#1
I've nearly got enough money for my bass and such, I'm super stoked to start, hoping to order in the next week. But I was wondering what else I need besides a base, amp, and cables?

I haven't been able to find a teacher, so a good book world probably be best for me. I can read music in bass clef perfectly, thanks to about 7 years of trombone playing ha, so any music that incorporates sheet music, (i.e. NOT tabs) would be a big asset. I was considering the Hal Leonard Bass Method book. I had a little experience with their basic acoustic guitar book back when i took a group class where the teacher was on more drugs than your average rapper and was no help at all.

A case seems too pricey to invest in at the moment. I understand that protected my bass is very important, but it wont be leaving my room for quite some time, I can pick up a gig bag if I really must, but I'm thinking a stand would be best for now?

So currently I'm buying a Peavey Millenium BXP 4-string, Fender Rumble 15 amp, or higher wattage if I can find one used, some kind of cable, i need recomendations on brands.....

Anything I have missed?? And thanks for the help you guys, this forum is a great resource, I love reading stuff here, even though I hardly post ha
#2
You might want to get a strap so you can practice standing up, and it'll just be easier to move around with it. Monster and Mogami are both great brands of cables and Monster has a lifetime warranty with every cable so if it ever stops working or breaks, they'll replace it. A stand is a must so you can keep it in good shape. A gig bag will probably be fine since you're not transporting it places. You might want picks, but most bassists use they're fingers. Other than that, I think you're good

Edit: Im not sure about books since I'm a guitar player. I played baritone horn for 4 years so I can read bass clef, but it's hard for me to transfer to treble clef. I wish Id played trumpet or something since guitar is treble clef Hal Leonard usually puts out good stuff so that'd be ur best bet.
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#3
A tuner's always handy to have, unless you can tune by ear fairly well.
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#4
Oh ya a tuner lol forgot that. Korg handhelds are good.
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#5
Headphones if you need to practice in the quiet, and a cable to possibly connect your computer or mp3 player to your amp. It really helps when playing along with songs or watching instruction videos.
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You might want to get a strap so you can practice standing up, and it'll just be easier to move around with it. Monster and Mogami are both great brands of cables and Monster has a lifetime warranty with every cable so if it ever stops working or breaks, they'll replace it. A stand is a must so you can keep it in good shape. A gig bag will probably be fine since you're not transporting it places. You might want picks, but most bassists use they're fingers. Other than that, I think you're good

Edit: Im not sure about books since I'm a guitar player. I played baritone horn for 4 years so I can read bass clef, but it's hard for me to transfer to treble clef. I wish Id played trumpet or something since guitar is treble clef Hal Leonard usually puts out good stuff so that'd be ur best bet.


Yeah I forgot about a strap, thats a must, just hope I can get one cheap. And as for the treble clef thing, I know what you mean, its a pain to try to transfer clefs, it kinda put me off of guitar, its so hard to train your mind a different way after its been in one for so long. I have the matter of tuners settled, just about my whole family is musical, we have at least 3 nice tuners and metronomes sitting around the house ha. And for a mp3 cable do I just need a basic audio input cable? And how much would your average Monster or Mogami cable run? Do i need gold plated? Or is that just a way they jack up the price?
#7
Get a goods strap. It will help your playing by freeing up your fretting hand to fret and not have to hold up the bass as well. And a good one will save your back in the long run.

You don't need a gold plated cable but a good one is ideal. You'll end up spending more replacing cheap cables over and over again than you would on one good quality cable.

Get a good loud metronome. The louder the better. The old Boss metronome we had works ok for guitar but its hard to hear over bass.

And I would strongly recommend getting the Hal Leonard Bass Method I-III combo book with the CDs. It will get you on the right path. And if a teacher is too pricey at this time, at least get some face time with a solid experienced player, who can set you right on good technique and approach.
#8
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Get a goods strap. It will help your playing by freeing up your fretting hand to fret and not have to hold up the bass as well. And a good one will save your back in the long run.

You don't need a gold plated cable but a good one is ideal. You'll end up spending more replacing cheap cables over and over again than you would on one good quality cable.

And I would strongly recommend getting the Hal Leonard Bass Method I-III combo book with the CDs. It will get you on the right path. And if a teacher is too pricey at this time, at least get some face time with a solid experienced player, who can set you right on good technique and approach.


Is this the book set? http://www.guitarcenter.com/Hal-Leonard-Electric-Bass-Method-Composite-Book-Pack-900283-i1156384.gc its got a great price, I think the one I was looking at was just book 1 of this, and it cost $20 so if its the same stuff then its a steal. Any brands that I should avoid on straps?
#9
Get some picks, I would say about 0.81mm thick at the very least, or they will snap. It's good to be able to play compotently, so practicing with a pick as well as your fingers will help you improve as a bassist.

I assume you have a music stand from playing trombone, but in case you havent, I would recommend one.

For straps, I would recommend to get an expensive one, because they are more likely to be strong and probably more comfortable. By expensive I mean like £10 and up at least.

Maybe a hand exerciser strengthening thing.

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#10
Yes--but make sure it has the CDs that go along with the book.

And brands. I would recommend anything that isn't under 2 1/2 inches and that is too thin in thickness. I personally like Levy's straps, but they are a bit expensive.
#11
Alright, I figured it all up, and its going to be around $400. I have the money, but thats a little more than I'd like to spend. I will spend it, but anything to get it cheaper would be helpful. I looked into used basses a little, found this one on ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Schecter-Omen-4-4-String-Bass-Guitar-/140429348899?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Guitar&hash=item20b23dd023#ht_550wt_1139

I absolutely love wooden bodies with the curves and everything, I know schecter stilettos are a solid series, how about the omen? any other reccomended ones I could try to find used for around $200-$250?
#12
Looks pretty good but it might be a bad idea to show everyone here because they may want it more than you. If you catch my drift.

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#13
To the comment about wishing they'd played trumpet so they could read treble... Yes you could read treble clef, but trumpet doesn't play in the concert key... But thats a matter for another thread.

Yeah stuff's pretty much been said, strap, tuner, metronome are all MUSTS. 1 or 2 extra cables is helpful. other than that, as long as you have a bass and something to amplify the sound and a cord to pull the 2 together, you're set.


Don't get a hand exerciser thing, or one of those finger strengtheners. It's a one-way road to tendonitis. They're really pointless. If your fingers aren't strong enough or have enough stamina to play the bass. Here's an idea: PLAY THE ****ING BASS.
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