xfMike;52034 said:Get a metronome. Play to a metronome. Start at a really slow tempo, do several scales (well, lots of them) then go up another 5 or 10 BPM and do it all over again, and again, and again...Also... don't *just* look at TABs. I regret doing this a lot, and have a hell of a time trying to learn anything by ear... so I would suggest to learn everything you can by ear. Of course, learning how to read actual music notation would help a lot, but don't pidgeon hole yourself and just learn different things just by learning songs you like from tablature.
IbanezBassist_v2;52756 said:Learn on your own. The best method is self taught. Lessons will help, but cost bu-cou dollars. Best method is to learn your timing, get some tabs, a metronome, and a tuner. Finger excercises are the best and don't forget to learn your scales!(EDIT) A great program for guitar or bass. Guitar Pro
xfMike;55850 said:Hmm, to continue from tf5 posts, a couple more examples of bassists that play with a pick as opposed to fingering it. Motorhead/Lemmy Kilmister plays with a pick (and distortion) so it sounds like a real low and angry guitar to your average listener. Ace of Spades is a good example of this.Metallica/Cliff Burton (Kill 'em All to Master of Puppets) played only with his fingers (and with distortion every now and then). Cliff played very fast and often times was mistaken as a guitarist as he used distortion as well as a wah pedal (Anesthesia, and a part in Orion, and the intro to For Whom The Bell Tolls)).The interlude of Orion is a nice example of a softer finger picking style, as fingering usually takes the bite out of each note as opposed to hitting it with a pick.Metallica/Jason Newsted (...And Justice For All -> S&M concert) played with a pick, and you can hear a difference in the older songs when they are played live with a pick as opposed to Cliff's playing.For thump/slap Red Hot Chili Peppers would be the most well known example of slapping. I'm not a bassist, so I can't explain how you would slap/thump and such, but I understand how to go about doing it and what it sounds like.Steve Wonder's Superstition is a good example of a slap technique as well as some funk. Rage Against The Machine also fits the bill has using slap (Guitar Hero 2 "Killing In The Name").Primus is probably one of the best examples I know to use slap bass. (Guitar Hero 2 "John The Fisherman"). Also, if you want to develop a "double thumbing" technique/some crazy slap stuff, I suggest looking into some Victor Wooten stuff (check him out on YouTube).Good luck on your bass.