have 3 of them in my house. They belong to my wife. I am working on an drum, bass, guitar arrangement of Moanin' right now, playing all the instruments myself. I have a couple of normal electric basses, but I think I would love to use her 3/4 upright (the one I put a Fishman pickup on) to lay down the bass track in the final mix. I'm going to base mine more on Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters cover version than the original Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers version.Several years ago, I wanted to learn to play the jazz upright bass... to this very day, I still enjoy it... so with dedication your goals are possible.
I got this book as well. I thought it was great, made it seem easy. I can't play the guitar at all, but somehow picked up on the bass pretty easy. Guess it's because drums and bass go together. I got a sweet Schecter!Thank you, I think I've got it. Ordered a bass book "Hal Leonard Bass Method vol 1-3." The book had good reviews.
I love playing bass also.Longtime guitar player/frontman but bass is what I'm spending most of my time with now. I also love drums, of course, but I'm not really good enough to drive a band, so it's mostly for demos and jams. I'm practicing in hopes of becoming a good drummer, but drummers who are drive-the-band good are born and not made, or at least not everyone can become one late in life.
I love locking in with a good drummer. When I go to shows, I listen mainly to drums, but bass allows me to play in the rhythm section and not have to worry about losing my voice. My main bass is a Squier Vintage Modified Mustang, but I also have an Ibanez RS 820. I always play flatwound strings, usually with a pick, and love to sit right in between the kick and snare.
1Learning by tablature sucks. Youtube made that obsolete. The small E string is the 1st string, because the next 3 strings (making 4) are your basic triad strings. The 5th and 6th are bass strings. You don't just play the bass strings without considering the bass part. Even though the bass is 1 octave lower, you still can't hammer away on the bass strings when you play in a band. I like Scott Grove, for learning stringed instrument fast and cheap. The guy is funny too. Groovymusic.com, I think. Ace
Update: Sold the Ibanez and moved up to this beauty. Between its great tone and a set of flatwounds, I'm a happy camper.Started bass lessons this year, playing an Ibanez SG400. Not sure why I'm doing it, but after so many decades of drumming I'm having fun with it. I started trying to work with books and videos, but since I found a good local teacher I'm progressing a whole lot farther and faster. I don't think there's anything as effective as in-person lessons.