Most important lessons you have learned about bass

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by JordyLegend, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. JordyLegend


    Feb 24, 2013
    What is the most Important lesson you have learned? For me it's to slow down when I am struggling with a riff groove etc.
  2. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    Yes, I would rate your lesson as very important.

    One...well...two... that have held me in good stead from a physical aspect is to try to play with both hands as relaxed as possible ( with both wrists as straight as possible) and to play with a light touch.

    One more for the road ;)....avoid depending on tabs and develop your ear by playing along to songs and trying to work things out for yourself.
  3. #1) Don't overcomplicate the bass line. Too simple is better than too complicated.

    #2) Light touch on both hands like fearceol said

    #3) Practice those boring scales - over and over and over
  4. remainthesame


    Sep 24, 2008
    1. Mids are your friend.
    2. Always keep your guitarist in line
    3. Get used to putting up with flak from those who are ignorant about the bass
    4. Practice
    5. Practice
    6. Practice
  5. LOOK AFTER YOUR HEARING!!! Just ask Pete Townshend....
  6. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
  7. The bass is a drum, not a guitar.
  8. St Drogo

    St Drogo

    Oct 9, 2009
    Learn all the rules. Then (and only then) learn there are no rules.
  9. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Nope. That's only half of our job. Never forget that we also are tasked with defining the harmony.

  10. Koji_Sunioj


    Feb 16, 2013
    Relax and be yourself.
  11. Moe Monsarrat

    Moe Monsarrat Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2006
    Austin, Tx.
    Endorsing artist:Regenerate Guitar Works Carvin, Micheal Kelly Guitars
    You are driving the proverbial bus. If you want the band to be softer or louder....adjust YOUR volume and IF they are pros they will follow. If're playing with hobbyists.
  12. t77mackie


    Jun 13, 2012
    Wormtown, MA
    One has the same number of ears as hands - use 'em!
  13. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    I'd say "protect your hearing", but I learned that before I picked up bass.

    As for bass:

    1) Less is more. Sometimes, 8th notes on root is what the song calls for. Sometimes, you can go crazy. Sometimes, clean sound is perfect. This makes the times you DO use effects all the more effective.

    2) Know where the Drummer's bass drum and hi-hat are at in the groove. The rest is just color.

    3) If you have a heavy-handed piano player (THANK GOD I do not have one currently), learn to harmonize without making mud.

    4) Sound guys are your friends. Talk to them.

    5) You are probably the most responsible person in the band. Don't be afraid to carry extra cables, straps, guitar strings, bass strings, and even a drum key to gigs. They might be needed.

    6) You cna make money above the 7th fret, and should learn to love it up there.
  14. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    That being a good bass player is not as easy as most people think it is.
  15. The electric bass is a guitar, not a drum.

    See Jackson, Anthony.

    (I'm serious. Changed and expanded my conception of bass.)
  16. +100

    You beat me to the punch! Yes, learning notation and not fighting the instrument has indeed made me a much better player...faster.
  17. AngelCrusher

    AngelCrusher Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    If you can make it feel good, you can accomplish a lot on a professional level.
  18. Definately! I got the BIG T in one ear because I didn't wear ear protection. Now I have in ears and I can hear myself just fine and they cut the decibles in half.

    Also keep the groove. Even if it's simple and boring.
  19. JordyLegend


    Feb 24, 2013
    These all are pretty good lessons I really like the less is more idea myself.
  20. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    Listen to what everyone else is doing