Re: rhetorical question

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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on December 29, 2001 at 09:03:53:

In Reply to: rhetorical question posted by sam on December 28, 2001 at 12:29:30:

: how long does it take to get "your sound" on the bass? I don't mean tone, just your own signature sound. I overheard a few bassists discussing this in a store this morning. one of them made the comment that it takes 10 years(!) for a bassist to develop his/her own sound. being a beginner, this was somewhat of a downer. heh

: what are your opinions on this?

I'm going to second (or third, fourth, or whatever it's up to now) what Blisshead, Mickster, and splatbass said.

At the same time, though, one of the things you need to realize is that a *big* part of developing your own 'sound' on an instrument is just a matter of *borrowing* little bits and pieces from other players' styles, then putting them all together in a way that's uniquely *you*. It's not necessarily a *conscious* process, either; most players will incorporate at least some stuff into their styles without realizing where it came from.

There's nothing wrong with this; it's something that happens naturally.

There's not really a moment of epiphany that says "You now have your own sound!"; it's just a matter of naturally progressing and feeling comfortable with both the instrument and *yourself*, and it just kinda happens over time. It might take 10 years, or maybe it'll just happen practically overnight; you never know...

As a beginner, though, the thing that you need to concentrate on *most* is learning how to play correctly, i.e., proper technique, etc. (make sure you pick up as few bad habits as you can; trying to unlearn them later is a *major* pain in the butt!). While you're doing that, *listen* to as many different bass players as you can; as you learn, you'll be able to figure out the techniques that your favorite players use, and incorporate it into your style!

Hope that helps!


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