How To Return To Bass Playing After A LONG Break…

This is a HUGE week!

Long story short, I’ve been without my bass for far too long!!! One of the perils of international moving…

It’s all good though because after months of being without it, my bass arrived intact (phew…) a few days ago.

The only problem – I was in terrible pain after 20 minutes of playing.

All because I hadn’t played my bass in such a long time.

Working through the pain, I had some realizations that really took me back to basics – a little bit frustrating right now, but I know it will be totally worth it in the end.

Check out the lesson…


Have you ever had to take a long break from playing? Maybe your life just got in the way and you didn’t play for months or even years?

How did you get back into it? Did you find you had the same problems dealing with getting to know your bass again?

In a way, it’s kinda nice – like you’re meeting an old best friend after a long time.

In a different way, it sucks! You have to go through the whole process of re-conditioning your body, but it’s totally worth it in the end…

If you’ve been in this kind of situation, let me know about it in the comments below or you can email me directly at

Talk soon,

Play bass In Tune Bass Intonation

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3 Responses to How To Return To Bass Playing After A LONG Break…

  1. earl van fleet October 29, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

    Gotta tell you, I was behind when I started, but I am getting the knack of getting around on the fret board much easier after your lessons on intonation. Thank you so much! I’m signed up for school to get in a jazz ensamble, so excited once again!

    • lukemcintosh89 October 31, 2017 at 11:55 pm #

      Hey Earl – that’s fantastic! Let me know how you go in the jazz ensemble, and if you have questions about anything, just let me know. I’d be more than happy to help!



  2. Babs Baldino December 13, 2017 at 11:02 pm #

    Hi! I just picked up my bass again after about 10 years. At first she felt like a stranger, but my fingers quickly found their way again. Glad to see I’m not the only one who turned away and came back . . .


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