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About LeftyP

  • Birthday 20/10/1950

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  1. I am, sadly, selling my Chowny SWB-1 passive short scale bass plus fitted Gator case. I've had this since January 2018 and really like it but because I have back issues I find the weight of it just too much to use. It weighs 9.26lb (4.14kg) which is towards the lighter end of the bass weights, but my back problems make it very uncomfortable to play for more than about 15 minutes. I had a local guitar tech make a wooden cover for the truss rod hole to replace the large Chowny plate but the plate will be in the case if you wish to re-use it. The bass is fitted with D'Addario tape wound strings and I have swapped the chrome volume and tone knobs for black but can put the chromes back on if you want. A Gator custom case comes with it. It is a great short scale bass and I like playing it but the pain in my back tells me I need a lighter model. The bass costs £395.00 new and the case is £80.00 but you can have both for £350.00 including delivery.
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    What does 'standards' actually mean for songs

    I've just scanned the list on Wiki and know the vast majority of the titles. They are played a lot on many radio programmes and performed in cabaret in clubs and cruise ships. I am fortunate in being old enough (68) to remember the days of the crooners and ballad singers my parents liked and listened to on the old "Light Programme" before Radio Caroline came on air (I love 60's music - the songs of my teen years). I work in broadcasting so get to hear a wide variety of music that I would not choose to listen to. If you want to expand your playing options you really need to become familiar with the likes of Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, Irving Berlin etc. They wrote timeless songs sung by Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Andy Williams, Jack Jones and countless others. If your listening habits are Radio 1 or Later with Jools then you are starving yourself of some real quality music. I can bop (not too energetic these days!) to Britney, Aretha, Tina Turner and the Motown classics but I can also enjoy the "Standards", Country music, some classical and - as I play in a church band - the old hymns and new contemporary worship songs. There is a wealth of wonderful music out there. When you consider we use basically only eight notes (plus a few sharps and flats) it is remarkable just what a variety of melodies have been written.
  3. I'm not ashamed to admit to liking Britney. I enjoy the song and wish I was as supple (and young!) as she is. "Hit Me Baby One More Time" is also a great video - in fact any video with Britney in it is good!
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    Tascam Bass Trainer..Or the like

    Yes, I have the Tascam GB-10 bass trainer/recorder and use it every day. I generally listen via headphones so as not to disturb the neighbours or Mrs LeftyP. It is a great tool for learning songs and trying out various bass lines. You can change key/speed or loop a few bars to play over again. It has a built in metronome and tuner too. I am in our church band and we have a communal contact site where the songs are posted - lyrics, sheet music and chord charts. I print off what I need, find a version of the song on YouTube which I convert to MP3 and load it into the Tascam. I can play along and try all kinds of variations to the songs. Being able to change the key is a great option as sometimes the videos are not sung in the same key as our music. The unit is so small and light that you can slip it into your guitar case, or even your pocket and take it anywhere. I still have the Tascam CD version of the machine - now surplus to requirements.
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    SBL Technique Accelerator Course

    I'm enjoying the course and it has even made me realise what a good bass guitar I have. Before I embarked on the technique course I thought I had bought the wrong type of bass as it felt awkward and heavy. After learning how to hold the thing properly and get the guitar balanced things began to change. The 3rd lesson - using the thumb on the plucking hand to mute the strings - was a real eye opener. I have been anchoring my thumb on the end of the fret board and not moving my hand position at all. Moving my plucking hand back from the neck to between the two pickups was strange at first. I was fumbling for notes and kept "falling off" the stings but after a short time things began to come together. I like my bass a whole lot more now! Getting the basics in place may seem a little tedious at first but it pays dividends later on.
  6. I've only been playing in our church band for a few months - and I play about once every four weeks. We did a special harvest service in September so were doing songs that only get sung at that time of year. To make sure we were all playing from the same hymn sheet (!) we had a mid-week rehearsal and I really enjoyed the evening. Being able to try things out and chat with the other band members really gave me enthusiasm to play more. I'm sure by the end of the night I had improved. Playing in a band, especially if you are new to it, can be challenging but it does make you raise your game.
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    Hubba Hubba!

    I wish my playing was as 'meh' as that!
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    A friend just sent me a pic from 1980

    Were your guitar straps long enough?
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    Best Wood for bass guitar

    So you don't like the name Paul for a bass? I think it sounds great - but then what do you think the 'P' stands for in my forum name?
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    Joe v Scott

    Don't know about Joe Hubbard but I will check out his videos. I find Scott Devine very watchable and have subscribed to his latest techniques course. He's also from Carlisle so that's another plus point! Mark Smith at Talking Bass is the one I watch most and have learned some good tips from him. Also a shout out to Scott Whitley who's explanation of arpeggios was a light bulb moment for me. I play one of his bass guitars (via Chowny) so he gets a thumbs up from me. There are plenty of videos on YouTube about bass playing so I tend to mix 'n' match as needed.
  11. I know this thread is aimed at gigging bands in a pub setting but for another slant on things; I play bass in our church band. I only play about once a month and I'm the only bass player so three weeks out of four there is no bottom end (apart from the piano left hand). Word has got back that when I've played the general feeling from the congregation is that the band sounded very good. I keep it simple so it's not my skills along the fret board but rather that, with the bass, the band has a more rounded sound. No-one has actually complemented me on my playing but they just liked the overall sound. My wife does get many complements about her clarinet playing, which annoys her because she plays oboe!
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    Weighty Topic!

    Yes, I'll keep off those scales for a while!!
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    Weighty Topic!

    I agree with Mark on this. I had to buy my current bass on-line as we have one local music store with a minimal variation on the Fender theme in it. When my bass arrived the weight took me by surprise and I have injured the internal workings of my left arm whilst trying to get my bass (in its Gator case) through a self closing door. The weight (approx 8lbs via bathroom scales) is an issue for this soon to be 68 year old bass player. My old Tanglewood violin bass weighs just under 2lbs (again bathroom scales so not 100% accurate). For those of us that no longer have a music shop near at hand, the internet offers our best selection of bass guitars. Stating the weight of each instrument is, surely, not a lot to ask?
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    SBL Technique Accelerator Course

    I've signed up too. I watch Scott's free videos on YouTube but am not an academy member. I think getting the basics right will help my playing. I have noticed that when I've been doing more practice, my left (fretting) hand aches across the back and my left arm also aches. This could be that I'm using my hand and arm in a way they are not used to being used or my technique is all wrong. Like building a house, getting the foundations right helps for the building of a good structure.
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    Hi from Cumbria

    Hi Steve Good to have another Cumbrian on board.