I started recently ,but I’m not really new to playing bass.
After a hiatus that was far too long the bug bit me on the arse to actually learn in a structured way and like many I found my way to bassbuzz.
I’m over half way through the course,being mainly hampered by weeks when I’m working 12s and the demands of a zoo household.
I usually do a module in a sitting when I can and learn the full versions of songs if they are in the extras.
I actually started reading the forums before I even loaded the first module up and went into the 50 songs section first to see how the difficulty is set. I went straight to Billy Jean,first to learn it the way I’d play it just as I used to before- just from the tabs and then when I got to it in the course I could see how different the approach is. So much efficiency is lost when self thought…that’s my takeaway!
My main issue with being self taught was that I was stuck in patterns I didn’t understand,but now I know I have just discovered a few intervals without knowing what I was doing and more importantly without knowing where else to go.
So far the most important thing the course has given me is a renewed motivation to learn and the platform to understanding why something used to fit right and other things just didn’t.
My technique is improving and I no longer struggle as much with finger placement as I used to.
Scales are starting to make sense and I’m even having some distant-near-eureka moments with theory…yet still hampered by my lack of consistent time for practice.
I have to say that this forum is on another level when it comes to answering questions one might have ,but also in giving motivation in seeing how many people have the same experience +the myriad of ways how to overcome or understand often occurring issues.
I’m learning songs outside of the course and also listen and read other sources for theory pieces,but I have to say it is all down to how Josh has structured his course.
I’m actually into theory now! After oh so many years of thinking I was too “punk” for that !
So now I’m re- learning the songs I used to play and it is so much fun to observe the ( for now dim and anaemic) lightbulb go off when I encounter something written ,let’s say in A minor…and realising the “why” of note choices and also how much easier it is to play when you are starting from a structured reference point ,rather than the first number on a tab.
Wish I had something like this years ago! The wall I have smacked against years ago,believing I hit the limits of talent,now seems scalable…because there are steps! And however small they might be for now,I’m actually moving again!
I’m chuffed…just wish I wasn’t turning into a pimp-my-bass&need-more-gear lunatic,but that’s another story!