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Started playing bass guitar.Need some tips.?

Started playing bass guitar.Need some tips.? Topic: How to write a reggae bass lines
June 20, 2019 / By Jools
Question: Hi, I bought a bass guitar (Fender Squier mb-4) about 3 months ago, and I didn't practice a lot...So, I wanna ask you a few questions... 1. is it possible to change my strings from typical steel to smooth, plastic strings (like on fretless basses), and how would it sound? 2. Can you reccommend me some bands that have easy bass lines (I listen a lot of Metallica, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, RHCP and Rush, but their bass lines are so hard to learn)? 3.Can you tell me something about my bass (like i wrote, it is Fender Squier mb-4)? 4. Which effects should I buy first (distortion, echo, chrous etc.)? 5. Which type of music has easiest, and which has hardest bass lines (I know that reggae and funk are pretty hard, and punk is pretty easy) Thanks a lot ;)
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Hamilton Hamilton | 5 days ago
Firstly, check out lessons by Victor Wooten, he's an insane bassist! Also, I'm sure I've seen some videos knocking about on youtube of Flea giving demo's of his technique, that could help you. Now to answer your numbered questions: 1. You can buy coated bass strings for Electric Bass. DR make good coated strings: The best I've used are called ''Dragon Skin'' strings, they're really good but kind of expensive. They also do a set known as ''Black Beauties'' which are also coated but don't last as long. 2. Megadeth basslines are pretty basic, although they play pretty fast for my taste. Try Sly and the Family Stone, Chic, etc ie disco bands for basic basslines. Metallica's bassline's aren't that difficult unless you're talking about bass solo's (again they're just kind of fast), RHCP's later stuff (specifically with John Frusciante) is pretty easy to learn e.g. Californication, By The Way, Stadium Arcadium. Those albums were pretty rock-orientated whereas their earlier stuff was more funk-based e.g. RHCP, Freaky Styley. Not sure about the others. 3. I can only vouch for Fender as a brand in itself that they're amazing (I own a Jazz Bass which I love), but the squier line is still decent, it's just that Squiers are machine-made whereas actual ''Fender'' basses are handmade. 4. FX pedals really depend on what sound you want to get out of your bass, but as a starting point, Chorus and Reverb pedals would be fine, maybe a wah pedal if you're into Cliff Burton-style bass. 5. You're right, I would say the most complex basslines were funk, maybe jazz but depends on the individual player, and punk is easy but takes a lot of energy to keep up. Those are my opinions anyway. Hope I helped :)
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Hamilton Originally Answered: Started playing bass guitar.Need some tips.?
Firstly, check out lessons by Victor Wooten, he's an insane bassist! Also, I'm sure I've seen some videos knocking about on youtube of Flea giving demo's of his technique, that could help you. Now to answer your numbered questions: 1. You can buy coated bass strings for Electric Bass. DR make good coated strings: The best I've used are called ''Dragon Skin'' strings, they're really good but kind of expensive. They also do a set known as ''Black Beauties'' which are also coated but don't last as long. 2. Megadeth basslines are pretty basic, although they play pretty fast for my taste. Try Sly and the Family Stone, Chic, etc ie disco bands for basic basslines. Metallica's bassline's aren't that difficult unless you're talking about bass solo's (again they're just kind of fast), RHCP's later stuff (specifically with John Frusciante) is pretty easy to learn e.g. Californication, By The Way, Stadium Arcadium. Those albums were pretty rock-orientated whereas their earlier stuff was more funk-based e.g. RHCP, Freaky Styley. Not sure about the others. 3. I can only vouch for Fender as a brand in itself that they're amazing (I own a Jazz Bass which I love), but the squier line is still decent, it's just that Squiers are machine-made whereas actual ''Fender'' basses are handmade. 4. FX pedals really depend on what sound you want to get out of your bass, but as a starting point, Chorus and Reverb pedals would be fine, maybe a wah pedal if you're into Cliff Burton-style bass. 5. You're right, I would say the most complex basslines were funk, maybe jazz but depends on the individual player, and punk is easy but takes a lot of energy to keep up. Those are my opinions anyway. Hope I helped :)
Hamilton Originally Answered: Started playing bass guitar.Need some tips.?
1/ strings that aren't metal won't work as they are not magnetic. Using flatwound strings is quite common on fretless bass and an be used on a fretted bass too, but they are still metal. 2/ The Sex Pistols and many other punk bands from the late seventies had very simple bass lines. 3/ it's not a "Fender", it's a Squier. 4/ it sounds as if you can,' really play yet so why are you considering an effects pedal? 5/ as you say, generally punk has fairly straightforward bass lines..

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1/ strings that aren't metal won't work as they are not magnetic. Using flatwound strings is quite common on fretless bass and an be used on a fretted bass too, but they are still metal. 2/ The Sex Pistols and many other punk bands from the late seventies had very simple bass lines. 3/ it's not a "Fender", it's a Squier. 4/ it sounds as if you can,' really play yet so why are you considering an effects pedal? 5/ as you say, generally punk has fairly straightforward bass lines..
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Cal Cal
Practice scales for 15-20 minutes a day...in two or three weeks your fingers will "toughen up" and you can keep using the strings you have... Plastic strings won't make any noise! (It is the metal string vibrating in the magnetic field above the pick-ups that creates the signal on an electric guitar, not the actual "almost audible" notes you play!) Here are some fairly easy "famous" bass-lines; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZJfkEet6EQ But learning & practicing basic scales in various keys will be much more useful...
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Cal Originally Answered: How Do you play bass guitar?
alot of people i see here post things such as ''i taught myself piano its easy'' let me say any instrument is easy (&these are most likely the ramblings of people who have only played guitar a few months), but to properly play it & understand what the heck your doing (this helps your creative process when writing your own stuff or just in general) is another different matter. i could be taught to recite out 10 basic piano tunes, but give me the likes of Mozarts music & ask me to use certain techniques that are heard on piano. i would fail (as would all the people claiming ''its easy'' on their respective instruments) the problem with teaching yourself guitar (or any instrument) is that alot of people give up they get frustrated. (supposedly 90% of self taught musicians quit) also alot of people can ''play'' guitar, ie bang out a few songs & intros eg starirway to heaven. But there is a notable difference heard between a self-taught guitarist playing a song & a trained guitarist. guitarists are a dime a dozen, everybody plays guitar (heck i play guitar) however a decent guitarist is hard to find this is where you can benifit from lessons as most people don't take lessons. Lessons are definitely a great idea, a teacher can show you techniques & correct you. i still get corrected over things i do at my lessons. alot of the internet resources aren't that great, again it is alot of amateurs with bad technique posting who started out similar to you, or looking to make a quick buck. every music autobiography i have read (& i read quite a fair bit of them as i LOVE music) the guitarist/any instrument, has gotten lessons at some point. there are a rare few virtuoso (ie talented) people who didn't get lessons but even at that they start practicing with other people who have got lessons & learn off them. As somebody said those ''guitar for dummies'' are great, however that is as a side tool to reference to. not to just teach yourself, at a glance you learn the basics but when you study those books they can get quite complicated & a teacher can clear any questions you have. a teacher also encourages you to practice & gives you set goals. Don't get me wrong you can learn by yourself but if you are in any way serious about wanting to play music & want to get to a good level, i'd DEFINITELY suggest lessons. Also alot of people seem to start their music career out on guitar as it is such a famous instrument & lots of people own guitars in some form. Don't be suprised if you feel like quitting guitar because everybody plays it after a few months it happens to alot of people, it doesn't mean you aren't musically talented. PS try not to ask people to give you the chords to a song, its better if you can work them out yourself it creates an ear for certain notes. however make sure what you are playing is correct. PPS: i read here an answer off somebody who was in a music college, she roughly said ''the teachers would cringe when they heard that a new 'self-taught' musician was coming to the colllege, because the teachers all knew he/she would have to be retaught due to them having bad technique'' Rory Gallagher- Walk On Hot Coals (ROCK, the 5 minute solo isn't as good as the ''irish tour'' solo, but jesus christ this rules & it highlights the bands chemistry) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=709KHLppvOM ''Rory's death really upset me. I heard about it just before we went on stage, and it put a damper on the evening'' Jimmy Page (Led Zep)

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