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Hello all,

My age is 17, I got my first Bass Guitar for christmas, and have been playing for around an hour a day since then. I can play For whom the bells toll, iron man, paranoid, another one bites the dust and fleetwood mac the chain in full by memory. Is this good progress ? what can i do to improve? many thanks.

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Just keep practicing, study and try out different playing techniques, look into music theory a bit and learn a new song every now and then. Just keep doing stuff really. You will constantly get better, even if the progress can be at times hard to notice. Looks like you got a good start allready. :) 

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9 minutes ago, ChainsawAkimbo said:

Just keep practicing, study and try out different playing techniques, look into music theory a bit and learn a new song every now and then. Just keep doing stuff really. You will constantly get better, even if the progress can be at times hard to notice. Looks like you got a good start allready. :) 

thank you :) i have been trying to improve my knowledge of tabs, including a lot of the symbols and stuff on them, to improve the amount of songs i can do. Been trying to play with fingers and delved into a bit of slap, but find pick is my strong suit. thank you very much. 

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There's nothing wrong with using a pick. They're great if you want speed and percussive attack. You can also get a lot of nuance and rhythmic variety out of a pick, check out this Bobby Vega video:

 

Anyway, if you're already learning songs and enjoying yourself, congratulations. Look for some ear training exercises on YouTube, it'll really help you to pick up stuff more quickly and not be too reliant on tabs. Don't be afraid to start looking for people to play with, you can learn a lot by jamming with people at pretty much any skill level. And like Chainsaw says, stick with it!

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