How do you play the bass?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Matt Till, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I'm coming up on 6 years, and I still don't know.
  2. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    22 years....still a beginner.
  3. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    You have to put the computer's keyboard down first.
  4. whitedk57


    May 5, 2005
    Franklin, NC
    That must be my problem too. Oh well, off to play Madden with my boy! :hyper:

    I actually practice most every day.
  5. and you have to take your hand off the mouse too. that would help.
  6. dharma

    dharma Srubby wubbly

    Oct 14, 2005
    Monroe, Louisiana
    "You just press down on the neck there."

    "C'mon, you just hit it!"


    From the "Adventures in Spontaneous Jamming/Improvisation" instructional DVD.

    The "instructional" part is up for debate, but it's definitely a neat glimpse of 1992 Flea. And, it's done interview style with River Pheonix, who, by the by, is wearing purple pants with black shoes and white socks.

    It's not hard to remember how much the early 90's looked like the 80's.
  7. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    At least 1-2 hours everyday, usually more on the weekends. Not including band practice/gigs. But that's my problem. I play, but I don't learn anything because I don't practice right.

    Bah, just kind of venting I suppose.
  8. R.Lee

    R.Lee Guest

    Nov 12, 2005
    30++++++++++++++ years practice 3 hours a day and still can't play
  9. Tash

    Tash Guest

    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    I use my hands on the string thingies, seems to work pretty well.
  10. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy.

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    I think you're supposed to hit the keys and thwack the head with a drumstick.
  11. I like to use my DIGITS! No picks in this household!!! (Only when I feel like once again trying to figure out why anybody uses one, which usually doesn't last too long!)

    -Jay :D
  12. Suckbird

    Suckbird Inactive

    May 4, 2004
    About 6hours a day, but i think i have carpal tunnel syndrom so i wont play too much until i've visited a doctor...
  13. If you mean you don't know how I play the bass, I'll tell you. Very loudly, & sometimes in rhythm w/the rest of the band. But always loud. :D Now you know. Glad I could clear this up!
  14. How often and for how long does everybody practice regulary and how often and long would they LIKE to practice? :eyebrow: . . .

    I'll start. . .

    Considering I'm in middle school and have to be in bed by 10:30 PM, plus, I've got swimming from 4:45-6:00, I practice probably about 45-60 minutes on a bad day, 1-2 hours on a good day.

    -Jay :D :p
  15. sirnoahthepure

    sirnoahthepure Guest

    Oct 2, 2005
    Well then veteran take some tips from a super beginner

    I am celebrating my one month anniversary with my bass guitar although I have been learning about music for the last 3 months.

    First of all

    You might consider buying a meternome and if you already have one, increase the tempo of the tunes you already know until you can no longer hit it accurately. Work your way from the bass up building speed (no pun intended)

    Next do you know how to read music? I am learning right now using a bass method book and it can really help you to have to read something so you dont look at your hands while you play.

    Do you implement the use of multiple styles. Can you transition smoothly between these styles. Have you tried mixing reggae mutes and rock bass lines. Something to consider.

    Can you solo an entire piece of music by yourself?

    If not these are all things that you might consider working on. Whenever I have practiced each day I try and practice with a set goal of what I want to learn that day. So if your goal is to play faster, hit harder, learn to slide on a tap whatever make a goal and meet it.
  16. jackmurray

    jackmurray Guest

    Aug 19, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    Ha. This is a funny thread.
  17. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    There's one trick to it - practice what you don't know how to play - not what you do know!! ;)
  18. jackmurray

    jackmurray Guest

    Aug 19, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    Here's another trick - Listen to Bruce; he knows everything.
  19. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    More than some....;)
  20. jetsetvet

    jetsetvet Inactive

    Mar 24, 2005
    When asked this question, Mike Watt once said (something close to), "Just grab the neck and strangle it!"