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Posted by Rich Laird on February 16, 2001 at 07:58:24:
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!
You've gotten a lot of really good suggestions here...let me toss in one more:
One of the things you said was that you do OK playing slowly...but then you have trouble keeping things goig at faster tempos. I tend to have that problem and - with help from my teacher - found an answer. It's just a matter of relaxing. Not only in terms of relaxing yourself head-wise....but also just relaxing your fingers, your arms, all the physical aspects of your playing.
One way to do that is to - as somebody suggested already - work things out slowly at first, and then gradually increase the tempo until you really start ripping. It can be sort of a mind-game 'cause you find yourself playing suff outrageously fast....even though it just feels like your pretty much doing what you've been doing all along. A metronome can help with this stuff - cause keeping things right in the pocket time-wise is a big part of it.
That's the benefit of the kind of focused practicing these guys are talking about - concentrating on something for 15 minutes as opposed to just horsing around for hours.
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