Your Goals As A Bassist?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by mchildree, Oct 17, 2001.

  1. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    I'm finding that as I get older (almost 40), that my goals have been changing as a bass player. Actually, this has been happening for several years...I'm no longer interested in chasing virtuosity or highly-enlightened play. I just want to make a good group, playing a good song, sound better. And, I want to be known as a bassist that can accomplish this consistently in a variety of musical situations. Since I've settled into this set of goals, I'm working more than I ever have.

    Kinda interested to hear what goals everyone else has set for themselves as a bassist.
  2. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    I am in an original band. I quit a cover job because I want to create. We are working on a CD. I think it has pro quality tunes. We need to get some decent production. I want to play locally and write more tunes. I have a day job. This is something just a bit more than a hobby.
  3. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    My goal is to totally express myself as a musician through my bass. To remove any techical barriers to that end. To get my harmonic concept together to the extent that when I solo, I don't play a 'good bass solo' but a 'good musical solo'.

    And to keep grooving :cool:
  4. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    My goal is simple: be good enough and versatile enough to continue playing steadily with great players until I can't do it anymore due to infirmity.

    Looking back it's amazing to see how many goals I have achieved already. OK, I never got a major label deal, but I have been on a number of CDs and LPs, have played in every state in New England as well as New York and have been on stage backing up some of my musical heroes (even got to record with one of them). My name and photo has appeared in major newspapers and magazines (not the police blotter, either :)). I've been able to play almost every kind of music I like: mainstream rock, experimental rock, C&W, bluegrass, folk, blues, cajun/zydeco and jazz.

    Now I just need to keep it up for another 30 years or more!
  5. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    It's too early in the caffeine curve to be very eloquent (I'm still in sleepy-smartass mode), but here goes...

    I'm a year and a half back into playing bass again. The first year wasn't very productive, but playing out with friends since has been a huge boost to my skills.

    My short-term goals are to be able to play simple basslines to unfamiliar songs (advanced chord root stuff), and be more proficient with a particular set we're all working with.

    My long-term goals are the same, but to be able to do them well. :D
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I've been in Theorem for about 7 years. My goal is to continue playing w/these 3 other guys that have become family. I'll probably play in other bands just because I wanna play, but Thereom will be forever, long after we, as a band, stop giging. If for some strange reason we get interest from a label, it'll be so much sweeter (I hope. :p)
  7. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    My goal is to become as good as I can get before I die or lose my hands, in both technical (unfortunately the thing that gets most attention right now) and musical aspects. :)
  8. Right now, it's simply to have fun, and make some decent music in the process.

    I can't say what it'll be in a few months or years' time, though...
  9. JazznFunk


    Mar 26, 2000
    Asheville, NC
    My goals are to continue building my jazz theory knowledge to the point where my ideas flow effortlessly, and also to continue developing my sense of what's appropriate at a certain point in a tune.... y'know, the whole "tension and release" thing.

    Ultimately, as far as soloing is concerned, I want to be able to move around on the bass as fluidly as Pat Metheny does on guitar.

    Also, I want to continue developing my solo bass explorations and turn people on to the idea that bass is a complete instrument in itself.
  10. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Immediate goals:
    1) Practice reading notation so that I can site read/play.
    2) Develop my skills so that I can play at a more professional level.
    3) Play local clubs to gain experience.

    Longer term goals:
    1) Retire from PC Industry service and work in the music industry.
    2) Record my music.
  11. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    My goal started as "to have a fun and interesting hobby." Now, it's:
  12. The #1 thing right now, is I'd like to get better ears. My fingers are already better than they need to be, but I think once the ears grow a little more, a lot will fall into place.
  13. *ToNeS*


    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    strange as it may sound, i have really no direction with my bass playing - although i take it incrediby seriously. i have discovered, however, that i can't function properly day-to-day if deprived of my four-stringed muse for a certain amount of time. as a person, i express myself quite awkwardly and my bass is the only way i can really communicate (eg. if i really dislike someone i tune down to C and play a 16th note metal lick in their face :D).
    so yeah, more a disability aide than a thing with a sense of purpose :) rawk on
  14. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Most times at 6:30 in the morning, I can't put 3 words together. I must be really clear on what I want, huh? :)
  15. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Well, it was good. Damn good. But what made it exactly what I felt, was the "keep on grooving" part. Without that, it would have only been "most" of what I felt. :)
  16. right now, my goal is to write great tunes, get a record deal and be a rock star.

    when that doesn't happen, my goal will be to achieve musical virtuosity and be completely enlightened.

    when that doesn't happen, i'll spend the rest of my days being happy playing simple, good-sounding basslines to old standards.

    someone put this in a time capsule and send it to me in 40 years. :D
  17. My goal is to be able to cause people to spontaneously enter Nirvana and die just from hearing the impossibly perfect, jewel like drops of pure musical essence reverberating from my fingers into the endless void.

    Failing that, I'd like to get the line from Deserted Cities of the Heart sounding just right, and to find a decent band to make some noise with.
  18. Primary goal : have fun while playing bass.

    ** primary objectives aqquired ! **

    Current goal : Ozzfest 2003 :)
  19. I want to be in a band that plays many shows and records.
  20. I want to be as good as possible before I cannot play anymore (due to death, hands getting cut off, etc). I want to join a band, make a CD, and play shows. You know how you go to a concert and everyone sings along to the songs and there's a whole great feeling of energy? I want to be on the stage, with the crowd singing my songs.