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Staggering on last won the day on December 13 2018

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  1. You are very lucky. Here we have another 3 weeks of lockdown and after that the future looks bleak as we are in a third wave and daily case numbers in Ontario are more than four times higher than in January. No live music anywhere and no rehearsals. Both my bands have horns and vocals and that makes it even more difficult. We will be lucky if we can book any gigs for later this year. ☚ī¸
  2. Any time "I" is used instead of "me" to make a rhyme as in many songs where the line ends with " to you and I" or "for you and I" I tend to tense up and yell "me, you idiot" and have a private little rage. It won't change and some good songs use this ...sigh...🙄
  3. It wouldn't load for me last night about 12 hours ago, won't load now either. The important thing is that BC is working just fine and that is way more important to me.😊
  4. I'll be 75 in May, last gig was a year ago due to Covid shutdown. I've been gigging for about 60 years and the two bands I'm in now are a jazz standards quartet and a seven piece band that plays swing and a set of Dixieland and between the two we do 2-5 gigs a month and two rehearsals a week. I play double bass and switch to tenor banjo for the Dixie. As you have probably guessed most of our audiences are of a certain age(old!) but we do have some younger fans as well. We had some work booked for this year but basically no live music here now at all and no info re when things might open up. At my age I want to play for a good while yet and am very anxious to get back to rehearsing and gigging.
  5. They would help but in any kind of breeze these shelters turn into a combination sail, parachute and umbrella and need serious weight or rigging to stay in place, I've had some "interesting" experiences playing in these things. Never had one completely take off but have had to stop mid song a few times to prevent that from happening, pretty scary with a lot of expensive instruments and gear around. 🙁 OTOH when properly set up they are great.
  6. I have played in shelters like this a number of times, some with walls and some with just a roof. The one in the photo below belonged to the venue and would be OK in the rain but all of these shelters are VERY tricky in the wind. In the photo we are on a street that has wind tunnel effect and had a few nervous moments since there was no way to use pegs into the ground to secure the rig. I have seen concrete blocks used to tie them down but in a big wind nothing is completely safe. So would I recommend using one...yes, but be aware of the wind and have it very securely fastened down. This is particularly important on pavement or out in a field such as you may find at a festival. Be aware also that there is great variation in the quality of these shelters, many are very flimsy, it would pay to buy a heavy duty unit. Been there, done that.🙂
  7. My Yamaha SLB 200 is set up like that as are many others as mentioned above. It seems almost everyone has to figure this out after the battery goes dead either because they didn't read the manual or it isn't explained in it, which is kind of odd. This topic has come up frequently on any site that deals with instruments with built in pre amps, especially EUB's. Many separate pre amps have the same set up as do some pedals. At least you have it sorted now and you can have some upright fun. 😊
  8. The Stagg I had came with a bow so I gave it a try and since I was new to the upright bass it sounded pretty bad due to my lack of skill and improper use of rosin but eventually it improved. It is better than some EUB's for bowing and if properly set up and played well it can sound OK. I certainly had fun with it and it got me on the upright path and I upgraded to a Yamaha SLB 200 and then to a DB and I love it. 😊
  9. I'm at 3 on the poll, assuming EB,EUB and DB all count as one but have also gigged and taught guitar and tenor banjo(no sniggering please). I have done some gigs on mandolin but it's not one of my main instruments but it's fun to noodle on. For a number of years I taught music in a high school so I can make noise on most reed and brass instruments but not at gigging level.
  10. I got my first guitar in 1959 as a young teenager and have been playing ever since. Much like Dad it's been on various instruments and from no gigs to full time. The last 30+ years I have been playing bass in a variety of jazz groups from trios to big bands and switched to DB and EUB about six years ago and was gigging with two bands before lockdown. In the last year I have improved a lot and am playing almost every day using sheet music and a huge collection of books I have accumulated, iRealPro, video lessons and playing along with recordings I have or other sources. I have watched a lot more videos(performance and instruction) than before lockdown and always find something to learn from them, great to have a resource like the internet, much better than "the good old days" with just records and books. My reading is much better and I feel more confident in my reading and my ability to actually play what I'm reading. Playing along with recordings (everything from pop, oldies, jazz standards and even big bands) has really improved my ear and I am getting much better at finding the key and chord progression before the song ends, well sometimes.😉 I have also been struggling with the bow on DB. I really miss the gigs and the rehearsals(usually 2 a week) and playing with other musicians and since I retired from my very hectic day job a couple of years ago music has been the main social part of my life until last March. I am a much better player than I was before lockdown and can't wait to get back to gigging, and at almost 75 I hope that happens soon!
  11. I think this old adage came from double bass players, "high for show, low for dough". I have seen this in several places including somewhere on Basschat but can't find it now.
  12. That's why I designed the rack I posted above. My luthier saw it when my bass was in for some work and approved of the design and asked for some photos to show it to some of his customers, I felt good about that.😊 Now if only I had some gigs or rehearsals to go to so I can use it again.☚ī¸
  13. Actually London has about 9,000,000 and Canada is 37,000,000 but as you point out density is the real problem. London's population density is about 5600 per km2 and Canada's is 3.9 per km2 for the whole country. Comparing cities we have 4500 per km2 in Toronto and our highest density is Vancouver at 5300. I live in a very rural area of Northern Ontario where the density is very low and the number of covid cases is small. A major issue here is visitors from the hot spots in the south coming up here. Our current lockdown is based on "STAY HOME" (government's mantra) but it isn't being enforced so we are getting a bit nervous out here in the boonies.🇨đŸ‡Ļ
  14. My Yamaha SLB 200 has a 34" fingerboard, nut to bridge is 40 3/4 ".
  15. This is what I made to make it easier to get the bass in and out over the 8" lip at the back of my car, a Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback. It also keeps the neck and scroll up higher so there is no interference with the shifter. In actual use I put an old quilt over the frame for more padding and a wide strap across the bass to keep it in place. There is also a pillow at the back so the bottom of the bass is snug against the hatchback. The front passenger seat is unobstructed and there is plenty of room for an amp, other instruments and all the gear needed for a gig. It's a ply bass and my luthier says he sees no problem with putting it on a rack like this. I made the rack to be a snug fit between the back of the car and the back of the front seats so that when it it is in place it doesn't move. Now it's easy to slide the bass in and out without having to worry about the lip at the back and mess around with pillows to raise the neck and scroll above the shifter. I used this a number of times for gigs and rehearsals so I know it works and I'm hoping it won't be too long before I use it again...sigh...
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