Last winter I was slogging through a rough patch, (going to culinary school and working full time), and I had no time to keep up with my music, but I saw a Carol Kay interview where she said, “just make sure you pick up your bass, and play for ten minutes every day, - no matter what”… So that is what I did.
No matter how tired I was, I would pick up my bass, and play for ten minutes before I crashed on the couch, dead asleep.
I pretty much only practiced two or three riffs: The Unison from Sir Duke, My Generation, and a riff I made up on my own. Just those three riffs, over and over for months on end. I wasn’t getting any better, but at least I wasn’t losing my callouses, and I was maintaining my hand strength.
Since I’ve begun my Bass to Badass journey, it has occurred to me that I have my strings set up way too high, and even though I love my Olympic White Fender Hecho En Mexico Precision Special Deluxe, the black pick guard bores me; so I’ve ordered a Red Tortoise Shell pickguard, and while I’m at it I want to get new strings!
I spent so much time practicing the bass solos from My Generation that I got pretty good at using a galloping three or four finger right hand technique, so I want to get the same strings that John Entwistle used: Roto Sound Swing RS66… But there are more than a half dozen variations of the Swing RS66… Which ones did “The Ox” use?
If you know the answer, let me know!
Also I think it would be fun to put up a John Entwistle Bored Bass Face Challenge:
Record yourself playing the solos from My Generation (or the whole song). With an emphasis on having a bored expression while you look up and to the right…
I think that would be hilarious, and educational – because Entwistle never played those solos the same way, and it would be cool to hear and see all the different variations of that iconic bass solo!
Anyway, once I figure out which strings to order, I’m taking my bass into the shop for a set up, and ask them to make the action “John Entwistle Low”…
I should get strap locks too, – any recommendations?