You big bunch of lovelies.
I’m in search of those moments where the stars align! Where you decided bass was the thing to do, where a bass line became discernible, where you figured out the right fingering, where the idea of root-fifth made sense - any time where you had a personal breakthrough with bass.
Here are two from me - one from teaching this week, and one from way back in Gio’s beginning years.
I was working with a student on Monday, and we were working on the 12 bar blues. I could see him having one of the Ah Hah! moments that make this music thing so damn fun.
He was putting together the deep, hear-it-before-you-play-it sound of the blues progression with his part. Learning where to play the notes was the goal, but I could see him KNOW what to do, and HEAR where and when it changed… just not sure where those notes were yet.
It was awesome.
One of my greatest Ah-Hah moments personally was with scales. I had this distrust? of scales. My teacher was always telling me that they worked, but I didn’t really get it. Just play these notes? And it works?
So one day I had the idea: Does the major scale sound good with itself? I played an open string (I don’t remember what, either A or D… let’s say the D string) and then started trying to play notes in the scale on the string above it. It created a bass line drone on scale degree one - the root of the scale. The open D. Then, on the G string, I started moving real slow around the scale. Hearing and testing each note to hear how it sat against the root note of the scale.
I loved it.
It was like getting to know the people in the neighborhood that I’d been sprinting by every day in my practice. It was also intoxicating hearing my bass make these larger, fuller harmonic sounds.
Such a huge light went of in my brain and my ears.
I’d love to hear y’alls’ moments, whatever they may be!
With bass-y love,