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Losing interest

So I’ve been playing bass for about 6 months now and right from the start everyone said I was a natural. I’ve learned slap, I learned walking bass stuff and I’ve learned a ton of songs. So now I don’t know what to do, every song I wanted to learn I’ve learned and now I feel like there is nothing to learn and I’m getting kind of bored with it even though I want to keep playing. So I guess I’m just asking for ideas or something helpful
Just relax.
IamMark
Posts: 1010
Wow, you've learned everything in six months? That's amazing.
LoudLon [moderator]
Posts: 1699
Boredom is a result of waining interest; waining interest is the result of uninterrupted routine. So what you need is to interrupt your routine. If you're feeling bored because you've already learned all the songs you wanted to learn, the solution is to try learning songs you wouldn't normally have interest in. I'm primarily a rock/metal guy, but if you look at my list of tabs, you'll see there's a little bit of everything in there. Pop, hip hop, country, R&B, you name it

Broaden your scope. Explore new genres and styles of playing. Try writing your own stuff. The only reason you could be this bored after only six months is because you're not challenging yourself. You'll realize very quickly that, while you think you've already learned a lot, there's still a LOT more to learn.
What LoudLon said is so true. Try making up your own thing. And as far as slap bass goes. I have been playing a little longer and I don't know how to play it. I am not sure I want to. The only time I slap my bass is when it pisses me off by not playing the notes I want.
Marko1960
Posts: 2783
Hook up with other musicians, you cant beat playing as part of a band
Indeed, get in a band, lock in with the drummer, support the melody, talk about songs you like to do and share some beers…..well drinks anyway. Basically have fun playing with other musicians! Oh, and finally…. start tabbing some songs yourself and share them over here
2nick3
Posts: 366
Marko and MooseTwo have it right. Great quote from years ago on alt.guitar.bass:

No one buys a bass to play it alone in their mom's basement.

I used to think I was the exception to that (except I hadn't lived with my mom for over 20 years, and didn't have a basement… ), and didn't realize how much I was missing until I got together with a coworker to jam. Now practicing on my own is just preparing to play, because:

You aren't really playing until you play with others. (I can see someone someday saying “Great quote from BBT: You…” )
seanmo
Posts: 23
If you've truly mastered the instrument in that amount of time, you should be replacing Flea in the RHCP, not hanging out here.

Why not post a video of what you've actually learned in six months - all the techniques - and then we can guide you through the next 10 years of your actual development as a bassist.
mr zee
Posts: 376
Quote:
If you've truly mastered the instrument in that amount of time, you should be replacing Flea in the RHCP, not hanging out here.Why not post a video of what you've actually learned in six months - all the techniques - and then we can guide you through the next 10 years of your actual development as a bassist.


I'm still learning after 40 years
Hate to say it but he is full of it. After 6 months. Taming the 4 string beast. I don't think so. He had you guys going for a bit. Why someone would he even bother. I just shake my head. I have better things to do like practice…

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