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No idea what I should do

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by BassMoley, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. BassMoley


    May 20, 2013
    I made a post a few days ago asking what how to get out of a playing rut. I have absolutely no clue what to practice or what I should be doing at all. I've looked up endless information online and absolutely nothing has helped in the slightest. No video lessons or explanations or anything has done me any good. For the past 4 or 5 days I've wanted to just throw my bass and amps into the trash and say f*ck this I'm done. Which obviously in the long run I don't really want to do but that's how I feel. No amount of scale practice or trying to learn theory or anything has helped at all. I've been stuck on one song for what seems like ages and can never get it down right. Some days ill nail it others days is a train wreck. And yeah everyone has a bad day, but apparently my bad days are 2/3 days. Nothing I do is working and nothing I try is helping. I don't really have any interest in a teacher because I couldn't get one anyway, and everything in my life I've wanted to learn I've done it myself. But I have no clue where to start at now.
  2. bass_walloper


    Aug 23, 2011
    Join a new band (or two). Find a decent group of musicians and see what happens.

    I've found that the biggest gains I've made in technique as well as overall musical awareness have come as a result of playing songs that I normally wouldn't have had I not been in a particular band. Maybe try playing stuff that's a little outside your ability so you have something to work towards, or try some different playing technique that you've never tried before. Try playing music from a different genre than you usually do.

    I know very well how frustrating it can be if you're stuck in a rut or just not getting anywhere trying to learn a specific song. I hope this helps you in some way.
  3. precijazz

    precijazz I want a name when I lose.

    Aug 31, 2011
    If you want to learn something and have no clue how to do it yourself... get a teacher.

    Yeah, I read that you're not interested. It just doesn't make sense.
  4. BassChuck


    Nov 15, 2005
    When what you are trying isn't working, do something else. Unless you're on a deadline to learn a song or songs for some audition or gig, move the music focus around and play different things. Some days the brain is just not ready to take on new stuff. Fine. Play old things that you know. Play melodies, kids songs, church songs, TV commercial melodies. Simple scales, make up your own scales, make up different rhythms. Not everything you play has to be impressive. Enjoy simple music.

    After a while go back to what you were working on and see if you don't have a new point of view. Much of playing music is mental. While we think we are learning music, we really are learning how we play music. To play well is to know yourself well.

    Its a journey without a final destination. Enjoy the trip.
  5. MalcolmAmos

    MalcolmAmos Supporting Member

    You were given some pretty good advise on the other post. If that did not lead you somewhere. I do not think this post will either.

    Get a teacher - you need to speak to a teacher so together you two can find where you need to be concentration your efforts.

    If you are relying on teaching yourself, your teacher does not know what he is doing. He has no clue what you need. Find a real teacher to guide you. Less than $100 (US) will give you a month of weekly lessons. You'll spend that much on how to books. Lot of people are reluctant to take on a teacher. It need not be a long term commitment, go for it, best $100 bucks you will ever spend.

  6. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Practice what you already know. Learn new stuff. Find people to play with - That's the biggest one.
  7. wcoffey81


    Feb 3, 2012
    S/E Michigan
    how about finding a kid who got/gets their first bass for christmas and work teaching them some basics? it may be a way to make it fun again.
  8. You're in a rut. Stop Digging. Leave your bass in its case and spend the Xmas/New Year period just enjoying music as an observer.

    Put on your favourite tunes and just f-ing rock-out. Its the party season and your bass will still be there when you get your head together.
  9. ics1974


    Apr 13, 2012
    Concentrate on learning songs.
  10. davrip


    Jun 30, 2012
    I don't know your musical tastes, but I always find blues helps me at least keep
    practicing if I hit a rut.

    There's a million shuffles online or write your own using something like
    "hyrogen" drum machine. Play along for hours in different keys or neck

    Then listen to tons of blues from the masters and get Ed Friedland's blues

    It's not far from "The sky is crying" to "The Cramp stomp" and it's loads of
  11. repoman


    Aug 11, 2011
    Kinderhook NY
    The best thing to do is to start a third thread about how you don't know what to do, because everyone knows that three's a charm. :)
    Put the bass down. Walk away slowly. Only come back to it when you feel like you have a burning urge to play. It may be next week, it may be next month, it may very well be never.