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  1. Made me think of this: https://www.science.org/content/article/million-dollar-strads-fall-modern-violins-blind-sound-check
  2. I have that bass in that colour and it's wonderful. The neck is exceptional. GLWTS.
  3. I'm interested to know whether anyone has tried the Righton Dual strap. Looks like a cheaper version of the Gruv Gear Duo https://www.rightonstraps.com/en/Dual-strap-for-guitar-and-bass-guitar-harness-strap.html
  4. Such a great record. I don't listen to Genesis much these days, but when I do, I usually reach for Foxtrot, especially Supper's Ready. I do still listen to Peter Gabriel quite a lot.
  5. I was (still am really) a huge Imagination fan, and Ashley Ingram appeared with Wals on several occasions (I'm sure I had an old VHS recorded off the Tube or the Word or something). I wanted a Wal for sure. On the records, the bass was clearly a synth, and it took decades to learn that it was almost certainly the Roland SH1000 making that sound. Live, I'm pretty sure that bass guitar was played over the top of synths, but sometimes the bass was just synth (and not played by any band member).
  6. Oh how amazing! I didn't know that existed, thank you!
  7. I was about 12 when Joni Mitchell's Mingus came out, and already learning the bass. That album took me via Jaco to Weather Report and Metheny and Herbie, and via Mingus himself to all sorts of other jazz that might have seemed musty and fusty (although all roads lead to Miles!). It opened doors which at 12 would have felt impenetrable. I'll always have a soft spot for it. In my personal musical history, it might even be the most important record I ever heard. I still listen to it regularly.
  8. Looks great. I'd love to hear more about how Status necks compare to regular Jazz/Precision necks.
  9. Thanks for all the interesting replies, but I'm afraid @Old Horse Murphy wins the prize
  10. There's this idea around that 10000 hours of doing anything gets you to complete mastery. I'm playing about an hour a day at the moment, so that would take about 27 years in total. During my teenage years, I reckon I played about an hour a day for maybe 5 years, and then just dribs and drabs through my 20s/30s. So perhaps 22 years to go. How about you? Does anyone feel like they've pretty much mastered it in much less time? Just interested as I seem to be making good progress, but nowhere near being able to say I'm a master.
  11. Through gritted teeth, I did in fact sign up for this. So far, I've found it absolutely excellent. I can sort of see a justification for limiting it so that you have to spend a week on each lesson. That structure is really good and helpful and stops you tearing ahead. I think I'll make it to the 26 week mark no problem, and I'm sure my playing will have changed quite a lot by then. The live Q&A stuff I haven't really found useful so far. I guess that is his justification for "opening" and "closing" the course, but it seems unnecessary to me. Too many people sharing one hour with Scott, it's just never going to be that helpful. Apart from the overall structure being so beneficial, the sheer amount of focus you end up putting on tiny things has yielded surprising results. Some weeks have been easy. Others have shown me very clearly where areas of my technique are falling down, and given me exercises to improve those areas. I don't see how this could have been done any better, to be honest. I'm sure some people won't like the boring repetition of the exercises, but I find it quite therapeutic. So this grumpy grouch is actually quite impressed. I feel like even 8 weeks in, I've already got value for my money.
  12. Well expressed, I feel like that too
  13. Wow, good old Morley College. When I was a kid, my mum and I used to sign up for courses during the summer holidays, a good 45 years ago! I've got a black belt in enamelled badge making.
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