#1
I'm going to be teaching bass starting this september, and I was wondering what I should teach to beginners, as in the first few lessons.


In short, what should i start teaching them with?
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#2
Basic bass handling, a chord, maybe a scale?
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the notes of the fretboard, then how those notes fit into scales/modes, along with picking/finger/fretting technique.
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Any instructional books to start them with? When i started i was using fast track. ( Instructional book)
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Bass guitar for dummies is great.
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Thanks. I was thinking teaching more about arpeggios than scales, since they're more commonly used in modern music than scales.
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#7
yeah, but its good to know. if you want to be thorough, you could do chords, relevant scales/modes, and corresponding arpeggios. but if you want to do just basics then get back to it later, i'd reccoment just the major scale modes, then maybe some arpeggios and technique help
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Thanks. Since I'm going to be teaching beginners, I'll probably stick to the basics for a bit, but I suppose it all depends on the student.
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#9
Bass for Beginners-The Complete Guide-Glenn Letsch

Comes with a CD as well.

It has stuff like, scales, beginning reading notation, notes of the fretboard, slapping and popping, circle of fifths. Pretty good.
#10
firs tthing i'd teach the is the parts of the bass.
how to hold the bass
proper right hand technique
proper left hand technique
the names of the most common note (G, C, A, D)
then gradually go through the 12 bar blues. starting off very basic.

after ur get the 12 bar blues down, add shuffle. after that, startin teaching the scales and keys and stuff, and chords too. whole time explaining how arpeggios work.

u should be able to teach ur student some asic songs after the get proper right and left hand technique. but stay simple.
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Thanks, lol thats almost an exact blueprint of my first 2 or 3 months of taking lessons.
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#12
I would start they first lesson with the parts of the bass and about amplifiers. Then teach them the notes of the neck. Then how to read sheet music (I'm not really sure if you really need that because I never took lessons and I've never needed to know how to read it). Then start the songs with a bluesy song. Maybe teach them Brain Stew by Green Day because its really easy. Just a bunch of simple stuff.
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seriously if you want your student to enjoy the lesson and get into it teach like a really easy song with the proper left hand/right hand technique and teach them the notes your playing in the song, sure you need to know stuff like scales and that, but i have been there and i didnt enjoy it, but when i had a teacher that taught me REAL songs and the notes and stuff it was fun
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Thanks, lol thats almost an exact blueprint of my first 2 or 3 months of taking lessons.

well, it works right? students need the right foundation. learning songs and junks is great but if u can't fret right wahts the point?
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here's what my bass teacher did to me:
learned my influences
learned the style of music i liked
tought me the notes on the staff
gave me a simple song of the genre i chose to keep me interested
started techniques/theory. gotta keep them interested in playing before you get into the real heavy brainwork
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my teacher started off with the mechanics of playing as well, and made sure i alternated my fingers, i always had to walk them or id have to play it again.

but the thing that really started to hook me on bass was when he started teaching me theory. seeing how the entire language of music is built is very interesting to me.

good luck man, i hope you get some good students, none of those whinny little brats
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#17
my teacher first taught me notes and excersizing my fingers and hen he taught me scales and still is rightnow im in arrpegios
#18
teach them all the parts of the bass guitar (bridge, p-ups, nut, tuners,etc..). then teach them how to tune it, using a cheap tuner, (every student must have a tuner).
you should show them how to change the strings. then start them out with the Mel Bay Bass Guitar book. it will teach them the basics such as scales and such, but also show the notes on the bass clef. then teach them how to read tabs, and find learning material on the net. and of course, show them how to get here, to the
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My teacher taught me modes, scales, and other theory related stuff. The guy really wasn't a fantastice TEACHER, as we kinda talked and jammed most of the time, but that is what helped me to become a better bassist. The real learning sorta took place outside of the prverbial classroom. I guess that is just a different approach to it, but it worked well for him and his students.

But, the things we did work on during lesons, were just basics, and how to play. Like moving your fret hand as little as possible, in essence when playing a scale, you shouldn't have to move your hand a whole bunch to hit the notes. And I showed him the stuff he told me to work on.
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