Recently semi-retired, I thought I’d I try playing keyboard, without a teacher… and without much success. Curiously, while struggling with it I felt the bass was “calling to me.” I have about 400 songs (mainly oldies) that I listen to while driving, and it just seemed that playing bass with these songs should be fairly simple compared with other instruments – single notes in a relatively narrow range, no chords, etc. So I turned up the bass and lowered the treble a bit for a few weeks. Then…
I did a fair amount of online research, and consensus was that the bass is easier to “get into” but just as hard to master as any other instrument. So I wrestled with the idea of it for a month or two. Then I found Josh’s free lessons, which I found informative and very encouraging.
So… I decided to give it a try. I bought a beginner bass (the recommended Cort) and after four months I’ve just completed the course. I have to say that it’s been an interesting and enjoyable experience. I can definitely see the improvement in every area, especially this very day for some reason. Even my left-hand muting has become half-decent.
I agree with Josh’s comments in the final few lessons, about practicing, focusing on where my interests lie, etc. In my case, I just want to become competent at playing along with 50s and 60s songs, and at some point perhaps jam with other old guys, maybe even play with a small band once in a while. Without this course, I’m certain I wouldn’t be as far along as I am today (semi-competent beginner?), so without a doubt the time and cost has been well worth it.
If I have any issues with the course, one would be that the workouts started getting faster and more complicated before I was ready for them, but I always spent as much time as I needed to get through the slow ones. Another would be the lessons on slap and pop, which seemed a very advanced topic; I skipped them. I’d have much preferred lessons on how to figure out what notes to play from sheet music and lead sheets. Josh and others have posted suggestions in the forum, but this is still a conundrum for me. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll figure it out over the next few years… THANKS AGAIN FOR THE COURSE!