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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by 2F/2F, Feb 7, 2021.
This. I've had so much more time to play this last year.
Excelling even better at the suckage since 1973
I'm going to be 60 in June, and while I'm better in some ways, I'm not as good in others due to the fact that Covid retired me and I'm actually enjoying not playing for the first time in my life. So I just don't pick it up and practice like I used to.
A bit of both? My chops are great, but I haven't played with other people since December.
~8-9 months ago I would have answered yes to both ends of this query. Since then new anti-spasmodic meds have had the side effect of making maintaining concentration & timing a more difficult endeavor for any of my musical pursuits & the resulting decrease of solo play time & elimination of basically any opportunities to play w/ others have me slipping in what chops & song catalog I had to be certain
Worse. Recently picked up my bass just to noodle. So, I am getting some callouses back.
Just as bad as ever but my hearing is shot so it's a wash.
There is a vast vast gray area between "Suck" and "Better Than Ever"
I'm in that gray area.
I've been practicing more than I have been for decades, but after seeing the clip my buddy posted from last week's duo gig, I guess I need to hit it even harder.
I’ve been a singer/bass player for 56 years now and, at 69 years old, I feel that I have lost a bit of my game as a bass player but probably nothing most people would notice. To be honest, I rarely practice anymore but it’s mostly that I’m lazy. I am fortunate that my voice has held up well and I may have added a note or two to my range but I am very aware that I’m running on borrowed time there since age has caught up with almost all of my vocal hero’s.
Here is a video from pre-lockdown that shows off my voice more than my bass playing.
I was way better forty years ago. Heck, I was better one year ago. Apparently, not playing for a long time affects performance.
I think for me it’s both. Sitting at home I’ve gotten interesting in learning again. So in some ways I feel like my playing is better because I’ve been pushing myself to improve. Where I can definitely tell things are worse is endurance. When I practice at home it’s never for long periods of time like I’ve done for so long with long band rehearsals because the band members are so spread out. Basically right now I’d be excited to play a 45 minutes one set originals gig. But if I had to play a 3-4 hour cover gig I’d probably be in trouble
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