One year ago today, June 5, 2019, I received the inexpensive 4 string bass and tiny amplifier that I had ordered from Amazon. It was an early gift to myself to celebrate my 70th birthday.
I had long yearned to play bass but wasn’t sure if I’d stick with it, therefore I spent conservatively. After all, I had given up on drums in high school (kicked out of the band) and later while in my twenties, the trumpet. With that in mind, there was a good chance I would fail with the bass as well.
I floundered for the first couple of weeks after strapping on that cheap bass. I watched as many YouTube videos on playing the bass as I could find, purchased a passel of books, and signed up for a free trial at Scott’s bass lessons (which I cancelled within the trial period).
In my quest for knowledge, I came across a YouTube video explaining the best strap height. The video was presented by a laid back, humorous young fellow by the name of @JoshFossgreen . I began to follow Josh on YouTube, checked out BassBuzz, and soon decided it was him that I wanted to be my first bass teacher. I began the B2B course on June 15, 2019 and finished that September. Thank you Josh for kick starting a bass journey that should have begun decades ago.
Now, it’s a year later and not only have I stuck with the bass, I have become obsessed with perfecting my skills. It didn’t take long for me to replace that no-name bass with a 5 string Yamaha BB235, and then later adding a Ibanez SR375EF 5 string fretless. The cheap amplifier was quickly replaced with a Rumble 40, and later with a Rumble 100.
After finishing the B2B course, I completed another course on scales, where I learned every scale and mode. I then completed a course on chord tones, which provided me with a great insight into how chords are constructed and played on the bass as arpeggios, and how they’re affected by key signatures. I’m currently taking a sight reading course, with the goal of being able to instantly play any sheet of music without forethought. My next goal is to perfect my ears so I can identify tones and intervals. Yes, I’m obsessed.
My little practice area in a corner of the family room has grown into a mini music studio, which I have recently moved into the dining room (the dining room table has found it’s way into the family room). I mostly play fretless now, which I really love.
It’s been a great first year, which seems to have had a lifetime of music theory and playing skill crammed into it. I still have a long way to go, but I’m happy to have progressed from absolute beginner to where I am now. I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of everyone here on the BassBuzz forum.
Thank you, one and all.