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What do you do?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by monsterweights, Nov 11, 2002.

  1. A lame slap pattern that you think sounds cool, but he was probably born playing it

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  2. A scale or arpeggio pattern

    5 vote(s)
  3. your favorite bass line from a song you know

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  4. other (specify)

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  1. Hypothetical situation, but one that might come true for me next week.
    Let's say you are a fairly inexperienced adult player who is taking his first bass lesson in his life, and is lucky enough to be taking from a professor of a great Jazz school, and possibly the best bass player in North Texas. You walk into his house, say your hellos, and you sit down, plug in, and he says, "so let me hear you play".......
    What do you do?
  2. StrudelBass


    Jul 6, 2002
    Give him an awful looking face and smack him in the mouth.
  3. I'd just start...something. Nothing in particular. That'd be the best for him to hear. It'd let him know what your basic style is like, and what you comfort level is with the fingerboard.
  4. Ask "what should I play?"
  5. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    I'd play the thing I played best.

    I don't know what the big deal is. You're paying this person to listen to you so he can assess your skills and devise a plan to help you improve. It's good that you want to impress your instructor, but right now, you have nothing to prove.

    The time to impress the socks off your instructor is when you come back for your next lesson with all the material he taught in your ears and under your fingers.

    Just play a tune you know well, so the instructor can see how well you keep time and what your facility around the instrument is like.

    Have a good lesson.
  6. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    I'd play a variety of things to show the stronger and weaker points. I would not play "Louie Louie".
  7. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin

    Yeah, man -- if he wants to hear you play something, so he can get a grasp of what you know and what you need to know, then do that. Just play something you know and let him take it from there.

    Good luck!
  8. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    Pro Tip:
    respond every question with a question

  9. Adam Wright

    Adam Wright Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    GHS Strings
    Who is this teacher and is he taking any other students? I've been looking for a good teacher.
  10. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    I'd play something I'd been working on recently. No point trying to impress the guy as I know he's better than I am; instead, give him some insight into what I've been figuring out. I'd also preface my playing be explaining that was what I was doing.

    The worst case scenario is that he either tears you to shreds or sniggers unpleasantly. End of bass lesson, no fee, and the knowledge that you need to find a less jerk-like instructor, no matter how skilled.

    However, it's much more likely that this will give them a lot of insight into where you're coming from and they can use their experience to help you develop.

  11. lump


    Jan 17, 2000
    St. Neots, UK
    What BB said, and...

    A two octave major scale, quarter notes, 120 bpm, no rushing, no clams.

    I'm not kidding; it's harder than it sounds, especially if you're nervous. Pull it off and maybe it'll keep him from pulling out that piece of sheet music he has every student sight read on their first lesson. :)
  12. Thanks for all the feedback so far. I never meant to imply that I thought my new teacher was going to try to put me in an uncomfortable situation that would make me uncomfortable, it's just I have never taken a bass lesson and I have no idea what to expect. I am actually a tuba teacher, and play in a professional symphony, so my music background is strong, but my bass skills are underdeveloped. I drew up a list yesterday of 8 things I feel I could use help on, just trying to get my thoughts in order. I am strong in some areas, like reading, rhythm and theory, but I hope I can be helped in the following areas: (in no particular order)
    eliminating fret noise
    Speed and technique
    Vibrato (fretless and fretted)
    hand position
    I am wondering how many others he will add to my list.
    For the person who wants to know who the teacher is, it's John Adams. I am very fortunate that somebody with his background and experiencec would take on a 33 year old P+W guy as a student.

  13. Adam Wright

    Adam Wright Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    GHS Strings

    Could you PM me his contact info? I'd really appreciate it since good teachers are hard to come by in this area.
  14. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I guess my advice is to play a piece that you really really feel. Maybe it's not your most practiced, or best sounding piece, but so much of music is emotional, and when you really feel the piece, your teacher will definitely be able to hear that.
  15. I found him on the internet. THe guy has a HUGE reputation, his contact info is all over the web. That way you can read up on him and see if you think he would be the right kind of teacher for you.

    P.S. are you going to Norm Stockton's clinic in Garland next month??

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