Note: Please keep in mind this post is targeted at only the beginning individual wanting to learn how to play the Bass in the most cost efficient and fastest way possible.
I started this topic because I have seen so many people on the forum, that are trying to learn to play the Bass from scratch, get themselves involved in discussions that they do not need the information for, to start playing, and it ends up only confusing them.
First of all I believe anybody can learn to play the Bass along to any of their favorite songs, after taking the B2B course, and the following is my list of ALL recommended minimum items that a beginner needs, to accomplish this, to start with.
ALL BEGINNING BASSIST BASIC EQUIPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
1 - A Bass, with a wide strap, you are happy to make music with.
2 - An amp suitable for the Bass, that has a headphone jack for silent practice. (Most do.)
Note: Do not purchase an amp with built in effects. You do not need them as a beginner and it only adds to the cost and confusion.
3 - A tuner suitable for Bass.
4 - A cable to connect the Bass to the amp.
5 - Guitar stand - Not essential at first but highly recommended
And that’s it for essential equipment.
ADDITIONAL LOW COST ITEMS YOU WILL NEED AT SOME POINT OR SHOULD ALSO CONSIDER
1 - Gig bag
2 - Nail clippers and nail file
3 - Plectrum/Picks
4 - Ear plugs - Tinnitus is a bitch and not repairable
5 - Strap locks
Note: In the beginning forget about effects, pedals. midi controllers and the other myriad of add-ons that are available. Just start with the basics equipment, the rest you can get involved with later.
So now that you have you equipment what do you do?
Lessons - I honestly believe that the @JoshFossgreen Beginner to Baddass course is the best for learning to play the Bass that there currently is. There is a money back guarantee, and I know for a fact it is valid, so there is no risk.
So sign up for the B2B course, start at Lesson one and just go through it one lesson at a time.
You will be playing along in the first few days.
You should allocate at least 1/2 to 1 hour per session and at least several times a week. One hour once a week is not going to get you there.
Finally, stick to the course and do not get sidetracked.
Have fun, enjoy the journey and don’t get too stressed out.
Stay in touch with the forum, ask any questions you may have.
You will find us a very friendly and helpful group.
If I missed anything essential to a beginner wanting to learn to play the Bass from scratch please let me know.