Re: Meshing

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Posted by Frederick on September 14, 2000 at 10:42:17:

In Reply to: Re: Meshing posted by Datsgor on September 13, 2000 at 09:19:29:

: : I'm just beginning bass and when I try to play my bass fast, like one note after the other, the notes all mesh together to form one, annoying sound...I'm wondering if I'm doing something wrong and there's a teqchnique I don't know about or if there's something wrong with the amp or something...thanks for you help.

: : Nathan

: Nathan, how beginning are you? have you gotten a good grasp on your tempo yet? I mean the boring stuff, practicing whole notes, half notes, quarter notes to a metronome over and over again. The basics. How is your right hand left hand coordination. Are they locked in with one another? Perfectly in tune with each others movements? If not.....thats o.k. keep practicing, slow down a little and dont give up. Have you ever had a teacher? Even just a few lessons can be enough to correct some "bad" habits that may have crept into your style. Personally, I think teachers are great. I have been playing 20 years and i still go to this teacher for advice once in a while. Its just the outside perspective that helps. I hope this helped you out in any small way......late.......john

Well Nathan, my playing has improved in that area since my left hand has flat out got stronger. I don't "poke holes" in the sound like I used to when I was an absolute beginner. "Poking holes" means that you come off of a fretted note a fraction to soon in order to play another fretted note. You are wanting to play legato (smooth connected notes with no "holes" in the sound). Unless the song calls for stacatto, you must strive for legato. It is a definite, worth while goal that will take some practice. GIVE IT SOME TIME and don't be lazy when practicing or you just might be lazy when playing ensemble or with a group.

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