Re: When your playing just sorta stands still...

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Posted by Ollan Agtual on August 02, 2000 at 07:06:57:

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.

Hi Denny,

You can keep growing no matter what level you're at. Never be satisfied with your skill level. As for bass players to listen to, there's a lot of good players out there such as Jeff Berlin, Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Victor Bailey, Stanley Clarke, Louis Johnson, Adam Nitti, John Pattitucci, Abraham Laboriel, Ron Carter, Marcus Miller, etc. I'll bet that even these guys still set musical-growth goals for themselves. It's tough and you're going to hate it at times, but you're going to have to force yourself to do the exercises.

Keep in mind also, that although you're a bass player, you shouldn't limit yourself to listening to just bass players. Have you ever tried to play a sax solo on your bass?(try "Big Steps" by John Coltrane). Transcribe solos from other instruments (sax, trombone, even piano). Sing the notes as you play them. How's your sight-reading skills? ...good at bass clef but only so-so on treble clef? Try sight-reading just treble clef. Do a self-assesment to find out what your strengths and weaknesses are on the bass. Once you find that out, work on strengthening your weaknesses as well as improving your strengths. You can also find a teacher in your area to help you with your evaluation.

Get out of your comfort-zone and you'll find all sorts of things to work on. If you do this consistently over time, you, as well as the musicians that you play with will notice remarkable growth in your musical skills. Oh, and while you're doing all of this, don't forget to have fun! Peace.

Ollan Agtual

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