Bad Playing Days...

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by organworthyplayer337, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. organworthyplayer337

    organworthyplayer337 Professional Hack

    Oct 28, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    What do you do about bad playing days? How do you recover from them?
    What do you do when your in a slump?

    I'm going through one right now :(

    Ugh haha
  2. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets. Supporting Member

    To quote too fighters " done done on to the next one"
  3. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    i take time off. works like magic. i stunk on Monday,.. today it's a breeze. kick back, relax, & take it easy
  4. OldDirtyBassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    I just get on talkbass. At least I'm still thinking music that way.

    I'll get bored and find a song I haven't heard in many years, go over the song in my head and see if it's in key with the real recording. Stuff like that.
  5. Tgb


    Oct 6, 2014
    Change things up. Sometimes when I'm feeling uninspired I'll try some alternate tunings, I'll quite often discover a few new melodic ideas and then I'll discover even more when I attempt those melodies back in standard tuning.

    Throw a wrench in the works. Sometimes I'll flip the bass over and play it lefty. I just spent a couple hours last night playing with the bass sitting on my lap, facing up. Another thing I've tried that was kind of fun was to squeeze split shots onto the strings at a harmonic point close to the bridge. It sounds kind of like a steel drum. All these things will force you out of your comfort zone and you'll discover new things. You don't have to be good at it, that's kind of the whole point.
  6. Today's gig went bad, suck it up, tomorrow is another day. Now if you are in a slump and have been for several days. Do something you like doing. Go fishing, take a hike anything to get away from what is causing the slump.

    Then back to the shed.
  7. thewildest


    May 25, 2011
    Florida, USA
    There is something (better worded) in the lines of "Amateurs practice until they Get It Right; professionals practice until they Can't Get It Wrong."

    There's only one true way out of this situation....
  8. organworthyplayer337

    organworthyplayer337 Professional Hack

    Oct 28, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    I understand what you're getting at but I'm pretty sure even the most seasoned pros go through a few slumps now and then or have a bad playing day or two. (Not saying I'm a pro or anything like that haha)
  9. BazzTard

    BazzTard Inactive

    stop playing, wait for a good bass day :)
  10. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Inactive

    Nov 20, 2000
    Harrison Mills
    Stop thinking.
  11. Polfuste


    Sep 10, 2010
    South France
    I let the bass in her gigbag and take a book.
  12. Barry C

    Barry C

    Dec 9, 2014
    I know as far as my playing goes I have a bad day or extended slump..I actually get out of it by playing through it, but I go back to basics.. I'll just run scales or patterns until I want to tackle whatever stumped,slumped, or got me down about playing. I actually did this for months after a bad run. It will help to take a step back to go forward. Good luck
    Bruce_M likes this.