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Need Opinions! Please Listen To My Sample...

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by dday, Mar 6, 2002.

  1. dday


    Feb 22, 2002
    San Francisco
    I would really appreciate some honest opinions about my playing ability. Please listen to this sample I put together - even a simple "not bad" or "needs work" would be helpful.

    There's 3 parts: the first and last lines are a couple of old favorites, while the middle is an impromptu piece w/ me and a drum machine.

    It's just a 1 and a half minute recording using a Jazz bass and a bit of chorus on an old 4 track.
    Also, keep in mind that I don't read music at all.


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  2. Keep in mind that it isn't long since I started playing, but I think it's pretty good. I like where the second part in the middle piece starts and I didn't notice anything "awkward" in there. Good playing. :)
  3. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Great tone!

    If your profile was complete, I'd be able to critique you more fairly (how long you've been playing, etc) but it sounds pretty darn good.

    One thing I noticed is that your time in the second part doesn't seem to be 'connect' with the drum machine part. I almost get the feeling that you weren't really feeling it.... also, in that same piece, remember that note length can be the secret weapon of bassists. I think different articulation could've really made that line pop.

    But overall, really good - and the tone's great! How'd you record it?
  4. I think it sounds good.

    The main quesition is how do you think it sounds?
    Best of all you can listen to it and hear what you might thik needs work. Maybe try to record it again in a couple of weeks and then compare.
  5. dday


    Feb 22, 2002
    San Francisco
    Thanks for the input!

    I used a newly purchased Mexican Jazz and whatever stock strings it came with. I recorded it with a Tascam 4 track through a Hartke 3500.

    I've been getting serious about bass for the past 4 months. I'm 33, started messing around with it as a teenager but never got beyond playing basic punk/metal stuff with a pick. I probably picked it up 2 or 3 times a year since then, kinda like a dusty old record you pull off the shelf once in a while.

    I decided to quit dreaming about it and hope to find a band to tour/record with. I just bought the Jazz bass and some used gear (incl. Hartke 3500, Gallien-Kruger 4x10 w/ 4 new Eminence spkrs. and a SWR Big Ben 18) to get the ball rolling.

    I'll update my profile in case anyone else wants to add their comments.
  6. Howard K

    Howard K

    Feb 14, 2002
    I think it sounds pretty cool too. Like pacman says the tone is nice!
    A few flaky spots, but we're all prone to that... practrice makes perfect. My bands demo has some serious flakiness on bass!!!

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