Who here at T-Nation plays the electric (or upright) bass ? What are your favourite songs to play, who inspires you and What gear do you have/want ? Also, what kind of difficulties/obsticles did you overcome along the way and how did you do it (i.e. not just practice a lot, that’s a given…as in what sort of things did you work on).
I just started up about 5-6 weeks ago now. I am glad I did, but damn can it be frustrating. Sometimes even basic scales give me fits. One of these days I figure I will be good (those days are a wee bit down the road yet lol).
Right now, speed isn’t an issue if the notes are on the same string. I can hammer out 8s like a machine lol (not that big of an accomplishment). It’s just when a song moves all around the frets that gives me nightmares. I guess I just need to work on it. I can rememeber week one with the bass, Parklife by Blur was hard for me to play.
I can play a lot of Rammstein, a little Ac/Dc and a couple other odds and ends so far. My favourites to play so far to play are Spiel Mit Mir and Weisses Fleisch.
As far as artists go: Jon Paul Jones, Alex Webster, Ollie Reidel, Flea, Bill Wyman, the dude from Prong whose name escapes me (he played from the 80s to late 1990s), Mike Dirnt, Hunter Burgan (sp?) of AFI and the dude from Refused whose name also remains a blank in my brain.
As far as gear goes, I have a Yamaha rbx 270 j-bass and a washburn 30 watter. A good starter bass, but in a year or two when I actually have skills I will look into something better. So far Fender P-basses have really impressed me. Spector basses sound good too as well as Modulus.