Jump to content
Please note: You can easily log in to MPN using your Facebook account!

First Post Greetings


chrissc

Recommended Posts

Greetings and salutations!

 

I have been lurking among these boards for about a month or so just grabbing small bits of info here and there.

 

I have recently decided to take up trying to learn the bass guitar. I have always love the sound, feel, groove, funk, from various bass lines and after visiting my uncle and messing around on his bass decided that it was time to finally give my wife another reason to say "You spent what on what!"

 

I do not own a bass or an amp. But I have borrowed a bass from a friend (Fender Squire, signed by John Patitucci, and yeah, I know I messed up the name).

 

I would have to say my strongest bass influences are Les Claypool and Cliff Burton/Jason Newsted. I was strongly influenced by 80's to 90's metal and alternative music.

 

My friend (who i got the bass from) also introduced me to Victor Wooten...then I had to go find my ears because I couldn't believe what I was hearing (he played a live version of Wooten's Amazing Grace solo).

 

Anyhow, to make a long story short...er, well, at least near the end.

 

Hi! And I hope to ask many, many questions of you in the hopes of learning this tremendous instrument.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 19
  • Created
  • Last Reply

HI CHRISSC! or is that Chrissy?

 

Welcome to the Lowdown!

 

Please enjoy your stay... :D

http://www.briantimpe.com/images/LDL/dots/blue.JPGhttp://www.briantimpe.com/images/LDL/dots/black.JPGhttp://www.briantimpe.com/images/LDL/dots/fuscia.JPGhttp://www.briantimpe.com/images/LDL/dots/grey.JPGhttp://www.briantimpe.com/images/LDL/dots/orange.JPGhttp://www.briantimpe.com/images/LDL/dots/purple.JPGhttp://www.briantimpe.com/images/LDL/dots/red.JPGhttp://www.briantimpe.com/images/LDL/dots/yellow.JPG
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Welcome aboard, Chris!

 

With a bass signed by JP, you must be doing something right...

 

Just tell your wife that you need more gear to impress the ladies. She'll love it. Make sure you wear a helmet when you tell her this, however.

 

In all seriousness, glad to have you around.

 

Brace up for that Minnesota winter!

-Tim from Jersey :thu:

Play. Just play.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Let me be the errrrr third person to say welcome. If there's a topic you're looking for info on, try the search function there is a chance that the answer has been covered before.

 

Welcome to the world of the bass...it is a strange place and one not often explored by the punters.

Free your mind and your ass will follow.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi there sounds like your from my era. Welcome to the Forum. If your starting as a fresh slate I hope you don't mind if I suggest to you things to avoid in your bassplaying journey that i didn't avoid, so hopefully you come out unharmed.

 

1) don't just learn stuff you like.

 

2) learn to fret with all 4 fingers

 

3) learn the names of all the notes on the fretboard including beyond the fifth fret i.e call C, C not 3.

 

4) practise with a metronome

 

5) Practise listening to intervals.

 

6) Its better to learn a simple bass-line and make it groove then to learn a les c or victor line and play it sloppy.

 

7) Don't be embarressed to play really really really basic stuff. Other Bassists won't think your crap if your grooving on a root note. (well ones that are worth impressing anyway)

 

this is not a comprehensive list of obstacles but the main points i had to get through my own arrogant skull.

 

I'm not assuming anything about your approach to the bass. This probably doesn't even apply to you but in the off-chance that it does apply it could save you YEARS of pointless practise that i wasted on the finer points of primus bass-lines.

 

Guys like Les, Flea and Vic are cool :freak:

Derek Smalls: It's like fire and ice, basically. I feel my role in the band is to be somewhere in the middle of that, kind of like lukewarm water. http://www.myspace.com/gordonbache
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for the warm welcome.

 

I will heed the advice that's been given. I've noticed that when in my car the last few years that I will switch radio stations to whatever comes in and try to find the bass line and tap with it on the steering wheel. I don't know if that's a normal trait in a would-be bassist.

 

I do know I love to feel the groove in the music more than the technical aspects. I know I won't be Les or Victor or Jaco, and to be honest, I don't know if I want to. I just want to play and be part of something, whether it's a family jam or doing some live shows. The future is wide open right now.

 

I guess I've already started learning bass because as soon as I got back from my uncle's I went out and got a book on music theory, so yes, I do know there are more notes than just the first 4-5 frets.

 

Hopefully this weekend I can sit with an actual bass and try to actually play a few notes.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Originally posted by PETE_COMBS:

Listen to these guys new stranger,they speak no lie's in this house of bass.

Best damn welcome I've ever read here Pete"!! :thu:

 

I'll just say HI Chriss. Just read and practice.

 

Cup

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Welcome to the Low Down Lowdown Chrissc! As a new bassplayer myself, I can attest to the fact that you came to the perfect place for advice and info. And a bit of advise from a fellow newbie...practice as often as you possibly can, when you find yourself frustrated or not understanding something just come here and use the search window and ask when you need to!
Donnie Peterson
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Originally posted by chrissc:

I've noticed that when in my car the last few years that I will switch radio stations to whatever comes in and try to find the bass line and tap with it on the steering wheel. I don't know if that's a normal trait in a would-be bassist.

Welcome Chrissc. Yeah that tapping is a good start. Nobody likes to sit near me when music is on, because I'm always humming the bass parts instead of the melody. Occupational hazard :cool:

 

Originally posted by Invincible:

Welcome to the Lowdown Chris. Check your sanity at the door. :P

That's quite a presumption there. Why should Chrissc be more sane than the rest of us?

 

Tom

www.stoneflyrocks.com

Acoustic Color

 

Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars and keep your feet on the ground. - Theodore Roosevelt

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Welcome to the forum!

 

There are a lot of players here from literally every walk of bass-playing life...amateurs, students, intermediates, and advanced professionals. You'll learn something from all of them.

 

Pay particular attention to posts by Max Valentino, JeremyC, Ed Friedland, Bumpcity, Bob Gollihur, Peter J. Romano, and Wally Malone. These guys can play!

 

Bumpcity owes me a coke for putting his name in there. ;) Never mind that I've heard him play so I know he deserves to be in there...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hello Chrissc! Welcome to the Lowdown! You state that you don't have any gear as of yet. But what I notice is that you have the most important "gear" of all,you have an enthusiasim for the bass and an eager willingness to learn! You've come to the best place on the web and I know that you will make a fine bass player! :thu:

 

Hang in there and welcome aboard!

Nothing is as it seems but everything is exactly what it is - B. Banzai

 

Life is what happens while you are busy playing in bands.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Originally posted by basshappi:

But what I notice is that you have the most important "gear" of all,you have an enthusiasim for the bass and an eager willingness to learn!

As usual, Happi's found the positive aspect! ;)

 

Welcome Chris! These folks can help you technically and most importantly mentally. Search the site, you probably already have, and you'll find a treasure trove of musical nuggets to get you on your way. I just wish we had the net when I started. Welcome!

- Jon

-----

You have the right to remain in the groove, any solos cannot be used against you, you have the right to snap and pop, if you cannot snap and pop, two fingers can provide the funk just fine.

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

×
×
  • Create New...