Posted by st'acey on June 14, 2000 at 09:09:36:
In Reply to: STUCK IN THE MIDDLE. posted by PAUL on June 14, 2000 at 08:17:43:
: HI EVERYBODY, I HAVE A PROBLEM AND REALLY CAN USE SOME HELP. FIRST, I HAVE JUST STARTED PLAYING BASS ABOUT A YEAR AGO. I HAVE SOME DRUMMING BACKGROUND AND A LITTLE ELECTRIC GUITAR, SO IT WASN'T TO HARD TO PICK UP AND LEARN AS THOUGH I KNEW NOTHING. BUT, I HAVE BEEN PLAYING WITH A FRIEND WHO IS A GREAT GUITAR PLAYER, AND THE LICKS I LEARNED, HE BASICALLY SHOWED ME. WE JUST FOUND A DRUMMER WHO IS PHENOMINAL, AND WE ACTUALLY HAVE SOMETHING GOING AS A BAND. THE PROBLEM I HAVE IS I CAN'T KEEP UP WITH THERE TALLENT WITH SUCH A SHORT TIME AS A BEGGINER. I JUST CAN'T SEEM TO PICK UP THE CHANGES BY EAR. I PRACTICE WHEN I CAN BUT IT SEEMS THAT I'M NOT MOVING FORWARD AT ALL. CAN SOMEONE TELL ME HOW TO GET OVER THE " BEGGINERS" HUMP? ALSO, I NEED TO KNOW HOW AND WHAT I SHOULD BE PRACTICING. I'VE HEARD EVERYTHING FROM MAJOR SCALES,TO ARPPEGIOS. THANKS FOR ANY ADVISE., PAUL
I know what you're talking about -- the beginner's hump-- lots of self-taught musicians experience that. Scales would be good to practice, but you may also just want to learn how to play a variety of songs. Look on the internet for tab on songs from bands you like (try the Bass Tab Archive). This is basically how I taught myself to play. Just get a variety of songs, and really pay attention to the makeup and context of the song. How many verse reps before the chorus comes? Where does the bridge fit in?, etc... If you expose yourself to a variety of material, pretty soon you will get used to playing different styles. You may also want to map out your band's songs. Ex: Verse 1 X2, Chorus X1, Verse 2X2..... etc. Try practicing them slower than usual at first, then speed up until you can play them up to tempo. The most important suggestion I can give you, though, is to keep it fun. The minute frustration sets in and bass isn't fun any more, is the time to take a little break and collect your thoughts. Practicing doesn't have to be dull, even when you're just starting out!!!
Best of luck in rocking out,
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