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  1. Agreed! I'm a huge fan of the Beatles btw. It's just amazing how special they were, even rocking the exact same songs nowadays - they would still sound modern. Just listen to their live recordings back then, what kind of burst of energy and that Ringo beating a heal of those drums. Also rhythms and drum beats they played - I mean hats off. Everything they did is still perfectly valid and not so outdated sounding which is kinda the case with music a decade earlier (although love "oldies" so much too!).
  2. Congratulations on making a decision to get better at bass. What you're going to be taught depends a lot on the teacher you get and what you're looking to get better at. Where do you think you're lacking? What kind of music do you enjoy playing on bass. Your practice will most probably consist of technique and then various concepts like @itu mentioned above. Don't expect instant results though, especially with a face-to-face teacher where you meet only 1 hour per week or something. Unless you're learning how to play specific songs with your teacher, everything you cover will require homework and practising in between sessions but that's obvious. Most important is that you focus on stuff you dig and find enjoyable and then work on getting better in those areas. So make up simple goals like: I want to learn how to play slap bass and be able to play this or that song. or I want to learn simple walking bass concepts and be able to jam over chord progressions in 4 feel ...make the goals achievable please and that kind of thinking will go a long way. The most important lesson bass teacher can pass on to you is how to think like a bass player, this is especially helpful if you're coming from guitar or some other instrument. So things like rhythm, time keeping, groove and light theory will come in more handy than being able to solo using A pentatonic scale for example. Hope this helps and let me know how it goes.
  3. Okay, you got me. I was secretly thinking about it ever since... it came out LOL
  4. I've been listening to Johnny Cash playlist on Spotify recently. Man, can't belive I never gave his music a fair chance to get into it, now I'm addicted. Love the storytelling elemnt of the songs and damn those root & 5th bass lines are so groovy. Less is more (unless you're Yngwie LOL).
  5. Congratulations Mark and my 2 cents here would be to always have in mind that NO ONE can tell if you've made a mistake on stage playing bass. That should easy off the pressure, when you learn that what ever you do - audience will still vibe with the band and overall show and it's not made of music critics. Just have fun on the gig, play as you normally do and enjoy yourself because gigs are all about that... and getting high on adrenaline rush you get from a crazy crowd When it comes to technical stuff, make sure you have your bass with you, spare strings, cable and an extension power cord (always comes in handy on gigs). If you feel shaky about some of the songs in the setlist, maybe do a short jam session at home before leaving to play through those songs and to get warmed up - it does help. If you tend to forget things, just make a list of things to bring like gear and such so that you don't forget anything when nerves start going crazy while packing. Wish you a fun gig and let us know how it went okay?
  6. Yes - Guitar Pro software standard notation sucks Always has issues with accidentals, not sure how to fix. Thanks for looking through the lesson and pointing it out. BTW LOL - I should have posted this in rock section, no one would notice 😁
  7. I've just finished up writing a post on how to get started with walking bass improvisation and I guess this would be a good place to share it with you guys. This is how I started with it and it was a kind of eureka moment for me as I kind of built this belief that walking bass is difficult to get started with blah blah and putting it off for years until... Here's the link to the lesson post: https://bassroad.net/walking-bass-improvisation-for-beginners/ Disclaimer: this is meant for beginners at walking bass looking for an easy way in. It's meant to get you in the right walking bass mindset (and 4 feel walking bass rhythm LOL). There is no magic pill or anything, once you get into learning it, you do need to do the actual work and practice your donkey off to get some nice sounding proper jazz walking bass lines going. Hope you find it it helpful
  8. I think you're spot on! It's a psychology thing and you can see it in any working environment. When a VIP client walks in a bank, everyone is all of a sudden polite and helpful Sound/lights guy focuses on the main band he's paid to get right and for the others - well, they get less effort in 90% of the cases. Also, it's questionable if those guys are paid for those "supporting band hours" before the show, so lights go on autopilot.
  9. Bogdan

    Hi all! :)

    Thanks guys - loving the community and I missed so much being part of a forum
  10. @Marc S - thanks for feeding my new bass thirst. Now I'm sold, I just need to get my hand one one to try out in local stores and think of an excuse for my wife
  11. LOL I've only been here for a few hours and already getting strong symptoms of need-to-buy-a-new-bass-asap syndrome. My wife is going to kill me. That bass Andy looks absolutely beautiful.
  12. This one: https://www.thomann.de/gb/fender_flea_sig_bass_rdwrn_shp.htm Didn't get a chance to play one but looks kinda cool and I'd love to own it.
  13. Bogdan

    Hi all! :)

    Hi everyone, I've been here a long time but never made official introduction nor I was active enough, so here we go My name is Bogdan, I've been playing bass since 2001. My favourite band are The Beatles. I'm currently rocking an American Deluxe Fender Jazz with maple neck, ash body and tobacco sunburst finish. I'm a bass and tech geek and recently started a bass instructional website (bassroad.net). Can't get enough of 80/90s nostalgia, I'm totally into playing arcade games (currently trying to build my own mame cabinet) and I own one pinball machine that I'm never going to sell (which is same for all my basses LOL). Looking forward to getting to know you all and contributing to this amazing community. Cheers - Bogdan
  14. I don't think you're paranoid man, it happens around here as well. Some headliner acts have a deal with the management about it and from a commercial point of view it makes sense for them to give that extra push to the headlining band so it feels "WOW" when they get on stage. Usually what happens is this: - Opening acts use different gear on stage (amps, drums, mics etc). - Opening acts sometimes use a different main mixer as well. - Headliners always have their own sound, stage and lights guys. This makes HUGE difference. So when you were performing lights were on auto pilot and when headliner went on their guy worked his donkey off to put out a great light show + he knows bands set list inside out and it's pre-planned etc. Sound guy will always make the biggest difference. He'll just push it out as loud as possible with the best possible live mix. Even for small acts, having a soundguy in your team makes day/night difference. So basically, this is how it works at the moment. It doesn't happen everywhere and to the same extent so you might end up with great performance and PA sound but it is somewhat expected. I know it's not fair and kinda terrible to young artists starting out on stage etc, but it's just the way things are I guess. I still think its OK, as you get to perform on sold out gigs in front of a lot of people and if your music rocks, you'll get your spotlight and be a headliner one day too so maybe even get a change of perspective. Another aspect, which is very debatable is that headlining bands (=well known bands playing for ages together) are usually made up of very experienced and good musicians, with great gear and playing technique. Maybe the PA was overall the same, the sound was just better and the band played better too... There are just too many factors I guess - so controversial topic
  15. My tip would be start with triads on bass. That's your safe bet and just improvise cool grooves and simple lines over the progression. What this means is that you'll just primarily use chord tones of each chord in the backing track to come up with fills and have some notes to start off with. Cool thing is that all of those notes will sound just great as they are the strongest ones you can play (literally notes from which the chord is built). So if you''ve never looked into it, search for triads on bass, intervals and how to build chords to get started. Also arpeggios will work too (same notes actually as chords just not played all at the same time). Hope this helps a bit.
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