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Bass Mistakes That Are SLOWING You Down

  • Published on Dec 9, 2022 veröffentlicht
  • 👉 My full beginner bass course: yeah.bassbuzz.com/mistakes2
    Stop wasting time in the shed - shave years off your practice by avoiding these 5 common bass mistakes.
    You can’t unsee this lesson - by the end of it you’ll know how to:
    - Stop repeating mistakes
    - How to practice bass more efficiently
    - Structure your practice to avoid time-wasting
    - Stay out of panic mode on a gig
    - Recognize patterns that help you remember songs and bass lines
    - Learn songs at the right level for you
    20 Easy Bass Songs to Learn - open.spotify.com/playlist/5l2...
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Comments • 647

  • Stephen Chen
    Stephen Chen 5 months ago +380

    Adding timestamps for my own reference (and maybe yours too!):
    0:21 Mistake #1: Practicing Too Fast
    3:18 Mistake #2: Starting with Noodling
    5:34 Mistake #3: Not Planning Fingerings
    9:33 Mistake #4: Not Knowing Theory
    12:44 Mistake #5: Trying to Learn Jamiroquai Songs (JK Super Hard Songs)
    Thank you for the quality advice as usual Josh!

  • Raúl Riera
    Raúl Riera 5 months ago +580

    Bonus tip: when everything else fails, don't forget to smile and move rhythmically as you play. Just remember that 90% of people doesn't even know how the bass sounds or would be able to identify it anyway

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +76

      Yuuup truth

    • Andrea Holcock
      Andrea Holcock 4 months ago +48

      Grow dreads, people will just assume you know what you’re doing

    • John D
      John D Month ago +3

      @Andrea Holcock or that you ignore basic personal hygiene

    • Patrick Reiter
      Patrick Reiter Month ago


  • Julian the Smooshy Husky
    Julian the Smooshy Husky 5 months ago +362

    My old band director said practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent. Always appreciated that advice.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +42

      Ooh I like that

    • Aiden Reid
      Aiden Reid 5 months ago +12

      now he is going to use that in a video i'm calling it

    • Julian the Smooshy Husky
      Julian the Smooshy Husky 5 months ago +3

      All credits go to Mr. Jeff Slepak, he’s a pretty nasty trombone player too

    • Matt Mello
      Matt Mello 4 months ago +2

      perfect practice makes perfect:)

    • Kristyn Holding
      Kristyn Holding Month ago +1

      That's hands down the best advice I've ever heard

  • Video Game Story Time
    Video Game Story Time 5 months ago +106

    I love that not only do you teach bass, you teach learning. There are a lot of people on Clip-Share who think they can teach just because they know how to do something. You're the only online teacher I've found who not only know their stuff, you also seem to genuinely care about the learning process! Thank you!

    • Gonza
      Gonza 4 months ago +1

      Didnt knew that you also play bass!!!

  • Nyx
    Nyx 5 months ago +129

    This video was really educational and fun to watch, and you did a great job with the editing. It's so exciting to see how much you've improved over the years! :D

  • Hollis Jamison
    Hollis Jamison 5 months ago +128

    Even after B2B and practicing for 3 months I think this is the first video that made me realize "learning a song" is not about learning the notes and somehow hitting them in order, it's about memorizing one specfic sequence of finger movements to hit them the same way every time.
    Excuse me while I go re-learn the few songs I've learned so far!

    • VigorousLethargy
      VigorousLethargy 5 months ago +14

      My brain works better with patterns than remembering note names. I'm not a great player yet by any means, but I do see my progress speed up when I focus on memorizing the feel of a few bars at a time before moving to the next few.

    • piaten
      piaten 5 months ago +9

      Nononono! What you're saying might be a useful skill to a limited degree. However, real music is alive, don't play like a robot. The trick is to always inject your feeling, your heart, soul and emotion into every note of every bass line, so that you're never playing the same thing the exact same way twice in a row. Even if you play the exact same notes/pattens as before, it should still always be alive and "new"!

    • Jake Foxx
      Jake Foxx 5 months ago +1

      @VigorousLethargy same for me! I like to break things down into sections but between less-than-accurate sounding earbuds and a very beginner-ish ability to feel a song's rhythms and notes, I'm not the best at translating or improvising certain songs. At least the Songster tabs app has forced me to really get the pace of a song right and little by little come up with a fingering that works. Depending on how hard the song is to learn, I might grab a small portion of notes/ryhthms that one way or another repeat in a pattern and work on playing that slowly until it's right, or I might find a slightly easier song to learn. I've noticed when doings this way that sometimes my brain just needs to "sleep on it" so I might give my bass a rest for a day or a few hours. Call it what you will, but I more often than not come back to the bassline more capable of running through the whole song than before. To further test myself, I'd record the track with a microphone app and play along, and keep on trying until I got it right. 🤷‍♂️ if anyone out there can see this whole method as a way to create unhealthy habits or something, do let me know. For now it's the best I can do as someone who works all day everyday except for some free time on the weekends. That's my spill, cheers.

    • Troy Charbonneau
      Troy Charbonneau 3 months ago +1

      I work best by remembering the key, then scale degrees and nuances like runs and slides. I do try to stick to one fingering for the most part, but it’s not set in stone. Being flexible that way makes it so much easier when the song changes key, or even if the band wants to do it in another key. I also think it’s a good idea to change it up occasionally, just to remain flexible and be open to ideas. If I learned it by fingering alone, I’d be screwed.

  • If Life Was Easy
    If Life Was Easy 4 months ago +53

    I'm autistic and just picked up a bass 3 days ago. Thank you for explaining (while also showing) the "why" along with the "what" and then also repeating the same idea using different words. 🥰 Yours is the first music related Clip-Share video I've been able to finish. 🤩

    • Fernando Gomar Barrera
      Fernando Gomar Barrera 3 months ago +6

      I'm autistic too, been playing bass since I was 17. Your description made me understand why I like Josh's lessons, and I'm sure his soft, kind demeanor helps me too.

    • Ambykins
      Ambykins 2 months ago +3

      Samesies! I’m about to buy a bass myself and these lessons are helpful for preparing

    • If Life Was Easy
      If Life Was Easy 2 months ago +2

      @Ambykins omg do it! 🤩 I got songster app for the tabs to kinda see what's up with the fingers and strings. I'll have to write down the tabs to remember them. Clip-Share let's you slow videos to 75%, it's choppy but works. Then I bought songster to get BT audio and speed reduction. I totally love my Ibanez bass... Everyone who hears it say it's the cleanest bass they've heard. You're welcome to follow me and ask questions on my newb bass stuff. I probably won't know what but I can at least say what I did.

    • Ambykins
      Ambykins 2 months ago +3

      @If Life Was Easy I see, thanks for the info!

    • suzichee
      suzichee 22 days ago +3

      im autistic too this is exactly why i like his videos omg!

  • iDuncan
    iDuncan 5 months ago +60

    If you're reading these comments wondering "should I get the Beginner to Badass course"... YES, a thousand times YES. The course is awesome, you'll play heaps of styles and riffs and have a plethora of backing tracks to practice to.
    Excellent video Josh 🤘😎

    • DerFeomanthar
      DerFeomanthar 5 months ago +4

      I second this opinion.

    • Davey Boyd
      Davey Boyd 5 months ago +4

      Third. It's awesome!

    • baron Davis
      baron Davis 5 months ago +4

      You’re just Josh’s close family members. 😊
      It’s good to hear buyer satisfaction rather than buyer remorse.

    • Rayan A
      Rayan A 5 months ago +4

      Hahaha, I really enjoyed this one, and it was amazingly helpful. I'm definitely getting the course.

    • T Roddy
      T Roddy 5 months ago

      My Son is almost done with the course, anybody have anything or anybody else to recommend to up his bass game even more?

  • R Brown
    R Brown 5 months ago +11

    Great advice (and humour) as always. I'd like to add something a music teacher told me years ago: there's two types of practicing. One is for technique where you stop and correct mistakes as you make them; the other is to practice performing where, come hell or high water, you keep in sync with whatever tempo and place in a song that a backing track requires (which is a lot more of a challenge than just getting back in time with a metronome). Performance practicing is surprisingly hard to do but it teaches you the skill of how to keep the music flowing, which is essential if you ever want to play with anyone else. It's the musician's equivalent of being a figure skater who's fallen down and they have to get back up and carry on--and not with the next step after the one they flubbed, but to get back in sync with the music that's moved on while they were splattered on the ice.

    • R Brown
      R Brown 5 months ago

      @BassBuz_Official Sounds good but not sure what to do…help!

  • SkippyDinglechalk
    SkippyDinglechalk 5 months ago +17

    I am a freshman in highschool and I started play bass about a week ago, I decided to take music theory at the beginning of this year and already having the experience with that class has helped me with understanding scales and the fretboard so much. Music theory is a huge help and I would recommend taking a class to anybody.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +3

      Congrats on starting bass!

    • Susan Call Hutchison
      Susan Call Hutchison 4 months ago +2

      Good on learning theory in high school! I waited until I was a college student, and literally everyone else in class knew more than I did. But I can honestly say that what I learned in my music theory classes has stayed with me for the rest of my life. I'm almost 70 years old now, and being able to THINK in music and COMMUNICATE in music has made my life richer than it would have been without it. Oh, and I started playing bass about a week ago, too!

  • Plusmin cares
    Plusmin cares 4 months ago +8

    Just some different perspectives on a couple of these points: While watching live footage of the bass player of whatever song you're trying to figure out is helpful, keep in mind that they aren't necessarily the epitome of technique just because they are in a band. Also, often times performers will compromise good technique while playing live for the sake of an entertaining performance.
    Barring your finger is the last resort on bass! The chorus on Hysteria for example, would be more comfortably played with your index and then middle finger. Josh has bigger hands, so it's easier for him to barre. Barring is very straining for most people, especially across multiple strings on bass, and lower on the fretboard. Do what is comfortable for you.
    Nice progress on your video content Josh! They feel much more refined and smooth

  • Manuel Lopez
    Manuel Lopez 5 months ago +23

    Lots of thoughts in my mind right now. But this one might be one of the best, mind-blowing, mind-expanding videos I've seen to date. Honestly, as a 'forever beginner', I ENJOY challenge too much. Which doesn't mean I always succeed, and here you've just explained to me exactly WHY. So, thanks for this, it's an excellent guide to start correcting bad habits! I still have to learn how to play slap in a few weeks, so I'm still in deep dip, but now I know I can make a plan. And that's a start.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +2

      Glad this was helpful Manuel!

  • KillJoy turtle
    KillJoy turtle 3 months ago +4

    I appreciate your content so much, josh!
    I purchased your beginner to badass course back in 2021, got about 70% of the way through it, and just fell off playing for the last couple of years. I'm just getting back into it, and I've been doing all of this!
    As a self-taught-bassist, who has felt so lost trying to learn an instrument on my own, your content has given me structure and tips that have helped me more than anything. I consider you my teacher, and you have taught me so much. Thank you for doing what you do!

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  3 months ago +1

      Glad you're getting back into the course! 🤘

  • ButterflyGrove
    ButterflyGrove 11 days ago +1

    I'll put in a plug for Josh's Beginner to Badass course. It's what started me on my bass journey and having seen a lot more material since then, I still feel it was the absolute best choice I could have unknowingly made at the time. It's a great way to get started, and I hope that Josh will follow up with another structured class of more advanced material.
    I find that my skill is a series of jumps and plateaus - and that's not bad, as long as I get off a plateau in time. The plateaus give time to get really good at a certain level. This video pokes me to be more efficient at making that jump to the next level, and it's great stuff. One point on fingering - it's not just about watching someone or efficiency - it's about how *you* want something to sound. A C on the E string sounds more full than a C on the A string which is a bit punchier. There are times when each sounds better (even in the same song), and maybe not where the efficient fingering would point. And then yeah - practice it that way over and over so it's just programmed in and feels right.

  • 1harky01
    1harky01 5 months ago +10

    You are very understandable for non-English speakers even without use of subtitles. Thanks for your lessons!

  • lovelakland
    lovelakland 5 months ago +20

    I have to stay that you are one of, if not the most humble teacher of bass and music that I've encountered on Clip-Share. Thank you sir. Keep on doing this for the music world. We need you.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +2

      Thank you! Will do. :)

    • Jay Foghino
      Jay Foghino 5 months ago +1

      Sometimes I will change up fingers back and forth during a song due to cramping or hand strain. Billy Jean is a good example of playing the same riff for 5 minutes without much of a break. I alternate between my ringer finger and pinky.

    • h h
      h h 4 months ago +1

      @Jay Foghino I'm not a specialist but I got some of these too, I tried pressing less harder and it hurts way less

    • Troy Charbonneau
      Troy Charbonneau 3 months ago

      Nonstop octave jumps would do that to me. What helped immensely was fine tuning the neck and lowering the action. And trying different positions on the strap.

  • Charlie Cook
    Charlie Cook 2 months ago

    You mentioned learning something from every song even easy ones, and one for me that I learned about how much of a difference muting notes makes that some of my other music loving friends don't seem to be as aware of was Sunshine of Your Love like you mentioned. He lets those last few notes ring sometimes and sometimes he mutes them pretty quick and realizing how big of a difference that makes for the feel of a song really helped me learn the place a bass often takes in rock music in particular but how feel as a whole is perceived in music

  • Scott Chiu
    Scott Chiu 5 months ago +5

    I’m a professional symphony clarinetist, and just started playing electric bass! I love your beginner practicing methods.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +2

      Nice, welcome to the bass family Scott!

  • Joseph Patten
    Joseph Patten 5 months ago

    Picking up the bass again after a trying to learn it a year ago and all of these videos are awesome! You've really sparked my interest in the bass again. Thank you for being an awesome teacher! Keep up the great work!

  • Lady Celery
    Lady Celery 5 months ago +2

    These videos always put things in such great perspective for me, and make me so excited to get back in the practice room so I can play better! Thanks Josh!!

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago

      You're welcome, glad they're helpful! :)

  • David Lawrence
    David Lawrence 5 months ago +4

    For #2 I consider starting noodling for a few minutes as warmup. Agree100% with finger patterns. Plan ahead makes songs easier - especially when you can roll on a 1/5 sequence. Another great video - thanks!

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +1

      Yep, a few deliberate noodles can definitely work as a warmup! Thanks David.

    • Troy Charbonneau
      Troy Charbonneau 3 months ago

      I agree with noodling first. If you’re not warmed up enough to do a familiar noodle, you’re not ready to take on something unfamiliar yet.

  • Mr. Bungle
    Mr. Bungle 5 months ago +2

    Great video Josh.
    Obviously there's lots of aspects to learning the bass.
    The most important things I believe to develop/practice and helps other aspects of your playing in so many ways, you touch on in the video is learning to read and count.
    Another mistake is to neglect and I see it a lot, ear training.
    To me, this is the most important one and is a huge asset.
    Cheers 👍 🎸

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +1

      Big time! It's a slow burn to work through the early stages of ear training, but the payoff is massive.

  • Ronald Wilson
    Ronald Wilson 5 months ago +3

    Great tips as usual Josh. I’m still working on the course albeit very slowly (I’m on module 5) but now that my work schedule has tailed off I’m determined to finish by spring. Best money I ever spent was getting your badass course. Thanks for your hard work and determination.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +1

      Thanks Ronald, enjoy the rest of the course!

  • Yota 6
    Yota 6 5 months ago +1

    You quickly are becoming my favorite instructor! Just beginning on the bass. Seems to be too many that think they can teach or ones that go so fast you can't keep up. Thank you Josh and crew!

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago

      Thanks Yota, welcome to the bass family!

  • KimSE4
    KimSE4 2 months ago

    Superfreak is an amazing bassline, and getting it close enough to play live is very achievable as a newbie but... the original has some tricky slides and muted notes - getting it bang-on is a challenge (a worthwhile challenge tho)

  • Daniel Villalobos
    Daniel Villalobos 5 months ago +5

    Fantastic video as always-remove the bass-specific references and this is a solid plan for consistent gains in many instruments. I'm a guitar player and still haven't applied them all! Consequently, my chops have been stuck at the same level for years, but I intend to change that soon.

  • Rory McKenzie
    Rory McKenzie 5 months ago +5

    HOW to learn is key. Great job Josh!

  • Adam Vandor
    Adam Vandor 5 months ago

    I´m an intermediate bass player, played for 15 years sometime in my spare time. However any time I see your videos, it makes me grab my bass. Really motivating, and very widely covered all bass topic. Keep up the good stuff!

  • Alex R
    Alex R 5 months ago +4

    I've been stuck on # 4 for a while now. I have a decent knowledge of music theory learned from watching videos and reading up on it - but actually applying it while playing is a whole different beast.

  • z g
    z g 5 months ago +6

    One of the biggest issues i had in my teens is just comfortably jamming with some one with out being super rehearsed and i only had the capacity for like 3 or for songs. This is why im trying to stay disciplined on studying practicing music theory at least a few minutes a day.

  • Renato Costa
    Renato Costa 5 months ago +1

    That transition at @3:18 is impressively well done and smooth 👌

  • Michael Rogers
    Michael Rogers 5 months ago +1

    Josh you are the best! You make learning this chunk of strung up wood and metal to a 60 year old newbie a lot less stressful! Your channel is awesome and thank you! You funny man!😂😂😂🎸

  • Son Of The Lion
    Son Of The Lion 5 months ago +3

    I always loved Theory because it really did feel like you open up a massive world of patterns and improv with relatively little memorizing or tedium.

    • John G
      John G 5 months ago

      good to hear that you love theory .. i'm a long time pro ( keyboard - bass and sax ) who studied theory from jazz and classical pov
      my request for you as to help me be a better teacher . Can you go
      into more detail as to how theory helped you ? btw
      I read much theory - some of modern theory i think is off putting to students .
      i'm not a fan of the way modes are taught .
      anyhow any details on how theory ( what aspects of theory ) has helped ?

  • Chris Miranda-Hernandez
    Chris Miranda-Hernandez 5 months ago +1

    Thanks for all the things you bring to the bass teaching world. 🙏

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago

      You're welcome Chris!

  • Beorn The Bear.
    Beorn The Bear. 5 months ago +5

    I have a training video that runs through the modes starting in G, both one- and two-octave. I run through this frequently. it not only keeps my fingers in shape, but it helps me recognize what notes I need in a new situation in any key. I practice a lot of songs, but this is my "Get on the ground and give me twenty!" I also love the 5 string bass for the ability to go up and down the strings with less fret changes. I also have a sans amp mixed into a pedal board so I can practice at night with headphones. This way I don't drive everyone crazy when I trying to figure out a difficult riff 40 times in a row ("no..please stop!") In the early 70s, I learned songs, some difficult, and I kept working at it until I got it. However, it took me longer to make up bass riffs of my own. I don't have any issue with making my own bass lines any more.

    • Jared Raga
      Jared Raga 4 days ago

      That actually sounds great!
      Is it possible to hook us up with that training video?

  • Antonio Pizarro
    Antonio Pizarro 5 months ago

    Awesome! Sloth speed practice is great. When practicing very slowly, watch the plucking hand, because you will cross strings and alternate differently, so match that as well.

    • Steve Shoopak
      Steve Shoopak 5 months ago

      I do that with drum fills. My kids are amazed, because they hear me counting out loud, even.

  • Emarah
    Emarah 5 months ago +16

    Oh man, mistake 5 hit hard. During my first year of leaning bass, I tried to learn some parts from Dream Theater's Metropolis 1 and it took me years playing them consistently since it was way to complicated and my mistakes just got wired in...

    • z g
      z g 5 months ago

      one better from primus and higher ground rhcp is what i did this on, i got ok playing the chorus of them before i quit playing but man did i waist a lot of time lol. So baked in now though i don't think i could ever forget them.

  • Hivescum Steve
    Hivescum Steve 4 months ago

    Just found this channel.
    Picked up my bass for the first time in about 13 years recently, and am starting again from scratch bas(S)ically. I was never the best player (average at best) but now I've got a chance to 'learn better'.
    2 bass lines that are my ultimate goals are White Zombies 'Black Sunshine' and Muse's 'Hysteria' which I am finding VERY difficult right now - the speed and timing are killing my left hand!) Looking forward to checking out the rest of your videos!

  • Chris bassman
    Chris bassman 4 months ago

    I miss being in a band as it was my main learning experience for bass playing. During my time in the band I was challenged to learn a few rush songs. I didn't get them down as much as I would like to have. I remember afterwards how terrible and unacomplished I felt not playing every note and on time. I felt the skill level was above my own(still do) and needed more time to be satisfied. I feel like I failed. Playing with someone who is much better makes me feel so intrusive and atrocious. Knowing that they are being nothing but nice as I continuously apologize for my short comings sets me down even more. I haven't been involved with other musicians since then.

  • Thomas Fioriglio
    Thomas Fioriglio 5 months ago +1

    Wow, some really great and practical advice Josh. I've been playing for many years and there is always something to learn by watching your videos. For me, I noodle a lot. I will make a more conscious effort to practice something, rather than noodle. Or if I do noodle, just name all the notes I am playing to stay familiar with the fretboard.
    I also love your idea on learning some theory, even if you just play along to other people's songs. I know my basics and it's always helpful when recognizing patterns or trying to play along, even if it's just knowing arpeggios, and major and minor scales.

  • Reuben Rock
    Reuben Rock 5 months ago +1

    Love your videos, you helped me get back into playing bass after ~10 years off. Thanks dude
    Random question - what software do you use to edit your videos? Looking to up my game 🤘🏽

  • Todd Walker
    Todd Walker 5 months ago +2

    Great tips....especially the first one. It's amazing how fast you can learn a line when you start super slow.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +1

      Totally! So much less exciting at first though. :P

  • Doug Troyer
    Doug Troyer 5 months ago

    i know my Bass but my playing is very limited. Planning to join the course soon. Thanks for the video, always good to see the basics taught well. ;)

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago

      Hope you dig the course Doug!

  • Nooberus
    Nooberus 5 months ago +2

    Thank you for always motivating me to practice bass just with uploading another video! :D

  • David Peterson Harvey
    David Peterson Harvey 5 months ago

    Excellent video. Students can often jump ten bears at a time but it's student dependant. You've given them the best advice.

  • Bart van Oostrom
    Bart van Oostrom 5 months ago

    I love this, I recognize everything I used to do and all the subjects you touch are subjects my teacher has spent so much time on with me over the years. Pretty cool stuff and a great video!

  • A.Sweden
    A.Sweden 5 months ago +4

    My favorite part is how this dude travelled into the future, when he was older, then back again to the present. THAT, my friends, is the true power of bass mastery!

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +2

      Once you can play Teen Town, time travel is child's play. :P

  • baron Davis
    baron Davis 5 months ago

    Thanks for this post. Even though I’m a novice beginner, there many points I “knew” but needed to be reminded of.
    I enjoy learning music theory, as long as presented in doable chunks and not fire hosed.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago

      Glad it was helpful!

    • baron Davis
      baron Davis 5 months ago

      @BassBuzz An other question. Do you think knowing the riff of a song is the same as knowing a song.
      There are about 9 parts to the song Money, and I can play them all, but not all the parts together with the band.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +1

      In terms of my advice at the end of the vid, I meant full songs, not just riffs.

  • Monse Foster
    Monse Foster 5 months ago +4

    I finished reading "the talent code" not so long ago and I found it a fascinating and practical book that has definitely changed the way I practice

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +1

      Totally! He's written a lot of great stuff.

  • Scott Smith
    Scott Smith 5 months ago

    Thanks so much for these tips! I am making some of these mistakes. I'll try your methods to fix them. Also - I totally agree with you about Matrix 4! 🙂

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +1

      You're welcome Scott, glad you took the red pill about the Matrix 4 lol

  • SY Song
    SY Song 4 months ago +1

    Thank you for good contents!
    Super helpful 😆
    And super funny😂😂😂 I really love your sense of joyful delivery

  • Matt
    Matt 5 months ago +1

    I know you're a bass teacher, but I am a guitarist who watches your videos because they have at least some (sort of?) relevance to me. But not only that, your teaching style is really freaking good and often the concepts can apply to anything in general.

  • Jay Man Vegas
    Jay Man Vegas 4 months ago

    I’m so grateful that I’m not the bassist that freezes up at a gig. I’m a 20+ player with zero training and I’ve naturally learned almost all of these techniques. Key take away slow down.

  • Overlight TH
    Overlight TH 4 months ago +3

    Nice! I usually practiced on my brother's bass, as he was the only one who had an electric bass, typical P-Bass model. Last year at Christmas, I decided to get one too, only since I didn't want to get the usual electric bass like everyone does, I decided to get an acoustic bass. And I'm not talking about an upright bass, but literally an acoustic bass guitar. By the way, will you bring this topic up in the future? If that's not a problem for you 😅
    Well, that's all I had to say, bye 😄

  • Eremurus
    Eremurus 5 months ago

    I loved your rendition of do I do, good job!!!! it sounded really amazing and that's one of my favorite songs

  • Troy Charbonneau
    Troy Charbonneau 3 months ago +1

    When I was young and starting out, one of the first bass veterans at a jam session told me he would learn a song by figuring out the bulk of it by the time it was over. Of course that was just the first step.
    I do that in a way. I’ll learn to play a first take at full speed, even if there are some wrong or missed notes, just to get the rhythm and flow down. Because that’s important too. Once that starts to become comfortable, I’ll notice most of the wrong or missing notes, then it’s not hard to make those adjustments. Then after awhile I might notice a few more nuances and refine it a little more. The more I play a familiar piece, the more I am open to ways to improve. Rather than be weighed down by hard learning all the time.
    If I waited until I had it perfect before playing it at full speed, for fear of developing bad technique, I’d never get there. At some point I gotta jump in or get thrown in. I’m certainly not a pro, I’ve got a full time job plus overtime, but it happens to be what works for me.
    I do agree with learning to play scales fluently in the various shapes, and learning the money notes first. Meanwhile some simple songs can be fun. When I got my first bass for Christmas, first thing I played was “The Unforgiven” while sitting on my bed. Then I went at it with major and minor scales for a long time, which developed fretboard learning, coordination, fingering, plucking and muting all at once.

  • RimeOfTheAncientMariner

    Great tips! Also, Clip-Share has made it 1000 times easier to learn songs than back in the day when we had to keep rewinding the tape and trying to hear through all the other instruments in the song to figure out what we were trying to learn. No excuse these days to digging in and learning songs.

  • Taylor West
    Taylor West 5 months ago +5

    My very first assignment from my bass teacher was a choice between Distant Early Warning and Tom Sawyer... Uh... I do love my teacher! A huge Rush fan, He's incredible and we worked on some easier pieces after that, but that was pretty overwhelming right off the bat. I still can't play anything by Rush. So, don't get discouraged if your teacher gives you something that you think is too difficult, it's okay to ask them if you can find something else, and if you show them how you picked your songs they may get really excited about it. Just have an answer other than "it was easier"

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +3

      Haha, lol. Sometimes teachers are way too excited, I've definitely done that to people too.

    • Clockwork Angel
      Clockwork Angel 5 months ago +1

      🤣🤣 I'm right there with you! I asked to learn Working Man. I figured it's the first album, Geddy hadn't achieved Bass God status yet, so I might have a snowballs chance on that one. Lol

  • And the Winner is.......
    And the Winner is....... 4 months ago +2

    The fingerings are the main issue for me. I'm always playing things differently. Since I'm not in any band, I just put on Pandora and thump away. Sometimes I hook in and sometimes I don't and the frustration is because of not really have a set way to use the fretboard.

  • J.C —
    J.C — 3 months ago

    What helped me is to just focus on rhythm and having fun instead of becoming fast and cool.
    Jamming out, having fun, dancing around a bit as you play really goes a long way

  • Steele Christenberry
    Steele Christenberry 5 months ago

    Great video Josh, you always make learning fun! I have a question for you/anyone who has taken Beginner to Badass. I know it's cardinal sin, but for my first bass, I chose a 5 string (necessary for the music I want to play) and I'm curious if your course has anything that covers 5 strings? Either way, I am still probably signing up, was just curious about resources.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +1

      Hey Steele, the course is all 4 string, but plenty of folks have done it on 5 string no problem. :)

    • Steele Christenberry
      Steele Christenberry 5 months ago

      @BassBuzz Thanks Josh, I'm signing up tomorrow after payday! Thanks for all the killer free videos

  • Matteo Antony Mistretta
    Matteo Antony Mistretta 5 months ago +1

    Awesome lesson as always, thanks Josh! Speaking of mistakes, in that passage from Hysteria at 8:10 I found myself using the middle finger on the flat seventh note because I feel it somehow comfortable: could this be a sign that I'm twisting my fist in a strange way? Note that I come from guitar, where twisting is sometimes even encouraged...

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +1

      Hey Matteo, I think that works okay! The index roll is a little more slick though.

  • Modulus VJ4
    Modulus VJ4 5 months ago

    Great videos/course you have going. If only I knew about bass as a kid and had the internet (I graduated HS in 1989). Beginners today have so many amazing resources like your channel while getting to learn right in their bedrooms & you have one of the best ways (and most modest ways) of explaining & teaching the instument which is terrific.
    Something I tell & show inspiring bassists or someone that's new is to the instrument is how to play a song they dig that's doable as a novice. I've seen people quit over strugling to try & learn & read sheet music only to play a jenky version of Mary Had a Little Lamb 3 weeks later. Definitely learn sheet music, theory, scales etc. etc. but I know it totally get's people inspired if they can play the main line or maybe the entire song to something easy like "Rain" & "She Sells Sanctuary" by The Cult, "Aneurysm" by Nirvana (and dozens of other pretty simple songs) and be impressed with themselves. Thats how it started for me. I tried the trumpet & drums in grade school but lost interest by the time I learned Happy Birthday.
    (Small anecdote); I never even thought about the bass until I was 19 and in the Navy going to school in Jacksonville, FL. A guy that I became friends with had the same taste in music as myself & he had a guitar & bass in his room. One day while hanging out he handed me the bass which I had no idea how to even hold let alone play. He showed me how to play the chorus to "For Whom The Bell Tolls" and that was it - I was hooked. That was fall of 1990 & I've been playing ever since. Even got to open up for Sugar Ray, The Specials & Suicidal Tendencies haha. Not bad for someone that really didn't even know what a bass guitar was until I was 19. For myself it was crucial that thats how I was introduced to the instrument; within 1 minute of picking up the bass I could play (very shodily) something I recognized & love. I would have quit going the old fashioned route.
    I''m glad to see the massive success of your channel & watching it grow. Keep it up, cheers!

  • MmmChestnut
    MmmChestnut 5 months ago

    Dude, thank you SO MUCH for making these videos! I’ve been learning quite a lot just by watching and practicing some of the things you say. Practicing slower, getting my muscle memory, and then progressively quickening my tempo, I’m learning pretty quickly. I got a bass only two weeks ago and I am in love with the feeling of this instrument. Your help is definitely making a difference for me and it’s so inspiring to feel myself growing into this. Thank you again, man! You put a lot of effort into these and man does it pay off. I hope you’re off to a great 2023!

  • Ken T.
    Ken T. 5 months ago +1

    As always, thanks Josh. Would never have picked up the bass in the first place if not for your channel.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago

      Thanks Ken, glad I helped get you on the bass!

  • Red Pecan
    Red Pecan 5 months ago +18

    @BassBuzz 15:14 Hey Josh, at the time of this comment, the list you mentioned is not showing up. Just a heads up :) Also, thank you for all you do in this channel!!! It has been helping a certain struggling 2-week old bassist a lot

    • Victor Curtis
      Victor Curtis 5 months ago

      Yes, I was also looking forward to this list. Thank you!

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +4

      Added, thanks!

    • Victor Curtis
      Victor Curtis 5 months ago +2

      You are AWESOME Josh. I truly appreciate all the hard work you do to help people get better!

  • Frank Kay
    Frank Kay 5 months ago +1

    Watching a Jamiroquai cover 5 years ago inspired me to pick up a bass for the first time. And I have made EVERY ONE of the mistakes you describe 🤣 and I'm thinking, it's been 5 years...where is my progress?? SO, I bought your course! Wish me luck un-learning some of these hard-wired bad habits!! 😉

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +2

      Hope you dig the course Frank!

  • Tiger Scott
    Tiger Scott 5 months ago

    This was an experiment for me. My older brother played bass as well as Jaco Pastorius all by ear. He was ahead of his time also, he just didn't compse or read music either.

  • Joseph Stine
    Joseph Stine 5 months ago +1

    Thanks Josh. Gave me a new perspective on my practice routine

  • Guilherme Marques
    Guilherme Marques 5 months ago

    I love how you keep/increase the quality of your videos man. Cheers from Brazil 🇧🇷

  • 룩엣마FIT
    룩엣마FIT 5 months ago

    Thanks for another awesome vid I always look forward to your stuff mr bass man 👊🏻❤️

  • The Shonz
    The Shonz 5 months ago +1

    What a value, these are such great pieces of advice! Even while knowing this just being reminded helps solidify how important it is!!!! Thank you

  • FlameTheGame
    FlameTheGame 5 months ago +4

    I have a pretty funny thing about the fingering tip
    When I learn stuff, i just think "play the 5th fret of the E string" and then, without thinking, one random finger presses it
    And when i play it the next time, i might use a completely different finger!
    And surprisingly, it never really causes me issues

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago

      If it works it works! I don't plan fingerings as much anymore either, but it's really important early on to avoid scrambling.

  • Davey Boyd
    Davey Boyd 5 months ago +2

    I just finished todays practice on Beginner to Badass and then found this waiting for me! Cool! Plus I can't recommend Beginner to Badass enough. It's great, I learn so much and it's fun too. Josh is a great teacher!

  • Matthew B
    Matthew B 5 months ago +2

    Watching this video, I realized I've been avoiding most of these mistakes because of singing in choir all through school (my conductor in high school...the football players would have rather been at practice), but then getting the fact i'm not pushing myself to advance beacause what I'm doing is fillilng the needs of my band.

    • Old Uncle Mick
      Old Uncle Mick 5 months ago +2

      Yes, it's important to go beyond the needs of the band. Some stuff stays personal but now and again you can bring something to the band that you wouldn't otherwise have thought of. Even if it's an "only play what's on the record" covers band you could still bring new songs that the others might not have thought of.

  • Rena Gralheer
    Rena Gralheer 5 months ago +2

    You are a fab teacher, just working my way through your online course, love it, daughter keeps complaining as i have taken over her room as she has a big screen 😊 thanks

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +1

      Haha, thanks Rena, and tell your daughter I'm sorry :P

  •  Tiltmatic
    Tiltmatic  Month ago

    got my first bass today esp TLD b10 im loving your videos thank you

  • Rene Battaglia
    Rene Battaglia 3 months ago

    Awesome content. Could you make a video explaining:
    Hammer on
    Pull off
    Legato side
    Shift slide
    Tremolo picking
    And so on and so on. I’ve noticed these on the back of an excessive study book

    BASS IMPROV JAMS 4 months ago

    Like John Myung said, practice can even be, connecting with the instrument. That doesn’t mean don’t follow the steps Josh gives I remember that Jamiroquai Tee in school! 🤘

  • ewetoo
    ewetoo 5 months ago +1

    Trying to do songs that are too hard, yeah that's been an issue for me, ie trying to do Yes songs or singing and playing Police songs at the same time! I will generally have a go at these at the end of a practice session when I've warmed up and will run through them slowly and then a little faster and leave it at that. Some songs have taken a long time to master this way but I prefer that instead of battering myself against them and doing damage. I recently conquered Travels In Nihilon by XTC on a P bass no less (My tip, learn to do it at the bottom of the board not higher, that might seem wrong but it's actually physically easier), that's something I've wanted to do for over a decade, so I'm proud of myself. I don't mind taking the time over it, I'm a patient guy and there's lots of songs to learn.

  • Mariarocks84
    Mariarocks84 5 months ago

    Without needing my help; (grabs whip) Thank you Josh for these tips, I definitely fall into a few of these categories. In the next few months I want to really concentrate on my music theory since my technique has seen a lot of improvement the past 6 months!

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago

      Nice, have fun with it!

  • Martin Schumacher
    Martin Schumacher 5 months ago +5

    #5 has summed up my past year with the bass. I've been trudging through "Hysteria" and "Overkill". This week, I tried "Du Hast" on whim and was amazed at how good it feels to actually be able to play a song.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +1

      Yeah, it's important to have some wins!

    • Jason Rennie
      Jason Rennie 5 months ago +2

      My group put "Hysteria" on the set list. I tried hard for a ~week, then started to feel like I was getting tendinitis, so I threw in the towel. There's a (much) more experienced bassist who occasionally drops in and plays Hysteria while I watch with amazement. It was slightly sickening at first, but now I'm comfortable with the fact that songs like Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone are much better for where I'm at :)

  • Aaron Stephens
    Aaron Stephens 5 months ago +2

    Great video. I can't recommend B2B enough. I finished the course and still go back to it to practice. I have to agree with trying too hard of a song. I've attempted a couple and within the first two bars, I'm like NOPE.
    Keep posting videos Teach.

  • villusive
    villusive 5 months ago +2

    this is on point for me, I consider myself an intermediate bassist but, I admit I have to rlly work on my technique and slowing down while avoiding noodling LOL

  • Ships Ahoy
    Ships Ahoy 5 months ago +1

    You can add chord inversions, secondary dominants, modal interchange, tri-tone substitution, and key change facility all to the basic stuff😉.
    Love you Josh (platonically of course!).. 🥳🎸

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago +1

      Mhmm love chowing down on a tasty tritone sub

    • Ships Ahoy
      Ships Ahoy 5 months ago

      @BassBuzz I hear ya! 😉

    • John G
      John G 5 months ago

      hmmm theory is not a mystery for me- an old guy professional keyboard and bassist
      so if you don't mind my saying
      you ought not just play tritone subs when ever
      i would use them carefully
      even ask a keyboard or guitarist ( assuming you respect their musicality ) player their opinion
      but you CANNOT switch roots without risking the weakening of the progression
      i've know tritone subs and upper structure chords since my teens. actually this is a worthy study
      1. yes. you CAN substitute every time there's a dominant chord
      but 2. Why is this generally not a good idea !

    • Ships Ahoy
      Ships Ahoy 5 months ago

      @John G of course the arrangement, harmony, whatever, needs to serve the song and requires cooperation between the players. My point was that the knowledge and understanding of the application of these concepts and the ability to hear it happening on some level is important for the bass player. Keyboard players and guitar players also have the responsibility to stick with the changes worked out at rehearsal, just as the bass player shouldn’t take it upon himself to play games with the harmony willy nilly.
      Band teamwork should be a major issue in music study. Every role needs to be understood and respected. As Josh pointed out, many of us aren’t “play by ear on the fly” prodigies, and lack of cooperation between band members will quickly lead to bad blood and wasted effort. I like to believe that there’s a reasonable amount of wisdom out there that no musical device, like substitutions for example, should be over-utilized.

  • Waterboy Rene
    Waterboy Rene 4 months ago

    I’m genuinely happy that picking up the bass and looking for Clip-Sharers, the bass community has the best teacher.

  • Jon Bear
    Jon Bear 5 months ago

    From a way to much Doodling guitar player I have been stuck on my progression on guitar. I picked up the bass today (it's been sitting for around 8 years and collected dust) to actually try and play some bass. So totally fresh on bass but with a bit of guitar knowledge that hopefully will benefit me.
    Thanks for the video, I'll keep dropping by. :)

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago

      Glad you're dusting off the bass Jon, welcome to the dark side!

  • Paul Harris
    Paul Harris 4 months ago +3

    I taught martial arts for 20 years and the phrase I repeat more often by far to students was "slow down". Doing something sloppy very fast is not the road to proficiency. Smooth is fast.

  • erkicman
    erkicman 5 months ago

    As someone who hit a plateau, this was one of the most helpful bass vids I’ve seen!

  • Diego Parra Cortes
    Diego Parra Cortes 4 months ago

    Best bass video I’ve ever seen. Excellent work and thank you

  • BarryTheGOAT Gaming
    BarryTheGOAT Gaming 5 months ago

    The crazy thing is I wrote down some bass chords and all the notes on the bass.I've had my bass for 2 years. I feel like I unlocked a whole new world.

  • Mark Smith
    Mark Smith 5 months ago

    Brilliant video Josh. Everything you say makes sense and I chuckled all the way through.

  • Tom Griffin
    Tom Griffin 5 months ago

    Great video, all your videos kick ass! im an older guy that played metal in early 80s at 18 years old, quit playing , picked back up at 40 for a couple of years and gigs, quit playing again and now picked back up at 50

  • Fénix Bloodstone
    Fénix Bloodstone 5 months ago

    #3 I kind of disagree on, I have done it many ways for those moments when something can go wrong, also I learn the song in many positions, if it is a same thing over and over and over, and there is no room to add because it takes away, I have played in many positions on the neck, this helps if a string breaks or goes out and you can't fix it right away. so if my E string Breaks (and yes it has because of my attack on that string seems to be extreamly heavy "Thrash Metal" I have broken a string before) so I can just move up the neck and play with my 3 remaining strings, not as dark or deep but can get me thru a song and then swap out the bass for one of my other 2 that I have with me... But non-seasoned players should stick to one way, when you get 35+ years under your belt you learn $h!t happens and you need to adapt to the situation!
    Even with all my bad habbits you have taught this bass player that has 40 years under my belt.
    I love to watch all the videos on my main and primary instrument...
    Keep it up!

  • Zutta
    Zutta 4 months ago +3

    Me: *takes a break from bass for a few months*
    Me: *comes back to bass*
    Josh: *still making top tier bass content*

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  4 months ago

      Thanks, welcome back to bass!

  • GuitGuy
    GuitGuy 5 months ago

    I'm thankful to have found your channel, your teaching is fantastic. I bought your Beginner to Badass course, and not having looked ahead at the individual modules, are many of these topics covered in the course?

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  5 months ago

      Hey there! I cover meta stuff like this *some* amount in the course, but moreso it's all just baked in to how the course is structured.

  • Ghaul
    Ghaul 5 months ago

    a tip for learning modes. if you take the basic C major scale C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C OR 1,1,1/2,1,1,1,1/2. take the first interval and move it to the back and start on D you will get the next mode. so D,E,F,G,A,B,C OR 1,1/2,1,1,1,1/2,1. keep shifting and you will run through the modes. once you know the pattern it becomes easier to shift.

  • ThatMBR42
    ThatMBR42 5 months ago +1

    While a great ear can replace basic theory, a great ear plus basic music theory makes you a force to be reckoned with. You can learn songs at lightning speed. You can transpose on the fly. You can make stuff up and have it sound _good._ If you're a new player, it's true that you don't _need_ theory, but trust me when I say you're going to _want_ theory if you want to take your playing to the next level.

  • Toby Fealy
    Toby Fealy Month ago

    hey, I've been playing bass for awhile and I've never had any training besides these vids, now I've got a band and can play hysteria. thank you.

  • EAZL
    EAZL  5 months ago +1

    Probably the most helpful bass instruction video I’ve seen in a while.