#1
I sometimes have trouble picking up on the rhythm of the song. Well the bass line,
I'm wandering is there any tips you have for me that can help me train my ears
and brain to be able to work out more complex rhythms and even work out the
simpler ones faster? I also use tabs if I want to learn a song, because proper
notation you usually have to buy and I'm saving for other things at the moment.

Please and thank you.
#2
Don't use tabs and learn by ear?

Tabs really, unless they're provided by the musicians themselves in books, should not be used as anything more than a rough set of guidelines to follow as far as shifts and chord changes and the like are concerned.
#3
Go to the libary and get some sheet music. When you see the rythms on a piece of paper it's a lot easier to figure it out. At least I think so. You can also use Guitar Pro for that, if you are having a hard time figuring out the notes. Also train your ear, it doesn't have to be a song, you can sing or hum a line in your head and then try an repeat it on the bass. That helped me a lot!
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#4
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I sometimes have trouble picking up on the rhythm of the song. Well the bass line,
I'm wandering is there any tips you have for me that can help me train my ears
and brain to be able to work out more complex rhythms and even work out the
simpler ones faster? I also use tabs if I want to learn a song, because proper
notation you usually have to buy and I'm saving for other things at the moment.

Please and thank you.

Not to be that guy, but it's "wondering" and "are."

Power Tab is a good, free alternative to simple text tabs. It gives the tabs and (usually) the correct rhythms (that is, if you can read music). Now, for songs that don't have power tabs, listen closely to the songs and hear what the bass line sounds like, work it out at a slower speed and SLOWLY work up to full speed.
Only play what you hear. If you don’t hear anything, don’t play anything.
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#5
Yeah, I've worked out tabs are rarely correct. I look at a bunch of tabs that
have high ratings, and try different things, mix them together ect till I find
what I think sounds best.

And my bad for the spelling mistakes, I can read music, but I'm not great.
Thanks for the tips and stuff, I will try it all out and see how I go.

and Powertab?

And wouldn't learning songs by ear take me ages to learn how to do decently?
#6
And wouldn't learning songs by ear take me ages to learn how to do decently?

You'd be surprised how fast you start picking things up. It'll maybe take about a solid 6 months or so until you can do it pretty well, but by then you should be able to work out the chord changes at least, and from there once you know that you'll be able to work out the notes, or at least the general ideas of the riffs.

It really doesn't take that long if you just put your mind, or rather ear, to it.
#7
I wouldn't know, Sorry. I'm naturally awesome rhythmically. Thus I became a bassist.
No don't flame me, I know bassists arent just rhythm.

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