I started the B2B course on June 15th, with the expectation that I would complete it in one month. After all, I’m retired and have all this time on my hands. I was doing fine until June 24th when I ran into a major speed bump. That speed bump’s name is Billie Jean. I spent nearly a week trying to perfect that song, until I finally realized that I had a lot of work to do training my fingers to obey my commands. I bypassed that speed bump, and moved on, slowly and methodically, spending an enormous amount of time doing finger drills and memorizing my fretboard.
Yesterday, 96 days after starting, I completed the B2B course, but didn’t feel I deserved my graduation gift just yet, as I still had a bit of unfinished business to take care of. Today, I revisited that nasty speed bump named Billy Jean. I surprised myself, and was victorious!
What made the difference?
For one, after all these months of drills, my fingers are now better trained and more obedient on the fret board. More importantly, I’m now more familiar with where the notes are, and was able to play the piece with my eyes on the music stand instead of gazing at the fret board. But most of all, it was due to all the great training that I got from @JoshFossgreen during the B2B course!
So, what’s my graduation gift to myself? A couple of weeks ago, in anticipation of finishing the course, I designed a tee shirt and had a friend of mine print it at her tee shirt shop. I’ve had it in a drawer waiting for the day that I could proudly wear it and call myself a “Bad Ass Bass Gal”. That day has arrived. Thank you @JoshFossgreen for transforming this 70 year old rock and roll granny into a bass player!