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Post  jykayrouz Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:02 am

I learned the bass through two years of jamming with my brothers. I started out absolutely horrible afraid to hit a note and i am fairly decent now i hope. I have some bad habits and sometimes get "stuck" in one spot. For example if i am playing in the E key, i would get stuck around the twelfth fret using the same notes ( alter between there and the open scale).

Anyone have any advice on how to not get "stuck"? Much appreciated. Maybe someone can explain how they overcame this problem. Thanks!

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Post  Pippynip Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:18 pm

I'm not sure I understand the problem. Could you elaborate? drunken

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Post  jykayrouz Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:33 pm

Pippynip wrote:I'm not sure I understand the problem. Could you elaborate? drunken

Sure, thank you very much. What I am trying to say is that i often get stuck playing the same things over and over in the same area on the fretboard. Getting "stuck" in one spot. It's a problem i can't seem to get over.

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Post  Pippynip Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:17 pm

So when having a bit of a jam, you play the same stuff over and over again, unable to play something different and still make it work? Have I understood it correctly?

If so, it might be worthwhile to go to the blues. Learn the 12 bar blues structure and jam over that. My reasoning is that if you play stuff that's sort of meant to be the same thing over and over again, you'll probably get bored, and find ways of experimenting with it. 'Course, that's just something I thought of now, so it hasn't been tested and might be a load of bollocks. And I still might not be understanding the problem.

But the 12 bar blues is nice to know, anyway. Razz

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Post  jykayrouz Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:35 pm

You've understood exactly. Thank you very much i'll give it a shot!!

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Post  Pippynip Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:27 pm

That's likely to be a long process, mind, if indeed it works at all. Hopefully someone else can come along with more... immediate advice Very Happy

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Post  Stryfer Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:49 am

When I feel myself getting stuck, I just put the bass down and start going all over the internet looking for some new bass lines or phrases that seem fun and different. Then I play those for a few days and suddenly my fingers do something different when I jam Smile

Most of the time I get stuck when I play the same songs for too long, because those patterns burn themselves into my fingers. Recently I took up trying to learn walking bass (those guys who know that I'm an anti-jazz person know what that means XD) just to get my creativity going. Didn't learn walking bass, but the stuff I play now feels fresh Smile

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Post  Dropthelines585 Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:07 pm

Sometimes it helps to do a cover you wouldn't touch under normal circumstances. Try the SOTW.
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Post  mrs potter Thu May 03, 2012 7:15 pm

jaco pastorius, the beatles and red hot chillis then go and check out one of dman s teach yourself vids and go for it.............
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Post  Drakon7 Fri May 04, 2012 3:19 am

I bought a book called "Solo Arrangement for Electric Bass" by Stuart Clayton, the only method book I ever purchased, and I haven't gotten stuck since. Rather advanced book, but a very, very good one. Frees up the hands. Probably doesn't sound like it would help in your specific situation, but it does.
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