Hey there! I’m a bit late doing this, as I joined in July of ‘18, but I never got around to introducing myself. I was too busy practicing!
My name is Jocelyn and I’ve played piano since I was 4 (even taught lessons professionally for several years after college), also played clarinet and alto sax throughout school. In recent years I learned to play ukulele and always wanted to learn bass…it just seemed like a lot of fun. Growing up, my dream job was to be in a rock band - so even though I never made that happen, I figured I could at least enjoy playing bass for fun with my friends! My husband decided to learn guitar last summer, so while he was at the store picking out a guitar I wandered around and ended up buying a bass! I told him we could learn our instruments together…that way he wouldn’t feel like he was really far behind me since I already play other instruments really well.
I searched for great online lessons…and searched…and searched…because I knew that going somewhere for lessons at a set time each week just wouldn’t work with my schedule. Eventually I found you! And man…I’m so glad I did! I LOVE that you really focus on technique along with theory. I also enjoy learning on real songs and playing along with real songs! My hubby has an online guitar lesson series that only does cheesy elevator music versions of songs, so his is really annoying to listen to. He’s totally jealous of my lessons and playing, tells everyone that I’m already rocking out a bunch of songs while he’s still learning the same three power chords on his guitar. LOL! I’m only on Module 7 at this point, been taking my time and finding other songs I can play as I go so that I can practice the things I’m learning even more. I’ve bought a Led Zeppelin book and am having some fun trying to play some of the songs - and LOVED that you also had a Led Zep song in one of the early lessons!
I just purchased my second bass. My first one was a nice Fender, but I found it to be really heavy after a while. That thing is a battle axe! My new bass is an Ibanez Premium, and is noticeably lighter. Both basses play really well, and sound a bit different, so I plan to keep both for different needs/variety.
Even as an experienced musician (on other instruments), I find your teaching style to be just right for my needs on bass! Not too simplistic, not overly complex…just right for any level. I can move through elements that I already know (like how to read notes on the staff), and then focus more time on elements I don’t know.
Anyway, just wanted to say hi and thanks…I’m loving this course!