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Posted by A on September 17, 2001 at 14:29:41:

I recently started to really worry about where i'm going with my bass. I haven't been playing long (around two years) but I don't feel that i've found my own style, or much of a sound.

I have kind of got a sound; A ton of bass, a little middle to brighten up the higher strings and that's about it.

As regards to my style well it's pretty simple, i don't pop, slap, tap or hammer, I just pull on the strings. I don't play jazz or soul or anything, I like to play a lot of classic rock, a bit of heavy metal and lot of punk.

I'm stuck in a rut where i've progressed from simply playing root notes, but I always end a song by messing around with octaves and I don't have my own hand crafted style because I don't write a lot of my own songs, I just play other peoples songs and play their style rather then my own.

How do I find my own style ? I've looked on a lot of sites on the internet but i've not really found an answer other then to learn a load of music theory and I don't like to get stuck into technical books, i just like to play. I have a "who cares if i don't know what an arpagio is just as long as the music rocks and i'm having a good time" attitude. I play because it's fun and I have a good time playing with my friends, not because I want to make a proffesion out of it.

What do I do now ?

Plus, does anybody have any tips on how to end songs? I always slide up or down an octave or just let a note ring.

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