#1
So here is the premise. i have been a drummer for 7 years, a guitarist for 4, and i just picked up the bass 2 weeks ago.
I've been practicing every day between 1-3 hours depending on time constraints, and I just started to notice some serious improvement to my technique.
I played a jam for a peer just yesterday night, and was told by said peer that i was great for 2 weeks in, and with practice id be an excellent bassist in a few months. That made me feel great and so as you can imagine i was excited to practice again today. Well, This morning i picked my bass guitar back up, played through my exercise checklist like usual, and after about 30 minutes i decided to try and jam over a drum track for a bit. Now all of the sudden im feeling significantly weaker in skill than i did JUST LAST NIGHT!!! im terrified that iv'e done something seriously detrimental to my learning, i am extremely motivated to create a solo album (not really relevant, except it is) and if i cannot learn to play the bass well this is going to be a huge barrier for me, has anyone else ever experienced such a sharp drop in their skill level overnight? Frankly its extremely frustrating, and save for some neurological issue i cannot think of a single reason this should be happening to me... PLEASE HELP
#2
you've been playing for 2 weeks. i've had rashes longer than that.
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#3
Right, but im already an expirienced musician. And have never expirienced a similar phenomenon before this.
#4
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And have never expirienced a similar phenomenon before this.


That's what I tell all the girls.

It's pretty normal to run into a plateau or even drop back a few steps as you're learning something new.
Besides, you're a drummer. You're not expected to walk and breathe at the same time.
#5
dspellman haha, good one! Thanks for the positive words, i definatley wont be giving up, it was just very discouraging for me, but you both have a point, i am learning a lot of new information, things probably just got jumbled up in my brain.
#6
Its a case of 3 steps forward, 2 steps back. And when it comes to practice remember quality not quantity counts.

Bass requires the rhythm skills of a drummer and the tonal / chord knowledge of a guitarist. Give your brain a chance to re-wire some muscle memory and you'll actually make a pretty damn good bass player if your groove is solid as a drummer.

(You know if you don't play like a certain drummer from Metallica..)
#7
Thanks anarkee! Excellent input, i can see how my habits as a drummer could really help to propel my style as a bassist, and i definitley get what you mean at the end there haha, thanks again for the tips!
#8
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Right, but im already an expirienced musician. And have never expirienced a similar phenomenon before this.


it took about 5 years of playing guitar before i realized i hated playing guitar
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#9
I've been playing fifteen years and if I started a thread every time I had a bad day's playing there'd be no room for anything else here
#10
Don't fret, some mornings I can't seem to play a straight 8 beat, half an hour later and a cup of coffee I try again and you can't hear the kick because I land on top of every beat. It's all a bit weird but sometimes our bodies betray us. Doesn't that happen to drummers
#11
Sometimes I find it's helpful to just walk away for a day or two. Play some guitar instead, or drums, or just listen to music (maybe something bass-driven for inspiration), and kind of formulate a plan of attack. Don't rush things. When I hit a plateau in my playing abilities, sometimes I just have to put the bass down, walk away for a while, and when I come back, I feel refreshed with a new sense of purpose.
Music is as much mental as it is physical, so taking time to clear your head and think about what you want to learn/play is as important as actually learning how to play it.