Thanks Josh!

I’m sure there’s other thank you threads so apologies for making a new one, but after finishing the course I just wanted to say thanks. You really have a gift for teaching and the course was great. Looks like it took about 100 days for me and I was in no way trying to move fast; just right.

My best friend from college has been keeping things going this whole time, never really quit, and we’re passing Audacity projects back and forth now. Super fun, and you helped out a lot with getting me here. Both with the course itself and tons of good advice from you and @Gio.

Three months to pick up a new instrument to the point of jamming with old bandmates - after a couple decades of no music at all - is pretty damn satisfying and says a lot about the course.

Also I have to say - you’ve managed to curate what is by far the friendliest music forum on the internet. Everyone here is great. I have no idea how you did that :slight_smile:

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+1 to everything @howard said (well, apart from the Audacity project exchanging bit - but yet another inspiration to try and reconnect with old musical friends)!!

It took me 6 months to finish the course, but I got amply “side-tracked” (read: inspired) along the way to dive deeper into some music theory (again) and to explore what tools are available nowadays for learning music and playing an instrument (= countless hours on YouTube, listening, learning, playing along, …).

It’s been a blast and the forum here continues to provide a place to share insights, learn more about the bass, find new music, and just keep getting inspired on many levels.

So, yeah, thanks to Josh and all who have been involved in initiating, creating, curating, and contributing!

PS: it is not hyperbole that I mentioned “inspiration” three times here - this really is the keyword for me, and I am really grateful for having gotten that proverbial kick in the behind from the course and the forum!

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Haha no apology necessary @howard , it never gets old hearing about people’s success with the course. It’s gratifying to have put so many hundreds and hundreds (maybe thousands now?) of hours into BassBuzz and see it having actual results in the lives of you and others!

Happy to hear you’re jamming with people! That’s the best.

Me either! Must be because bass players are inherently awesome?

And thanks to you too @joergkutter, for the appreciation, and all your contributing to the forum, with helpful advice and awesome music shares. Really appreciate having you around!

:blush: :heart:

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Let me also add my thanks along with @howard and @joergkutter . . . :slight_smile:

Just finished the course today after four and a half months, and it was an excellent experience, @JoshFossgreen!

It’s obvious that you spent a great deal of time and put a lot of thought into planning and implementing it. Your teaching style is relaxed and thorough, making the course fun as well as instructive! I appreciated the way you kept emphasizing and repeating key points throughout the entire course.

The GOOD: I did remarkably well towards the end, particularly with improvisation (which was my biggest concern at the beginning of the course). Learning the major and minor scales, the “funk box”, fingering techniques, and concepts such as roots and fifths, thirds, triads, octaves, etc. etc. were most helpful to me, and I think of them as a “language” with which I can now use to accurately communicate with bandmates. Bravo!

The BAD: A good deal of the “music theory” parts of the course was difficult for me to thoroughly grasp. I had never had any musical training until your course. Couldn’t tell a quarter note from a rest, time signatures, syncopation, etc. Now, at least, I have some grounding and can explore these areas more fully as needs be, as I continue to progress.

The UGLY: Try as I might, I completely failed at the “slap and pop” part of your course. After numerous attempts, I finally gave up and completed it using the standard fingering technique. I guess some “old dogs” just can’t learn new tricks . . . :frowning:

Anyway, your course is certainly worth the money and I would definitely recommend it to others! Next, I will spend some time going back over parts of it to review my weaker areas, and to explore the Course Extras as well.

I look forward to continue improving my skills as a bass player, and to enjoy my time here on these Forums.

Thanks again and all best, Joe

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Thanks Joe! Congrats on making it all the way through, and I appreciate all the enthusiasm you’ve shared here on the forum along the way!

Feel free to post if there are any specific concepts that still feel foggy, I’m always happy to help. It helps me make even better stuff in the future to get feedback like that!

Yeah, that’s a tricky one! Even a whole Module of six or so lessons is barely enough to explain all the basics of how that technique works, it really merits a whole course.

If you want to give it another try, feel free to throw up a video of your slapping hand in action and I can probably help you get to a happier place. I’m sure @Gio would have some suggestions too.

Thanks for sharing your experience Joe!

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