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Hi BCer's
What's the best advice you've been given for playing bass or what advice would you give?
For me I was told 'It's not what you play, its what you don't play' and being a percussive type player I understand what was means now. If I was to give advice I would say work with the drummer and make the bass bounce.......whats yours?

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"Play what the song needs and not what you want or can play" was a good piece of advice i got years ago.
"always look as though you know what you are doing"
"if you look confident when playing then even a mistake will pass unnoticed by an audience"

Dave

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[quote name='seashell' timestamp='1456011091' post='2984582']
Don't wait till you think you're good enough to join a band before you join a band.
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[quote name='dmccombe7' timestamp='1456049484' post='2984734']
"Play what the song needs and not what you want or can play" was a good piece of advice i got years ago.
"always look as though you know what you are doing"
"if you look confident when playing then even a mistake will pass unnoticed by an audience"

Dave
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[quote name='Japhet' timestamp='1456050841' post='2984756']
If you mess up, tell people you play a lot of jazz.
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All very good advice.

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Play with as many people as you can, and as many different genres of music as you can. Dont limit yourself to just rock and nothing else.

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[quote name='dmccombe7' timestamp='1456049484' post='2984734']
"Play what the song needs and not what you want or can play" was a good piece of advice i got years ago.
"always look as though you know what you are doing"
"if you look confident when playing then even a mistake will pass unnoticed by an audience"

Dave
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I think this is it for me.

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[quote name='Japhet' timestamp='1456050841' post='2984756']
If you mess up, tell people you play a lot of jazz.
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A variation on this goes: if you play the wrong note, play it again like you meant it.

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[quote name='paulbass' timestamp='1456009209' post='2984562']
its what you don't play
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I'm doing that right now without my bass ;)[size=4] [/size]

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Listen to everyone and take it all in and use it.

If you only hear 2 notes you like you're still ahead.

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[quote name='mr zed' timestamp='1456009711' post='2984565']
Best advice I was ever given was "if you can hum it, you can play it".
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Indeed, its easy to forget that being a musician is primarily an auditory skill and not a physical one.

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Spend 2 minutes practicing for every one minute you spend reading basschat.

Follow you own advice (still working on the that one).

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Listen to lots of music - if you dont have your bass in hand , it doesn't count as listening.

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[quote name='bassman7755' timestamp='1456055575' post='2984843']
Spend 2 minutes practicing for every one minute you spend reading basschat.

Follow you own advice (still working on the that one).
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....never happen 😀😉

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