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I haven't updated in 2 weeks. What have I been doing? I haven't played bass at all. I'm researching various bass teachers. This monophonically played instrument confuses me so much. When it's played well, it's inspiring. I've come to realize I need live instruction as the dvds alone aren't helping me overcome some big questions I have and the ruts in my path.

Keeping my fingers crossed a few live lessons will help me move forward!

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Updated 10-01-2015 at 05:29 PM by jusca

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  1. kimgee's Avatar
    I can relate to your situation Jusca. I started taking lessons from a live teacher about 2 months ago. I felt like I was in a rut and needed a push in the right direction. And, like you, I had questions that needed answering. Everybody chooses their own path, and my path involves a lot of music theory, so I chose a teacher who is skilled in that area. He is primarily a guitarist (treble), but can play the bass quite well and has helped me a good bit with technique. Also, he is Berkley trained and is quite knowledgeable in the theory arena. The most significant thing I have learned from him is the incredible importance of mastering musical intervals. I had read about intervals on my own, but did not recognize their significance. Getting the whole interval concept down is crucial to improvisation and mastery of the fretboard. Another good tip he gave me was to always end your practice sessions on a "positive note". In other words, if you get frustrated......don't stop practicing in a frustrated state, stop what you are struggling with and finish up with something you enjoy. Play your favorite melody, or improvise to your favorite backing track, etc. Just don't put down your bass while in a negative state of mind. Good luck with your teacher hunt, and hang in there!

    Here is a link to the best online explanation of intervals I have found. The link is to the talkingbass.net lesson page. Click to expand the theory section and the first 3 lessons cover intervals:

    http://www.talkingbass.net/lessonmap/
  2. brian_primrose's Avatar
    Thank you for the post, Kimgee. 10+ usefull!
    Brian
  3. Elmeaux's Avatar
    Good luck to everybody who explores ALL aspects of this wonderful instrument through any avenue available!
  4. line6bassman's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kimgee
    I can relate to your situation Jusca. I started taking lessons from a live teacher about 2 months ago. I felt like I was in a rut and needed a push in the right direction. And, like you, I had questions that needed answering. Everybody chooses their own path, and my path involves a lot of music theory, so I chose a teacher who is skilled in that area. He is primarily a guitarist (treble), but can play the bass quite well and has helped me a good bit with technique. Also, he is Berkley trained and is quite knowledgeable in the theory arena. The most significant thing I have learned from him is the incredible importance of mastering musical intervals. I had read about intervals on my own, but did not recognize their significance. Getting the whole interval concept down is crucial to improvisation and mastery of the fretboard. Another good tip he gave me was to always end your practice sessions on a "positive note". In other words, if you get frustrated......don't stop practicing in a frustrated state, stop what you are struggling with and finish up with something you enjoy. Play your favorite melody, or improvise to your favorite backing track, etc. Just don't put down your bass while in a negative state of mind. Good luck with your teacher hunt, and hang in there!

    Here is a link to the best online explanation of intervals I have found. The link is to the talkingbass.net lesson page. Click to expand the theory section and the first 3 lessons cover intervals:

    http://www.talkingbass.net/lessonmap/
    Funny you should mention him!! Just last night I looked at his latest video and it was something I do a lot of but with some minor changes as he showed on the video and I used it in my playing with my group today and I had some looks!!!

    Line6bassmanTR

    PS. Also I think a live teacher keeps you on your toes which is good!!