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Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Jammin2dave, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. I've played bass for about 3 years now, but it wasnt until recently that i noticed that i wasnt on the level of playing with the people i jam out with. i usually just read a tab or learn a song, but dont really expand from the original way to play the song. if any of you could be so kind to tell me how i can learn more, and learn how to play better... i'd really appreciate it
  2. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    • start learning by ear instead of tab
    • buy some books and study on your own
    • buy a metronome, do a search on metronomes here, and practice with that
    • get teacher
    • play more
    • practice more
    • listen to more music
    • learn songs that are not you style of music
    • get more involved here at talkbass to learn more
    • buy instructional videos and learn from them
    • play with different musicians
    • learn to play piano
    • learn your basic scales - major and minor
    • practice dancing while playing the bass
    • start jamming with your band - simple blues jams or just being creative in one key. A minor is a good starter
    • read bassplayer and bassguitar magazine
    • become obsessed with the bass like most of us here are
    that's just off the top of my head.
  3. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    With anything worth doing, it takes time.

    - Get a teacher. If not a regular teacher, at least 3-4 lessons.
    - Learn songs by ear. Put down the tabs, they won't help you.
    - Learn some theory. Introduction to Chords and Scales.
    - Read past General Instruction threads.
    - Read past Music Theory (DB) threads.
    - Check out Jamey Aebersold's Play-Along books.
    - Check out method books like Ed Friedland's "Building Walking Basslines", Mark Levine's "Jazz Theory Book", Arban's Conservatory for Trombone, Rufus Reid's "The Evolving Bassist."
    - Play with others as much as you can.
    - Listen listen listen listen listen listen.
    - Go see live shows and really listen, and watch, the bassist.
    - Focus your practice time. Practice Practice Practice.
    - Practice scales and arpeggios in all inversions, all through the neck and fretboard, with a metronome, at different rhythms.
    - Get a teacher.
    - Ask questions here at General Instruction. A lot of them.
    - Listen to different genres that what you are accustomed to.
    - Floss daily.
    - Get a teacher.
    - Check out open mics in your area.
    - Join a cover band.
    - Don't watch TV when practicing.
    - Get a teacher.
  4. Correlli


    Apr 2, 2004
    New Zealand
    Now THAT is a good one!

    I found that out too. I used to always practice watching TV, until I realised it was actually hamping my creativity and learning ability.

    I still don't why though. :meh:
  5. spc


    Apr 10, 2004
    South of Boston
    Because you're mind is on tv, not bass. You don't hump and watch tv, do you? ;)
  6. spc


    Apr 10, 2004
    South of Boston
    And it's "hampering"...