Definatly break the thumb wrap around, Im still trying, I catch myself doing it all the time :P and I dont use my pinky enough but, Im sure you dont have that problem, just venting my frustrations *cries*
I liked my Line 6 guitar amp, they sound pretty good cranked way up but how often do you get to do that really? :P They have some pretty good high end gear but the cheaper stuff I wouldnt really get. I liked thier $2000 whatever it was, Vetta I think its called, but **** thats expensive.
That being said I skipped over thier bass amps when I switched to bass for that reason.
i don't recommend the Affinity series, and if your gonna get a Squier, look at the Vintage Modified series. they are the best Squier has to offer.
What this man said.
Play the thing, don't just pick what other people want you to. Figure out which you like more, I bought a jazz, but Im wishing I had bought a P-bass, in fact I might go buy one today. In my opinion the jazz is to mellow for what I like to play, At the Drive-In, Sparta, etc. Just remember its your hard earned cash
I started on guitar, but found I listened to the bass section of songs just as much as guitar. Especially on the live version of Bullet the Blue Sky, it just held down the song so well, and he just kept thumping along keeping the guitar solo grounded. Also loved how ominous it sounded. There are other examples, but thats when it really hit me.. I LOVE BASS.
Im still working on fingering speed, my left hand is still too slow, granted I dont practice alot, but I have lots of trouble when I need to go from(GOD IM A NEWB FORGIVE ME!) the 7th fret on the A string down to the 9th fret on the D string and then back up to the 7th on A, then the 9th and 7th on the G. Like in I of the Mourning by Smashing Pumpkins.
songs I've learned(or still working on) that have helped me
U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
Muse - Stockholm Syndrome - I cant play it very fast, only up to 85bpm out of 150 or something its all 16ths(I THINK DONT KILL ME IM A NEWB!) and it helped me get used to the frets, you'll use every one up to the 13th fret
MCR - Ghost of You
Sparta - While Oceana Sleeps -- I think this one is tons of fun to play, i prefer the guitar pro tab
I mostly like the Sparta and Muse ones since they're drop D and I dont have to retune hehe
I really really like my Squier Vintage Modified J-bass, great for the price, looks nice, sounds nice. Its better than the 5 string Yamaha Rxwhatever with active pickups. I traded it for this and I don't really regret it.
Im a total newb at bass, but it lets me play anything from U2 to Muse to Sparta and sound right
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Sort of pointless to ask for a brand preference and hope to get a consensus.
I myself am a Line 6 fan. I don't know if its any better than BOSS gear, but thats what I have because the price was right.
Same with cars, I like Ford cars, but if I can get a nice looking Pontiac cheaper, Im going with the Pontiac. They're pretty much the same, just slightly different things. They both get me from point A to point B in style.
I hope thats a good analogy? I myself would go to like Musiciansfriend.com and various other sites and just compare the reviews for both pieces of equipment.
I've looked everywhere on the net and even posted a thread in tab talk, but no one seems to have this particular tab:
Sparta - Guns of Memorial Park
oh and if its not too much trouble
Sparta - End Moraine <-- killer song(I know for a fact this is mostly roots but ( i r suck)
I love the bass in it. I have a suspicion it might be root notes for most of it. I realize I could probably get the roots from the guitar tab, but being a total noob I don't know exactly what to look for in regards to that.
25, and Im not considered an independant adult till Im 26 or married. So dont feel bad guys, theres still crap I cant do easily!!! Its harder for me to get any type of student loan, and some other junk but its not a biggy HAH!
Just push a little at a time, Im starting out too, 5bpm might not seem like much but its alot, try going like 82, 84, 86, etc thats how Im doing it, last night I was messing around, just doing scales, little different and I just kept bumping it up a little bit more each time.
Like I started at 60 and stopped at 90 last night, but I found today that I could go to 105 without making too many mistakes. now Im just going to work on my technique and keep bumping it up slowly from 60 every day. Then maybe tommorow I'll start at 75 and try for 110
And do more than 10 minutes, and dont let your technique go to hell trying to get faster. I play bass and I noticed that as I was trying to go faster I started using only 1 finger and my hand was at the wrong angle, and I was starting to tense up so I had to just relax so as not to form a bunch of bad habits over time
like leaning and tensing up and just poor form on your fretting hand blah blah blah :P
I switched from guitar a few days ago, traded in all my crap, Im still pissed I got so little for my MIM strat but whatever.
Anyways its probably not in your plans as it costs a bit, but I picked up a B-DEC 30 and its helping my playing tons, comes with a book, no big deal by itself but it also comes with teaching loops and junk like that. It has an auto key feature that will transpose your loops at any interval, so you can just keep on going down the frets.
A ton of amp models and effects, its pretty neat. I sound like a f*Cking fanboi.
Ex. Last night I was working on scales and I turned on the auto creep feature, it would bump the tempo up 2 bpm every run through, I started at 50 and just went till I couldnt keep up, I think it was 90 bpm. Was AWESOME for me. As my fingers are still slow.
I mean thats not reason enough to spend $280(you can talk them down to about that at GC its usually $399) but it sound good too. Great learning tool, especially for me as I have no access to other musicians currently.
But whatever Im rambling, and thats how Im learning!
P.S I got a Squire Vintage Modified J Bass, it kicks ass, dont let the squier name fool you.
Anyways I got a book(set of books really) called Totally Interactive Guitar Bible. Its not heavy on theory or any of that but teaches pretty solid basics, like reading tabs and it progresses you up pretty well.
Comes with a CD to play along with, and a book on the history of guitars, pretty informative , with a DVD on guitars.
Also the thing I like most about it, is it unfolds into sort of a music stand thing, so you can just sort of glance down at it. Its angled so it helps alot.