Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Cheap Bass Guitar


The bass guitar has come along way since it was introduced. There are many choices to choose from, a couple of bass guitar options for the beginner include the electric bass version which is normally a solid body and looks alot like the standard electric guitar. The acoustic bass version which is a hollow body much like an acoustic guitar. Both styles of bass guitars are available in many entry level choices. Fender, Washburn, Squire, Ibanez are just a few that offer a great line for the good cheap bass guitar. When I say cheap bass guitar I don't mean cheap, I mean a good deal for a bass guitar at a cheap price. Check out and the links there for some of the best deals. The acoustic bass and the electric bass each have their own distinct sounds. So it all depends on what kind of sound your after. To play bass easy, there are some very easy methods to learn the basic notes, scales and patterns to get started without being very complicated or frustrating. To get started my recommendation is buy a bass online lesson program. They are very much worth the small investment it takes to get started, and even if you only learned a couple of things it was still cheaper than taking lessons from a live instructor. If you are a beginner bass guitar player then might help with some ideas on what kind of bass guitar to play. A good cheap bass guitar in price only not in quality, can be found easier than you think. All you have to do is look at the name first because all the big names also make entry level bass guitars " cheap bass guitar" at a lot lower prices. Most of the time if you are looking at an entry level fender bass guitar chances are that it is of decent quality and totaly playable. Do the homework on the guitar, read reviews, read the specs on a more expensive bass guitar and then read the specs on the one you are interested in and see if any of the spec are the same like the material of the fingerboard or what kind of wood it is made out of or what kind of tuning hardware. Check out the links at and start checking out specs and reading info.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Playing in a Music Band

1. Being a team player Playing in a music band, is about playing together, getting along and having some fun (getting paid a little isn’t bad either). Being a great musician is awesome, but unless you are a Jimmy Page and in constant demand, then it's really more important, when playing in a music band, to know how to work with a group of people and get along, be able to trade idea’s and have fun. Some musicians are the fussy type and just always want it their way, making your life miserable and playing in the music band a little more difficult. Working with a good team can be real good and very rewarding. When you pull off that awesome gig together and then reflect after the show, it’s a feeling that always gets to me. The team effort from everyone is what makes playing in a music band rewarding. 2. Practice Practice is time consuming but very rewarding. If you want to get the feeling, practice!! With the internet and all the magazines today, there are numerous ways to learn new things. Online programs are one of the best learning tools in my mind, because you can learn and watch on your own time whenever you want. Magazines are packed with all kinds of playing tips and also cheap guitars today are very playable and an excellent value. It does not cost a lot of cash to get started playing in a music band. “So belly up to the bar”, as they say, and get that first guitar and an online lesson program and get started today. So practice, practice, practice, if you aren’t making mistakes you’re not learning. 3. The people and place Associating with people outside your band is very important. Get to know your bartenders because if they like you, they can be a big promoter of yours, the owners (the ones with the cash) and your patrons and followers (the ones that are there to watch you). Always try to find out what kind of bar or establishment it is, so when you go in there to play classic rock that they are not expecting country. At your breaks, talk to the people, and treat them as friends. Your normal patrons will notice not only your music but also your demeanor and the way you socialize with them. It is great to get that reward of your audience liking your music but when you hear that they also think you are a really nice bunch of guys, then you can say that playing in a music band is really worth it. When playing in a music band, there is a few things to consider: 1. Your stage presence (begins at the start of the gig whether you look like a bunch of amateurs or you look like you know what you are doing). 2. Playing with feeling (you know when you have it and know when you don’t). Even an easy song played with feeling will sound awesome when you’re all together. 3. Association with the crowd (do not snub your audience, talk to them, they are the ones that will come back to see you the next time). 4. The music itself (how it sounds, your song selection, how you play together (that team thing). 5. Stay in your comfort zone (if a song is not ready to play out, don’t play it and risk the band’s reputation) and if someone requests a song that you do not know, then be honest and tell them. Playing in a music band is about giving. I think the guideline above is a great start for any band that is looking to enhance their performance. If you really enjoy the music you play, you will find getting the feeling of playing together gets easier all the time, and when the feeling is there your stage presence will follow. Stay in your comfort zone. check out for all your music needs