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5 Tips That Would Make You Better...

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by crios, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. crios


    Feb 14, 2017
    Miami, Florida
    I think the lady in this video is on the money. What would you take out or add to her list of tips? Thanks.

  2. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    You can't go wrong with this advice. Of course there are 'exceptions' to just about everything, but remember she is talking on a overall point of view and she's dead on. The exceptions will be a very small percentage of the time you have to make a choice, in other words there will need to be a reason to do something different.
  3. crios


    Feb 14, 2017
    Miami, Florida
    I am guilty of playing open notes more than what I should so I appreciate her first tip to not do that so often. The rest is right on I think. Can any of you add-on to her tips? I love tips.
  4. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    I hate that video. It so full of clichees. There are too much exceptions. If every one would follow these rules there wouldn't be any progress in music and it would all be boring.
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  5. crios


    Feb 14, 2017
    Miami, Florida
    Interesting POV.
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  6. Bondobass


    Mar 14, 2014
    Well if you don't even attempt to mute the note off after playing an open string...then no, don't play an open string.
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  7. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    A lot of bass lines use open strings. Jamerson, Jaco and so on. It all depends on how you use them. That goes for all of these 5 tips. That is why I don't like these kind of videos. Maybe they are useful for absolute beginners but even so they will only remember 'don't use open strings' and 'always use the root on the one' but that is not always the case in real world bass lines.
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  8. DuckSoup


    Dec 20, 2017
    "Don't use open strings"

    *Closes video*

    /Does she know that you can mute open strings?
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  9. crios


    Feb 14, 2017
    Miami, Florida
    ...and the other tips?
  10. Nah... She probably doesn't know that...
  11. This seems like solid enough advice for a novice player and more or less boils down to stay in control of the instrument and stay in control the groove.
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  12. vindibona1


    Apr 18, 2015
    Be careful what you say. She's Israeli and probably served in the IDF and will kick your a** if she ever finds you :).
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  13. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Thanks :). At work and can't watch this, but I'd have done the same as you.
  14. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    Yeh this popped up in my recommends lately also.

    It’s trash.

    She defends herself in the comments by saying the video is “intended for beginners” but if you watch any of her other videos she’s pretty squarely in the camp of “no money above the 5th fret.”

    Pretty useless for anyone who’s interested in being anything but a root note pounder.

    I break all of the rules she lists in this video almost constantly.
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  15. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv

    Here's 5 things to make you a better bass player

    1) Find a good teacher
    2) Practice every day
    3) Transcribe bass lines from GOOD players
    4) Play with people better than yourself
    5) Play appropriate to the style - i.e. don't go all 'Jack Bruce' in ZZ Top.

    There, and I didn't try to waste 10 minutes of your time.
  16. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    Stick to the bottom....good advice.
  17. saabfender


    Jan 10, 2018
    I'd already seen the film. Think it should re-titled "5 Tips That Will Make You A Mediocre Bass Player."
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  18. I don't think beat is sacrificed for a fill.
    If the beat is lost is because the player is playing bad.

    My only one tip is: imagine a perfect bass part for the piece of music you have in front of you. Try to play it.
  19. I'm almost positive everyone who says this video fails doesn't have nearly the gigs either in number, or quality that she does...

    So... Hmmm. Who you really gonna trust? Random B level (if that) Jamokes on the internet? Not even effin' hardly. If she says the lesson is for a certain audience, then it's for a certain audience. No need to try to make it more than that just to try to prove how smart you think you are.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2018
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  20. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    I trust the Jamokes because they do not mix up using open strings and muting correctly. Trying to sell me those as one and the same is misleading.

    If done by someone with credentials, that would make me have to believe she misinforms the audience intentionally. Which is even worse, isn't it? If not, she treats her audience like a bunch of dumbbells. Great choices.
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