As I said in my previous posts, I’ve decided to learn to play the bass. With my background, I want to learn it “right”. Meaning I want to actually learn how to play the bass, not just learn songs. While it seems everyone learns everything these days by watching some Youtube videos, I can’t learn from videos. My brain just works better when I read. Also, I really want to learn to play bass, not just learn some songs. I want to learn the notes and proper fingering and all the things it seems you don’t get in a Youtube video. So I needed a book. Once again, I turned to Amazon. I ordered the Hal Leonard Bass Method “Complete Edition”, which is books 1, 2, and 3. It’s a spiral bound book, which is a small detail, but lays open nicely while trying to read it and play the bass.
It’s exactly what I wanted. It’s got all the basics, starting you out with open string notes, and then adding a few notes at a time. Short “songs” to practice the notes you just learned. It may be a bit boring, but I’m actually learning the notes and proper fingering.
Amusingly, the book came with CDs. It struck me that I have no place to play them, other than my car.
In order to maintain my initial excitement, however, I did look up “easy bass guitar songs” and have learned the main riffs to Seven Nation Army* and Smoke on the Water. Incidentally, learning a song from tabs goes against my every instinct in “properly” learning an instrument, but I can see how it’s tempting since it’s so fast to learn.
* While playing the “interim” bit between the endlessly repetitive, but ever so catchy bit of Seven Nation Army, my 9-year-old son asked if I was playing Hot Cross Buns. Sigh. Everyone’s a critic.