I was in my local music store today trying out some basses. It’s a tiny store, basically just one room. There was this other guy there trying out some guitars. We’re noodling away in our respective corners for a bit, when guitar guy turns to me and asks “Hey, since we’re trying out different instruments at the same time, want to play together? Do you know blues?”
I stammer something along the lines of “Oh, uh sure, but I’m very new, I’m not sure I’ll be up to it-…”. For context, up until this point, guitar guy had been improvising beautiful bluesy flamenco-y classical guitar stuff. I’m currently on Bassbuzz Module 9.
Guitar guy is very nice though, and says “I’m sure you can!”. He counts us in, and we’re off!
Of course, the minute my fingers touch the strings, whoosh! My mind goes blank. Our beloved leader Josh’s faithful blues box? Blues shapes? Gone! Vanished!
I persevere, and stick to dutifully hitting the root note on one. Guitar guy must have sensed me floundering, because he very nicely starts calling out the chord changes for me. Suddenly, somehow, I’m doing it! I followed his time, returned to the root on one, tried playing I-IV-V, and left space free for his guitar fills. It was amazing!
It felt like years, but we only played for a few minutes. When we finished, I kid you not, the two cashiers in the store applauded us! When he left, guitar guy thanked me, and told me “Keep up the good work!”
Just had to share with you all - I’m on cloud 9
(Hysterically enough, about half an hour later, I ran into him again in a nearby cafe. We said hi briefly, and then he had to run off. What are the chances!)