Posted by El Pájaro on April 17, 2000 at 06:59:54:
In Reply to: HELP! I need some advice posted by Bass Guy on April 16, 2000 at 13:12:20:
: I am a "beginner" bass player that has been playing in a band for about two years now. I have learned everything I know by getting the basic info on a song from our guitarist, and then I play it over and over till I get it right. While this has made me a great parrot (able to spit out other people's bass lines), it hasn't helped me with being able to improvise or write my own stuff. The question I have is where should I start with lessons? Should I spend time with theory, technique, or a combination of both? Any help would be great.
If what you're trying to improve is your improvising/writing skills, I'd recommend putting an emphasis on music theory. Don't overlook your technique, though, but thoroughly working through harmonic, melodic and rhythmic principles should help you overcome any technical difficulties you may come across. Fortunately, there's a lot of info to draw from out there, and any reputable teacher may help you around this.
Hope this helped. Buena suerte and keep that bass up front in the mix,
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