#1
Is there any good way of playing bass just by reading the guitar chords or the treble clef? The trouble is there are many songs I would like to play on bass but I cant find any music that has a bass clef. Just the treble clef and chords
#2
You have to either play by ear or learn to read treble clef. That's pretty much it. Don't most songs come with chord charts though?
#3
Yeah I know how to read the treble clef.. but I have a lot of sheet music that doesn't have a treble clef at all..
#4
Just take the root note from whatever chord is being played and play that. It's not much, but it'll do until you can play by ear/get proper sheet music/learn your theory well enough.
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#6
btw I like how you have metallica right after the bible on your influences Lol
#7
It's how I do most of my playing. Start by playing arpeggios of the chords, and work in more and more other notes from the appropriate scales.
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#8
Learn what scales go with what chords, for example when a guitar player has Gminor you know that the notes you can play are the notes of a G Aeolian(natural Minor) scale, or for a jazz type thing maybe a G Dorian(natural minor with a natural 6 instead of flat).

Start with the root, and then branch off to other degrees of the scale. You'll be able to hear what degrees sound good and what sound out of place.

But theres nothing wrong with playing the root when you are first getting the hang of it
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#10
^That is so incredibly wrong... it's astounding how incorrect that actually was. Anyway, TS, the easiest way to make a good bassline around a chord is to use it's scale for right now. Don't worry about modes or anything just yet, just look at minor and major scales. They'll probably be fine until you can get some more theory under your belt.
#11
jeesus guys i just realised when i looked at my previous posts. I was on UG today at school during lunch, and left PC on, and my mate just told me on MSN that he had posted random crap on bass forums!!! Believe it or not hes a bassist!!! Anyway if you dont believe me check the IPs
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On topic - Chords are very beautiful on bass. What do you guys think the best tuning is for chording on bass?

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#15
Another thing to do would be to get a teacher (if you don't already have one)

I'm actually learning this exact thing right now. My teacher is really a guitarist who has played around on bass a little, but he went to Dukane (some music school in one of the Carolinas) and majored in music theory. And he LOVES theory. It really helps you learn the material when your teacher is playing the guitar
chords along with you.
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Learn what scales go with what chords, for example when a guitar player has Gminor you know that the notes you can play are the notes of a G Aeolian(natural Minor) scale, or for a jazz type thing maybe a G Dorian(natural minor with a natural 6 instead of flat).

Start with the root, and then branch off to other degrees of the scale. You'll be able to hear what degrees sound good and what sound out of place.

But theres nothing wrong with playing the root when you are first getting the hang of it


so instead of just taking what key its in and playing that scale you can take whatever chord the guitar is playing and switch scales every new chord? that makes sense I guess
#19
ok. Yeah I ussually play guitar at a church for the morning service but the church already has 3 guitarists and only one bassist that rarely shows up. so I'm trying to teach myself bass. It's not as much fun playing without a bassist..