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OK, raw beginner here. I've learned a few scales, can 'play' without buzz, fingers in the right place, not yet knowledgeable on the perfect sound required. 

After a few intros under my belt, I decided to learn a tune, from start to finish, that I could play along to. 

On my Epi EB0 through a Peavey Vypyr.

Ive done it.        Nothing taxing I must admit, Roxette ala Dr  Feelgood. . . .and it feels good ! 

What was yours ? 

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My bass teacher when I was 15  played blues so I learned quite a few blues tunes but my first song was Exodus by Bob Marley closely followed by police and thieves by junior Murvin 🙂

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Under The Bridge was my first but I used a book for that one, the first ones I learnt by ear were David Bowie's Slow Burn & Stars.

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12 bar blues - man, do I hate that stuff.

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When I was a kid at school, I took bass lessons but spent more time playing Oasis songs on guitar - so most of my early bass work was for exams. I know I played Axel F and The Pink Panther for my Standard Grade music, so I suppose one of them would be the ‘first’. 

I started playing bass in bands at about 18, after getting frustrated at efforts to recruit a bassist who was at least half capable! So the first song of my own choosing was probably something by Oasis, or perhaps Hey Joe!

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 I never had any records for most of my teens so could only ever listen to what other people had. One mate had a small number of albums including DSOTM and the one thing that stood out for me was the bassline to Money. Either that or The Chain was the first thing I learnt.

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Being of that age,

Hey joe has gone on my to do list. 

And the pink panther theme 

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Probably the guitar part for Smoke On The Water done on bass. 

My first bass lesson was Little Ole Wine Drinker Me by Dean Martin.

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My first bass lessons book was 'first steps bass guitar' by Russ Shipton so I probably learnt either 'whiskey in the jar' or 'house of the rising sun'.

When I plucked up the courage to play with real people who could play a bit, I think 'hey joe' or 'green onions' would've been the first songs slaughtered!

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11 minutes ago, dmccombe7 said:

My first bass lesson was Little Ole Wine Drinker Me by Dean Martin.

Absolute classic, I’m gonna play that today 👍

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4 minutes ago, Reggaebass said:

Absolute classic, I’m gonna play that today 👍

It was mainly used to get my timing right. I can't remember what was in between that and another song i liked Mississipi by Pussycat i think it was. I've probably still got the music sheets from my lessons back in 76 :laugh1:

 

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I can't really remember but it would have been something by the Ramones maybe 'Sheena is Punk Rocker' or 'Cretin Hop'?

I pretty much learnt to play bass by playing along to the 'Rocket to Russia' album.

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It's lost in the annals of history, but probably plugging away at root notes in a 12-bar with my school mates, circa 1980 :)

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No idea, but Booker T and the MG's Green Onions was probably around that point.

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6 minutes ago, upside downer said:

It was either Public Image by PiL or Stepping Stone by The Sex Pistols (Monkees cover).

Same for me Public Image by PiL

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The first track I learned all the way through. Did I get it bang on note and groove wise, yep. Did I understand back then the theory/chord changes behind what Randy Taylor was doing. Nope. was great fun though.

 

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A 12-bar blues pattern in A from the Jim Gregory / Harvey Vinson bass book, played on an unplugged Commodore semi-acoustic in 1975

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I can't remember which now but it was something by Status Quo.  I used to play along to Piledriver, Dog Of Two Head and Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon.  That's how I started to play guitar when I was in my teens back in the 70s so I thought it was probably a good way to go about learning bass when I took it up in the noughties.

Probably not progressed a huge amount, tbf. :) 

 

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5 hours ago, TheGreek said:

12 bar blues - man, do I hate that stuff.

Man, do I hate folks who say "Man, do I hate that stuff".  Chcacun a son gout.

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