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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by 2F/2F, Feb 7, 2021.
Worse. Done about 6 gigs and seldom pick up a bass. Bummer overall
I kept up my calluses. And stayed on top of the tricky stuff. And some day, got dang it, I'm gonna get to do my thing again. I'm not a wish-upon-a-star type, so I understand it may be a longer way away than I'd prefer. But I want to be there. Gives me reason to live.
I am constantly playing through new stuff that I like regardless if I play them with a band or not, always trying to broaden my horizons. In this way I dont get bored or stuck in a rut , I'm doing it because I want to not because I have to. Lately its been alot of jazz standards.
Better than ever, what with lessons, ear training, learning to read etc. etc. COVID freed up a bunch of time that had been spent making sure that I was on top of the band tunes; once that was out the window, I could do whatever I wanted.
No way I'm better; I've barely picked it up in a year. Don't ask.
No change, we still suck
I'm better at some things, worse at others.
Aha! I thought so!
Singing while Playing bass has really improved this year. All that spare time was put to good use.
I want need one of these....
I worry about getting rusty and not playing so well after the pandemic.
So far I'm playing 2 or 3 hours a day and 2 or 3 days a week. I do new stuff, I worked through all of Stevie Wonder's albums, followed by Bobby Bland, Robben Ford and a few others, and I worked through all the set lists I've played in bands over the last few years. Some days I like playing familiar stuff and other days I try to push myself.
The plan is to come out of this like nothing happened, and playing better.
And turn the knob to the left... <----- that's left if you're like me and wondering where is it again.
I'm "playing" the best I've ever played in my 5 month bass career! Man, do I suck. However, I do love it!
My chops are out in the Dog House and I haven't went out to search for them yet...
Yup a bit better perhaps. Improved my slap skills on the slab and my intonation on the upright much improved through daily sessions. Also play guitar and piano regularly nowadays. Just finished off Hotel California on all four instruments yesterday.
As of this moment , I think I suck . My last gig was last March and I have already passed on a dozen bookings
for 2021 , last night included . Practicing in my basement is okay , but I think not playing live is doing me in .
I am definitely better now than I was before the social distancing was implemented. Within my narrow playing scope (I just play for fun) my chops have improved dramatically. I am nailing (or getting close to) certain songs and techniques I've always shyed away from because they were too difficult.
For better or for worse I somewhat got better, yet somewhat got worse, all things being equal, I am another, always the same.
I think Toby Keith said it best:
I ain't as good as I once was
I got a few years on me now
But there was a time, back in my prime
When I could really lay it down
If you need some bass tonight
Then I might have just enough
I ain't as good as I once was, but I'm as good once
As I ever was
I've been trying to learn more new concepts and delve into unfamiliar things since there have been no gigs to practice specific music for. So i do feel i have progressed as a musician, and know more than i knew before. I think my chops are better, but my stamina is likely diminished which will fix itself when i get back to playing.
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