This question is for the gurus of the forum…
Tomorrow, December 5th, marks exactly 6 months since I picked up my first bass and started learning to play. My musical skill at that time was virtually nil, and I had forgotten every bit of what little I had learned in high school. All I had was a love of bass and a desire to play.
Since then, I have completed the B2B course, plus taken a scales essentials course, a chord tones course, and am partially through a sight reading course. Today, I can play every scale or mode in the book, can play Major and minor triads and 7th chord arpeggios with ease, can find whatever note I want on the fret board, and have a decent handle on musical notation. But I feel like I’m missing something. I feel like I’m not ready for prime time.
It has been suggested here and in other forums that the next step is that I need to play with other people. But the mere thought of playing in the presence of, or with another person (other than my deaf spouse and my uninterested dog) sends shivers up my spine. I don’t know what I’m afraid of, I just am. Maybe it’s fear of being ridiculed or yelled at for messing up a song.
The only solution I can think of is to hire a Bass Coach. My vision of a Bass Coach is someone who listens and watches as I play, gives me pointers as to what I need to improve, and ultimately instills enough confidence in me that I can boldly play with a group. I figure if I pay someone, they have no right to ridicule me, and as long as it’s someone other than Terence Fletcher (Whiplash), I shouldn’t get yelled at.
So my question is:
(1) Is this a dumb idea?,
(2) Is there such a thing as a Bass Coach (as opposed to an actual music teacher)
(3) Where and how would I find such a person?