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Vic's Bass Lessons
Music Tutor, teaching music fundamentals and music theory, as well as playing technique, for bass guitar, acoustic guitar, and electric piano.
Learning to play Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar or Piano? Or thinking about taking up music lessons but not sure where to start? Or perhaps you're a beginner simply feeling stuck in a rut and looking for someone with more experience to help take your playing to a higher level? Then give this a try... 1 or 2 hour sessions with a 30-yr music veteran. Beginner to Intermediate levels; ABRSM or Trinity College Levels 1 through to 5.
Regardless of your skill-level, making good musical progress is very dependent on developing a solid foundation of musical skills and musical knowledge. Together we'll explore creative ways to help you develop and nurture the essential foundations of music. On the other hand, I can help immensely to accelerate your rate of growth and progress if you've already been on the learning journey for a while.
Flexible in terms of times and location... yours or mine.
How to learn the notes on your BASS guitar:
Start by working on memorizing the notes at the fret markers at the very least. Make it a point to work on at least the first three fret markers, for starters:
E string = G A B
A string = C D E
D string = F G A
G string = A# C D
...notice how with the exception of A#, these correspond to all the white notes on a Piano.
Then over time with regular practice you'll start to subconsciously fill in the in-between notes. Remember that the whole fretboard just repeats after the 12th fret. Remember also that the top 2 (thinner) D & G strings are exactly the same as the bottom 2 (thicker) E & A strings, but just two frets further forward - i.e. Octaves!
TIP: Yes, it's totally easy to use octave patterns (together with cross-string 5-fret, 7-fret repetitions) to skip and jump to anywhere on the neck, so why not memorize the note names as you go along?!
Also remember that a standard Bass guitar is tuned in fourths, E A D G (which is like the Circle-Of-Fifths backwards!) Interesting trivia: This is the complete reverse of how a Violin is tuned i.e. Violins are tuned in Circle-Of-Fifths order.
Very important: if you haven't already done so, make sure to memorize the Circle-Of-Fifths, forwards and backwards, this knowledge is crucial, regardless of what instrument you play.
A musician not having in-depth knowledge of the the Circle of Fifths is like a Physicist or Chemist not having very good working knowledge of the Periodic Table Of Elements! i.e. It. Is. Absolutely. Essential. !!!
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