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Posted by DDazey on February 14, 2001 at 14:35:20:
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 remember reading an article on this and some of the suggestions were to try rehearsing in a different room of your house, or at least a different location in the room you rehearse. I know it sounds silly, but a change in your environment could have an effect on your playing. Another crazy idea is to change the tuning on your strings. For example, take your E string and tune it to A and take your A string and tune it to B etc. Just randomly pick some differnt tunings. Then start tinkering around with different runs. You can even try using the runs you are used to and see what happens. If you happen to find something that you like, then re-tune your bass correctly and try and re-create that run on your correctly tuned bass. Who knows what you may find! :-)
Just a couple crazy ideas to think about!
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