Re: This pertains to EVERYONE!!!!!!! READ READ READ!!!

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Posted by Pat Harrington on April 12, 2000 at 19:07:28:

In Reply to: This pertains to EVERYONE!!!!!!! READ READ READ!!! posted by Brock on April 11, 2000 at 18:07:57:

: Hey all... I've been thinking a lot lately, and if i don't write this
: down i'm gonna go nuts. Although i'm always learning, as we all are, I've come to a conclusion, that i think is absolutely important to all bass players, though i don't know how right I am. I want so badly to become the best bass player that I possibly can, so i'm always trying to experiment around to see what sounds good or what cool fills I can come up with. This is a great idea in theory right? Sure. The problem lies deeper though. I recently have been playing with an outstanding guitarist. In order to try to keep up with him I feel like i gotta add something interesting on bass during every song. The frustration comes out when I hear a tape that I made of us playing. The bass sounds too busy at times. Whoever said less is more at times is absolutely correct. In certain songs, it is key to be a "TASTEFUL" bass player. I'm not to
: sure what to do. I feel at times that I can't be any worse on bass, though I know I don't really suck (not saying I'm great, either). I'm extremely annoyed at myself at this moment. But seriously, TASTEFUL. Its more difficult,, I think to become TASTEFUL. Experience I'm sure backs the truth of such a statement (I hope someone backs me here). So I need to work on this.
: I'm hoping that if I play WITH the song of the moment, and not play my bass as an isolated instrument, I'll sound better. UNITY. hmmmmm....Then again I don't wanna be boring..i wanna keep myself interested too... I know by sticking around the root I can accomplish this goal but aayyyyyyyeeeeeeee!!!!!!! I don't wanna play the same stuff over and over. I want my bass lines to be great basslines... See my problem?? Who has done this?? What should I do to become more tasteful as a bass player, and better- quicker...

: Maybe I'll lock myself away with my bass for a while. Yeah that oughta do it....

: Let me know your thoughts...
: Thanks a lot all
: Brock

>Geez, Brock, you have a knack for asking tough questions!!! :-)

All these things you've asked don't have an easy answer, though..
Nobody learns how to play tasty bass lines overnight, it takes YEARS!!.
Sure, instructional books and tapes are good and they're fine, but
a good place to start is at the start, (as far as songs go)...Go back
and listen to what Jamerson did with all those great Motown songs,
Lock yourself up in your practice room with The Beatles' "White Album"
Check out John McVie with Fleetwood Mac...Listen to how STEADY
that guy is...And always..PLAY FOR THE SONG...Sometimes the simplest
things, the most understated things can add taste to bassline and help
the song along, something as simple as note length is a big one, Moving
off the root can really turn a song around...Chris Squire is a master at
this, check him out...Bottom line, the more you develop your ears,
the more stuff you listen to and swipe from other bass players, the bigger
your musical vocabulary will be...And don't always feel compelled to
play in a busy style, let the vocals and the melody do their thing...
Lock in with the drummer, the groove is ULTRA IMPORTANT as well.
Being SOLID AND STEADY is one of the most important things you'll
ever do as a bassist. So, open your ears as wide as you can, listen
to the great songs, not only just Rock, Pop, or Metal, go back and
listen to as many GOOD SONGS as you can get your hands on.

Good Luck
Pat H

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