I need help with my approach

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mactac, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. mactac

    mactac Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    ok, so this is sort of difficult to explain, but here goes:

    I find that when I am improvising, or trying to come up with a bass part, or even just messing around on my bass, I take a "visual" approach rather than a "melodic" approach

    ie i don't really think of a melodic line in my head, then translate that to the bass, I just know the fingerboard & know the notes & chord tones in the scale & play whatever "looks" right... though it's not really visual...

    I guess I use a "mechanical" approach rather than a "music" approach...it's almost mathematical in a way

    It got me thinking, that these 2 approaches sort of divide bass players...some do it one way, others do it the other

    NOW, of course I would much rather take a musical approach, so my question is...after 12 years of playing, how do I change this? how do I re-learn>

    I *know* I would be a better bass player If I could change this.

    My approach seems to work really well for funk.... but a melodic bassline for a rock song? forget it

  2. Johnny Fila

    Johnny Fila Formerly "The Crusader"

    Nov 21, 2004
    Elmont, NY (near NYC)
    try singing or humming at the same time. such a simple answer, but it works.
    and stop looking at the fret board!
  3. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    the general consensus seems to be that ear training is the answer to something like this. Im just dabbling in it a bit myself, but it seems helpful.

    and shouldnt this be in GI?