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Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Tronictq, Nov 5, 2001.
Exactly... how do you woodshed, and how long is a woodshed?
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!
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'.
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.
A bass sabbatical, if you will.
Well, not really, cause a bass "sabbatical" would technically be time away from bass. Woodshedding is quite the opposite.
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...
Damn nice save Superduck!!!
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.
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).
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.
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)
- jazz walking bass lines
- diversity in other genres
- and so very much more.
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! 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?
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?
WuTz IoRnY??? dO iBaNeZ MaKe It??? CaN u GeT sUm At GuItAr SiNnEr???
I can't figure out if this is funny in it's truth, or just plain sad.
Its where they take you out behind the woodshed to teach you a lesson, so to speak.
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.