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

  1. pandros


    Oct 25, 2012
    What is the one piece of advice you wish you could have given yourself... when you first started to play bass??
  2. Hulktopus


    Aug 22, 2012
    Mansfield, TX
    I would tell myself to take a few lessons instead of self-teaching.
  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Buy less gear and practice more.
  4. Peepaleep

    Peepaleep Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2010
    Las Cruces, NM

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

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    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. 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


    Apr 5, 2011
    CoSpgs, CO.
    She's crazy, wrap it up.
  8. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    Wear hearing protection if/when playing in a band ! ;)
  9. mcglyph


    Aug 17, 2011
    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


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Go ahead and join that band.
  11. Clothing is not optional. (I played a lot of topless bars in SoCal)
  12. basslayer


    Jan 3, 2008
    Tyler, TX
    Don't be afraid to outgrow a band.
  13. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Stop playing so many damn notes!
  14. lbbc

    lbbc Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Seaford , DE
    Stay with it..never stop playing and play with as many musicians as possible.
  15. cire113


    Apr 25, 2008
    pay attention to tension, posture, technique while playing

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

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    Spend less time "talking" about it and more time "doing" it :D .
  17. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    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...