When playing bass solos how important is understanding chord progressions ?
How do you learn to navigate chord progressions?
I think the more you know about any 'thing' the better you will do that 'thing'.
If you write speeches for a living knowing more grammar will never hurt you. It will only help you. But knowing less grammar can get you fired.
A person can only play their 'knowledge base'. Sometimes that knowledge is conscious knowledge, sometimes it's unconscious knowledge but,...
Your only ever playing your knowledge base.
For every chord that exist there's a pool of information that pertains to that chord. The better you know and the more you know about that pool of information the better you can 'outline' that chord.
How can one increase a knowledge base? I often watch the YouTube video of you talking about the infinite field of ideas. I get enlightened every time I watch it. But I feel like I have a limited "vocabulary." What are things one should learn to increase a musical vocabulary?
I think you should consider studying with a 'real' teacher. That's the only true 'shortcut'.
You will eventually get it if you're using the 'trial and error' method. But you avoid many pitfalls if you study with a teacher who is just not a 'physical' player.
The problem is,...
Most people who call themselves bass/music teachers aren't really teachers. They're just 'physical' players. And some of them are really, really good physical players. But JUST physical players. You'll never get an 'understanding' of the inner workings of music from them. You'll learn some cool licks,...but that's about it.
Find a teacher with an actual curriculum and who can teach application.
They are out there! You can find them. But you have to want that kind of discipline. Most 'so called' musicians don't. They just think they do.
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