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What have you done by your 3rd year?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Coutts_is_god, Apr 18, 2004.

  1. Coutts_is_god

    Coutts_is_god Guest

    Dec 29, 2003
    Windsor, Ont, Canada
    Well This summer will be my 3rd year of playing. I just wanted to know what everyone has done by their 3rd year of playing.

    Me: Joined a few bands.
    Learn't 35 songs
    learn't blues, major minnor, scales and few other ones
    that have wired names.
    Learn't how to slap
    Played some really nice basses
    Had 3 wires break
    Joined talk bass
    got a wah wah pedal
    and had to fix my amp 2 times

    Oh how the years just slip away :smug:
  2. Coming up on 3rd year:
    o Started fretless
    o Started theory
    o Tabbed out 40 songs (+/-)
    o Still playing solo acts for my audience of refrigerator, computer, and coffee table
  3. Comin' on about 3/2 years...umm..

    Bought a six string.
    Bought a hartke 120W kickback 15.
    Learned a bunch of random songs.
    Learned a whole lotta Primus.
    Learned a lot of other slap/funk (ljohnson/mmiller).
    Learned some tapping (hamm/claypool).
    Learned tapping, again (halen/sheehan).
    Jammed with some friends.
    Played at a school gig.
    Taught myself a bunch jazz theory.
    Joined a jazz combo.
    Learned jazz songs.
    Went through too many sets of expensive strings (damn sweat!)
    Wrote some half-assed songs.
    Played more bass at home than studying for my final exams this year (university...geesh).
    Bought a 5 string jazz rep.
    Still haven't got a real gig...
  4. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Got a real bass.
    Got a real rig.
    Sold my favorite guitar. My roommate smashed the other one in a dispute over a woman.
    Played out at a lot of jam sessions. A LOT. Probably at least three times a week in the first three years.
    Learned to play classic rock cover tunes by listening to the radio and playing along. Great ear training.
    Auditioned for at least twenty bands.
    Joined one.
    Wore out my first bass, bought my first brand new one.
    Dropped out of school, grew long hair, started smoking dope... :)
  5. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    I'm not sure if this counts... this is my 11th month playing...

    • Learned major, minor, blues, harmonic, melodic, dorian, phrygrian, mixelodian and aeolian scales.
    • Learned how to slap and pop
    • Learned how to tap (and tap harmonics)
    • Learned many, many songs
    • Joined a band, which is still together
    • Bought a Dunlop Crybaby Wah pedal
    • Bought a DigiTech OverDrive pedal
    • Have gone through three amps
    • Joined TalkBass
    • Played a few gigs
    • Written many songs
    • Expanded my musical horizons
    • Won a battle of the bands
    • Had picture in the local paper

    All that, and I still play a Squier P-Bass :rolleyes:
  6. I've been playing bass for two years (plus three months) and regularly play or do the following:

    Play weekly with two church Praise & Worships bands and sub with a third. Frequently play special events too.
    Play 4-string fretted, 5-string fretted, 5-string fretless. Right now I find I'm playing mostly the fretless.
    Play bass while simultaneously singing backup vocal.
    Learned many new songs. I don't know how many total, but there must be around 250-300 in my binder that we've done. Styles include Rock, Blues, Country, just about anything actually, oh, and including traditional hymns.

    This is my first real exposure to a stringed instrument. Actually, before the P&W band, I hadn't played a musical instrument since playing trombone in school (a long long time ago). I started the bass with an instructor and continued for the first eight months with him. His life took a different direction at that time and I've continued on my own.
  7. Thats Okay, I guess :cool:
  8. Bad Brains

    Bad Brains Banned

    Jan 7, 2004
    Detroit, michigan
    Ive been playing a little over a year, and i really can't say anything that hasn't already been said in this thread, but...

    - played with some people, but not in a band.

    - helped my friend shoot a piliot for our college TV station called "Fusion". We just got a bunch of random musicians togeter to play improv, good times. I was on it for a jam, first actual time i played with people, i think i held my ground alright.

    - My bordness has been reduced, before i got into bass i often just sat around and watched TV, now i just practice in my spare time.

    - Discovered talkbass.com, don't even remember how i came across this place, but i'm glad i did. If not for talkbass i wouldn't know barley anything about bass.

    - Really getting into custom basses (i don't even own one). I just like craftmenship. I would like to learn how to make basses some day but i'm a lost puppy. I can think Carl Thompson basses for this.
  9. Justin V

    Justin V

    Dec 27, 2000
    Alameda, CA
    In the first 3 years (in year 3 now) I:

    -spent a year playing simple songs by tab with really bad technique.
    -got a teacher (end of 1st year)
    -bought a few basses (see profile)
    -learned some theory
    -joined two bands, one bad, one good.
    -went to college as a Music Major
    -joined college Jazz Band
    -in college, got infinitely frustrated with ear training (continues to present day)
    -jammed with quite a few people at college.
  10. :D
    I did those, too, and found them quite useful for being in bands.
    By my third year of playing, I had joined my first "real" band. Playing with other people sped up my development faster than anything.
  11. Oh Yes!! That definitely speeds up the learning curve, especially when having to be in front of an audience. This is why when I'm asked the question "How good do I have to be to join a band?" I say "Start Now".
  12. my third year playing i was playing double bass in the school orchestra.
  13. bought a lot of gear
    played in a few bands
    one somewhat big show
    realized I am not a metal player
    considered learning theory and such
    realized its fun being self taught
    grew my hair
    a few other things...

    havn't done what I wanted to though... influence others (people that I don't actually know) to ddrop the nintendo and play some bass or something of the sort)
  14. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    This is exactly what I did before I started bass. :)

  15. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    WELL before the 3rd year:
    Got first endorsement deal (2nd)
    First recording session (1st)
    Recorded 2 CDs (1st & 2nd)
    3 tours (2nd & 3rd)
    Played live on TV. (1st)
    Made music video for MTV Japan (2nd)
  16. Spent time learning my entire fretboard.

    Learned how to walk.

    Applied sweeping legato phrasings in my head to the bass, can mimic fretless kinda nice

    Dove headfirst into effects, especially modulation effects like chorus & delay, and especially different fuzz & overdrives

    played many neuvo-fusion gigs (by age 17!)

    Abandonned guitar as my primary instrument, as bass "spoke" to me more

    developed quite an ear for learning songs on the fly..."by ear", duh.

    custom made capos to play chord phrasings and self- made tunings (capo would "fret" only certain strings) different positions and combinations yield NEAT results.

    Made my first set of funk fingers. Still have them.

    and so on and so on
  17. Worn a kilt?
  18. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Kewl! How are those?
  19. They're actually pretty good. You want a pair? Send me a pair of your drummer's broken drumsticks. and like a 5-spot.

    Done deal. PM me.
  20. Well I've been playing 6 months and:

    - I can sight read quite well
    - My improvisational skills aren't bad
    (Both thanks to musicdojo)
    -I know quite a lot of theory (thanks to John Falstrom)
    - I can recognise the major scale intervals by hearing them
    - I've only transcribed 3 songs though
    - I haven't played with fellow musicians
    - I've only worked on rhythm by using a metronome and rhythm exercises, plus the book Rhythm Bible
    - I can slap and pop reasonable well
    - I can tap a little (intro to Country Music is about the best I can do though)
    - I know loads of Chili Pepper songs
    - And I have tendonitus!

    I'm pleased with my progress but another problem I have, rhumetoid artritus, means I also think "What if?". You know if I didn't have arthritus I would have done a lot more praticing. But what can you do, I'm still alive and I've still got two hands so I'm happy!

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