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Gonna start learning songs by ear and writting the tabs, any advice ?

Youri
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The title says pretty much everything, does anyone have advice about figuring out basslines by ear ?
Any kind of advice is welcome
johnny [staff]
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You can use audacity to slow down the song while keeping the pitch the same. It's really useful.
It may seem obvious, but listen to the rhythm of the song. In some genres you can also use the guitar to help pick out parts of the bassline that are a little harder to hear. You just kinda have to train your ears to focus on the bass. Once you get the hang of that it will become easier the more you tab out songs. Hope this helps you out. Also I want to commend you for wanting to learn songs by ear. It is so much more rewarding when you've mastered a song on your own without looking at someone elses tab
I want to add that once you've played a specific band's music for a while you pick up on the bassist's style and it will become so much easier to figure out what notes/keys you wanna play in their songs. Cheers!
Tabs are awesome and cut right to the chase, however, once in a while I like to do a song old school and figure it out by ear. I like MelVinMaSsaCrE's post about knowing the band and the bass player's style. Last song I did by ear was Raindance Maggie by the Chili Peppers. Took me a while to get all the right notes.

Try a simple song then check yourself against a tab. It is all about putting time in and training that ear.

Z-Wolf
Youri
Posts: 72
OK, thanks for all the good advice !
DANNYBASSMAN93 [top submitter]
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If you have a piano just start hitting the 2nd octave keys to figure out the bass notes in the song after lets say 5-10 songs you should be able to get the hang of it, when i started playing id always write tabs by ear using the piano then writing them on bass

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