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Re: 5-strings....Pickup enhancement.....Or am I getting bored?

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Posted by Datsgor on February 07, 2001 at 19:19:40:

In Reply to: 5-strings....Pickup enhancement.....Or am I getting bored? posted by Daniel on February 07, 2001 at 17:52:40:

: I've been playing bass for about 4 months now, and while I think I am crap, I have made some progres with the instrument. While I can't play fingerstyle, slap, pop, tap, read music or play rhtyhmic basslines without getting bored of having to pace, I can belt out a modified version of Jimi Hendrix's 'Voodoo Child'.
: But recently, I have had regrets. I was wishing I had bought a better bass, or a 5-string, or tried to learn music theory first. I've played all the basses that were in the price range of the bass I bought(none of them fell right), and I've played 5-strings(I didn't like em, but I've got a hankering to own one), and I've recently been contemplating upgrading the pickups in my bass(my P is branded EMC Electronics. My J is unmarked), even though I know nothing about inserting them or wiring them, and can't find anywhere on the net that has a decent guide to doing this. I feel as though my pickups are letting me down, that they are not good enough, even though they sound better(to me) than an active bass with the same P-J configuration that was 200 more than my bass. I've only had it since Xmas, but I feel as though I have no future with the instrument, and that perhaps if I had a better piece of equipment that it would all 'fall into place', and all these hidden arts that the best players use would be unlocked for me.

: So, basically, am I right for the instrument, or do you think I should give up being a musician(can't play any other instruments), as I feel like this wonderful bass that I got for a great price doesn't seem up to professional level, and it seems like its hindering me? Even though anyone else would kill for such a good starter bass? I'm sure I can't have grown out of this bass yet...

Unfortunatly, noone can tell you if you are right for the instrument or even if you should keep playing...I think you know the answer. The "professionalism" of your bass should not make a differance. I played a hunk of crap Hondo for 5 years before I upgraded...but I kept playing because I loved the bass. After a while I kinda new my bass was crap....but what could I do? Nothing...cause I was not rich and my parents thought it was just a "phase" I was going through. So I kept playing. If you feel you are getting bored, then bring some new challenges into your practice. Try learning to read music. I guarantee you will have more to do in the next few years than you know what to do with. Four months is'nt a whole lotta time invested into this instrument, so if you are thinking of quitting, well then you hav'nt really lost anything. BUT, if you like the bass, keep the faith, play what you got and don't have such a defeatist attitude. You will find youself playing and enjoying things you never thought you could play. My advice is don't search for material things to improve your playing, practice and all will come with time......peace.....john

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