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Posted by Steve on July 30, 2000 at 22:46:16:

Sorry, I hope this won't end up bein gone of those posts, but I need to get this off my chest. I know people are just looking for help, and maybe I take it to personally, but I get tired of reading requests for what seems to be the easiest and quickest way to learn bass. It's like "the band needs a bass player so I'm gonna pick up a bass and learn to play in a few days" because after all, it's just the bass.

Being a good bass player and musician takes practice. You also should have instruction with a good teacher, and use proper method books and other materials that you might have to buy. You can't do it for free. Web sites are a great resource, but they are no substitute for a teacher.

Don't get me wrong. There are many great posts on this site. Most of them are, actually. It's just a few of them that get to me. I have been playing bass for over 20 years, and I practiced for over an hour tonight. It's not easy, and I'm not perfect, even after all that time.

I'm probably "preaching to the church" in here, but everyone says you'll feel better if you write it down. Please don't send me nasty emails, I just needed to vent a little. Thanks for listening.


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