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Post  Isnt_Anything on Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:31 am

I've decided to pick up the bass again and learn songs. I had a look at Dman's site to learn some simple songs to start out with. The first one that popped up was "When I'm 64" by the Beatles. I watched a little bit of the video and decided to see if I can do it by ear before watching the rest, for fun. I worked a little bit of it out and then decided to watch Dman's video on the song and realized I got quite a bit wrong! I was wondering how do you go about working out a song by ear and does it get more accurate/better over time?

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Post  Stryfer on Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:04 am

There have been quite a few threads on this. One member even wanted to start a "program" to learn by ear, but that ended quickly.
It does get more accurate, but it takes time. It's more difficult on the bass than on a guitar or keyboard because of the low frequencies.

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Post  ThreeLetterSyndrom on Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:21 am

It gets better over time. Practice is especially important.

(although I have to note that I'm better at playing by ear on piano than on bass)

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Post  Pippynip on Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:26 pm

I can only learn reggae songs by ear because of how clear the bass is... Razz

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Post  Dropthelines585 on Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:46 pm

It gets easier. That's how I learned to play in the beginning.
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Post  Isnt_Anything on Sun Dec 18, 2011 1:11 am

Thanks guys! I guess I'll just keep working on it. I'm trying to learn Radiohead's "no surprises" by ear. The bassline seems easy enough. I'm also working on "When I'm 64" with Dman's lesson. I guess I'll just move through the lesson tree.

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