Posted by Jerry on April 27, 2000 at 22:56:51:
In Reply to: HELP! I need some advice posted by Bass Guy on April 16, 2000 at 13:12:20:
Hey man - if you've been playing two years, you're not a beginner! It sounds like you're heading in the right direction here, and I wish you nothing but the best.
As bassists, just like any instrumentalist, we must realize that we are musicians first, and specialists second. Therefore, along with practicing and honing technique, style, etc, we also must learn the language of music. As that happens, we tend to further branch out into writing, arranging, etc.
That said, we all do this differently. That's what makes us unique as musicians and as people. Check out everything - if you can find one person that will provide you with bass technique (styles, approach, note selection, dexterity, etc.) AND music knowledge (theory, harmony, reading, etc.) then hire that person and latch on! However, don't give up if you don't find that in a teacher. You can study "bass" under one or many fellow players, but you can learn music from anyone knowledgeable - pianists, guitarists, etc. who will share with you the fundamentals.
If there's anything I can do to help, please toss an e-mail message my way.
Good luck and keep playing those low notes!
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