Bassist turned guitarist, now looking to get my bass chops back, where to start?
Electric bass was my first instrument, after a few years I slowly started turning more and more towards guitar. Right now I'm a student / jazz guitarist looking to get my bass chops up to a similar level as my guitar chops (for gigging mostly - good bassists are always in demand).
Genres of music I play are jazz first and foremost, followed by funk, R&B, soul, fusion... some rock, pop and acoustic possibly. Essentially anything other than metal and country I enjoy and play/would play. Sorry metal/country fans, just my preference.
I'm almost at a loss of where to start getting back into bass playing. My bass specific vocabulary is somewhat lacking now, and that I think is the biggest problem - causing me to pick up my bass and think "now what...?".
To start off with I'm going to work on walking bass - I've got a couple books of transcribed walking bass lines that I'm going to work through.
Also technique. A lot of guitar technique is applicable on bass so my left hand is fine but I was thinking of getting bass specific right hand techniques down again (slap bass mostly). My normal two finger right hand walking thing (you know what I mean) is still at a perfectly usable level... old habits die hard.
From then on however, I have no idea where to go, so if anybody can offer some useful help, it will be much appreciated! :)
Play double bass.
There's nothing that reframes my perspective as a bassist more effectively than playing double bass, especially as a jazz player.
I forgot to mention double. I'm currently looking for one to hire as well.
I would also add that bass guitar is another type of fingering pattern than guitar-- your primary fingers used should be 124. using that and the thumb pivot will help your tone and produce a much better comfort level....
What do you mean by thumb pivot?
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