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WOODSHEDDING?!?!

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Tronictq, Nov 5, 2001.


  1. Tronictq

    Tronictq

    Jan 23, 2001
    Exactly... how do you woodshed, and how long is a woodshed?

    -T
     
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well it's got to be big enough to swing a cat and obviously has to be made of wood. You then need the space to build it and the relevant tools.

    Wood doesn't grow on trees you know and this is going to take quite a lot - those pre-fabricated sheds just don't cut it, unless you only want to be in one of those "manufactured" bands!

    But anyway the skill and sheer hard work as well as the patience you will need in building your own woodshed or "Woodshedding", should stand you in good stead for any musical career!
     
  3. Tronictq

    Tronictq

    Jan 23, 2001
    Cleverly put :)


    -T
     
  4. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Lock yourself up with what you need to work on. Work on it til it's just like breathing. Don't come out til you know it backward and forward. That's sheddin'.
     
  5. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    As I have understood and used the term "to woodshed", it refers to focused, individual practice. This is not playing pretty tunes. This refers to concentrated drills and repetitions to improve technique, increase speed, improve finger dexterity, increase fretboard familiarization and seriously focused work on any areas in which one feels deficient or one hopes to develop new skills such as learning slap technique or tapping, for example.

    One goes to a woodshed, presumably because the kind of musical work one is doing there is exactly the kind of work that will drive listeners absolutely NUTS if they have to endure the endless repetition and musically meaningless noise hour after hour.

    Thus one isolates oneself in the "woodshed", garage, attic, basement or some place in which one can pratice and drill without causing consternation in those who must listen and without being self conconscious about inevitable mistakes.

    Also, the isolation reduces distractions and interruptions from TVs, radios, cell phones, telemarketers, computers and conversations.

    Woodshedding is a good thing. :)
     
  6. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    A bass sabbatical, if you will.
     
  7. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Well, not really, cause a bass "sabbatical" would technically be time away from bass. Woodshedding is quite the opposite.
     
  8. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    Dammit, you got me there. It was late. What I meant to say is that you take a sabbatical from everything else to go play bass, but on the other hand a sabbatical should be a leave in search of rest, so you know what? Just disregard everything I said.

    I just wanted to sound smart... again I have failed miserably...
     

  9. :D Damn nice save Superduck!!!;)
     
  10. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    Woodshedding, is sitting down with your bass learning theory, approaches, new techniques, anything you need to work on to make yourself a more competant bassist. your weekness's not your strengths.


    I usually stay holed up in the room for a minimum of 2 hours when im woodshedding. then ill take a break, and depending on if i have other priorities to take care of, ill go back in and shed s'more.
     
  11. I think I need to do some `sheddin` to get a bit more proficient w/slap and pop technique.Any tips?I know the mechanics of it but don`t have the speed nor the proficiency I would like(even though I rarely play a song that requires it).
     
  12. vegaas

    vegaas

    Nov 6, 2001
    Milwaukee
    Lets see, I need to go to the woodshed to work on left hand technique, reading music, theory, slap and pop, damn, I think I need a log cabin.
     
  13. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    You must really suck VEEGAS, cause the only things I have left to work on myself, are:

    - sight reading, (16th note syncopations still give some trouble, but, hell, so do straight quarter notes)!

    - ear training, (intervals, individual tones, rhythms, triads, extended chords)

    - right hand techniques, (increase speed and efficiency, round out tone, add texture)

    - left hand technique, (still have poor form, bad tendonitis)

    - theory, (figured bass???)

    - slap and pop, (although I don't care for the style, it's good to be diverse)

    - arranging, (boy i could use some work here)

    - soloing

    - jazz walking bass lines

    - diversity in other genres

    - transcribing

    - recording

    - and so very much more.
     
  14. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Watch that negativity there, JOHNBOY....remember, if anybody doesn't catch the irony in your post, they might think that everyone on TB is just a big 'ol MEANIE!:eek: And, as has been pointed out so often of late, we can't have that....somebody's feelings might get hurt. :(

    Just be careful in the future, m'kay? Remember - only say GOOD things, and never say anything where being honest doesn't fully support what everyone wants to do RIGHT NOW, at this VERY MOMENT. Got it?
     
  15. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Hmmm...and I thought Americans didn't understand irony (joke - just being ironic there!) - judging from that second para, they must give out PhDs in some colleges? ;)
     
  16. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY

    WuTz IoRnY??? dO iBaNeZ MaKe It??? CaN u GeT sUm At GuItAr SiNnEr???
     
  17. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I can't figure out if this is funny in it's truth, or just plain sad.
     
  18. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    Its where they take you out behind the woodshed to teach you a lesson, so to speak.
     
  19. Tronictq

    Tronictq

    Jan 23, 2001
    Well i've been woodshedding, how much time I could spare, 3-4 hours a night... and it feels GREAT!! I reccomend it to anybody who loves bass.
    At first i thought, HOLY SMOKE!! 4 hours a night, but time flies really. It's great.

    -T