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About TKenrick

  • Birthday 28/07/1986

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  1. TKenrick

    Free Bass Transcriptions

    Want to get into transcription? Here's half an hour of me talking about why I do what I do and how I do it: New chart just added for Queen's 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love': Crazy Little Thing Called Love bass transcription PDF
  2. Brand new set of Ernie Ball Cobalt Slinky strings 45-105 still sealed in packaging, bought a couple of sets and didn't get on with them, sticking with flats! New price seems to be around £30 plus shipping on most sites, these are £22 including postage
  3. There are lots of things that I’d like to respond to, but this is the most pressing. Trying to explain this is a little like giving swimming lessons over the phone, but I’ll do my best: Sound comes first. Theory is a great way to explain why certain things work (or don’t work) and put labels on certain sounds, but it happens after the sound. If you want to be able to play spontaneously, then your ear has to be the primary source of inspiration - the fact is that the conscious, analytical part of our brains that deals with naming notes, scale degrees and interval relationships is too slow to be put in charge of improvising; our subconscious mind has to be allowed to take over and react to whatever is going on musically in the moment. To frame it a different way: when you have a conversation you probably don’t script everything in advance, nor do you consciously analyse the spelling and grammar of what you’re saying - you’ve done enough talking to know which words will fit together and be appropriate for the topic of conversation. The goal is to become similarly fluent with the way that music sounds. This is how players who are apparently ‘unschooled’ and have little or no knowledge of music theory can play fluently: they have a firm grasp of how things sound. In order for that to happen, you need to have a strong connection between your hands and your ears, so you can ‘pre-hear’ ideas before you play them. By becoming more familiar with the sound of different chord types and common chord progressions you’ll develop the ability to instinctively know the sort of thing that will work in a particular musical situation. A huge part of this is stealing things from your favourite players - learn fills that you like the sound of and then use theory to ‘reverse engineer’ what’s going on; what scale(s) are they using? What chords are those scales being played over? Doing this puts theory in context and allows you to use your knowledge of theory to understand why things sound good. Either your guitarist needs to write you a chord chart or you need to hear it (the first solution is much more immediate!). Getting the fundamentals of the major scale together all over the instrument in different keys to the point where it's completely intuitive is YEARS of work, don't beat yourself for not having got it all down in a month or 2. Don't worry about harmonic and melodic minor scales for now, unless the music that you're making absolutely demands it. As I've said before, I'd strongly advise working on arpeggios and chord tones rather than playing scales - much more applicable and easier to digest.
  4. TKenrick

    Classical and Contemporary Studies for Bass Guitar

    If you mainly play upright, then I'd recommend Bottesini's Method For Double Bass, which gives me a proper ar*e kicking every time I open it. Much more exciting than Simandl.
  5. PT Nano with carry case for sale, excellent condition with a few minor scratches on the underside, The zip on the case is also still healthy. Securely packaged and shipped to you in the UK for £25 (discount for collection in London). Also getting rid of a Pedaltrain Junior - comes with a gator soft case as the zips on the original died. Can remove all pedal tape + cable tidies as necessary £45 posted (discount for London collection)
  6. TKenrick

    Digitech Whammy 4th Gen

    Digitech 4th Generation Whammy for sale. Bought in approx 2002 and owned by me since new, lots of chips in the paint from my former life as a teenage shred guitar wannabe but still in perfect working order. Sadly I don't have any Tool tribute gigs, so this has to go. Missing box and power supply, can remove pedal tape on bottom and replace rubber feet if necessary. Securely packed and delivered in the UK for £65 (discount for collection within London).
  7. TKenrick

    Free Bass Transcriptions

    New transcription of a disco classic: Candi Staton - 'Young Hearts Run Free' bass transcription
  8. Chris Kelly is based in SE and teaches double bass, not sure if he'll have a spare instrument but worth a try:
  9. This is definitely something that's difficult to articulate on a message board (both for the OP and those who respond). These are some things that jumped out at me: Can you elaborate on how you're going about learning these things? That might help to shed some light on why things haven't fallen into place yet. As someone who has focused a lot of time and effort on learning music theory and thinking about musical concepts, I'd strongly suggest abandoning your quest to see things and instead focus on being able to hear them. Theory is a great tool, but it's a terrible master. It's a wonderful device for explaining musical ideas and communicating with other musicians, but it shouldn't be the primary resource that you use for playing and improvising. To put it another way, have you ever been to a theory concert? Learn intervals by ear, learn chord tones all over the fretboard, transcribe players that you love. Forget scales for a while, concentrate on intervals and then triads instead.
  10. TKenrick

    Free Bass Transcriptions

    As a belated happy birthday to the great Anthony Jackson here are all of the notes that he played on Harvey Mason's 'Phantazia' (there are lots of them): Harvey Mason - 'Phantazia' bassline + solo transcription
  11. I'm offering electric bass lessons in south west London, I teach from a studio in Earlsfield (SW18, about a 7-minute walk from Earlsfield station) For those who like to see qualifications, I have a BA from the Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford and a PGCE from the Institute of Education, London. For those who want 'real world' experience, I've toured/performed across the UK and Europe with a number of artists including Hayley Westenra, Alexandra Burke and Suggs, as well as various washed-up boyband members and reality TV types. A more detailed bio is available here Since graduating a decade ago, I've taught hundreds of students both privately and in schools and have successfully prepared students for Rock School, RGT and Trinity exams as well as entrance auditions for music colleges including BIMM and ACM. Lessons focus on essential musical skills for surviving as a bass player, including: • Ear training • Fretboard knowledge • Developing a strong internal sense of time • Sight reading • Repertoire • Improvisation There are plenty of free lessons on my website/youtube channel, I’ve just finished a series of articles on how to practise effectively: https://freebasstranscriptions.com/tag/how-to-practise/ cheers, Tom
  12. Yes, it's signed in the front by the man himself:
  13. TKenrick

    Learning notation

    @lowdowner yeah, my hosting provider is having a mare and can't explain why the site has been down for 4 days... Hopefully normal service will resume soon, I'll keep you posted.