Anyone ever get "riff-block"?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Jazzman23, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. Jazzman23


    Dec 23, 2005
    Hey all,

    For the past week or so, it just seems like my bass playing isnt what it could be. Jamming with friends I can never seem to make up a decent riff or fill. I hope I get over it soon

    It seems I have "riff-block". Doesn't it suck?
  2. Tom Crofts

    Tom Crofts

    Mar 15, 2001
    Yes. Listen to some new music, well, new to you :) Then steal little bits you like from lots of tunes to make into a new bassline for yourself :)

    And remember that it doesn't mean you suck. Maybe take a day or two off bass? Sometimes helps...
  3. CPL


    Aug 24, 2003
    New England Area. USA
    This can happen from time to time. A lot of it depends on how you are doing mentally and/or emotionally. Another problem I've had when writting was trying to avoid ripping some of my influences to much. Like Hooky (Peter Hook of Joy Division/ New Order fame, in case you didn't know,) or David J. I listen to a wide genre of music, which also helps.
  4. JHL


    Apr 8, 2005
    London, England
    I've found the easiest way to get out of "riff-block" is by playing with new people, listening to new music and not thinking or critizising myself when jamming... it's supposed to be fun, right? :)

    Just play!