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Pete Quaife with Michael Nesmith of The Monkees.

Pete Quaife with Michael Nesmith of The Monkees.

A very underrated bassist: Pete Quaife of The Kinks.

A very underrated bassist: Pete Quaife of The Kinks.

This guy really knows how to slap.

Bob Dylan with Rob Stoner on bass.

Bob Dylan with Rob Stoner on bass.

Weather Report - Teen Town
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caramel2:

Weather Report - Teen Town

(Heavy Weather - 1977)

What do you recommend a beginner to do? Take bass lessons? I find the cost for bass lessons expensive... I was thinking of just self-teaching myself. But I'm afraid I'll just pick up bad habits
Anonymous

As far as bass guitar is concerned, self-teaching is not the worst idea.  If you can afford to take a couple of lessons in the beginning or if you have a bass playing friend to help you with the physical aspect of playing, you’ll be off to a good start. It is very possible however to start off just as well without a teacher. If you do decide to start without a teacher, books are going to be your best friend. I highly recommend “Bass Guitar For Dummies” (don’t be turned off by the title). It is an excellent resource for the beginning bassist, and is written in a fashion which holds the interest of the reader very well.

The Animals. Take notice of Chas Chandler’s bass.

The Animals. Take notice of Chas Chandler’s bass.