OK, I am completely over my head with the whole “Orion” deal. The first part is simple, no problem, and then reality strikes and the greatness of Cliff Burton and the talent of real musicians is revealed and I am humbled by their awesomeness. In other words, there’s no way I can do the song justice (and play it in tempo) just 4 weeks after picking up a bass guitar.
After my fiasco yesterday I went and looked up the tabs for “Hey” by The Pixies. It’s a song my friend (the one who lend me the equipment) and my ex-boyfriend use to play when they were in a band together (neither was a bass player). “Hey” is pretty simple and straightforward and I could play it fine within about an hour. The bass player of The Pixies is a girl too not that it matters.
I also realized that while my fingers might remember how to work a guitar, my brain forgot a lot. Slides, hammering, that little jiggle thing you do on the fretboard I forgot the name to, there’s a lot I forgot about. And I also don’t know hot to read the sheet music yet in regards to where I am on the fretboard. Right now I’m just using it in combo with tab to keep tempo.
So I went ahead and ordered the “Learn Bass with Metallica” book from Amazon (I hope it’s helpful). And in the meantime I’m just going to keep practicing with simpler songs. I will get “Orion” someday.