The never-ending YouTube “searching & sifting” just isn’t worth it
By Jon Liebman
Week of May 25, 2020
Sometimes I just have to stop and marvel at all the resources available to us today, regardless of what we’re trying to find out. Unlike the old days, it seems no matter what we want to learn, there’s some source online that’s got what we need.
I don’t think I need to tell you how much “searching & sifting” you’d have to do on YouTube in the quest for some source that’s at least somewhat credible. Sure, there’s plenty of stuff you can figure out by watching videos – if you can find the right ones. But that can really take a long time. And even then, the end result is far from certain.
I got to thinking about the subject after talking to Dustin Davidson of August Burns Red, whose interview we posted this week on For Bass Players Only. It wasn’t until he was already well into his career that Dustin started learning bass from a teacher. “I’m, for the most part, self-taught,” he says. “I was probably around 25 when I first started taking lessons, and that really helped me.”
Since making the commitment to up his game and learn bass formally, he’s never looked back.
Seeing the strides he was making on the instrument, Dustin immediately wished he hadn’t waited so long to start learning bass from an experienced teacher. “I never studied theory growing up,” he recalls, “so that really helped. It opened this window to new ideas and new directions.” The influence of a good bass teacher not only helped Dustin’s bass playing, but his overall musicality, all of which he’s been putting to good use.
I’ve seen it myself first-hand myself for years. With the feedback I provide to students here at For Bass Players Only, I’ve helped nip more bad habits in the bud than I can count. You need to have your hands in the right place. You need to mute those unwanted notes. You need to make the music feel good. And you need to see it demonstrated correctly.
“If anybody is questioning if they should stay self-taught or seek lessons and professional advice in the first place,” says Dustin, “my advice is, if you want to grow, and you know of somebody who is a good teacher, then take it. I would go for it because it really did help me.”
Good advice, Dustin.
Anyone who’s serious about learning bass needs to get proper guidance from the right source. At For Bass Players Only, I’ve taken the frustration out of learning bass, so you can build confidence and thoroughly enjoy making music. Personally, I’d like to thank the hundreds of thousands of people who trusted me to help them learn bass. I’m so proud of all of you!
How about you? Have a thought on the subject? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. In the meantime, check out my interview with Dustin here.