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Posted: 02/16/2015 in Bass Guitars

Learning More and More

I’ve been away for awhile because their were some things I wanted to go over before reposting another blog. In the past month I’ve been re evaluating my playing methods. I recently restarted playing the Bass guitar. Being self tought I was a bit reluctant to change the way I address my learning. Turns out I don’t know squat !!!!  Sure I can mimic just about anything you put in front of me. But I asked myself, as I did 20+ years ago, NOW WHAT ? Where do I go from here ? I been doing some research and watching and reading other blogs and I must say I still have a lot to learn.

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Being an inpatient person, I never wanted to take lessons but I couldn’t understand what the teacher could possibly could teach me. ( Yes I know, I was on my hi-horse ) ! I thought I was somebody just because when I played years ago I was a highly sought out bass player. I got in to this band and that band,but I lacked creativity. I had it, it was in me but because I knew so much and never followed through with the lessons I knew I needed, I eventually crushed myself out and got frustrated and stopped playing. As I mentioned before I LET life get in the way. Terrible excuse because today it is my escape !

I can’t get over how everything’s so Greek to me. Yes I can build guitars and I love playing them but as far as reading notes and basic improvising I have found myself struggling. So I have posted things that’s been so helpful for me to get better with my challenges from other bloggers and I must say things are improving. Now when I improvise it doesn’t sound like whatever band I’m into at the time. Finally creativity has been released. Notice I said released. I thing we all have creativity in us. Like me you may need a little guides finding your way. I go back and forth from plucking to a pick. I am still trying to find which is more comfortable for me since I am learning the proper ways of playing.

The Order of Musical Notes

Knowing the sequence of musical notes is basic to understanding how to play music. On a bass guitar, each note (including sharps, #, and flats, ♭ó) is one fret, or a half step, away from the note next to it. Knowing how to read music is not nearly as important to bass players as it is for classical musicians. However, if you have a basic understanding of chords and scales and memorize the order of the notes for your bass guitar, it will go a long way toward helping you know how to place your fingers when someone shouts for an “E” or an “A.”

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                                                              Courtesy of Bass Guitars for Dummies….

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