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Re: What should a lousy bassplayer do?

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Posted by kenj on April 23, 2001 at 17:30:58:

In Reply to: What should a lousy bassplayer do? posted by Mark on February 15, 2001 at 17:17:34:

: Ok, here's my problem. I've been playing for a year - year and a half and I want to play in a band. Now, I know NONE that is in a band, and I am not particularly good at playing yet. I can't read, I can't just improvise with music. I barely know where the notes are on the fretboard (Huge mistake not learning this from day 1... I was to lazy to learn, but man do I regret that)

: Now, if I put out an add or something in the local musicstore the people answering it will probably expect me to read...or at least be able to improvise some.

: So, since many of you seem to have much more experiance then me in this area, I was wondering what is expected of a bassplayer that just want to play with others, maybe the occational club-gig.

: And is it even worth looking for a band being a beginner like me. All bands looking for beginners seem to be 15-19 years old. I started late, and now I'm 28... the 15-19 crowd seem a bit young for me :-)

: Right now it feels like my ship has sailed when it comes to music. I won't quit playing, don't get me wrong becous I love my bass, but it feels like I "lost" the times when it was ok to stink (I mean age wize).

: But how do I know when I'm good enough to say with confidence that I know how to play?

: Ok, this sounds stupid, but I hope you know what I mean :-)

You think you got problems I'60 sick/ retired/ & tonedeaf I wanna play fretless! I diddnt think I was mad, but it may be so'

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