Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Samelot, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. Samelot

    Samelot Guest

    Jun 23, 2005
    hi, guys. right now im in a state of bass frustration. I just feel like there are somedays i cant improvize somtimes, or other times its difficult for me to do scales, or maybe elaberate my bass playing to different levels. What ever it is, im just sick of it. Sometimes can be a major turnoff, and it will loose my interest for playing bass. Does aanyone else have this probelm? Did the bass greats like jaco and wooten have this probelm? Does anyone know how to get rid of it?
  2. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Whether the greats had it or not is really secondary, but like anything else that people do for a long time, some burnout is to be expected after a while.

    If you practiced one thing too many times, practice a different aspect of playing, such as sight reading or transcribe a new tune. If you feel dried up, give it some time, walk away for a bit, occupy your mind with something else, or listen to some new music that might make you think of the bass in a different way.

    Hope that helps.
  3. FriscoBassAce

    FriscoBassAce Guest

    Dec 29, 2004
    Frisco, Texas
    Independent Manufacturers Representative
    Try learning music outside of your favorite genre. If you are into jazz or fusion, learn some country stuff. If you're into rock, learn some classical stuff. What this will do is allow you to see things from a different angle, and hopefully you will then be able to improve. It's worked for me many times whenever I've been in the doldrums. Something else that I've found is that sometimes I put the instrument down for a little while. It always seems like whenever I take about a two week break on occasion, that I'm able to come back very fresh and it's then that I'm most creative.

    Good luck!
  4. Samelot

    Samelot Guest

    Jun 23, 2005
    thx bebs