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    Hey there over the summer I've set myself set the target of learning the bass. I already play the tuba, trumpet and piano to a reasonable standard. But would like to play more modern music breaking away from less classical and jazz pieces.

    As someone who knows absolutely nothing about playing bass. Where would my first explorations be? In terms of being a total beginner what instrument and gear would I want? As I would like to self teach myself what books would I need? Also as a left hand would that make a difference?

    Many thanks for any information.
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    (Original post by Mittalmar)
    Hey there over the summer I've set myself set the target of learning the bass. I already play the tuba, trumpet and piano to a reasonable standard. But would like to play more modern music breaking away from less classical and jazz pieces.

    As someone who knows absolutely nothing about playing bass. Where would my first explorations be? In terms of being a total beginner what instrument and gear would I want? As I would like to self teach myself what books would I need? Also as a left hand would that make a difference?

    Many thanks for any information.
    Yup it would make a difference- get a left handed bass, otherwise you cannot play it...

    start cheap, ie £100, and get some basic books they sell at music stores. If you live in London try Chappell's.

    good luck!
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    Good choice

    If you want some basic advice I'd recommend Bass Guitar for Dummies, covers everything from buying a bass, scales, playing techniques etc.

    The Rock School books are a good progressive series, and have a variety of genres to play.

    As for gear etc, you could always go for a cheap beginners pack, e.g. - http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/produc..._campaign=base

    It has everything to get you started - bass, amp, a little bit of tuition.

    As for being left handed, I'd go in to a music shop and try some first - I'm left handed but I play a right-handed bass :tongue:.
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    I'm also left handed, but play right handed instruments. When i started bass i got a book called 100 tips for bass you should have been told. I found that book to be very good! Get a cheap bass to start or maybe a second hand one. Mine cost like 60 quid, then get an amp, nothing too expensive, connector lead and strap... all you need. Maybe a plectrum too, but i've never used one. Happy bass playing
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    (Original post by learner_dancer)
    Yup it would make a difference- get a left handed bass, otherwise you cannot play it...
    This isn't true at all. I'm left handed and play a normal bass.
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    Learn some basic exercises, play some easy RHCP songs and have fun!
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    As a beginner Id recommend the Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass and an Orange Crush practice amp if you only currently plan to practice in your bedroom, etc. I started with a Vintage Modified and still regularly use it. However if you're low on cash, id recommend getting a starter pack where you get most of what you will need. The only peeves i have about them is that they are pretty poor and as you progress you'll want to get a better amp and a better bass making you want to spend more money on new and better gear.

    There are also plenty of free online resources you can use:

    http://www.cyberfretbass.com/

    http://www.studybass.com/lessons/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=481548
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    (Original post by Onearmedbandit)
    This isn't true at all. I'm left handed and play a normal bass.
    you must have some skill!
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    I'm also left handed, and play right handed bass. It's probably more to do with whatever you choose to learn. If you decide 'I'm left handed, so I'll play left handed' you'll get used to it, if you decide to give right handed a shot anyway, you'll probably just as easily pick it up that way.
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    I'm also left handed but play guitar right handed. Once tried a left handed one - it is sooo hard! But then the only things I actually do with my left hand are writing and play racket sports.
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    I've never found books all that helpful, probably because I'm impatient, I only started a little while ago but what I've been doing is just looking at tabs online (ultimate-guitar.com) for my favourite bands (blink 182 is a good really easy starting place) and then learning to play them. I'm thinking of getting a teacher now I can afford it but to start with I just wanted to play my music and I can do that now. Learning to read tabs is easy, you have 4 lines representing the 4 bass strings, then numbers on the lines showing which number fret to play. That's it.

    Rather than the squier someone else recommended, I'd go for an Ibanez, a little different, something like:
    http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/produc...age-black.html

    I have a GSR200, plays really nice, not crappily made like a lot of beginner's packages you can get (given, I didn't buy it in a package but I've heard the other GSRs are similarly good quality). I'm no expert I just love how mine feels.


    If you're a left handed you should go into a shop and try out both right and left handed basses, see which feels more natural to you.
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    (Original post by learner_dancer)
    you must have some skill!
    Actually I only have one hand, so I didn't have much of a choice. But I still think that left handed people with both hands can play a regular guitar.
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    (Original post by Dr Zeuss™)
    As a beginner Id recommend the Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass and an Orange Crush practice amp if you only currently plan to practice in your bedroom, etc. I started with a Vintage Modified and still regularly use it. However if you're low on cash, id recommend getting a starter pack where you get most of what you will need. The only peeves i have about them is that they are pretty poor and as you progress you'll want to get a better amp and a better bass making you want to spend more money on new and better gear.

    There are also plenty of free online resources you can use:

    http://www.cyberfretbass.com/

    http://www.studybass.com/lessons/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=481548

    these are good resources, loads of info, as for buying a bass, you should be fine provided you don't buy an encore and personally i'd say avoid vintage as i've never found one that stays in tune
 
 
 
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