20 Tips I Wish I Knew as a Beginner Bassist

Save yourself years of frustration and slow learning - here are 20 beginner bass tips I wish I knew when I was starting out.

0:18 - Online Tabs Often Suck
1:11 - Listen to Bass
2:04 - Practice 5 Minutes a Day
2:46 - Slow It Down
3:30 - Practice Bitesize
4:03 - Learn the Alphabet + Fretboard
4:33 - Notice Your Progress
5:02 - Record Yourself
5:39 - Gear Barely Matters
6:26 - Get a Setup
7:01 - Wear a Strap
7:08 - Don’t Do This
7:31 - Unplug From the Amp Side
7:49 - Cable Through Strap
8:24 - No Drinks on Amps
8:34 - Learn Full Songs
9:07 - Sleep is Part of Practice
9:58 - Get Guidance
10:31 - Breathe
11:01 - Stop Believing in Talent

If you’re doing the Beginner to Badass course, this lesson would fit anywhere in the course, because you’ll be applying most of these tips as you go through, even if you don’t know it!

Spotify Playlist of Recognizable Bass Lines:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2oJd19N9YIDBPPlUIDDy3W?si=5uJSKwMXSCSVG6yWr2_sBw

Beginner Bass Tips Quotes

Here are some of my favorite nuggets from this video, screenshotted below for emphasis. Feel free to print as a motivational poster. :stuck_out_tongue:

If you could share one bass tip with your former self from when you were starting out, what would it be?

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All really good tips here, I kind of liked the Don’t Do This (leaning the bass up against a table, one of those “It’ll on be for a sec” cases, where, something, like a fall could happen to it), and the No Drinks on Amps, something that started happening when I began playing with others. For some reason, the top of an amp begins to temptingly look like a tabletop to your jam friends, and sometimes even yourself. Doesn’t help that it’s about to vibrate a lot at high volume either, lol.

Luckily no accidents, but there were some almosts, which made me follow those 2 rules all the more closely and strictly!!

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You had it in your list, but essentially “don’t beat yourself up”…way too hard on ourselves and you do miss the progress. BTW, love the matrix overdub at the end :rofl:

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McLovin. Epic

Jackie Moon - Epic

Like - Subscribe - Ring Bell. - Epic

I want some of that cheerleading next week @JoshFossgreen
Some fire effects would be nice too.

Another great video. I like the crouched over a pillow and bass sleeping position, looked comfy.

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I love the "Practice for 5 minutes… ".
I do that every morning, and then, when the sun goes down, I know my 5 minutes is up.

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I know right, thats why he also reminds us to sleep.

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Here’s the best gem of all out of this video. For all those people who are asking for advice on how to rapidly memorize all the notes on the neck:

Josh says:

Learning the neck actually gets easier with time, and eventually you can have the whole thing memorized

That is so very true!

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Day late for my dumbass…
Guilty of leaning bass against amp and hearing it smash on the ground.
Got lucky this time and learned my lesson.

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I love all of these and this video. Dannnng.
Bravo @JoshFossgreen.

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Another great video with a couple of things I certainly needed reminding of :scream:

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Someone should make this kind of stuff for amps, to keep the birds and drinks off. :stuck_out_tongue:

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Two of my favorites! Sometimes I can work on a song for several days, but for me I find that’s what works best. When I find a song that I wanna learn I listen to it numerous times and then use Transcribe! to break it down into small bitesize practice pieces that I can select to work on as I learn the song’s baseline - probably one of the most used apps I have when it comes to learning to play music… @JoshFossgreen does mention it at the end of the B2B course if I remember correctly… Wish I’d purchased it when I was going through the course though - may have helped with some of the lessons…

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You are correct @Lanny. This is what compelled me to use transcribe.

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That’s why God gave us these:

s-l300

You can fit a pretty good sized gin and tonic in one

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is that getting drunk bite sized?

I mean, I don’t drink, so I couldn’t even test out your theory

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In college we lived above a daycare and I can attest that indeed booze from a sippy cup gets you drunk just the same.

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For the Apple Music users out there, I re-created a playlist of the songs from the Spotify playlist.

You can find it in Apple Music here.

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Great video again :slight_smile:
Will check out that playlist. I immediately started actively trying to listen to the bass in songs after starting to learn but as Josh says it’s not always easy and I trust the playlist is a good starting point.

Overall great reminders.

About the guidance tip: Not sure where to even start looking for a teacher… Maybe the same place I found the band I joined as I would prefer a teacher I can meet. I at least keep my eyes open.

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I have done one on one’s with teachers before and always found it intimidating. I hated doing it and it killed all enjoyment of playing and learning. Just mentioning this to remind everyone that there is no one size fits all approach to learning bass. Find what works for you.

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sounds like you picked the wrong teacher.

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