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What are your 2014 Bass-Related New Year's Resolutions?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by BigDanT, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. BigDanT

    BigDanT Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2011
    I'll start…

    1) Incorporate more structured practice into my practice time. I tend to get distracted easily during my practice time and just jam without focusing on practicing things I need to do (like scales, etc.). So I'll divide my time into three segments… scales, etc., songs I need to learn, jamming.

    2) set at least one goal that seems unattainable and work on it. This will likely be adding songs to my list that I've avoided because they are just too frustrating to learn.

    and the hardest of them all…
    3) Learn to be happy with the gear I have and stop GASing for at least a year.

    Your turn...
  2. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    Getting myself a new bass finally after all these years. Just having trouble figuring out which. That's what happens when you stuck to one bass for so long. I kinda don't have much an idea what other basses really sound like and what you can or can't do with them.
  3. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Finally learn the entire fretboard. I'm 90% there. There's a few notes that take me a second to name. I want it to be immediate.
  4. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    Save more gig money. Blow it on more basses.
  5. Take a year off from bands after the last SNAFU.

    Spend time working on Truefire guitar and bass courses.
  6. Get my newest band up & running ASAP!!!!!
  7. Gaolee

    Gaolee It's all about the polyester

    1. Actually take some lessons on the upright. Self taught is great, but limiting.
    2. Make room for individual practice time on a daily basis.
    3. Nail down fretless intonation.
    4. NO NEW TOYS!
  8. BigDanT

    BigDanT Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2011
    ^^^#4 might be the most difficult of all.
  9. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I do not have any that are bass related. The one thing I want to work on is vocal harmonies. I have played and gigged for over 35 years and never get nervous about playing bass or guitar but have always been afraid of singing. I've done it a few times and been told that I sound good but I have absolutely no confidence when it comes to singing.
  10. troy mcclure

    troy mcclure Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    Central Florida
    Sell more basses than I buy.
    Gig less and play for my own enjoyment more.
  11. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    My loving wife gave me a spot at the Warwick bass camp at the Warwick plant in Bermany next September. I need to get in shape for that.

    Google it and check out the profs this year.
  12. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    My loving wife gave me a spot at the Warwick bass camp at the Warwick plant in Germany next September. I need to get in shape for that.
  13. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    I'd like to take lessons...mostly so I can post demo videos without embarrassing myself.
  14. LazyGecko


    Nov 19, 2013
    Spend money on only equipment that is necessary. No wasting cash. I'm actually about to return a pedal right now :p
  15. southpaw723


    Oct 20, 2013
    Finish my bands songs and GET A GIG!
  16. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Mod the crap out of my 5 string P bass.

    Build an all-tube head.

    Build a cab from scratch.

    Taking a guitar course this semester at school so along with getting an A in that class I will be learning guitar (more than I already know).

    Keep going with my weight loss and overall fitness. (I actually LOST 15 pounds DURING the holidays and was still able to eat WAY too much food on at least 4 occasions.) I'm not overweight by any stretch. But I just want to be in better shape. I got (and USE) an elliptical, a kettle bell, and some other workout gear.

    Build a ham radio station, including a tower, for 10 meters, 20 meters, and maybe a couple other bands. If I can pry the money from my wallet, I may get a mobile unit going as well.
  17. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    No new basses, that's for sure because I'm very happy with what I have. Fact is the last bass I bought was in December of 2012.

    I'm hoping (and am practicing) to be a more knowledgeable player. As far as I'm concerned I'm at the peak of my ability as far as the actual playing of the instrument goes. I can't blaze with speed and I can't slap to save my life but I'm okay with that. But the bass feels very good in my hands, I do have a good ear for learning songs and I do have a good techniqe. But I must confess that I should definately know my way around the fingerboard a lot better than what I know at the present time.

    So I hope to get in a lot of good and practical studying this year.
  18. Dave in LB

    Dave in LB

    Feb 11, 2011
    So Cal
    One of the vendors I deal with has a prize catalog I can order from. While not high end I'm looking at a LTD 205B-SM fretless 5 string with splayed maple top. I will most likely change the electronics to EMGs down the road but a "free" bass would be pretty cool regardless, and I'm about halfway with my points.
  19. chilepunkbass


    Apr 15, 2013
    Find a drummer and start a band! :bassist:
  20. kcamsdog1387


    Jun 22, 2009
    Seacoast NH
    I've been suffering from clamshell hand when I fret ever since a wakeboarding incident last year. Band is on a break til March because I had my first kid last week. So my resolutions are learning to stretch and strengthen my fingers again, while learning some Duck Dunn and Jamerson lines to lull my baby to sleep.