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Oomworthy

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Hi.

I'm a 49 year old novice returning to actually picking up a bass after so many years. Have tried to learn a few times but always get too busy or reprioritised or some such excuse. This time I've put a little money into an Epiphone T-bird (in natural wood finish) and am trying to track down a local bass teacher, rather than another guitarist making some money on the side. I want to start from the beginning and get some good habits going right from the get-go.

I was briefly in a band at school - some of those guys did ok for themselves - and with a possible reunion coming up in the next year or so it'd be nice to be better than I was back then. I like all sorts of music but have always been drawn to significant bass parts and so love some funk.

I'm based near Edzell, just on the Aberdeenshire side of the river. Looking forward to picking up tips from the experienced players and sharing experience with the less-so players like me.

Cheers.

PS. that's not my bass, but it's what I've got.

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Thanks. I'll have to get a few pics of my actual bass, and maybe even one with my Cocker Spaniel listening to me play.

 

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Good afternoon, Oomworthy, and ...

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Plenty to read and amuse you here, and lots to learn and share.

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Cheers, guys.

I started looking around the site and noticed some TV chat. I was about to join in then realised I'm a few episodes behind everybody else, so I bolted away.

I'm keen to hear recommendations for online lessons - I've looked at SBL and StudyBass already - but I'm keen to sit down with a real bassist and get some really basic pointers. The StudyBass site has some really interesting fundamental stuff and delivered in a way that got through to me like no book has before. I'm very aware that my technique is shockingly bad and therefore stopping me from progressing. I need somebody to sit in front of me and tell me what I'm doing wrong, and how to do it right.

You never know what Santa might bring me for Christmas - I've been an ok boy this year.

 

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Here's my dogs.

Ben is our old gentleman Lab who we got as a rescue just before his 8th birthday and is now coming up to his 13th. It was 5 years ago last week that we got him. He has a Dentastix in his gob in that photo - he doesn't just have the biggest doggy grin. My wife is now on the board at the rescue home we got him from.

Posie is our Cocker Spaniel who we've had since a puppy. She's almost 8 years old now but still as manic as a puppy - but sharp as a tack. Nothing gets past her, not even my cack handed upholstery techniques.

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Lovely! And well done for getting a rescue. I'm sure rescue dogs grin like that on the inside :)

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Just now, ped said:

Lovely! And well done for getting a rescue. I'm sure rescue dogs grin like that on the inside :)

You may well be right. He's a very happy boy despite his chronic arthritis and perpetual waxy ears. We actually went to see a 2 year old Lab called Ben with the intention of giving Posie a lively playmate, but he was so excitable (2 year old Labs tend to be) that we declined him. The staff walked us past our Ben and he just walked over to us wagging his tail and smiling at us. He's given us so much joy and love that we wouldn't hesitate to take an older dog again. He's cost us a small fortune in vet bills (thanks to a pink torpedo-up on the insurance) but we wouldn't change a thing. 

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***UPDATE***

2018: So I found a teacher 20 miles away and had a few lessons but then got an appointment for a knee replacement. That should've given me plenty of time to practice while stuck at home, but that's not how it happened (2 weeks after surgery I got an infection and spent 2 more weeks in hospital plus 6 months on high dose antibiotics via a line direct to my heart). So that took care of 2018. Got a bit of practice but never really got into a groove.

2019: a new year rolls around and I start watching loads of youtube videos, sussing out online courses again, try yet again to find a bass teacher within 30 miles of home (previous one has moved on), and just as I'm getting some decent practice in I decide to sign up to Josh Fossgreen's online course Beginner to Badass on his website Bassbuzz. He's an easy going, slightly goofy/nerdy young Californian guy and his teaching method has encouraged me. There's just something a bit over the top about Scotts Bass that, although I like most of his presentation, I find it a little too 'American' - which is odd given that Josh actually is American, but there you go. 

I started the course right at the beginning and although the first few modules were a little slow and basic, I stuck with them and am now 1/3rd through and feeling I've learned more in a week or so than in previous months (with exception of those few face to face lessons). I feel more confident in my music reading progress, I feel freed up enough to think about muting as I play the simple pieces, and I've found it easy to sit down 2 or even 3 times a day to go through a lesson.

Here's my actual bass collection (minus the acoustic that's in the shop for sale). I play the Peavey mostly and found a switch to flat wounds a huge benefit to comfort and the reduced string scraping sound is a confidence boost. My amp is a tiny cheap Starfire 20watt that struggles to get past 12 O'clock on the volume before buzzing. I have my eyes on a 1 year old Fender Rumble 40 (sub £150) at the moment.

Happy to be back in this fold and enjoying the UK-centric posts.

 

 

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Welcome to the site. I’m similar to you. Turned 50 this year and have now purchased a Fender precision bass to try and scrape back what little I used to know. Someone mentioned Scott’s bass lessons on YouTube. He is very very good but nothing can replace a real teacher so good luck. 

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Bought a Zoom B1on effects pedal this weekend as a headphone practice amp with the perk of some effects. I’ve got to say, it’s way clearer & cleaner sounding than my practice amp, and the effects are fun. Can recommend it, especially if you can get a refurbished one for £25.

The difference it’s made to how I feel about my playing is huge. 

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Ah, the beginning of the search for gear - a dangerous and expensive journey - but ultimately fun and rewarding.

Stick with it, and enjoy being a member of this forum. 👍

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