#1
I just started my lessons and I feel like I have a good hold on it right now. I was just wandering how long it took you to really start understanding bass and it became somewhat natural to you?
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#2
I had played guitar for quite a while before picking up bass, but at first i tried to play bass like i did gutiar lol after about 5 months or so I really started "getting it" and playing the instrument for what it was.
#4
I don't think its a sudden "eureka" moment. Its a process where you have gradual understanding and then you break through to the next level. I had one this summer when I got a new bass and suddenly my teacher and several others remarked, how I "found my groove" and personal style. This is why I recommend you record yourself on a regular basis, its amazing to go back and hear just how far you've come in your playing and not even realised.
#5
For me it's been the recent months, no doubt. Just this summer i got together with two other people and started a band, and I have really found my style. Before I was in one of the slumps but now I honestly look forward to coming home and playing each day, I have that fresh outlook on my instrument again and I'd say that really helped me become a better bassist and feel as if I was like one with the instrument, as lame as it to say, I think that sounds about right.

#6
You don't just all of a sudden become one with your bass, it will come in waves. And they will come when you least expect it. Anything can really trigger it. For me, it was playing a different style of music that originally got me to be able to play bass as an extension of myself.

Recently I've had a couple breakthroughs. One happened last spring while taking a course on Theory and Composition. I already knew all the theory, but the new approaches and writing exercises brought out a lot in my playing.

And personally I feel like I've had another "evolution" in my playing. After I moved back in to college, I only brought my fretless bass, since I wanted to become 100% proficient with it. Since then I've found my playing and composition has become more rhythmic, and harmonic based. I'm often having to use alternate tunings to get the harmonics I want.
#7
Maybe I should have worded that differently. I kind of meant, when I realize that it's actually possible to practise and improve and become one. More the realization than the actual "doing." It's hard to explain.
#8
I originally started playing using a pick. I was pretty good at that in a partical sense after about 4 months. I could lay down normal rock type bass lines and keep rhythem and such, but I was by no mean comfortable with it. I could play just well enough to keep up. After playing with a pick for 4 months I realized how much more befeicial using fingers is and had to basically relearn in almost every aspect.

Now I'm pretty good. My friends are hugely impressed, but I assume that's because they have zero exposure to good bass players so they think I'm great. I can fingerpick much better now and currently use a 3 finger pattern. I still have some trouble fretting quickly though, as my hands are a little on the smaller side and the frets on my bass are so much larger than on my 6 string.
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#9
the night i bought it, i was at grade 6 guitar and that night when i bought it i didn't stop playin all night and ended up with blisters on all 4 fingers on my right hand from popping. good times.
#10
I don't think there was a moment where I found I got it. I know I improved a lot after getting my second bass though, the first one had held me back because it was a piece of crap with the action far too high.
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Before I have begun to live.

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#11
After around a year and a half of playing I spent a little time looking back over what I had found challenging in the time I had played bass, and it was then I realised just how far I'd come. It was like climbing a huge mountain, I was a long way off the ground and surprised at how far I'd actually come, but there was still a long way to go, and another 2 years on I've come further but still have a right old mission ahead of me.
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