(warning: this is going to be a sad story.)
I’ve been awfully quiet for quite some time and I feel really sorry for just having disappeared from this community, which gave me so much joy, especially during the lonely months of the pandemic. I had spent a bit too much time on here and practicing bass, that I needed to step away a little. Then it happened that I met someone and was able to pursue my other hobby of climbing and these took too much of my attention and distracted me from my beloved bass. I find it hard to balance these things, so one thing always gets neglected.
Those of you who are on Discord might remember though, that some weeks ago, I was very excited about my (future) band mate sending me a song she had written and recorded, asking me for a funky bass line to add to it. Which I then tried to do with lots of improvising with the funk box. Her feedback was a very polite soso (I think) and I was going to work on it again but put it off because of the other distractions.
Now something absolutely terrible happened. This very close friend of mine, Eileen, suddenly passed away two and a half weeks ago. I’m devastated. She was only 33 years old and the most talented person I’ve ever known. She made me buy my bass a year ago because we wanted to form a band once the pandemic was over, but we never made it to actually play together. And that song remained unfinished.
So my bass ist standing there untouched and sad. I haven’t been able to pick it up again. I want to and I know it will bring me joy again and maybe even comfort but it is really hard to do. There are all these emotions attached to it and also the fear that I’ve lost my ability to play because it’s been really quite some time.
I thought I’d turn to you guys to help me with this, if you might, in some way. I’m not even sure where to start. Maybe repeat some older lessons that I enjoyed? Or play some songs I’m familiar with (not sure which)? I guess the first thing should be tuning it and maybe a setup. Maybe it’ll help to just write a little about my way back into bass life on here.
Thank you for listening! (it already feels good to be back)