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Bassist turned guitarist, now looking to get my bass chops back, where to start?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by SammieWammie, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. SammieWammie


    Nov 25, 2012
    New Zealand
    Electric bass was my first instrument, after a few years I slowly started turning more and more towards guitar. Right now I'm a student / jazz guitarist looking to get my bass chops up to a similar level as my guitar chops (for gigging mostly - good bassists are always in demand).

    Genres of music I play are jazz first and foremost, followed by funk, R&B, soul, fusion... some rock, pop and acoustic possibly. Essentially anything other than metal and country I enjoy and play/would play. Sorry metal/country fans, just my preference.

    I'm almost at a loss of where to start getting back into bass playing. My bass specific vocabulary is somewhat lacking now, and that I think is the biggest problem - causing me to pick up my bass and think "now what...?".

    To start off with I'm going to work on walking bass - I've got a couple books of transcribed walking bass lines that I'm going to work through.

    Also technique. A lot of guitar technique is applicable on bass so my left hand is fine but I was thinking of getting bass specific right hand techniques down again (slap bass mostly). My normal two finger right hand walking thing (you know what I mean) is still at a perfectly usable level... old habits die hard.

    From then on however, I have no idea where to go, so if anybody can offer some useful help, it will be much appreciated! :)
  2. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Play double bass.

    There's nothing that reframes my perspective as a bassist more effectively than playing double bass, especially as a jazz player.
  3. SammieWammie


    Nov 25, 2012
    New Zealand
    I forgot to mention double. I'm currently looking for one to hire as well.
  4. Bass Mentor

    Bass Mentor

    Apr 30, 2012
    Nashville Tennessee
    endorsing artist: Lava Cable, E&O Mari, Rupert Neve Designs
    I would also add that bass guitar is another type of fingering pattern than guitar-- your primary fingers used should be 124. using that and the thumb pivot will help your tone and produce a much better comfort level....

  5. SammieWammie


    Nov 25, 2012
    New Zealand
    What do you mean by thumb pivot?