I don’t know what kind of thread this actually is Perhaps a mini autobiography or A how to learn the bass for a newbie Or just an interesting anecdote to encourage others to share their journey. I had a very short bass career 20 years ago That propelled me to becoming a music director and eventually a real estate investor. But it all started with the bass I wasn’t the best bassist on the planet but everywhere I played i got accolades and people always tried to get me to play for their group church or band. What I did was really simple and I will outline my methods here. Books The evolving bassist Rufus Reid Simandl The real book bass clef The improvising bassist Standing in the shadows of Motown The funk masters I played out of the Rufus Reid book every day practicing the rhythm studies and building bass lines studies (FYI that rhythm etude is in my opinion one of the most important aspects of bass playing Right up there wirh syncopation and stick control for drummers.) The simandl book I used in conjunction with the real book Learning to play melodies of jazz songs Then learning to build walking lines after learning the melodies Simandl will make you a reading shark. And learning James Jameson or any other piece of music possible and effortless. Standing in the shadows I learned every bass line that was on my current level of understanding and played them daily as if they were warm ups. First one was going to a go go which I still play to this day. Funk masters I learned bass and guitar parts and recorded them each week doing one new song per week Then I created a playlist and would play through all songs learned like warm ups First songs were relatively easy And learning to play drum and guitar parts helped to shape an understanding of the role of the bass in the context of a groove/ The early songs (first five or so ) in this book were blues based so you also got a solid footing in blues and alternate blues forms. I Always played with a metronome And did most of my practice unamplifed to develop good tone. I always played strapped up And never let my thumb of my left hand leave the center of the neck. I always warmed up with several drills taking them to the Twelfth fret and back I played scales and appeggio patterns Daily in all keys as a warm up. Always played deliberately being sure to. Finger right on top of the fret wire Not behind it Practice thumb thumping technique in terms of scales and appeggios Played a combination Of one finger per fret and traditional simandl left hand fretting. Always took every bass line learned from funkmasters and standing in shadows and sought to integrate the approaches in whatever new song I was playing. You didn’t learn groove bass lines Only sought to build bass lines based on the progression. (I know this is how a lot of people learn by learning familiar bass lines. And I guess I got some lines like that from funk masters and standing in the shadows. But I feel that by not learning the typical grooves right away And focusing on learning how to create bass lines to whatever song I had to play. I became improvisational earlier And to this day I am extremely creative and my bass lines are unimaginable. Without the solid pedagogy I have undergone all those years ago.) Played as much as possible with other people (There was a blues musician who was a barber in the neighborhood I hung out in the shop five days a week jamming whenever possible. ) I Always played with a metronome. Finally I subscribed to bass player magazine This kept me grounded in what I needed to embody as a bassist. Downside it made me lust for new frat all the time. Whatever I did must have been right Because today returning to the bass After so long I still have a solid tone and approach. I will be going right back to Rufus Reid To further my progress Thanks for reading.