Posted by El Pájaro on July 23, 2000 at 10:58:36:
In Reply to: When your playing just sorta stands still... posted by Denny on July 22, 2000 at 17:49:40:
: I started playing bass about 4 years ago, and I experienced that amazing catapult in playing..I was learning really quickly, and I've emerged as a good player, I guess..but my bass playing has sort of been standing still..I will learn things, but I can't find anything to challenge me or help me grow as a bassist..where the problem is I know I don't know soooo much about bass playing..I just can't seem to find anything though..
: can anyone give me any suggestions to help me grow as a player? Any websites, music I should listen to, bass players I should look at, and technique that need further assessment..any advice will be greatly appreciated..thank you.
Kenny's right, and I agree 100% with him so there's no need to repeat the very same thoughts in this post.
I would like to add, though, that even if you hook up with a good teacher and go throgh all the "right" teaching methods, the learning curve will still work the same: you will feel a tremendous improvement at first, since you'll have so much unknown information thrown at you. After that, your progress will just become slower, and there's nothing wrong with that. Once someone masters the fundamentals of any skill (whether it's bass playing, painting, soccer or any other activity where some technical ability is required), going one step beyond that is something that requires a lot more effort, and the results take much more time to show up. So hang in there -even if your progress comes in spurts and as slow as molasses (to quote a Jeff Berlin classic), it IS happening. Have faith in it.
That's my two cents. Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix,
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