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  1. The lesson over Zoom was very good - much better than FaceTime and apparently much better than Skype, although I've never used Skype for video myself. The picture was very clear and the sound was also good. I did disable the ambient/background noise filters and it seemed to work pretty much. Latency is, as we thought, still a problem - we tried to play something together, but there is about 1 sec delay - so sounds great to one person, but not the other! In the end I played the relevant track on my laptop and played over it and Simon could hear both together well enough. That will have to do for now. I did have a quick look at NinJam that someone suggested. Probably no good for a lesson situation, but could work for getting a group of people playing together. I wonder if anyone on here has tried it, seeing as it seems we're going to have get used to isolation for a while yet.
  2. So we're trying Zoom later today and I've disabled the background and ambient noise settings, so I'll let you know how it goes 😊
  3. Looking forward to hearing how this goes for you guys
  4. Thanks for all the feedback. I actually had a family group chat on Zoom last night and was impressed. The picture was very clear. Seems like it's could be the best option. I'll let you all know how I got on.
  5. Actually probably my all time favourite and one main reason why I'm here doing this now. Still going to see these guys - I first saw them in 1982, last saw them Oct 19 - and that intro is quite literally spine tingling live. The other reason I'm here doing this now - and by that I mean playing bass and therefore chatting on this group - is Primary by The Cure which someone else has mentioned. Oh My God - amazing stuff!!
  6. Making large quantities of custard for more ice cream
  7. Well I'm still getting over a nasty virus... (who knows until they test everyone, but likely just a bad cold), so taking things steady for a bit. However, I'm still working part time on our dairy farm, but have a bit of extra time as my grand-daughter isn't coming round 2 days a week as normal. Hence I am able to sit and chat on this while I busy myself with making butter, ice cream, anything to use up some of the cream that we have left over at the moment with all the tea rooms and coffee shops being shut. Plenty of time for bass practice, listening to music and knitting (my other hobby, you couldn't make it up!). Feeling lucky to be able to get outside on the farm regularly. The picture isn't recent, but it gives you and idea.
  8. Thank you, I'll try that. I'm not a complete computer/audio biff, but I've only been doing all this for a few years and learning all the time. Wasn't sure if my question was completely stupid, but thought someone out there might be able to help.
  9. This song reminds me of one of the bands I play in (and hopefully will do again when all this virus thing is over) - a semi-acoustic trio: vocals/guitar/bass. The guitarist recently suggested I play the solos on bass while he concentrates on his fiddly travis picking or whatever. We're only talking a few bars here and there, but I'm starting to get used to it.
  10. This thread is topical for me as I've just been learning this. Bass solo from 3.07, but great all the way through. Don't care what anyone else thinks, I love it.
  11. Thanks, yes something like that would be best for jamming as it removes the problem of latency, which I suppose is going to be an issue.
  12. I am currently having my bass lessons over FaceTime. The problem we are having is that the audio to me is muted if I use the mic, ie make the slightest noise, while my tutor is speaking and vice versa. Does anyone know if this is a software or a hardware issue? I realise it's probably to reduce the chance of feedback etc, however I haven't noticed it while group chatting with my kids over Messenger. We are going to try Messenger for our next lesson, but we both have Macs and it involves logging into Google as Safari does not support video on Messenger - not a big problem, if it works, but we were hoping to be able to play pieces together as normal. My tutor has tried Skype (unstable) and Zoom (most stable platform but still cuts out) with other pupils. Just wondering what other people's experiences have been, as I don't particularly want to download and try each of the 100s of platforms available out there, especially if it's a hardware thing. Cheers
  13. I'm supposed to.be working this weekend, as I was last year, but I may be able to work something out. Seems a shame to miss it when it's only a few miles from home.
  14. I've been to The Guitar Show for the past 3 years with my guitarist BH and always find it a fun day out. In fact it was 3 years ago that I tried a Fender P-Bass at this show and ended up buying one a few weeks later. I wasn't disappointed this year, although work commitments meant we could only spend a couple of hours at the show and there's nothing like leaving before you're ready to make you feel you want to go back for more. I always love the curry and samosas as well. Glad to see Ashdown were back this year and also Lynx cables for the first time. I love these cables and ended up buying another - you can never have too many! Dunlop had actually remembered my grumble last year that they hadn't got any Max- Grip Jazz 3s on the stand and had brought some (I don't like buying online as I've done this before and got the wrong size - they weren't Max-Grips but 'once bitten...'). So not exactly a big spender this year, but fun all the same. Now looking forward to the UK Bass Guitar Show in Manchester
  15. Just tried to book tickets and it still said it has expired. I'll try again later.
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