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#1
the title pretty much says it all. help some noobs out or give some tips for really advanced players
#3
Don't play more notes than you have to.
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#4
never plug your bass into a guitar amplifier, for electric guitars, my friend has obviusly testified against me and said, dude, dont worry, its gonna be fine, i just wanna hear my bass with distortion, at that moment, the world ended, and so did the amp
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#5
Quote by nt1440
dont:

play bass


im srry it had to be said



lmao, i so saw that coming
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Some tom delonge green strat my friend made
Boss GT-6
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#6
Here's two for you folks

dudester410 -- don't double post

nt1440 - ha ha. Don't spam. Warned.
#8
Quote by anarkee
Here's two for you folks

dudester410 -- don't double post

nt1440 - ha ha. Don't spam.

aw man, i just got off a warning (for what i dont know)

but as for the the thread

DO: actually play, bass is VERY important in a band

DONT: Turn up your amp to bad, its immensly annoying when a band is so out of porpotion u just hear thuds
#9
If you are a guitarist going to bass...

Do work on your timing. Its much more important as a bassist.
Do watch your fretting hand/arm and plucking hand position. Its different than guitar!
Do learn to alternate your fingers (no one is James Jamerson except James Jamerson)
Do learn your theory. It will make you a much better bassist in the long run. And start from the basics DON'T skip your fundementals!
#10
Do warm up to prevent injuries
Don't ignore the drummer, your connection to him is just as (possibly even more) important than to the guitarist
#12
Do's:
Have fun.
Play clean.
Lock in with a drummer.
Be comfortable.

Don'ts:
Play badly.
Be arrogant.
Brag, dear god don't.
Make crappy threads?
Buy Behringer/Epiphone/Gibson.
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#13
Do:

Practice
Warm up ALWAYS
Jam frequently
If your hand starts to hurt, take a break
when jamming, follow the drummer, not the guitarist, the bass is the second layer of rhythm

DON'T:

Ever think you can't get any better, there's always room for improvement
EVER BUY A THUNDERBIRD
ever let anyone tell you how to play your instrument or tell you what to play
stay in a band where you're not having a good time
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#14
Quote by anarkee
If you are a guitarist going to bass...

Do work on your timing. Its much more important as a bassist.


Ain't that the truth! If a guitarist isn't tight, it doesn't matter. If a bassist isn't tight, it sticks out like a sore thumb.

DO:
Jam with as many drummers as possible.
Spend the money on a professional setup, even on an entry level bass. It will make it feel a $/£/€100 more!

DON'T:
Be arrogant.
#15
don't think its the same as guitar
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#16
Dont play a note with more than one finger
Do put banjo strings on your bass
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#17
Quote by leftybassdude
Do put banjo strings on your bass


How does that sound?
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#18
Quote by fleajr_1412
How does that sound?

I can't even describe as close to how it is. But it keeps enough of the low end for you to know its a guitar, but its way too twangy to be bassy. Its just stuck in this weird set of orgasms in the middle. Its something you have to try yourself
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#19
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DON'T:
EVER BUY A THUNDERBIRD


What's wrong with a Thunderbird? I ask because I recently played on an Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV and enjoyed the sound and was thinking of getting one.

And to stay on topic.
DO:
Lock in with the drummer, can't stress that enough.

DON'T:
Try to be Cliff Burton, Geddy Lee, Geezer Butler, or any other god-like bassist. Be original.
#20
do: keep the guitarist a little whipped. you can always get a new one.
learn scales, chords and notes
HAVE FUN
practice constantly
don't: settle for imperfection
overwhip the guitarist
be afraid to experiment
strive for coolness. you're the bassist, you're already the coolest guy up there
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#21
Do:
Ignore those obnoxious guitarists that laugh when you pull 4strings out of your case rather than 6.
Practise a lot
Learn scales

Don't:
Play annoying songs with many repeated notes
Use a damned pick! Fingers are what makes you a bassist!
Buy Rockschool grade 3 book...it's a waste of money and it's far too easy
Give drugs to guide dogs
#22
Do: respect other band members
Don't: argue with guitarists, they don't know any better

Quote by Hypnotisation
Do:
Ignore those obnoxious guitarists that laugh when you pull 4strings out of your case rather than 6.
Practise a lot
Learn scales

Don't:
Play annoying songs with many repeated notes
Use a damned pick! Fingers are what makes you a bassist!
Buy Rockschool grade 3 book...it's a waste of money and it's far too easy
Give drugs to guide dogs

Big ole' FAIL on that one, mister.
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#23
Quote by Hypnotisation

Don't:
Play annoying songs with many repeated notes
Use a damned pick! Fingers are what makes you a bassist!


What if a root note bass line is more constructive to the song than a comples riff? Surely then it would be a good idea?

And not using a pick is disregarding a whole technique.
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#24
Quote by Doodleface
Don't play more notes than you have to.


I hope you don't mean roots. If you meant that you are totally wrong, IMO the best part of the song is the bass fill. Actually I sometimes solo along side my guitarist. Root notes aren't what bass is about.
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#25
Quote by gm jack
What if a root note bass line is more constructive to the song than a comples riff? Surely then it would be a good idea?

And not using a pick is disregarding a whole technique.


Yeah i suppose...oh godammit i'm so narrow-minded

*begs for forgiveness*
#26
Quote by dudester410
never plug your bass into a guitar amplifier, for electric guitars, my friend has obviusly testified against me and said, dude, dont worry, its gonna be fine, i just wanna hear my bass with distortion, at that moment, the world ended, and so did the amp



HAHAH i totally did this with a little line 6 amp,, it sounded alright for a while but then it just blew the crap out of it.. it was great
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#27
Quote by JobyByTheNight
I hope you don't mean roots. If you meant that you are totally wrong, IMO the best part of the song is the bass fill. Actually I sometimes solo along side my guitarist. Root notes aren't what bass is about.

He means to have taste, you know like, not wanking and overembellishing lines.
#28
Quote by JobyByTheNight
I hope you don't mean roots. If you meant that you are totally wrong, IMO the best part of the song is the bass fill. Actually I sometimes solo along side my guitarist. Root notes aren't what bass is about.

He's actually spot on, whether he means roots or not. And to the "root notes aren't what bass is about", no they're not, bass is about creating a bridge between the rhythm and the melody of a song (generally in a band context), this could be root notes, it could be something completely different. Part of being a good bassist is knowing when to hold back.

For the thread:

Do use your little finger, it's hard at first but definitely worth it in the long run.

Don't think of music as a competition, if you do, you'll go nowhere.
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#29
Do: make some sort of slap fill for every song....no matter what the genre.

Don't: disregard the "do" segment of this post.
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#30
The Do's And Donts of Bass

Do use an apostrophe when writing "don't"
Don't use an apostrophe when writing "dos"

Regarding bass? Do make noise with it. Don't hang it on the wall to get dusty.
#31
Do: Use your powers of the low-end to manipulate governments.

Don't: Try and have sex with the input jack. Semen + Electronics = Bad.

Very bad.
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#32
Quote by indie-bassist
He's actually spot on, whether he means roots or not. And to the "root notes aren't what bass is about", no they're not, bass is about creating a bridge between the rhythm and the melody of a song (generally in a band context), this could be root notes, it could be something completely different. Part of being a good bassist is knowing when to hold back.


I agree completely but, I'm not a big fan of lazy bassists, as in "well if I can get away with this, then I will." That isn't the kind of attitude a musician should have. Doodle may have not meant this, but that is how I read it, causing me to go off on him.

Do:
Learn to read sheet music
learn multiple techniques (finger, picks) etc.
Do not:
Be Lazy.

To Nutter: damn. I would have never thought of that! (but i don't know how i'd manage to stick my pen0rz into the 1/4 jack. )
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Last edited by JobyByTheNight at Apr 24, 2008,
#33
Quote by JobyByTheNight
To Nutter: damn. I would have never thought of that! (but i don't know how i'd manage to stick my pen0rz into the 1/4 jack. )

If you'd ever secz0rd Chris you'd understand
#34
Apparently, by looking at some posts in this thread...

Do: Be an elitist:
Do: Fail at humor by sarcasm.

But seriously:

Don't: Take this or any forum too seriously. Just play your damn bass.
I'm not a fan of facts. You see, the facts can change, but my opinion will never change, no matter what the facts are. - Stephen Colbert

#35
Quote by smb
If you'd ever secz0rd Chris you'd understand

well, no, I'm pretty sure I never have. ahhhhh yyeaahhh.
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#36
Don't: think you can't play root notes, a good sense of rhythm is much more important than how many notes you can play.
#37
Quote by jimRH7
Don't: think you can't play root notes, a good sense of rhythm is much more important than how many notes you can play.


Amen. Sometimes bassist get so caught up in not being in the shadows that they forget the reason for their existence.
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#38
Just reading all this makes me wanna start playing bass! It seems to be such an interesting instrument. I will without doubt start to play this when I learn more theory and such... It sounds so interesting when you all talk about root notes and creating a bridge between the melody and rhytm. And I also love your kind of style that you think that more notes are not better than a few good notes etc
Kudos to all you bassists out there
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#40
Quote by Hypnotisation
Do:
Ignore those obnoxious guitarists that laugh when you pull 4strings out of your case rather than 6.


I have a 6-string bass, that pretty much shuts those bastards up.
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