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What to learn?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by j b scott, May 9, 2003.


  1. Hey all,

    iv been playing for about a bit over a year now, and iv had lessons for a little while, but all i mainly learn in lessons is scales, and a little bit of technique, and hence feel like im not expanding as a player.

    So i was wondering, where to next? what is there to bass playing other than scales? I think there would be heaps but i can't thinks of things!?

    i was thinking maybe learning the bass clef, even though i wouldn't use it really.

    but to be a good all round player, a good bassist to jam with, what should be learnt after scales?
     
  2. You'll improve vastly by finding some guys to jam with. Just play anything, it doesn't matter what, you'll improve many times faster that you would by sitting in your room practising.

    Now, if you really want to practise much at home I'd recommend learning to read and focusing on your ear. I'll post a couple of sites with notation below, for ear training I highly advice you get some CD with what you consider good bassplaying and something you want to emulate, and figure out the bassline by ear. It'll take alot of time at first but if you keep it up you'll be able to do it very quickly, and good ear is invaluable for any musician.

    Notation:
    http://www.electricbass.ch/

    http://www.dd.chalmers.se/~f96tope/noter.html

    Good luck. :)