Ever written something that you couldn't actually play?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Hategear, Mar 22, 2002.

  1. Yes! I changed it to make it easier to play.

    2 vote(s)
  2. Yes! I practiced like a madman until I got it right.

    13 vote(s)
  3. No! I am a god -- nothing challenges me!

    4 vote(s)
  4. No! I don't write difficult basslines for just that reason.

    2 vote(s)
  1. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I am wondering: Have you ever written a bassline, lick and/or run that you couldn't actually play, or that you couldn't play without lots and lots of practice?

    Recently, I came up with a little run that I just can't seem to play like I want to (and this is not the first time). There are three different places that I can play it on the fretboard, but none of them are really comfortable. One involves using my pinky in a hammer-on situation (which is somewhat difficult for me), one involves a slide toward the bridge (which puts me that much farther away from the note following the run) and the other involves a quick shift toward the nut and a little bit of a stretch from the D string to the E string (the least difficult option of the three).

    The way I see it, I have but three options: I can change the run just a bit (it won't sound too different and no one will be the wiser), I can practice like a madman to be able to play something that I effing wrote, or I can scrap it all together and just bash away at root notes for the whole song! I think I am going to practice so I can play it the way I wrote it, but I still wonder if this has ever happened to any of you. I am especially interested in hearing from some of the "bigger names" here on TalkBass. Thanks, people.
  2. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    No! I am god -- nothing challenges me!
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Yep. In my originals band, it happens to me quite a bit. I write a part, and then have to woodshed like crazy to pull it off at tempo. Also, having to relearn intricate parts that I originally played on a skinny necked 4 string, on a wide 6.
  4. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    I made one, just for the hell of it because I was bored. I knew it was going to be really hard, but hey, I just prooved to myslef that practise DOES make perfect..almost...:D
  5. Johnny BoomBoom

    Johnny BoomBoom Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2001
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I voted no, however the last song we wrote I actually came up with a section that it took me weeks to learn afterwards!!!

    I'd just been in a car crash, had a lot of weird s**t going on in my life and also had whiplash - so I was sitting donw at the practice. I improvised a bit of a song that turned out well. I spent weeks afterwards trying to get it right standing up and at the right tempo!!!!
  6. All the time. I practise like a madman to get it right. I guess that with that extra effort I'm a little better player every time that happens. Just a little.
  7. No. I can play everything I write - It's the stuff other people write that gives me trouble.

    For example - I've been working on this tune by The Kingsmen for years. One day I'll get it.

    "Louie, Louie -

    dum dum something something something dum dum

    We gotta go..."


  8. Player


    Dec 27, 1999
    USA Cincinnati, OH
    Many times.
    I used to write a lot with my keyboard and sequencer (still do some) and quite a few times the bass line would turn out much tougher than it sounded. Over the past month I've been working on a solo that I wrote in a song with the sequencer. It sounds very natural, like it could easily be played on the bass, but the movements around the fretboard make it tough. A lot of times it's not necessarily playing the notes that's hard, but getting the same feel.
  9. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    It happens rather often with my originals band. I like doing that, it pushes us forward so to speak, we HAVE to improve our skills to learn the song.

    Usually I learn rather quickly, but there's still a lick that I find insanely difficult even after practicing like a bastard for the past few months:

  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I agree with that - I used to write a lot of songs based around a bassline - no problem. But every year I go to Jazz Summerschool and there is always at least one written bassline I'm given that causes me all sorts of problems! ;)
  11. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Every time I've written something for an instrument other than bass.
  12. thrash_jazz


    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    Frequently. That's how to improve your playing.
  13. beermonkey


    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA

    What's the tempo on this?
  14. Everything. :)
  15. Like beermoney asked, what's the tempo. And, in which position are you playing this? I played the first A on the E string and it didn't seem like a big deal to me. Which probably means I'm doing it wrong. :D
  16. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Beermonkey, Gunnar: It's in 135-140 bpm, 5th position. I know, it's not supposed to be that difficult, and it's just the last A I'm having trouble with - it doesn't ring out clean, I almost always seem to mute it or miss it. So, I can play it, just not cleanly.