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Have you ever studied only one bassist?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Octaves, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. Octaves


    Jun 22, 2012
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    Howdy :)

    I am sick of bands and feel like i'm holding myself back by putting my energy into learning all their songs (even though i like most of them), and neglecting my learning needs as a bassist. The reason i started playing bass is that i wanted to be a funk / groove bassist and i don't think that i am achieving my goal. Every time my band looks like it is falling apart (which is quite regularly these days), i am relieved because i feel like i can explore my own needs and focus on the music that i love.

    I have always been a fan of George Porter Jnr, in fact, i love him!

    I have pretty much decided i want to focus solely on him and the Meters in order to develop my 'craft'. I will break it up with other things, but i think it would be a really good route to take. I could use their music to really get inside groove, theory and technique (as well as where and how bass fits into music). I am actually quite excited about it! I predict it will take me 6-8 months to get through their best of album.

    What do you think? Has anyone else ever done this?

  2. MalcolmAmos

    MalcolmAmos Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2009
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    Most of us have a day job, or like me are retired, so if this is what you would enjoy doing, go for it.

    Carol and I are about the same age, thus think alike, if I was to do this she would be my choice of who I would like to spend some serious study time with.

  3. mjac28

    mjac28 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964 Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
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    I'm retired also and it's Sir Paul for me and it's fun playing his music and watching his bass playing develop.
  4. stratovani


    Nov 18, 2007
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    I learned a lot from studying Geddy Lee. I've been a big fan of his for a number of years now and I hear a lot of his stuff in my playing.
  5. t77mackie


    Jun 13, 2012
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    I learned bass by wearing out my Iron Maiden and Duran Duran cassettes.

    This will lead to some issues though. Ummm..... lemmie find a good video interview for you.....

    Here it is. Watch part 2 too.

    Good luck!

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