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25 thoughts on “BEGINNERS COURSE – Part 1 – How to choose a bass”
Hey Daric! I am from the Muncie area myself, I was curious if you were from this area or just passing through for a gig or something. Thanks and have a good one!
Hey! I was actually there for one day to play for a festival. Hopefully I’ll be back to play there again, had a great time
Hey Darin, I’m new to the site and am looking to get started. I’m hoping to go in store today but just wondering what you know about Indonesian bass guitars? The store owner has told me he has some coming in ranging from£200
Hey, Not exactly sure about Indonesian basses, but I do know that lots of basses that are sold in the usa are made in Indonesia. So I guess you can’t really go wrong. That price is pretty good but it depends on what the bass is and also what you’re budget is.
Daric is the Squier Bass you use a short scale? I found it on Amazon for $199. This is the description: Fender Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Beginner Short Scale Electric Bass Guitar – Black
Yes it is , that should be the one you’re looking at
been playing since college. i’m 70 now but no nothing about the instrument, especially the upper register. i want to start from the very beginning. i currently have a sound gear 5 string bass , a tc electronic bh800 head and a an ampeg(200watt 8ohm) cabinet with 4 10inch speakers along with a tc electronic with 2 10inch speakers. i want to start from the beginning and learn to play the right way. the only thing i have right now is the appearance of a bass player. what do i do nowjQuery112406323780727268109_1539140548424?????
Hey! You are talking the correct step just by being here. Begin with this beginners course and continue to go through the tutorials slowly. If you have any questions about anything please don’t hesitate to ask
What is the difference between a short svale and a long scale bass? And which basses sound better?
Oooooo good question
Hey Daric I just started learning the Bass, I’ve learning a writing down scales, root notes and some chords. My love for music is Gospel Quartet. Do you have any lessons on it or can you point me in the right direction?
Unfortunately there aren’t any specific lesson on “gospel quartet” but all the fundamentals on how to learn songs and basics of learning how to maneuver around the bass are found here inside of the site
Hey Daric is it safe to say a 4 string bass is better for slapping and popping based on the neck size and the string positioning (distance between them)?
Hey good question! As far as comfortability I would say yes. It’s a lot easier (but not by much of a degree) to move around freely on a 4 string neck versus a 5 or 6.
part of my issue is I have this emotional connection to the first base that I was trained on it was a four string Peavey Dyna Bass that my former pastor owned. Had an active switch on it that made it louder when switched on. I see them used in wonder if I should pick up one right now I have a 5 string Rogue series 3 got it for real cheap thinking that logically you should have a 5 because why be limited by 4. But I remember how funky my pastor could play on the four and he would say just make the four sound like a fire by playing good…which he could. the only thing I don’t like about my 5 stringis the muddy sound of the lower frets. Is that common? and last question is I love this bass I’ve been looking at called a Schecter stiletto custom 5. But I don’t know if it’s active or passive nor do I know the difference I would naturally think who would pick passive over active but maybe you could share a little bit with me about what you think. Sorry the question is so long
Very valid question. Most people don’t know the difference between passive and active so don’t feel bad. I’ll make sure I do a completely separate video explaining the difference between the two. In a nutshell, active basses just boost the signal and you can have more control over the equalization. But I’ll explain more in depth inside of a video so you can hear the difference as well
Hey I have a seven string bass guitar. Can I learn from the lessons you have on the 4 string guitar?
Absolutely, you can just omit the B ,C , F string and utilize the four. You can slowly start to add in the other strings as you realize the repetitive patterns that you’ll discover over time
I own a 7-string as well.
Hey Daric, in your honest opinion is a Active Bass better then a Passive and what is your take on a Glarry Bass?
Not sure if I’ve never heard of glarry bass. Put it’s a matter of preference not what’s “better”. With active electronics you have more control of the frequency range the sound your bass makes and they also tend to be a little more powerful as far as loudness. And with passive basses the opposite. Also what genre would you use it for.
Hi Michael and Daric,
Glarry is like the most discount-brand bass (and guitars) there are, and for the cheap price, I think my Glarry bass is excellent! My wife got it for me for father’s day as a present and she went solely by price and this thing is a P-bass copy, it looks good, sounds good, is comfortable to play. Overall I love it. And they’re about $85 bucks online. Highly recommended for a cheap, dependable bass.
What’s up Daric just joined Bass Nation today, I was wondering did you have any tips or videos for selecting a Bass Amp and Head?
Awesome man thanks! I have a Fender Rumble 500 combi and a Squier 5 string bass. I’m still new to the bass but played piano most of my life so I’m hoping to catch on pretty fast. My biggest problem right now is mastering the fretboard and hand technique; but you’re a blessing man and I’m ecstatic to join BN preciate it.