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Posted by Charlie ( on November 10, 2003 at 13:13:02:

In Reply to: What help in becoming total bassist posted by Joseph L. Miller Jr. on October 28, 2003 at 09:39:27:

: How's everyone doing, I'm posting this message to that person or individuals that would like to help me to become the TOTAL BASSIST i have finnaly made up my mind that i'm WILLING to learn. I believe i'm about a 6 on a scale from 1-10 i've been playing since 12 and now i'm 42. life unforseen struggles hasn't allow me to be where I want to be. I'm READY.

: Joe Miller,
: Toledo, OH cell 419-514-3859

THe best advice I can give you is to learn more than just bass. By that I mean become a musician whose primary instrument is bass, rather than a bass player with chops who knows enough theory to get by. The best way to do this is to become a reasonably proficient reader, in both clefs, and start studying things like jazz theory, arranging, etc., and train your ear to recognize what you are hearing without having to pick up an instrument to pick it out. This all takes time, but if you make your goal simply to work on it a bit each day, eventually you'll be surprised at how far you've gone. In other words, embrace the process without putting too much emphasis on results. The results will follow if you simply follow the process. Think of it as a puzzle: you are adding a few pieces to it each day. Eventually you'll see a completed puzzle. You'll also discover that it's not as daunting a task as it seems at first to learn "all that stuff!" Don't think you're too old for it either. You're going to be playing bass when you're 65 and older. What kind of bass player do you want to be then? My peers and I range from mid 40s to mid 60s, and everyone is as jazzed about playing as they ever were, and can play better than ever.

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