#1
Right, i've been playing bass for a few months now, and i just dont know what to learn! I can play back in black, highway to hell, porcelain, wake me up when september ends, and a few others. But all the other songs i look at are too hard for me. I'd love to be able to play something good like some chili's songs. So, does anyone have any tips for me or some good songs that i should play?

Please don't ignor me cos i suck, please help me cos i think that bass is the best instrument in a band and i really want to get good.
#2
You won't get far by only learning covers. Practice scales, and use them to write your own music. It will mean more to you, and leaves a satisfying feeling.
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#3
if you think a song is just a BIT too hard, like you think if you were one step better, you could play it, then truly, just try playing it.

slow down the song, with a metronome or w.e, and start slow and work your way up. thats how you get better, challenging yourself (well one of the ways anyway). but if you never challenged yourself, you'd never know if you're getting better.
#4
ye, but im starting by just learning songs, so do you have any ideas?

plus, i tried writing stuff but it ended up crap!!
#5
you could try boys and girls by blur. thats a cool bassline!

oooh yeh and no one knows by green day!

oooooooooh yeh!! and of course journey to the east bay by rancid...by favorite bassline ever!
#6
try learning californication (the song). Also practice your scales and use a metronome. Practice, practice, practice and you will soon be able to play those songs that are just a little too hard.
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#8
Take bass lessons.
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#10
Californication requires a hammer on and a pull off and is pretty simple. No offence but maybe you should be challenging yourself alot more, i've only been playing three weeks but If i like a bassline i'll learn it, no matter what the difficulty level is, anyone can do it with enough practise. Sit down with the music/tabs, slow it right down like mangablade said and focus on learning a part of it, even if it's so slow its unrecogniseable. Once you've got it remembered, begin to play it over and over again until you get quicker.

Make sure to be using as many fingers as possible from both hands, as it helps to give yourself a higher range of speed as you get quicker, and you'll be limited in speed if you just stick to using your index fingers.
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Right, i've been playing bass for a few months now, and i just dont know what to learn! I can play back in black, highway to hell, porcelain, wake me up when september ends, and a few others. But all the other songs i look at are too hard for me. I'd love to be able to play something good like some chili's songs. So, does anyone have any tips for me or some good songs that i should play?

Please don't ignor me cos i suck, please help me cos i think that bass is the best instrument in a band and i really want to get good.


If playing Bass was easy then it would devalue it as a musical instrument, there are no short cuts just hard work and practice.
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#13
^ Indeed.

Poster, go into the lessons section and look up scales, major, minor and pentatonic. learn those inside out, back to front, until you can play with your eyes closed, talkng to someone. Learn what an octave is and do those up and down the neck, strict alternating fingers.

that should keep you busy for a good while..

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#14
I at first learned with some skillet, the killers, linkin park, and even avril lavigne haha.

skillet has a few bends and hammer on in their songs, but they're easy so that helped me.

killers has a faster repeated bass line normally, so that helped with speed.

linkin park has the easiest bass lines ever, especially numb, they were my first band to be able to play a bunch of songs

avril lavigne was my next step from linkin park, then I went to killers then skillet.

After those I moved onto led zeppelin, primus, RHCP, and then I finally learned scales and can write my own stuff.
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#15
try those that are far too hard for you. Play incredibly slowly. Speed up progressively.


This is how you get good enough to playing those things. Practice.
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#16
yeah as they said get a reptile remove some of its scales and learn basic stuff

12 Bar blues, shuffle blues etc....
#17
dude, you should get a teacher. you don't have to limit yourself to what they teach you though and can still work on your own. you can try to teach yourself, but you obviously won't get the technique down, even if you can play a few songs.
#18
Maybe try some Death From Above 1979? Bass lines are really easy but sound cool and our good practice. Also, what type of scales are good practice fo ra beginner?
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If playing Bass was easy then it would devalue it as a musical instrument, there are no short cuts just hard work and practice.


BUT the best way to make a short cut is by not trying to do the most complicated of things. What I did was just copy my heroes, learn all their songs. When I started I was into stuff like Green Day, Blink 182, Bowling For Soup etc. But as my musical taste developed, so did my playing, now I'm playing Sting Of The Bumblebee by Manowar with no hands, just a boner and my teeth!
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BUT the best way to make a short cut is by not trying to do the most complicated of things. What I did was just copy my heroes, learn all their songs. When I started I was into stuff like Green Day, Blink 182, Bowling For Soup etc. But as my musical taste developed, so did my playing, now I'm playing Sting Of The Bumblebee by Manowar with no hands, just a boner and my teeth!


Mr. Swifts point exactly. You can play other peoples songs, without (as you claim) even trying. I've never heard the song you mentioned, but I'm assuming that it's your basic fast metal song.

Now, go and try to write a bassline comperable or better to that song. I'm sure you can't.

You must learn scales, patterns, to be a successfull bass player. You must learn Musical Theory. There is no such things a a short cut in music, only ways to slack-off.
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Mr. Swifts point exactly. You can play other peoples songs, without (as you claim) even trying. I've never heard the song you mentioned, but I'm assuming that it's your basic fast metal song.

Now, go and try to write a bassline comperable or better to that song. I'm sure you can't.

You must learn scales, patterns, to be a successfull bass player. You must learn Musical Theory. There is no such things a a short cut in music, only ways to slack-off.


Basically the song is Flight of the Bumblebee by some composer..... Can't remember the name, but on bass. And I probably couldn't write a bassline comparable or better. You're right, it's just too damn good.

And again you're right, as much as people say music can't be taught, and that you can't be taught how to be creative, it is essential that you learn the appropriate scales and theory in order to be able to improvise, write songs etc. Not in ALL cases is this necessary, but it definately helps to speed the process up and expands your musical knowledge.

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Basically the song is Flight of the Bumblebee by some composer..... Can't remember the name, but on bass. And I probably couldn't write a bassline comparable or better. You're right, it's just too damn good.


It's originally by Rimsky Korsakov.

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Basically the song is Flight of the Bumblebee by some composer..... Can't remember the name, but on bass.



it was written by Rimsky Korsakov for marimba, if I recall properly.
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