Hi Pam and all, I know Pam from another bass course site. I would love to do this, and am working towards it. I only started in August last year and missed about two months for travel, being stuck out of the country and away from the bass, so only about four months real learning time, and am not quite ready. I can just about get through one full song just now. But these are all great tips. Thanks for this post/thread.
Hi @mike5 and welcome to the forum. What other bass course site would I know you from?
hey @mike5 , that’s cool ! covers are really an excellent way to get better with a lot of fun and friendly valuable advices.
looking forward to your future covers !
Hi Pam I’m in Mark Smith’s Talking Bass Study Group. Mark and Josh are the only two online tutors I’ve used so far. I just finished the Beginner to BadAss course about a month ago, and have done the first two of Mark’s and gone back and redone the first, now redoing the second (I’m a slow learner!). I’ll also go over parts of Josh’s again. Not sure why I have been called ‘Mike5’ - I don’t recall writing that, perhaps I am the 5th Mike in this forum???
Sorry it’s Mike Phillips
@mike5 you can change your username any time in your profile preferences.
There’s already a “mike” and a “mike6” registered here . . . maybe the system automatically added a 5
Welcome aboard and glad to have you with us!
Welcome to the community @mike5!
I wish more people would post their covers…even if you think you suck just do it anyways cause some constructive criticism will help you a lot.
@Noisembryo agree 100%! How can you ever know if you’re doing well, or where you need improvement if you don’t ask other people? Post your covers is a perfect place to show your stuff, and get needed encouragement or constructive critique.
Working on mine tonight. Having some kidney/prostate trouble (I know, too much information), so I have off of work until next Saturday until I can go to a specialist to fix it.
Best wishes @Sp33dSnakr. What cover are you working on?
One of my problems (other than lack of ability) is that I start working my way through a song, but before I finish it, some other song grabs my interest, so I switch to that, but before I finish it, some other songs grabs my … well, you get the idea. I just need to force myself to finish one before my “song ADD” kicks in.
Also, I don’t really know how to remove the bass from the original (and yes, I’ve seen the forum posts - just haven’t worked through the process), or how to sync and edit video… Lots to learn that doesn’t involve playing the song.
Ah yes, I can relate. You have no idea how many intros of songs I have recorded and then moved on to something else.
It happens to me as well, but I finish the first song all the way through and look forward to the next. Keep focused.
Turbo Lover - Judas Priest
I just finished a relatively clean cut of it, now I’m trying to make Reaper work, lol
I wish I could say this gets better, but… my friend and I currently have two in the pipe and are starting on a third. We were four deep on Friday
My biggest problem is deciding when they are finished and just putting them out there.
So true. People are very supportive here and I really value the feedback I have received.
I feel that way about originals too! Even if it’s just some riff ideas. I’m enjoying the covers, but I love hearing people break out of the structured arena and start exploring in their own…and even simplicity doesn’t matter.
We’re using covers to rebuild skills and get back into the groove of playing together, this time with 5000 miles between us!
Also, it is outstanding music production practice, since we do covers as a cover band and not using backing tracks. One big reason it is so good for this is that you by definition have an excellent reference track to compare to
Oh for sure, probably shouldn’t have said anything…not discouraging covers at all, just encouraging originals too, I just always find it interesting to hear people with their own flavor and style that seeps through in their original ideas.
No, your comment is totally valid. I was reinforcing it
original production is our eventual goal. That and jamming in cafes, if I can get my friend to move here.