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Old 2006-01-28, 01:08
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Bass Player, Guitar Teacher

Hi everyone

Ive been playing bass for a very short time, maybe 4 months and ive been having private lessons, although i didnt know when signing up for the lessons at the music store (where i bought my squire), my teacher is a guitar player. Now i feel like im not getting my moneys worth, hes a good guitar player, but im doing bass you know, and to be honest he really doesnt know the bass techniques 100% and all i do for 30 minutes is jam with him, we're going at a slow pase i guess.
Should i wait until i get all music theory down or something? Or should i not pay the music store next month and seek lessons elsewhere? Maybe im just over reacting?

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PS: Although he wanted me to play with pick, i play with my fingers if that matters.
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Old 2006-01-28, 08:57
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I did that for a while, but it was more because I wanted some one to jam with than any type of lessons. We did go over a bit of music theory though.

The questions you need to ask yourself are: Are you learning anything? Do you feel that it is worth however much money you pay?

Maybe you could talk to the music shop manager and see if they have bass lessons. When most people go to a music shop and ask for lessons they usually assume you want them for gutiar, simply because it is that much more common.

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Old 2006-01-28, 10:31
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He wanted you to play with a pick??? FIND ANOTHER TEACHER.
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Old 2006-01-28, 12:31
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thats bassically how i started he will be good for learning your theory but ignore his requests for a pick we dont need another grindcore emo bitch around here
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Old 2006-01-28, 20:31
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Old 2006-01-28, 21:33
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Let me explain it to you Myles. Pick bassist =
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Old 2006-01-29, 13:18
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what i did was bassicaly learn from the internet n a few friends who had been playing for a while and then i went to a teacher.....that ways i already knew some stuff and i knew what all i wanted the guy to tell me so it really didnt matter to me wheather the guy was a guitarist or a bassist( but thats just my case..as i couldnt find a good bass teacher ) a good thing that i figuered out by this was that i knew that the guy wasnt wasting my time and stuff.... coz i realised that he was teaching people the same thing in 3 classes or so what he taught me in just one..but then again this could be only my case and wouldnt hold true with everyone
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Old 2006-01-29, 13:20
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He wanted you to play with a pick??? FIND ANOTHER TEACHER.




yeah and what he said
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Old 2006-02-01, 22:41
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PS: Although he wanted me to play with pick, i play with my fingers if that matters.


Blasphemy!!!!1

Lessons are good for learning music theory; with all these instructional books these days that teach you sheet music, a lot have tabs to go with them, which turns out to be a total bitch because tabs are easier to understand so you may always try and look at the tab first (at least thats how it was for me) and you could have a hard time learning standard style notes.

On the other hand, if you have a bass teacher, he can teach you how to read music AND techniques. and he wont make you to use a pick (fucker). anyways, imo stick with the lessons you got for now until you find a good bassist giving lessons. anything is better than nothing (well, usually). Lessons will help you get started playing properly instead of, like a lot of us here, starting off self-taught and just playing stuff that we like to listen to.

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Old 2006-02-02, 16:57
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Funny story right?

About a year after I got my first bass and had been teaching myself, I went in for a bass lesson. The dude pulled out his bass and we plugged in. He asked me what I knew, and I played some Dream Theater stuff. (Mostly pieces from Glass Prison and Pull Me Under)he sat silence for a minute then tells me I should learn a blink 182 bass line. I told him to fuck himself, packed up my shit, went to the counter and got my money back. Haven't bothered with lessons since.
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Old 2006-02-02, 17:37
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I told him to fuck himself, packed up my shit, went to the counter and got my money back. Haven't bothered with lessons since.


i feel bad for you man

but just cuz your first lesson experience was bad (err horrible) i wouldnt expect that from everyone else.












lol, blink 182...
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Old 2006-02-02, 19:58
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then tells me I should learn a blink 182 bass line..


Haha, i would of just laughed at him, and said stop joking with me..

Well handled though.
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Old 2006-02-14, 16:54
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Funny story right?

About a year after I got my first bass and had been teaching myself, I went in for a bass lesson. The dude pulled out his bass and we plugged in. He asked me what I knew, and I played some Dream Theater stuff. (Mostly pieces from Glass Prison and Pull Me Under)he sat silence for a minute then tells me I should learn a blink 182 bass line. I told him to fuck himself, packed up my shit, went to the counter and got my money back. Haven't bothered with lessons since.


my instructor did something of that nature to me but he told me to work on green day songs to help with rythms, i dont think he was in any way insulting your intelligence but just trying to help with rythms and helping you to learn easier shit first ...... not that i learned any green day crap but it is good to start off easy with some stuff but also challenge yourself with things that you know you cant play
I used opeth and primus for my challenging shit and soad for the easy part and im a pretty decent bassist.
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Old 2006-02-14, 17:27
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Besides, who needs lessons when you can just PM Tattered?
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Old 2006-02-15, 11:19
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He wanted you to play with a pick??? FIND ANOTHER TEACHER.


i was just thinking the same thing, geesh sometimes guitar players just assume that the bass is just a low version of what they are playing , but come on the techniques and especially riffs and lines are way different.
Here is a good question , "how many guitar players walk during verses?", and the answer is none
"how many guitar players slap at the funky parts", usually none

my advice get a new teacher
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Old 2006-02-15, 11:24
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the teacher i had was cool, he taught me some classics ( sweet home alabama, enter sandman, and sunshine of your love), then he taught me some theory, you know scales and arpegios and such, He wasnt the greatest player, but he knew his stuff. Find somebody like that.

P.S. Me and tattered should have a dual sometime lol
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Old 2006-02-15, 16:39
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i was just thinking the same thing, geesh sometimes guitar players just assume that the bass is just a low version of what they are playing , but come on the techniques and especially riffs and lines are way different.
Here is a good question , "how many guitar players walk during verses?", and the answer is none
"how many guitar players slap at the funky parts", usually none

my advice get a new teacher


bass = easiest to play, hardest to master
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Old 2006-02-15, 21:23
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AMEN!!!!! all my friends think their good when all they play is new age crap. I on the other hand play maiden and metallica(burton). I also have never taken lessons.
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Old 2006-02-15, 22:10
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Maiden and Metallica isn't exactly impressive as far as bass goes. Learn Flea and Claypool, then I'll be impressed.

And as personal opinion, I think there are more options for a bassist to experiment with in new age rather than in metal. More room to groove and be heard.
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Old 2006-02-16, 08:38
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Hey, fuck off Blink is cool

Ps, I meant how the fuck does a pick bassist = Grind emo bitch?

Wait, how the fuck do you grind emo?
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