Desperately need help!!!!

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Leftybass12, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. Leftybass12


    Nov 14, 2008
    Okay, so I've been playing bass for 3 years basically and I have a real problem. My plucking fingers can be super fast because I've been practicing speed exercises for the past month and half like crazy. My problem is that I failed to get my fretboard hand in sync with these exercises. If there are any suggestions on how to help me get my two hands in sync that would be great!
    The reason I ask this is because A: I really need it
    and B: I'm covering the bassline to the Dream Theater song Home. I have the bass intro down, but when it gets to the heavy part I have a big problem 'cause my plucking fingers are fast enough for the song, but my fretboard hand is not.

    If you have covered this song please offer any help as to how you covered the song.

    Here is my speed exercise in case any of you were confused by my earlier statement.

    My exercise is me usually playing a D major scale. I get out my metronome and start around 80 BPM and play 16th notes and work my way up to a little over 100 BPM. When I play these 16th notes though I play "1 e and a" on the D then "2 e and a" on the E and so on.
  2. Hookus


    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Dual posting is usually frowned upon.......:scowl:
  3. sackvegas


    Dec 1, 2006
    Slow the song down and play it PERFECTLY, when it's perfect speed it up just a little bit, then a little more...U get the idea.

    Speed comes from pin point accuracy, what's the point of playing fast if you F up constantly? Slow it down, pay attention to your hands, feel the tension and try to relax more and play it perfect everytime.

    I wasted countless hours going for broke trying to be faster and I think it actually made me a sloppy player cause I was inadvertantly "practicing" making mistakes. It's all about muscle memory so play perfect before fast and you'll end up doing yourself a big favor in the end.