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Posted by gerard on May 20, 2000 at 16:53:34:
In Reply to: Hoplessly bound to reptitiveness. posted by Don the CorkSkrew on April 21, 2000 at 23:08:59:
: Oi.. Evening..
: Been having troubles lately. Usually competition on bass gives me the raw,
: blinding willpower to increase by somewhat-bass talent 10 fold. It's not
: happening. I feel frustrated and bound by my inability to sound damn good.
: Also, to compliment the frustration, I've become insanely confused.. Should
: I work on songs, or rudiments? I've grasped the fact that I need to become faster,
: but all of my willpower has... depleted. Lord knows I have the determination, but
: where? Does it even MATTER? I've taken everyone's ideas and complimented
: them, but they fall short. Ok, I'm whining. Argh. Anyways, I'm wholeheartedly
: going to start 'training' myself, but I just worry about my patience. Any
: ideas or suggestions are wholefully weend lcome and appreciated. -Don
Go to the music store and check out all the books - I would reccomend learning some eastern scales - surf the net. There are literally thousands of bass related sites. Check out Yusef Lateef's book - Repository of Scales & Melodic Patterns. Just open up the book to any page and work on whatever is 'featured'. This is a phenomenal book - don't let the terminology scare you. Get your theory together if you have not already. I don't think it is necessary to break up your practice into sections but to play things that cover all the bases. When you play a gig you don't say 'now lets play Rudiments', 'now lets play a song'. This is only my oppinion. Try changing your environment - playing outside is very inspiring - and relax (that's somethong I need to learn). Learning a new technique can also help. Good luck!
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