Advice

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by pandros, Nov 7, 2012.


  1. pandros

    pandros

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    What is the one piece of advice you wish you could have given yourself... when you first started to play bass??
  2. Hulktopus

    Hulktopus

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    I would tell myself to take a few lessons instead of self-teaching.
  3. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Gold Supporting Member

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    Buy less gear and practice more.
  4. Peepaleep

    Peepaleep Supporting Member

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    +1

    Less gear, more practice, and don't stop taking lessons.
  5. El-Bob

    El-Bob

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    Learn basic major and minor chord formation, and jam with skilled musicians as often as possible. There's no more effective way to learn than jamming with more skilled musicians than yourself, it seems.
  6. Fallen Zephyr

    Fallen Zephyr Supporting Member

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    Just take it easy, both technique wise and with not trying to over think things musically or being to worried about things being perfect.
  7. EricssonB

    EricssonB

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    She's crazy, wrap it up.
  8. fearceol

    fearceol

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    Wear hearing protection if/when playing in a band ! ;)
  9. mcglyph

    mcglyph

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    Have the loosest most, "ready" fingers on both hands possible, I mean right against the fretboard, muting the BOTTOM string with those nice loose effortless fingers, keeping your fret hand in a cluster to whatever extent possible, so all of them are ready to do something, not full of tension and hangin in space. Practice string crossing forever, alternating fingers.
  10. Jhengsman

    Jhengsman

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    Go ahead and join that band.
  11. SurferJoe46

    SurferJoe46

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    Clothing is not optional. (I played a lot of topless bars in SoCal)
  12. basslayer

    basslayer Supporting Member

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    Don't be afraid to outgrow a band.
  13. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

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    Stop playing so many damn notes!
  14. lbbc

    lbbc Supporting Member

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    Stay with it..never stop playing and play with as many musicians as possible.
  15. cire113

    cire113

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    pay attention to tension, posture, technique while playing

    you can really cause bad habits and injury early
  16. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

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    Spend less time "talking" about it and more time "doing" it :D .
  17. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

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    Listen to the whole band sound, not just bass and drums.

    OWN the harmony- know the chords of every song and how they relate to the melody.

    Have fun!

    That redhead with the big... well, never mind...

    John

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