it)
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Bass: Ibanez Gsr200
Bass amp: Ibanez sw100 stack

Guitar: squier starter pack

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#2
There's a bass tips thread that will help you alot.
lurk there and if you still have questions, ask them again.

About the finger picking issue, you want to "walk" on the strings while your thumb rests on the pickup. You'll stumble at first but you'll get used to it with time.
I'm self-taught but I know quite a bit of theory.
I can read pretty much anything if you give me time so if you have questions regarding reading either the treble or bass clef I can answer them.
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#3
i can play fine with one finger, but i cant play at all with 2 fingers
What doesn't kill us, only makes us stronger

Bass: Ibanez Gsr200
Bass amp: Ibanez sw100 stack

Guitar: squier starter pack

never buy a squier!
#4
It comes with practice but basically for two finger technique
you just alternate your two fingers (index and middle) to play whatever you're playing.

I find it best to start whatever you may happen to be playing with your middle finger, then alternate to your index finger and back to your middle then back to your middle.

Basically, it's best to allways start with your middle finger.

Remember, everything comes with great practice and great discilpine.

-Zeelod


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#5
try to alternate fingers in half notes at 120 bpm.
1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2
let 1 = your index finger
and 2 = your middle finger
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#6
Quote by Victory2134
try to alternate fingers in half notes at 120 bpm.
1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2
let 1 = your index finger
and 2 = your middle finger


i can do that, but when an alternating beat comes in, and i change tempo and strings i get lost.
What doesn't kill us, only makes us stronger

Bass: Ibanez Gsr200
Bass amp: Ibanez sw100 stack

Guitar: squier starter pack

never buy a squier!
#7
Quote by tbirds1013
i can do that, but when an alternating beat comes in, and i change tempo and strings i get lost.


There's not much you can do but practice.
Try playing your bass without any volume while listening to some music and alternating strings. you don't have to do it perfectly as long as it sounds clean.
I personally never play it perfectly throughout a song but ido play it cleanly.
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#8
Quote by Victory2134
There's not much you can do but practice.
Try playing your bass without any volume while listening to some music and alternating strings. you don't have to do it perfectly as long as it sounds clean.
I personally never play it perfectly throughout a song but ido play it cleanly.


ok anything else that could help me progress?
What doesn't kill us, only makes us stronger

Bass: Ibanez Gsr200
Bass amp: Ibanez sw100 stack

Guitar: squier starter pack

never buy a squier!
#9
Learn music theory!
And learn how to read music!
They're great assets as a musician.
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#10
Good advice about listening to muci cand playing along with the bass track with your volume down.

It will all come to you with the right practice and the right amount of time.

Just remember the golden rule
-You reap what you sow-

-Zeelod


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