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Posted by Bob the bass player on July 03, 2001 at 11:10:36:
In Reply to: and I'm stuck posted by Dave Wood on July 02, 2001 at 05:52:10:
Sometimes it's the really simple things that help me get past the many times I don't feel like I'm going anywhere as a bass player. Here are three suggestions.
1. The silliest of the all. I have an old book of traditional songs whose melody lines are written out on bass cleft. They're mostly nursery songs, christmas songs, and folk music. Strange as it migt sound I have found it useful to play through these melodies to see how they really work.
2. Go back through my collection of guitar mags and read the old bass columns. I always find things that last time i wasn't interested in or didn't understand and now I find them useful. There are also many good insprirational columns, particluary the series by Jeff Berlin.
3. Play around with another instrument. I started playing acoustic guitar about 3 years ago. Learning my way around the guitar and its role in music has defintely improved my bass playing.
4. Finally practice music not the bass. For me this means songwriting. This is something I just talk up about six months ago and have had a lot of fun with it. Thinking about entire songs and not just bass lines definetly will expand your horizens. Plus your fellow band members will be impressed when you start coming to pratice each week with new songs.
Well I hope this helps. At least it's different from the usual advice.
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