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Picking up a BG gig after years away

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by sevenyearsdown, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. sevenyearsdown

    sevenyearsdown Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Sanborn, NY
    Like a bunch of other folks here, I was a pretty decent bass guitarist for years prior to moving to upright. Other than dabbling with it on occassion, I haven't played it in a serious situation in about 8 years. Recently I had a friend who's putting together a new project ask me to play bass guitar for him, and I figured I'd give it a shot.

    So I pulled the old Fender out and started playing, and I suck now. The music side of my brain functions so much differently than it did prior to playing upright. I went back and listened to some recordings from years ago I did playing some good swinging/walking lines, and sure enough - I was decent at one point.

    Hopefully I can knock the rust off quickly, and this project isn't rocket science! Anyway, just an interesting experience to me I thought I'd share. Gives me a new perspective on you guys that double a lot.
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  2. Seanto


    Dec 29, 2005
    In the same boat. I'm supposed to fill in for a big band next week and they asked me to bring my electric as they do a couple funk tunes. I busted out the ole Jazz Bass and realized that not only do i suck, but that i don't even like playing the thing that much. I'd rather just play the parts on the upright.

    It's just a sub for a rehearsal, so not a huge amount of pressure, but i'm a bit nervous as to how the electric parts are going to sound. I'm also now wondering if i need to work the electric into my practice routine.
  3. damonsmith


    May 10, 2006
    Quincy, MA
    I like teaching BG, but I don't play it in public. I have a Mexican jazz bass, and it sounds the way I expect it to, so it is fun to play. I just spend time playing heads and classical solos on it, trying to reduce fret noise as much and as I can.
    Working out chords to tunes is a great way to get your technique solid and get some work done that relates back to double bass.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2017
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  4. John Chambliss

    John Chambliss Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    I always play fretless on electric gigs usually on P bass. Switching to a short scale fretless bass soon which should be fun. I'm a bit out of sync with the electric side also though and really enjoy playing the double bass more.

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