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are you making music all the time?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by thehangingmist, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. thehangingmist


    Dec 14, 2007
    New Delhi, India
    MTD kingston international emerging artist
    so everytime you pickup your instrument do you feel musical? i dont know when i pick it up either i know exactly what am going to "practice" or i just fiddle around for a while and then put it back :-/ but i never feel musical
    i have been working on ear training and picking up songs by ear a lot, almost everyday and now i can figure out everything i have to with some effort but i dont feel musical you know that i can make music of my own or have musical ideas. i cant come up with melodies of my own or okay a solo which makes sense. how do i fix that?

    ps: ive studied some harmony, theory etc i have practiced a lot of scales and arpeggios and walking bass lines so basically i mean i have put in some work into this and learned to play jazz standards etc but yeah nothing original :atoz:
  2. thehangingmist


    Dec 14, 2007
    New Delhi, India
    MTD kingston international emerging artist
    wow come to think of it i might have posted a thread like this a long time back as well so after a lot of time and lessons and practice not much has changes but i can just play more things maybe. anyway i was thinking am 22 i dont know when will i feel like i have something to say musically? and how does one get there?
    i mean i can play bass and accompany a lot of musicians but how do i feel like am doing something which satisfies me you know make a musical statement? i know am not a songwriter but i want to express myself through my instrument but i am just not able to for some reason and its very frustrating
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  4. Take a sad song and make it happy. A slow song and make it groovy. Take a metall song and reduce it to acoustic chords. You know the theory. Now look for its application.

    One of my favorite exercises is to create a groove with a box pattern. 4 notes. Then take away the 5th and make it 3 notes. Then just the root and the second. Then, to create a groove with one note.

    Melodic playing (outside of the normal bassist's role) is hard for me on a bass. I compose, but a lot of it is on guitar or keyboard. My favorite instrument is still the bass, though.

    Also, play things that inspire you
  5. Sorry to necro, but I feel I have something pertinent. No less than Miles Davis once said that, "sometimes it takes a long time to play like yourself". Keep sheddin'! :bassist: You'll get there! :D
  6. maxiegrant

    maxiegrant Bassist in Transition

    Nov 26, 2007
    Sellersburg, IN
    Always make music. Even if it's boring music (playing scales).

    Don't practice doing things unmusically. You'll get good at it.

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