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Posted by bob the bass player on February 14, 2001 at 15:54:21:
In Reply to: What am I doing wrong with my playing??? posted by Antonio on February 13, 2001 at 23:58:41:
: Hello all! I am new to this board, but I am in serious need of help.
: I have been playing for close to 5 years now, and find myself to be a proficient enough bass player to hold down my groove. BUT.......
: In these past 2 years, I have barely progressed enough to notice. Yes, this is a RUT. One hell of a rut might I add. I have done everything people have told me to do... I have listened to ALL sorts of different music and do so religiously, tried to play along with it, EVERYTHING. What it always seems to come back to is I play the same note patterns when I am creating a line. As well as my finger picking speed is quite slow. I can't keep anything going consistently when I am playing faster. Slower things aren't a problem and I articulate these lines and notes VERY WELL. I don't know what to do here ladies and gentlemen. For the love of everything holy, I am begging for suggestions.
: I appreciate any and all comments that you may have!
Lot's of good advice so far so I'll try not to repeat anything. You didn't mention if you play in a band. If you don't I suggest joining one. If you do it may be time to make a switch. If you don't want to make a switch try finding a second band to play with just for fun. Try to find a band that is different from what you are used to. Joining an existing band that plays original music might be very helpful especially if they want you to create your own basslines as oppossed to doing what the old bass player did.
While there's a lot to be said for studying from books and expanding the kinds of music you listen to, in my opinion nothing beats playing with a variety of different musicians to help you grow as both a bass player and a musician.
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