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I must say...

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by LoreBard, Sep 3, 2002.


  1. LoreBard

    LoreBard

    Sep 2, 2002
    Canada
    You guys are very helpful.
    Over at TC most people didn't know what they were talking about, you people more mature and accomplished it seems.

    Kudos I say!
     
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Cool. Most of us are pretty civilised. Welcome to Talkbass.:)
     
  3. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    yeah, welcome to talkbass. i for one am enjoying our little discussion about bass philosophy over in the other thread :)
     
  4. LoreBard

    LoreBard

    Sep 2, 2002
    Canada
    same here buddy
    :)

    just curious, but how long have you been playing?
     
  5. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    hmm. around 18 years, give or take.
     
  6. LoreBard

    LoreBard

    Sep 2, 2002
    Canada
    mint
    any tips for a developing 2 and a half year player?
     
  7. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    how about....

    1. get a good teacher who will expose you to music theory, and learn it as best you can. music theory _describes_ what makes music good, so knowing it is like knowing the cheat codes for your favorite game, or the answers to a test. when you get to the point where you want to write your own songs, music theory will give you the guidelines and the tools to excel at it. you can find books on theory, but nothing beats having a good teacher present the material to you, tailored to your needs and apptitude.

    2. learn how to read music. no matter what you end up doing musically, your endeavours will be enriched and more fulfilling with this ability under your belt.

    3. always practice to some kind of solid accompaniment such as a drummer, metronome or drum machine programmed with real beats and rhythms. it's ok to practice along to your favorite albums too, but practice lessons and drills to some kind of rigid rhythm structure, preferably human, like a drummer. if a good drummer isn't available, use a beat machine or 'nome. as a bassist you need to understand and control the space between your notes as well as the notes themselves. you must train your ear to be able to hear when you are ahead, behind or on top of the beat, and you must be able to control it and reproduce such "beat shifting" depending on the song or situation. this is facilitated with a solid time source as a practice companion.

    4. remember that there are other instruments out there. work to understand the concepts and motivitations behind the instruments that you are playing with - drummers, guitarists, keys, or horns, etc. this will make you a better band member, it will help you to relate to your band mates and it will help you to write good, real-sounding music if you ever should decide to do so.

    5. learn about your instrument. how it works. make sure you can tune it, intonate it properly, adjust the neck for various playing conditions, etc. understand the electronics and pickups of your instrument, the physical characteristics that make them work the way they do, and give them the sound that they have. know your bass like you know yourself. seriously.






    that should keep you busy for a little while :D.

    seriously, these things that i've listed out for you, many of them i am still working on, trying to perfect, and will probably work on the rest of my life. there's always something new, always something to learn.

    have fun :)
     
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  8. LoreBard

    LoreBard

    Sep 2, 2002
    Canada
    aw man....i just wasted my entire summer ripping off porn
     
  9. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    well, here, i gave ya something to do instead of your homework, now that schools back. :D
     
  10. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Well, not a TOTAL waste. You got porn, didn't you? :D

    Thanks for the Kudos. We try.
     
  11. Yup, cool group of people that gang up on trolls and all (well most) play bass. Thanks.
     
  12. Johnny BoomBoom

    Johnny BoomBoom Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2001
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Welcome to Talkbass - it's pretty civilised, and is a fountain of knowledge and experience!!

    JT - good tips! I've been playing for about 15 years, and I think you've just given me some 'homework'!!!
     
  13. Try not to become like JT, you'll end up with a mullet and a odd obsession with hellraiser and babies.. :p what is with that avatar Mr JT?

    Ahh JT actually stands for John Talkbass...

    Enjoy talkbass.. i think i do... too much.

    :D:D

    Merls
     
  14. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    :D
     
  15. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    u mean civilized?

    :D

    bp13
     
  16. I agree!!!!!!!!!!!
     

  17. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH




    :D
     
  18. superfreak

    superfreak Unregistered

    Aug 18, 2002
    Clarksville, TN
    :( hey, When I started on tb...no one welcomed me...Its all sexiest...:D :D (Me thinst Me Jelous...hehe)
     
  19. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Typo. Hit S instead of Z.