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Posted by Mickster on February 14, 2001 at 12:34:52:
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!
Antonio, first off, don't panic. Dave's advise is very good. Reach for something
beyond your grasp. It's hard I know, but, you will come away with something after a few weeks of struggling. As I've suggested to others here, buy some
bass instruction books with CDs. If there's no teacher available, these things
are God sent. What's really good about these books is that you don't have to
complete a certain lesson by a certain date as with a teacher.(I'm not knocking
teachers) They're also for just about everyone from beginner to advanced. You
can view/buy them from www.carvin.com. I bought Jazz Bass, Expanding Walking Bass Lines, and Fingerboard Harmony. Other than that the only thing I can think
of is a teacher; but try to find a good one.(easier said than done) A good teacher will push you in the right direction, a bad one will keep telling you
that you're getting better, and just take your money. Try to think of learning
music like climbing a mountain; no one can go straight to the top in one shot.
For the vast majority of us a rut is like trying to climb in the fog. You want
to go on, but, you can't see where the next foothold is. This is why we ALL NEED SUPPORT, WE ALL NEED EACH OTHER. That's what this forum is about. We all
go through ruts, it stinks, but, it's part of the dues.
Hope this helped,
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