What are you struggling with?

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It’s a good quick read.
@mgoldst tuened is on to it originally.

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It’s like chatgpt wrote that :laughing:

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I’m actually not working on a specific song because I’m struggling to be motivated to even pick up my bass, plug in, and play.
For personal reasons I sold my StingRay 5 and picked up a cherry red Epiphone Embassy. My praise group “Grace On Fire” dissolved during Covid and I have barely played since then. I was asked to play at a different church, but the music director was fired and that was that. I did use some of the money from the StingRay sale to take care of some maintenance on my granddaughter’s Alvarez guitar and get her new strings, gig bag, tuner, pics, etc.
Since I haven’t been playing at church, I really haven’t been motivated to play at all. I don’t even feel like playing through my list of jazz standards that I posted on Spotify………search “Jazz Standards for Practice” on Spotify…that is me.
I guess since I have nothing to look forward to, gig wise, I just don’t feel like playing anymore. I’ve been playing since 1976 so I’m coming up on 50 years being a bass player. I’m hoping this summer will motivate me; maybe not?
So that is what I’m struggling with. The bass has been a part of me for 70% of my life. I’ll never give it up, but I hope I don’t end up plugging in just once or twice a year just to see if it still works………

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May 15. That’s when I can see an orthopedist. Hard to get a specialist these days.

in one of its fever dreams :rofl:

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Hey John, how did the jab go?

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Hey @JerryP
Last two days were painful.
Felt like someone stabbed me in the back of the neck with a giant needle. :rofl:
But they said that would happen.
Today that part is gone, very stiff still.
Medicine can take 48-72 hours to start kicking in and a full week to be up to “speed”.

Some super sharp pain gone now but not to a “strap on a bari sax and see what’s what point for sure. We shall see.

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Sounds like some progress. I hope you’ll get better as the days go by.

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Hope it goes well

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Hope you feel better @John_E

My daughter started taking golf more seriously so we’ve been hitting the range a few times last week. My body aches every where :joy:

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I need a whining about tab thread for when a symbol used in standard musical notation gets used to mean something completely different in tab. Trill symbol to mean vibrato harrumph

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Thanks @howard :hugs

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Hi! I’m a noobie! I’ve aggravated an old golf injury from overextending my right thumb while anchored to the pickup. I also came up with an arm injury around my elbow from over-using my index and middle finger. I gave it a few weeks, but it didn’t work. I tried to use my thumb horizontal to the strings (floating thumb?) but the arm pain wouldn’t go away.

So I have decided to use a pick on my foray into the low world. I play guitar so a pick feels natural. I am experimenting with leather picks, rubber picks, and felt picks, soft, medium, and hard picks; anything that gets me close to that warm thump from fingers. The leather pick sounds good!

I also have fret wrap on all my basses. My muting technique sucks with a pick, and sympathetic resonance drives me crazy.

So I have made some big decisions: a pick and fret wrap. What problems have I opened myself up to going down this road?

Remembering to unplug the bass

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flat battery?

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2 dead batteries, stupid 18v active bass :grinning:

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I used to do that when I first got my active bass (though only 9v so just one battery) but I’ve managed to avoid doing it for a while (very dangerous announcement to make that…).

It’s made a little easier by my guitar stands that are a little awkward to use when plugged in.

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I usually remember to unplug but once and awhile I practice later than usual and I just forget. Got a dollar store down the street so I stock up

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I decided to take a look at Iron Maiden’s Fear of the Dark. 20 measures of 16th note 5ths in the intro like the below are kicking my ass. First time since I started playing bass my pinkie has been crying for mercy lol.

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