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Blues Rock Dawn

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  1. Thank you very much Seashell! I'd just turned 55 🙂 I'm developing some lovely callouses now, and I'm at numb fingertips stage, but I love learning bass so much. May I ask, are you also a mermaid (scuba diver)? Just wondered because of your Basschat name. Also, what music genres/bass make you favour. Bass has made me realise that my musical tastes go beyond blues rock - I have been dabbling with bits and bobs by David Bowie, Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones (of course), Sting, Fleetwood Mac, and my teacher has got me doing the Rock School series, and I have learnt to keep up with Green Onions (needs refinement though). I would like to be in a group some day too. So many people just seem to get the proverbial carpet slippers out once they hit 50, but I believe age is no limit, and with determination people can find a way to do most anything. Good to chat, Take care of you and yours, Dawn x
  2. Thank you very much for your help and advice. The warmth I've felt from the Basschat community ever since I joined is amazing! I took your advice and posted on the Tutors Available link - we'll see what happens next 🙂
  3. Hi there everyone! Hope you are all looking after yourselves! I'm not quite sure that this is the place to say so, but here goes! My usual face-to-face teacher is unable to teach at the moment, so I decided to try an online source. Don't get me wrong, we all know that there is no real substitute for the face-to-face in person type of teaching, but needs must at the moment, and I don't want to fall behind or develop bad habits, and I have to say that despite initial reservations, I have been very pleasantly surprised at how well things are going, and I would like to recommend Mr Nigel Beer if anyone is wanting to brush up, or learn from scratch like me. The beauty of his lessons is that it wouldn't matter where in the world you are, so long as you have access to media such as Skype, you can learn (or improve) and he can teach! It's great! He's not the cheapest, but his teaching is value for money, and I want to put his name out there as musicians per se are struggling to earn their living with COVID-19 right now. He can be contacted at: [email protected] I asked him if it was OK to give him a 'thumbs up' to my friends and he said yes. He's a very nice person too, and he makes the lessons enjoyable as well as beneficial. Thank you very much for reading, but I think he's a bit of a hidden treasure! Take care all, Dawn
  4. Hi there everyone! Hope you are all looking after yourselves! I'm not quite sure that this is the place to say so, but here goes! My usual face-to-face teacher is unable to teach at the moment, so I decided to try an online source. Don't get me wrong, we all know that there is no real substitute for the face-to-face in person type of teaching, but needs must at the moment, and I don't want to fall behind or develop bad habits, and I have to say that despite initial reservations, I have been very pleasantly surprised at how well things are going, and I would like to recommend Mr Nigel Beer if anyone is wanting to brush up, or learn from scratch like me. The beauty of his lessons is that it wouldn't matter where in the world you are, so long as you have access to media such as Skype, you can learn (or improve) and he can teach! It's great! He's not the cheapest, but his teaching is value for money, and I want to put his name out there as musicians per se are struggling to earn their living with COVID-19 right now. He can be contacted at: [email protected] I asked him if it was OK to give him a 'thumbs up' to my friends and he said yes. He's a very nice person too, and he makes the lessons enjoyable as well as beneficial. Thank you very much for reading, but I think he's a bit of a hidden treasure! Take care all, Dawn
  5. Thank you very much for your help. Is the passive switch something that you can use to make the bass sound as it naturally should before any sound distorting features are applied? Take care, Dawn
  6. I'm very new to playing the bass, but I realise now that right from being a little girl, it is the bass part of music which usually makes me like a particular piece. I'm very, very lucky as my lovely husband has just treated me to a Sire Marcus Miller P7 Swamp Ash 4 White Blonde (on its way from Germany as we communicate) as a special present. Can anybody tell me what I might do to alter the sound of my new bass to replicate that Stones sound please as closely as possible please? I like their 60s and 70s stuff best of all (not so keen on their disco era, although I do like Miss You and Emotional Rescue) and that's what I want to play. I am very new to this; you have all been great with your help and advice up to now. I have a hell of a lot to learn, but I'm loving it, and can't wait to get home after work to do my practice once the usual house jobs are done with! Thank you very much folks for any shared wisdom 🙂
  7. Done it already! Thanks for the advice - wasn't meant to be a wanted advert - just a question at that point. I am not very 'chat room/forum savvy' and still trying to find my way around, but it's nice to know there are people on the forum who are always on the look out to help someone like me 🙂
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  9. Thank you very much for your help 🙂
  10. Hi there! Been to NYC twice, and passed through several times en route to see my daughter in Arizona and I Love that city! Welcome!
  11. Hello there, and welcome! I only started playing about a month ago at age 55, and all the advice given in response to you about stretching hands etc is fantastic for me too. I have fairly big hands for a woman, but got an inexpensive short scale Harley Benton for starting out (not too much of an outlay if the bass turned out not to be for me). What I have now found though after holding other people's bass guitars, is that a normal sized jazz neck is easier for me to handle (even though it is significantly longer) than my short scale! This surprised me no end, but now I'm after a Marcus Miller P7 Swamp Ash 4 White Blonde 2. This has a thinner neck and the precision style body, which is a nice compromise for me, plus, I LOVE the look of this baby!
  12. I would really like to get hold of a Marcus Miller P7 Swamp Ash 4 White Blonde 2. Andertons are getting them back in July, and Thomanns have one but for quite a bit more than some are asking (due to export costs etc). Does anyone know of anywhere else in the UK that might sell them, or has anyone got this and they'd like to sell it? Thank you very much for any forthcoming advice and help.
  13. Just joined this forum and wanted to say 'hello' to everyone! I'm a late starter at this game - always wanted to learn bass but never got around to it until now! At the moment I have a short scale Harley Benton (sometimes you think you might like to learn something then discover it's not for you - didn't want to spend too much to begin with), but I like the Sire Version 2 Marcus Miller P7 with its precision body and thinner jazz style neck. I am learning with a pick at the moment, but think now after a few lessons that I'd like to learn to play without the pick too.
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