So, it finally happened. I took the bass out and played with other people. My brother and his girlfriend to be exact. Being only a little less than 50% through the course, I was apprehensive to say the least. I was dreading embarrassing myself.
First song and one they are working on together is “Fluorescent Adolescent - Arctic Monkeys”, the bassline from the Tabs I found, were tricky and it goes along at a good clip. But I managed to improvise/simplify and chug along in key and it worked.
We moved onto some songs from the Cranberries, the baselines here, much like U2’s With Or Without You. These I was able to lock into keep the groove and get through the whole thing. Soooo satisfying!
My brother also told me to follow him on a song he was playing and where to shift from playing a descending scale to sustaining whole notes. No tabs just knew the scale and played along with him, that was great
He made a joke at the end, that he was playing guitar for 4 years before playing with other people and that I have had my bass for “a week” and lucked into a band. There was a bit of truth in the joke though and only for these lessons I wouldn’t be anywhere near as good as I am now. Thank you Josh, the course is fantastic and my progress I have made has been amazing.