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Offline nigec

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Bass Lessons
« on: September 24, 2020, 09:58:00 am »
I'd be interested in bass lessons, I'm just going off what I know from the regular guitar but I need to improve my technic
I picked a short scale bass which helped massively but I do have a long scale which I'm hopeless with
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Re: Bass Lessons
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2020, 10:18:21 am »
Scott's Bass Lessons:
https://scottsbasslessons.com/

They are not for free but his YouTube channel has a lot of good stuff. You might need to dig through a lot of clickbaity "vlog/top 10" style things that he posts recently but the lesson material is great. I am sure there are other bass lessons around the internet that I am not aware of.

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Re: Bass Lessons
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2020, 04:08:58 pm »
Why is it such a big difference between the short and long scale? Is it the lower string tension? Just curious...
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Re: Bass Lessons
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2020, 08:55:55 pm »
Why is it such a big difference between the short and long scale? Is it the lower string tension? Just curious...
Frets are closer together, makes it a lot easier if you’ve got small hands - the ultimate is a Ukulele Bass (which I play)! My wife has bigger hands than I do 😂

I'd be interested in bass lessons, I'm just going off what I know from the regular guitar but I need to improve my technic
I picked a short scale bass which helped massively but I do have a long scale which I'm hopeless with
+1 for Scott’s Bass lessons, try the YT ones first.
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Re: Bass Lessons
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2020, 11:13:12 am »
I'm tall, with big skinny hands so in theory I should be ok with a long scale but I'm really not.

One of the reasons I took up playing guitar was a tremor in my left hand which has improved a lot over the years but I lack power and flexibility, the short scale bass is a lot easier to play than the Jazz bass or the Strat

thanks for the links
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Re: Bass Lessons
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2020, 11:20:54 am »
I'm tall, with big skinny hands so in theory I should be ok with a long scale but I'm really not.

A lot of it is posture and how you hold the bass. You should really hold the bass with the neck pointing up. This brings the fretboard closer to you and reduces the stretch and the angle on the wrist.

This may be of interest:





Now I'm not the perfect role model for bass posture by any means, but look in my recent video how little I'm having to stretch to reach the lower frets:





The other thing is to move your hand rather than trying to stretch to reach frets. With guitar we are often encouraged to stretch and do "one finger per fret", but with bass it seems to be more common to move your hand a bit where you can. I think the different playing style tends to accommodate that better as well, as you don't tend to play "expensive chords" on the bass.





And I would definitely recommend Scott's Bass Lessons as well.

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Re: Bass Lessons
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2020, 01:00:09 pm »
 i can see things I'm doing wrong,  my seat is way to low, but most are! I never play stood up, I had a strap disaster with my Strat so I've never tried since :-[
I can imagine posture is my biggest issue

My hand.. my little finger is weak, I can get some pressure after the 12th fret on the thinner strings, but with reach the tremor returns on that one

I have seen Scott's video's before, I remember the gloved hand, he also has some sort of tremor?  but I think his is something totally different to mine, but I think that's how I found him.

I'll have a go with a better seating arrangement, such a fundamental thing, but I'm so used to adapting my posture in all the wrong ways, gorilla arms n legs   :)
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