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Posted by El Pájaro on February 14, 2001 at 06:44:56:
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!
I've been playing bass for quite a few years now (old fart that I am) and let me tell you, I felt stuck in a rut MANY times. Everybody will tell you a different way to get out of it, but in my case it always worked to set myself very specific, realistic, short term goals, and then working hard towards achieving those goals. Examples? Picking up some specific bassline and/or solo, trying to learn the fingerings for some chord progression (IIm7b5-V7b9-Im7 takes some time to master!) all over the fingerboard, completely reading a difficult piece of written music, alternate fingering, etc. etc. etc.
That's my $0.02 on the subject. Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix,
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