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- How many of you learned to play by ear?
How many of you learned to play by ear?
At first I thought the bass was easy to play boy was I wrong!!!! I would sit in my livingroom playing to the CD player I notice that I sounded like a bunch of bees in a pop can just a hot mess! How ever I'm a big fan of Funk so my first song I had to learn was a tune by The Brothers Johnson called Strawberry Letter 23, it took me 3weeks. A friend of mine asked me what note I was playing…….. I said don't know nothing about notes. My in house lessons started their. I'm still teaching myself and believe me I have a lot to learn things like the 1 4 5, 1 3 5 7, chord progression, pentatonic scale, along with other Major & Minor scale, I found out that this things you must know. I play 300+ songs I have charted in my song book so I'm using them to help me learn music. I can't believe I got this far with out knowing this things…… Keep it groovy brothers PEACE!!!!!
When I first started playing, it was all by ear - I didn't read music or have any musical training. Just listen to the song and try to sound the same! Got better at it the more I played and tried to learn new songs - ear training!
@sidsquishus now I'm working on things I should know like some theory people told me that it was useless because a lot of it you will never use and I believed them stupid me!!!
I'll bet you already know a fair bit of music theory. By learning and playing songs, you have probably come to have some expectations about what comes next in a song. That is music theory in action!
I had training on a stand up base in my towns public music school in my teenies. Then nothing! Now, I'm in the mid 40's and have joined a band (more dragged there by enthusiastic band members wanting to replace a missed bass player really
Now, to the point: This band plays bluegrass and BOY! That does the guesswork really hard because this genre makes odd turns in the songs!
Anyway, I have gradually became more and more aware of the workings of music (and the theory behind) but I have still really, no knowledge = I'm playing by ear.
I'm now working on playing without looking at my fingers, because its more or less needed if I'm to play from tabs, which I really like to do. (check out "Sting - Moon over bourbon street).
A final suggestion for you who are curious
about the nuts and bolts of base role in music:
On YouTube, look at “How music works base Howard Godall” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grDl2aFJUrM
Cheers 2 all of you phat stringers:
\ \ Staffan
b.t.w: How the *** can I change the profile-picture?! That ain't me !!
hey staffan, welcome to the forums, just click on the avatar and you can change it
am learning the bass…..would also like to join the forum?how do i go abt ths.
bassabz, i think you've already joined.
to change your avatar to something a little less justin bieber-ish, click on it and upload your own image!
theDude,yes by chance i managed to join..thx.
... A final suggestion for you who are curious about the nuts and bolts of base role in music
n YouTube, look at “How music works base Howard Godall” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grDl2aFJUrMCheers 2 all of you phat stringers: \ \ Staffanb.t.w: How the *** can I change the profile-picture?! That ain't me !!
Awesome documentary - It puts perspective on how the bass works with all types of music. A must see if you are a bass player. Thanks for sharing Staffan!
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