What music is fun to play alone?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by poomwah, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. poomwah


    Jan 26, 2008
    I know some people are going to say EVERYTHING, but I'm asking for some specific suggestions.
    For decades, it was all about performing for me, that's what drove me musically.
    I got to a point, where for various reasons (where I live, financial reasons, medical reasons, etc etc etc) my days on stage are over. In fact, its unlikely that I'll ever have an opportunity to play with other musicians again.
    When I realized this, my playing really took a hit, and I lost interest in it. But I miss playing. I need something to get me back into it. I'm trying to think of something to play that is fun just for the sake of playing, but short of an upright (which I cannot afford), I can't think of anything.
    Any suggestions on styles of music that seem to be more fun to play solo than others?
  2. Bach cello suites and Vivaldi bass sonatas are fun
  3. pklima

    pklima Commercial User

    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Karoryfer Samples
    Don't just play bass music. Get a classical fake book and play vocal lines from random opera arias, themes from symphonies etc. There should be at least a few of the cello suites there too. You can also do jazz standards - play the head, play a bassline, play the head again... If you want something more modern, play vocal lines and synth hooks and bass parts from pop songs.
  4. poomwah


    Jan 26, 2008
    played on electric bass?
  5. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    just bass & drums is fun with reggae!

    (for all of 5min):bag:
  6. poomwah


    Jan 26, 2008
    lol paco
  7. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    The Beatles
  8. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Everybody has a different idea of fun. What type of music do you like? What is your background?

    I bought about a dozen of the abersold jazz CD's and a couple of fake books and play through tunes by myself. I also bought the transcribed Charlie Parker solos and play through some of those at the speed of a snail for fun.

    A little more information about yourself would help to provide better feedback.
  9. There's plenty of classical music to work with. I've been playing around with Paganini, especially the 5th Caprice.

    I also have quite a few music books in standard notation that were not originally for bass. Most of it is guitar,piano, or even horns.

    I like to pick out the melodies and translate them to bass, see if i can make it stand on its own, as just a bass piece.

    Or I just look at the chord changes and challenge myself to write a whole new line.

    One thing about just playing for yourself is the freedom to explore whatever you want.
  10. BlacksHole


    Mar 22, 2000
    Rockville, MD
    I particularly like selections from the Bach cello suites as well.
  11. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    "Fappy Birthday To You"
    "Fappy Together"
    "Sing Halleluejah, C'Mon Get Fappy"
    "Fap In The Saddle Again"
    "When The Fap Comes Down"
    "Master Of Fappets"
  12. I know you said not to say "everything."

    I'll say everything with a loop pedal!
  13. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    Do you mean playing by yourself, with a recorded rhythm section, or totally solo?
    If you're into jazz, the above mentioned Aebersold play-a-long CD's are fun. You can also look into Band in a Box where you can remove the bass track of the MIDI files and play along. I find it's always fun to be part of a rhythm section.

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