Posted by timO' on January 06, 2001 at 12:10:40:
In Reply to: Re: rhetorical question posted by splatbass on December 28, 2001 at 22:07:29:
: : : I think there is no possible way to quantifiably state how long it takes a person to develop "Their" sound. It could take ten years, it could be almost instantaneous (though that would probably be rare). I wouldn't worry about it, it will happen when it happens. -B
: I would agree with both these guys, but would add that when you do find "your sound", it will still probably change and evolve as time goes on. In my 25 years of playing, I've found "my sound" several times, but as music changes, and I change, I find I'm no longer staisfied with "my sound", and find a new "my sound". Just stop worrying about it and have fun, that's why we do this after all.
i agree with splatbass,(i didn't read all the other threads) and will add that obtaining a quality instrument, and getting familiar with it's various tonal capabilities is essential. your sound starts where your fingers touch the strings. trying to create a tone using processors ain't it.
then, as was already stated, as your ear developes, you will adapt riffs and tricks, and the material you are playing and learning, will add to your vocabulary.
when i'm feeling bored or frustrated i'll learn a new song and bass part.
i recently learned the bass parts to in memory of elizabeth reed and another thing called 'gypsy flame' by armik (modern flamenco)
get them into your computer, and LISTEN over and over.
learning new tunes or types of music keeps you loose.
Sometimes genius happens by accident, but you got to have your chops down and your ears open, then be in a situation where there are strong players to interact with.
i switched from 4 to 5 string a couple of years ago, and after a painful and extended search, settled on a schecter S 5 string. the extrra string makes singing a bit easier because I can play a whole song from one or two positions, instead of having to move all over the neck, and the additonal few low notes you gain down under can be very effective if used judiciously.
my motto is 'tune up turn down and practice,practice,practice'. as previously stated, your sound should be maturing as you continue to play. if you are not growing, you are dying.
regards to all.
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