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  1. Love this thread! Mmmm note values My favourite extension of the sequenced idea is the bass line to Still Too Young To Remember by It Bites, pretty much anything by Richard Nolan really, he, to me, took the synth sequence idea and did awesome stuff with it.
  2. Last point, you do get free gear insurance up to a grand.
  3. There are concession memberships with the Musicians Union that are a lot cheaper, check the website for details. You get the protection and representation of a Union plus legal advice so its not directly comparable to purely insurance cost. I can't give the full details of who and what are covered and all the benefits, just check them out. https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Join
  4. Another vote for the Musicians Union. It has many benefits. Free personal public liability, free gear insurance up to a grand (with a £200 excess) very favourable rates for insurance above that value, free legal advice, free contracts for gigs etc etc.
  5. I think it's very useful to study playing like this. As someone who played through the eighties its something I worked on a lot. Start slow, always to a click/metronome/drum machine, focus on consistency, timing and tone and the timing of gaps, also record yourself and study what you recorded to find good and bad things you do. I strongly believe that learning to play with feel and groove must begin with a mastery of time, playing precisely and consistently on, in front and behind the beat, so working on sequencer style playing will also develop your groove, once you master on the beat and move onto behind/in front.
  6. I didn't got to B.I.T. in the late 80s but did do a ten week bass course at it's rival, The Bass School in London. I later had private lessons at B.I.T. in the 90s.
  7. I'm also no longer enamoured with fretted basses. Purely a personal preference and I love hearing great music on any instrument but the expression, voice and tactile experience of playing fretless for me personally is what really lights me up.
  8. Another tip for fretless bass I learned from studying double bass is the Importance of being relaxed. If your body and mind are tense it will effect your technique and your intonation. We play using our bodies so learn how to give your body what it needs. Stand or sit with a long (gently stretched) back, relax your shoulders, feet at shoulder width apart. Your arms, elbows, wrists and fingers should always be gently curved, no sharp angles. Breathe deeply, focus and listen to what your doing, look at your hands, fingers, wrist, elbows to check they are relaxed and gently curved.
  9. There is absolutely no mileage whatsoever in setting arbitrary, insignificant judgements on other people's ability. Black or white thinking is purely negative and offers nothing useful at all. Music is beautiful, even when it's ugly. It is infinitely more powerful than judgemental, poorly thought out opinion. Seek out positive voices that help you be the player you wish to become. Use your ears to judge skill, not aesthetics. My advice for new fretless players is enjoy what you do, study, practice and listen to music but most importantly, enjoy it. Don't listen to chairborne warriors with an unhelpful attitude that offer only negativity.
  10. Why is it wrong to look at the neck? Watch any top of the game classical or jazz musicians or indeed any musically complex genres, they are intensely focused on what they are doing, what their hands are doing. Its such a nonsensical, arbitrary thing to say you can't look at the neck. What are we supposed to look at? Your confusing being a performer with being a musician. Yes, in contemporary music, relating to the audience is an important skill but how many punters or musicians rate a musician by how much relative time they spend looking at the neck? It's a non starter for assessing skill, how often a player looks at the neck is simply not relevant.
  11. I'd love it, it's gorgeous but I'm broke. GLWS.
  12. Another plus for being in the MU is they do a standard gig contract, they'll send you as many as you need free. You also get free public liability insurance and £1000 free instrument insurance less a £200 excess. Hope you get sorted mate.
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