Lost that Creative Spark?

8 04 2010

How long has it been since you last played bass? A day? A week? A month, even?

It’s easy to get into a creative funk, especially if you’re pressuring yourself to create new material all the time. Here are some reasons why this might be happening and tips to help you get back to practicing regularly.

  1. Make sure your bass is set up correctly: If the action (the distance between the strings and the fretboard) is too high, your fingers are probably getting tired quickly. Take it to a trustworthy music store to lower the action if need be, because if you’re at all uncomfortable while playing bass, you’re not going to want to play it regularly.
  2. Don’t pressure yourself! Pick up your bass with a positive outlook: Your only goal is to have fun, no strings attached (no pun intended…). Sure, you need to practice to get better, but practicing should be fun!
  3. Get inspired.  When in doubt, listen to music  that inspires you to create your own. My own personal motivators are Les Claypool (seen here with Buckethead), Larry Graham, and Victor Wooten.