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Does reading TB make you a better bass player?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by megadan, May 7, 2010.

Does reading TB make you a better bassist?

Poll closed May 10, 2010.
  1. Yesy

    24 vote(s)
  2. No

    24 vote(s)
  3. Maybe (Carrots)

    15 vote(s)
  1. Are you a better bassist because you participate in TB? Or would you be better off if you'd spent that time practicing?

    My personal answer is no, I think I've reached the physical limit of skill I can (personally) have on the instrument. Most of what I've learned from TB is about gear and technical understanding, which has helped me get a better sound from what I have learned practicing on my own.
  2. TB FTW

    There comes a point where you need to set the guitar aside and reflect/re-evaluate what it is you're doing.

    This site has been an invaluable resource for me. And I hope some of my experience and comments have helped others as well.
  3. It has made me more aware of my spelling. Less time here and more time practicing would be benificial.
  4. No, practicing makes me better. I'm not practicing right now because I'm here.
  5. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    Since my TB time doesn't interfere with my playing time, and I've defintiely learned stuff on TB that has improved my playing, I voted "yesy".

    There's a LOT more to becoming a good player than just physical skills.
  6. Lurker79


    Jul 3, 2008
    Hayward, CA
    God no, TB makes me worse, I'm here, aren't I? The only thing it may have helped me do is waste a ton of money on an instrument nobody listens to.
  7. Yerf Dog

    Yerf Dog

    Jun 29, 2009
    Carol Stream, IL
    I think I have better gear because of TB. There's a lot of good information here.
  8. Reading Off Topic makes me a better human being.
  9. not a better player but a more informed bass player
  10. sloasdaylight

    sloasdaylight Banned

    Feb 4, 2009
    Tampa, Florida, US
  11. Double Agent

    Double Agent

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL

    I feel TB makes me a more informed bassist, especially as it relates to equipment and the like, but not a better bassist.
  12. Yes, I've made big improvements and I wish I had TB when I was a kid.
  13. Livewire

    Livewire Yahtzeeee

    Nov 13, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    I feel like most of the time TB increases my GAS.
  14. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
  15. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Like others, I dont play any better, but I do have a better understanding of a lot of aspects related to being a bassist and band manager. TB doesnt interfere with my practice time, as I only login while at work, where I couldnt be practicing anyway.
  16. ^ This. Another "yes" vote from me
  17. Same here. TB gets me through the work day. Then I go home practice and think about new gear.
  18. Playing wise, I'd say no. Information wise, I'd say yes.
  19. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    Good Lord I hope so.
  20. need4mospd


    Dec 22, 2005
    From what I learn in the technique & general instruction forums, yes.

    From what I learn on the hot chicks at shows....not so much.

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