1. Post #1
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    Hey FP.

    For a long time i tried, and failed to play electric guitar. I never really enjoyed playing anything on it, it seemed like dull, sounded high and annoying. Anyway, my uncle recently showed me his bass guitar, and i've started listening to some cool Bass music, and i think I originally tried to learn the wrong instrument, i think i'm a bassist!

    I'm looking to pick up a bass guitar, preferably on the cheaper scale and was thinking of this one...

    http://www.gear4music.com/Bass_Guita...acksefv_5.html

    I used Ultimate Guitar for my guitar playing days, will it help for Bass?

    Also, i was wondering do you have to be able to play lots of chords for bass work?

    Thanks in advance.
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    tannzwut's Avatar
    March 2008
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    Bass doesn't use chords often I don't think. Although I warn you, unless you're in some crazy Japanese experimental band, you're going to spend half your time hitting three notes in succession through a whole song.

    UG does indeed have resources for bass players.
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  3. Post #3
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    Yeh, i really like the bass line sounds, i don't mind if its repetetive. So was playing rythm guitar.

    I also like the idea of supporting the group a bit more, lead guitar seems to do their own thing, i prefer to keep the sound good.

    Songs don't sound the same without bass, i really want to try it!
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    March 2007
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    Benf199105 posted:
    Yeh, i really like the bass line sounds, i don't mind if its repetetive. So was playing rythm guitar.

    I also like the idea of supporting the group a bit more, lead guitar seems to do their own thing, i prefer to keep the sound good.

    Songs don't sound the same without bass, i really want to try it!
    Look for the work of Geddy Lee, he makes some interesting bass lines that aren't just three successive notes.


    He's in Rush.
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  5. Post #5
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    August 2008
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    You can practice playing bass by just playing on EADG on your guitar.

    It's not perfect but you can get an idea of whether you will like it.
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  6. Post #6
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    Learn scales. Every one. It helps so much!
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    Thanks M477 but i'm a big Rush fan! :D

    Geddy is one of my favourites, along with Entwistle :D

    Anyone think the bass looks good, the one i posted in OP?
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  8. Post #8
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    If you can play guitar decently you can play Bass easily

    it's usually just the same fret x20...then some other fret x20

    OH SHIT HERE COMES THE SCALE

    then it's back to that first fret 20 more times
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    Ultimately i would like to be half as good as him.

    Also Silverhammer, i know that bass is "repetetive" but i dig it.
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  10. Post #10
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    However, bass can also get technical

    my brother plays it technical a lot, like in this song:

    http://www.fileden.com/files/2007/8/27/1385717/full_0abde12a5e7dd25651a2cb5f611fc299.mp3
    Listen for the bass during the chorus, and obviously the solo part

    Edit:

    lol broke my merger :*(
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    Thanks Puppy, it looks pretty sweet, my uncle recommended it.
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  13. Post #13
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    Check some Rage Against the machine songs.
    For example: Bullet in the head has a repetitive but catchy bassline.
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    August 2008
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    Yeah if you have experience on guitar it should come easier to you. I've tried bass and I love the feel. I know what you mean. Learn to play note for note along with some Zeppelin songs (Ramble On) or Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet. That's a great song for bass.
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  15. Post #15
    doughnut's Avatar
    June 2005
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    If you guys are going to talk about bass guitar playing talk about victor wooten.I mean just listen how hard he hits them harmonics.
    But yeh,if your just gunna end up in some garage band its going to be all simple scales and just following the drummer.
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    Mickey Mouse's Avatar
    March 2006
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    Boris the spider was the first song i learned on bass, and it's soo much fun.
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  17. Post #17
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    tannzwut posted:
    Bass doesn't use chords often I don't think. Although I warn you, unless you're in some crazy Japanese experimental band, you're going to spend half your time hitting three notes in succession through a whole song.

    UG does indeed have resources for bass players.
    Not all music is like pop.

    I like to play Funk on bass.
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    neap tide II's Avatar
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    Yeah what about My Generation. That'd be cool.
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  19. Post #19
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    RATM has really complicated but catchy bass stuff. But yeah, since I play guitar bass seems so much slower.
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    Thanks for the advice.

    RATM are another one of my favourites, so i already know alot of the songs.

    Thanks for the suggestions.
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  21. Post #21
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    February 2005
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    Try songs by The Shadows. They are perfect for beginners of bass and guitar! You should deffinetly take a look!

    Listen the bass in this song. You might not like their style, but this kinda music teaches you liked it or not.
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  22. Post #22
    Dennab
    June 2008
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    UG is a great resource for bass players.

    And that bass in OP sucks. I suggest something like a Schecter Omen. It's a bit more expensive, a little over $300 I believe, but as far as basses go, that's still pretty cheap, and, being a Schecter, it's a good bass.

    And when you know bass is going to be a hobby for a long time, if you don't mind going crazy (like over $1000 crazy) on the price, shoot for a Rickenbacker. They make badass basses. Metallica, Motorhead, The Beatles, and tons of other great bands had a bass player with a Rickenbacker at some point in time.
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    February 2005
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    doughnut posted:
    If you guys are going to talk about bass guitar playing talk about victor wooten.I mean just listen how hard he hits them harmonics.
    But yeh,if your just gunna end up in some garage band its going to be all simple scales and just following the drummer.
    A challenger appears!
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  24. Post #24
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    Buttsex posted:
    UG is a great resource for bass players.

    And that bass in OP sucks. I suggest something like a Schecter Omen. It's a bit more expensive, a little over $300 I believe, but as far as basses go, that's still pretty cheap, and, being a Schecter, it's a good bass.

    And when you know bass is going to be a hobby for a long time, if you don't mind going crazy (like over $1000 crazy) on the price, shoot for a Rickenbacker. They make badass basses. Metallica, Motorhead, The Beatles, and tons of other great bands had a bass player with a Rickenbacker at some point in time.
    Or a musicman stingray. But I chose it for its funky ass slap tone and powerful growl. Those musicman pickups are bloody incredible.
    And the build quality... incredible.

    I was never keen on the Rickenbakers, But that's not a discussion for here.

    If you can afford to get a Cort GB* Series, GET ONE I Have one and Have had a few in my hands, The quality is consistent, the tone on them isn't bad and the necks are slim and fast. I got mine for £275 used.

    Did I mention they have a locking Neutrik jack?

    And... It looks sexy:
    http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b9...s/HPIM0989.jpg

    Depends if you are willing to pour more money into starting, personally I would, As you spend more, the higher percentage you will redeem if you sell it!

    Edit:

    Also just noticed the OP bass is a RBX374 - I own one of these too, In silver:


    Now, It's a really nice bass when set up correectly, however there's one thing I dislike about it:

    The painted neck chips VERY Easy
    It drinks battery power like no tomorrow - It saps them dry. - SO REMEMBER TO UNPLUG THE LEAD FROM THE BASS WHEN NOT IN USE (it disconnects the battery when you do so)

    It's a VERY good bass for metal, Lacks growl but cuts through your average rock band no problem.
    Put a set of DR lo-riders on there and it has a rockin' slap tone.

    It stays in tune well.

    It has a 3 band EQ on it, If you boost the Highs and lows you can coax out some more funk!

    All in all, A VERY good bass - I don't use it as much as my cort or stingray but I wouldn't sell it... Ever.

    Something else to note, The pickups have a cutaway for your thumb! - No more screw-shaped imprints on your thumb!

    *phew* that's alot of words.

    Edit:
    An improvised sound sample of the Yamaha (with some Tell-me-baby in there):
    http://tezzanator.net/downloads/yamaha%20test.mp3
    Some finger style then some slap, on just about flat EQ settings with 1 month old strings.

    I'll upload a sound sample of any of the other basses if you wish - I have recording equipment on hand.

    Personally, I say go for the yamaha if this is your price range, Seriously nice bass for the price.
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  25. Post #25
    Dennab
    June 2008
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    Crazy posted:
    I think not.
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  26. Post #26
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    Buttsex posted:
    I think not.
    COUNTER ATTACK!
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  27. Post #27
    Dennab
    June 2008
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    Wooten is king.
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  28. Post #28
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    No, Jaco is.

    or me :D
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  29. Post #29
    Dennab
    June 2008
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    I do admit, Portrait of Tracy was good.
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  30. Post #30
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    February 2005
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    Buttsex posted:
    Wooten is king.
    The challenger just keeps appearing!!

    Edit:

    Tezzanator92 posted:
    Or a musicman stingray. But I chose it for its funky ass slap tone and powerful growl. Those musicman pickups are bloody incredible.
    And the build quality... incredible.

    I was never keen on the Rickenbakers, But that's not a discussion for here.

    If you can afford to get a Cort GB* Series, GET ONE I Have one and Have had a few in my hands, The quality is consistent, the tone on them isn't bad and the necks are slim and fast. I got mine for £275 used.

    Did I mention they have a locking Neutrik jack?

    And... It looks sexy:
    http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b9...s/HPIM0989.jpg

    Depends if you are willing to pour more money into starting, personally I would, As you spend more, the higher percentage you will redeem if you sell it!

    Edit:

    Also just noticed the OP bass is a RBX374 - I own one of these too, In silver:

    Now, It's a really nice bass when set up correectly, however there's one thing I dislike about it:

    The painted neck chips VERY Easy
    It drinks battery power like no tomorrow - It saps them dry. - SO REMEMBER TO UNPLUG THE LEAD FROM THE BASS WHEN NOT IN USE (it disconnects the battery when you do so)

    It's a VERY good bass for metal, Lacks growl but cuts through your average rock band no problem.
    Put a set of DR lo-riders on there and it has a rockin' slap tone.

    It stays in tune well.

    It has a 3 band EQ on it, If you boost the Highs and lows you can coax out some more funk!

    All in all, A VERY good bass - I don't use it as much as my cort or stingray but I wouldn't sell it... Ever.

    Something else to note, The pickups have a cutaway for your thumb! - No more screw-shaped imprints on your thumb!

    *phew* that's alot of words.

    Edit:
    An improvised sound sample of the Yamaha (with some Tell-me-baby in there):
    http://tezzanator.net/downloads/yamaha%20test.mp3
    Some finger style then some slap, on just about flat EQ settings with 1 month old strings.

    I'll upload a sound sample of any of the other basses if you wish - I have recording equipment on hand.

    Personally, I say go for the yamaha, Seriously nice bass for the price.
    What do you use to record?
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  31. Post #31
    Dennab
    June 2008
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    Being the badass he is, Sonar 7.
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  32. Post #32
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    Crazy posted:

    What do you use to record?
    Cubase.

    For interface I currently use a Soundblaster sound card and a few very good preamps for multi-inputs (With th ASIO driver)

    I'm buying a presonus FP10 Soon. 8 channels of pure awesomeness.
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  33. Post #33
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    Website i go to for my bass needs: http://www.bassmasta.net/

    LOTS of songs there.
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  34. Post #34
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    tannzwut posted:
    Bass doesn't use chords often I don't think. Although I warn you, unless you're in some crazy Japanese experimental band, you're going to spend half your time hitting three notes in succession through a whole song.

    UG does indeed have resources for bass players.
    If you're in a decent band, and you're a decent bass player, then trust me, you will be hitting more than 3 notes in one song... take Pantera for instance, bass player played (almost) exactly the same as the guitarist (and that was one héck of a guitar player). So no you don't have to be Japanese to play some cool bass riffs.
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  35. Post #35
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    tannzwut posted:
    unless you're in some crazy Japanese experimental band, you're going to spend half your time hitting three notes in succession through a whole song.
    Infectious grooves
    Primus
    Red hot chili peppers
    level 42
    Rage against the machine
    Tower of power
    Sly and the family stone
    James brown
    Graham central station (larry graham)
    The flektones (wooten)
    Marcus miller
    Reel big fish

    Hell even metallica...Trujillo is a master at funk, he Played in infectious grooves.

    And basically every jazz, reggae or funk band.

    You just have to listen to the right stuff. None of the ones I listed are really that obscure.
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  36. Post #36
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    SilverHammer posted:
    If you can play guitar decently you can play Bass easily

    it's usually just the same fret x20...then some other fret x20

    OH SHIT HERE COMES THE SCALE

    then it's back to that first fret 20 more times
    Oh... well maybe you shouldn't play crappy repetative songs on the bass

    Don't listen to that guy.
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  37. Post #37
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    Tezzanator92 posted:
    Infectious grooves
    Primus
    Red hot chili peppers
    level 42
    Rage against the machine
    Tower of power
    Sly and the family stone
    James brown
    Graham central station (larry graham)
    The flektones (wooten)
    Marcus miller
    Reel big fish

    Hell even metallica...Trujillo is a master at funk, he Played in infectious grooves.

    And basically every jazz, reggae or funk band.

    You just have to listen to the right stuff. None of the ones I listed are really that obscure.
    Let's add Jan Olof Strandberg to that list.
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  38. Post #38
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    Cliff Burton? Guys? guys? ... :(
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    Dennab
    June 2008
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    Cliff Burton was good, but he gets much more credit than he deserves.
    Maybe I'm just not a fan of his style, but he was never anything special in my opinion.
    Anyway, put Jean Baudin on the list. Nuclear Rabbit is a bit out there, but it's still somewhat well known.
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  40. Post #40
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    I've been considering learning to play guitar for a long time, but recently I've grown an itching to play the bass. Guitar holds almost no interest for me now. I'm not sure why the bass seems more for me, except maybe because it's more a structural instrument, and supports the band, while the guitar is usually a pointman and a leader.

    I prefer being support. Plus the bass is awesome. I love songs with heavy bass.

    Not to mention, bass should be easier to learn and play, since it has two less strings. (I'm talking a normal 4-string bass to a normal 6-string guitar)

    I'd say go for it. As a bassist you can find a gig with almost any band. There's far more guitarists out there than bassists, and bassists are almost always in demand.

    :)
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