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A Hypothetical Question About Lessons

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by KingOlav, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. KingOlav


    Oct 1, 2011
    I don't know if this was in the right category or not, but when someone starts out taking bass lessons (after having played for several years) what would he or she likely first work on with the teacher?
  2. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Private lessons are a very different world than sitting in a classroom at school. With private lessons the teacher works for you, and should be the source of the information YOU want. They are not necessarily responsible for your motivation, that's your job. In other words, you set the agenda and the pace of the learning.

    So assuming you don't have any technical problems that the teacher would judge to be a problem for you, the work you do will be the direction you want to take with your playing. What problems to you see in your playing? What do you want to do with the bass? Where do you see yourself musicially in the near and far future? Are there things you hear in other bass players that you can't figure how them? Once you've got that clear in your mind, start talking to your teacher.

    Remember too, that your lesson teacher is selling something: Musical information and technique. If you want to know something and the teacher doesn't know it, fine... go to some other teacher. Or augment your lessons with some skype lessons (more and more of them being offered here on TB it seems) and pick up some special technique.

    There's a mountain of great information here on TB. Read as much as you can. Just about every 'sticky' has something worthwhile in it.
  3. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    It really depends on your goals and the instructor's ability to help you meet those goals. What's most important is that the two of you engage in a disciplined course of study that you supplement that with a disciplined practice regimen. You'd be surprised how many private instructors do not have a comprehensive curriculum since the average student only wants to learn enough to play a few songs.

    If your musical goals don't point you towards the disciplined approach and subsequent investment of time & money, then take BassChuck's advice to scour the internet and piece together the tidbits that interest you at your own pace.

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