What is your most difficult challenge in playing bass.

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Neil Folkard, Mar 5, 2020.


  1. Neil Folkard

    Neil Folkard

    Nov 24, 2016
    Just wondering what everyone struggles with the most in bass world. Speed, theory, fills, gear?

    Don't get me wrong, I'm always working on improving my technique, but for me, a relatively new player, the biggest challenge by far, has been understanding gear, effects pedals and order in the chain, especially in live situations. It almost seems like you have to be a scientist to get all your amp settings and effects pedals and levels and being heard but not being too loud all integrated well, especially in live situations.

    How about y'all?
     
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2020
  2. Finding the time to actually play the bass.
     
  3. I couldn’t agree with this more
     
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  4. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    The most difficult musical skill for me is learning songs by ear.
     
  5. Malcolm35

    Malcolm35

    Aug 7, 2018
    Hearing the changes. I do most of this relying on theory (what may/could happen).
     
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  6. jeffb28451

    jeffb28451 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Leland NC
    Getting the guitars to turn down.
     
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  7. Singing harmonies while playing, though I'm getting better at getting it down quickly.

    In a band setting, besides too much volume from drums or guitar, it's when I learn the song right and guitarists learn it wrong.
     
  8. Neil Folkard

    Neil Folkard

    Nov 24, 2016
    And yet strangely, when my guitarist feels that I am too loud, he is the quickest to jump all over it, lol.
     
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  9. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    removing the frets.
     
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  10. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    learning to work around first some injuries and then tendonitis and arthritis.

    i can no longer hold the bass neck the way i used to, so it's been a re-learning experience. on the other hand, i can still play.
     
  11. DuckSoup

    DuckSoup

    Dec 20, 2017
    Colorado
    I'm always struggling with something, and seeking to learn, but the 2 most frustrating things are...

    Creating fills\licks.
    Playing fast parts.

    We were going to cover Carry on my Wayward Son at our church, and I had to back out because I couldn't learn some of those fast parts in-time. I felt super frustrated. I just struggle playing fast.
     
  12. Boogiepop

    Boogiepop Refugee Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2019
    Colorado
    I'm with you on this. I have to shift/guard my thumb position constantly to avoid straining the damaged joint(s).

    B.
     
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  13. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    Singing and playing. That's much harder than I expected when I first started getting more serious about playing, but I'm glad I'm starting out doing both.
     
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  14. I would not have thought that would be a problem for you.
     
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  15. BassChuck

    BassChuck

    Nov 15, 2005
    Cincinnati
    Dealing with the shadows. Knowing that most people don't know the value of the bass.
     
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  16. This is interesting. Can you describe some of those situations? Personally I've never been in a rock, blues or R&B band that didn't want the bass loud enough to peel paint off the walls. Jazz is a little more subtle, but not by a whole lot.
     
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  17. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Eugene
    working in three bands, it’s keeping true to tone and technique with disparate content. Be easy to just go with one style, ostensibly my favorite and apply to all tunes/bands.
     
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  18. City

    City Supporting Member

    Finding my sound
     
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  19. 2112

    2112

    Apr 30, 2005
    1. Singing while playing.

    2. Improvisation.
     
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  20. baxter_x

    baxter_x

    Nov 27, 2013
    EU
    When in studio, playing perfectly synchronized with the metronome.
     
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