Somethin' Every True Bass Player Should See...

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Freakapotamus9, Aug 2, 2001.

  1. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    ok guys, im turning to you. heres the thing. im a pretty good bass player, but i want to be the best that i could possibly be and then some. im in the school band, im in a band, i play bass 24/7 ( including when i watch letterman :) ) , and every cent i make i buy bass stuff with. its not good enough for me though. what can i do??? should i take lessons ( self taught ) ??? what scales should i try to perfect??? im willing to do anything. what do i do to become a bassapotamus??? i want the experts advice here ( yes thats you ) . PLEASE HELP ME
  2. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks!

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    Have you read any other thread in this forum??
    Do I have to come right out and say it??

    Chris A.:rolleyes:
  3. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    watching letterman should help, at least on the karma level - will lee is da man.

    check out - this site is a great instructional site for bass.

    oh, yeah, and get a good teacher. where would luke be without yoda, eh? :D
  4. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    3 simple words: i am lazy :D
    next question: should i get a private teacher or do i go to the local guitar store and take lessongs there?
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Try to get some info on the local bassists that teach. It doesn't really matter if private or guitar store, although I've found that most store teachers are street players themselves and aren't very good teachers (or bassists rof that matter). At least where I come from.
    Perhaps there are some (jazz) bassists around that play and/or teach at a pro level.
    Try to find one who focuses more on music theory and reading and not so much on flashy technique. It may seem more boring, but it will benefit you in the long run.
  6. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    ....and while you have time off from the lessons, sit down and learn..BY EAR, NO TAB!!!...examples of as many different styles of music you can find. Becoming a well-rounded player that can handle lots of different types of stuff will get you lots of work. Doesn't matter if you don't get it 100%, just keep working and try to analyze what the bassists are doing...get into their heads, and identify what works in what situation. This will help you build a vocabulary so you'll be able to "speak" appropriately, no matter who and where you're "talking" with.
  7. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I can't believe I have to say this: Turn off Letterman! Ok, I don't really mean don't watch. I mean, when it's practice time, practice. Concentrate entirely on what you are doing. If you spend 15 minutes a day actually practicing (being totally in the activity - no distractions) you'll do more good that 24 hours of doodling while Letterman talks to Paul.
  8. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    lol ok so i dont practice during letterman. i was merely trying to state that i practice A LOT ( and that i watch letterman ) :D
  9. purple_haze


    Jun 29, 2001
    London Town

    Get a teacher, group lessons should be fine, and try to listen to albums and pick out only the bass by ear, to see how the lines change through the song.