No bass for a week...Will my playing get worse?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by gfdhicool, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. gfdhicool


    Jun 8, 2012
    I'm a 14 year old (well 15 on sunday) bassist and I've been playing consistently for a year (at least 1 hour a day when I have absolutely no time and 4-6 hours on weekends and 2-3 hours on school days).I've learned a lot of songs by ear (I ear train 3 times a week) and most songs take an hour (2 for perfection) but anyways bottom line is....Will my playing get worse if I take a "break",since I'm gonna go to Los Angeles to celebrate my birthday party.I want to become the next Jack Bruce :<
  2. puddin tame

    puddin tame

    Aug 14, 2010
    You might have a day of feeling a little worse
  3. nicopiano

    nicopiano Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Levis, Quebec, Canada
    Actually, taking a break is good. It let your brain time to assimilate. You may find yourself better after a week without playing.

    If you stop for 6 month, it's a different story though.
  4. bobbybass85

    bobbybass85 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    When you aren't working your hands on the instrument, work your brain by listening to new songs and listening to the bass and get a good feel for what it's doing and how the bass interacts with the other instruments (keys, guitars, vocals, drums...).

    When I take a week off I get more fatigued when I play, but my ability doesn't really drop.
  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    You'll be fine. Celebrate and don't worry about it. Happy Birthday!
  6. I take a bass with me everywhere I go. I have a frankenjazz that I don't mind checking in the cargo bay with a flight case while my main stays home. Good idea to have a cheapo that you don't mind toting across the country. Happy Birthday!
  7. portlandguy


    Feb 15, 2011
    Portland, OR
    It will be good, your hands/tendons could use a break. I use to practice the same way when I was 17 (38 now)
  8. gfdhicool


    Jun 8, 2012
  9. gfdhicool


    Jun 8, 2012
    Thanks,I won't worry now :)
  10. gfdhicool


    Jun 8, 2012
    I wish I had an extra xD,I was gonna get a 50 dollar used starcaster fender bass but I wasted all my money xD.Thanks!
  11. gfdhicool


    Jun 8, 2012
    Alright :p
  12. madurolover


    May 21, 2011
    Tampa Fl
    If I take 2 weeks off, I forget all the songs. Being 15 is a great advantage over 53
  13. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008

    Rest up. Do fun things. Meet people. Communicate. Read a book. Swim at the beach. Etc.

    You'll be fine.
  14. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    If I have a week off I don't touch the thing. I go to the movies, sit on the couch, play some video games. Take a break.
  15. Hi man

    Enjoy your break

    No way you will lose anything on a week

    Just take it easy on your first day back... Ease into it

    A short break does us all good
  16. Batmensch


    Jul 4, 2010
    Media, PA.
    At most, it will take you maybe a five minute warmup to get back into it. Don't sweat it.
  17. I find taking a little time off now and then lets me come back fresh and with some different inspiration. Treat it like a good thing, and a new mind frame.
  18. RandalPinkFloyd


    Jun 3, 2012
    I haven't gotten to play in 6 months and won't for another 2. Just going through mental exercises I can tell I've forgotten how to play most of the covers I knew. I went over music theory last night to make sure I hadn't let most of that slip away. I fear how bad I'm going to sound when I get to plug back up in a couple of months.
  19. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass

    May 10, 2006
    Dude: I'm sure you will be scarred for life. :)

    Seriously, why don't you grab an app like "Bass Game" and teach yourself to read standard notation? Just because you'll have a forced separation with the instrument is no excuse to sluff off and be a bum!
  20. maxiegrant

    maxiegrant Bassist in Transition

    Nov 26, 2007
    Sellersburg, IN
    I've had breaks in my playing that have lasted up to a year.

    That doesn't mean I forget how to play. The muscle memory takes some time to get back, but the head remembers everything. In time.