#1
sorry i know this kindof question gets asked a lot but advice/tips would go appreciated... i've had a break from my bass playing for about 2 - 3 years due to picking up drums, but recently (after hearing the into on the new prodigy album) have decided to pick up my bass again... i was never that great to start with, my timing is pretty decent, i mean i play the drums so it should be! but i suck at identifying what key anything is in, and would love to be able to figure out bass lines by ear, but have never even got close, so how would i best go about training my ear to do this?

also i know the pentatonic scale but thats as far as i really got, so is there a good site out there that explains the basic theory like that?

and would i be best learning scales/theory or working through a load of fairly easy songs to a metronome?

just want opinions really...

thanks in advance
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#3
cheers dude, what an awesome site! :-/
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#4
You should probably look into getting lessons. Having a real teacher is always better than any website. They can identify problems forming and get them to stop and teach you more than videos and tabs can.
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i pissed my pants when i clickd on that link lol
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#6
As someone who's just getting back into bass after 10 years, I can tell you that most of it doesn't leave you - the knowledge and ability are still there, you've just gotta refresh yourself and get back in the swing of it.

As far as scales, major and minor, pentatonic and blues are essential, IMO. Outside of that, look into the Guitar Grimoire series of books. They've got one on scales and modes that has, I believe, pretty much every available progression in it.
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#7
Yeah, a teacher should help and i recommend one, and here is a must site for any bassist:

http://www.studybass.com/

And a youtube account of a guy who makes a video of himself playing something on his bass about every other day. there's alot of variety in his stuff, and he plays it slowly for you afterwards so that should help if you try to learn his stuff by ear:

http://www.youtube.com/user/MarloweDK

and another guy:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Dmanlamius76
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Yeah, a teacher should help and i recommend one, and here is a must site for any bassist:

http://www.studybass.com/

And a youtube account of a guy who makes a video of himself playing something on his bass about every other day. there's alot of variety in his stuff, and he plays it slowly for you afterwards so that should help if you try to learn his stuff by ear:

http://www.youtube.com/user/MarloweDK

and another guy:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Dmanlamius76


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