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am i making good progress??

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by slick519, Nov 20, 2001.


  1. slick519

    slick519

    Aug 11, 2001
    Salem, Or
    i started bass guitar in the middle of august and have had bass lessons once a week for the whole time. right now, i just got done with the 2nd suzuki book on string bass (i played it on bass guitar not db) and right now im working on slapping 16th notes, im doing ok on it, jsut kind of hard to get the rythm right. also, ive began to compose walking bass lines to a piece called "autumn leaves."

    Im asking this question because im only 14 and all of the other bass players around me are all really good and have been playing for around 10 years. they also have experience with db, which i dont.

    thank you,
    slick519
     
  2. 1) Your signature Weezer thing is messed up, fix that ;)

    2) Sure your doing fine. I wouldn't concentrate on all this slapping though. Speed isn't everything. Learning how to compose walking basslines is a big plus. I still haven't completly figured it out. I usually have to sit down to make them, I can't make em up on the spot. Slapping in 16ths isn't that important. In fact slapping in the first place isn't that important. I personally think MOST slapping sounds like crap. Easy tricks to amuse the masses.

    3) Doublebass (also known as Traditional Bass, Bass, Bowed Bass, and Stringed Bass) is NOT required to be an excellent bassplayer. I hate to use the popular Jaco references, but Jaco did not play DB before playing Electric Bass. Neither did many players. Of course DB players will most likely have an edge on non-DB players mostly because of prior skill, and music theory knowledge, but practice can quickly put you up to par.

    4) Transcribe LOTS! Take songs, and transcribe them at first. Just listen, than play it on bass. Next, play scales, and screw around with them. Chances are you will often hit upon a song you know. I forget what scale I was playing (as my original transcription was in the wrong key...hehe oops :eek: :eek: :eek: ) but I stumbled upon about 10 Blink 182 songs (unfortuanly) while playing Major Scales and messing around with em.

    Goodluck in your basshood journey.

    /Anthony
     
  3. slick519

    slick519

    Aug 11, 2001
    Salem, Or
    thanks alot for yyour input. you know, i think that im gonna go practice now that i have an ego boost! oh and about the weezer thing, thats what the new weezer swmbol looks like!;)

    slick519
     
  4. hujo

    hujo

    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Keep it up with the Suzuki books, they're great, in my experience. I worked through the viola ones, and they were really good for technique, as they step for step brought up all the necessary techniques quite early on, and gradually got harder.

    And yeah, I think you're progressing fine. Don't worry about the slapping so much, it'll come eventually.
     
  5. slick519

    slick519

    Aug 11, 2001
    Salem, Or
    yeah, I know all about the suzuki books. parrtly because my dad is an orchestra teacher, and i use them for my piano and violin lessons. well, thanks for your help!

    slick519