back into the grooveFor the past couple of months I have gotten way off track with my writing and bass playing and desperately need to get back into the groove. It is evident here as I haven’t written a new post in quiet some time. My bass studies have, unfortunately, suffered the same fate.  Truthfully I hardly touched my bass for a span of almost 2 months.

Back in October my band decided to do some home recording in Garageband on my Mac. The bass and drums went down first and were pretty solid, leaving only minor bass overdubs to do. I’ve since been acting as producer and engineer while my guitarist, vocalist and keyboardist added his parts. I have done recording in the past so it is not a new experience for me, but this is the first time I have done a full on multi track recording in Garageband. I knew going in that it would end up eating a lot of my free time, but I also knew It would be a great learning experience.

This resulted in me taking an unplanned break from playing, focusing instead on mixing and recording.  Looking back at my practice logs I realized that I had been practicing almost everyday for quite a some time, so just putting down the bass and stepping away for a while actually turned out to be a nice break.  The recording process also helped hone my skills at listening to the entire band and hearing how each part fits into the mix.

IMG_0309Now that I am in the final stages of the mixing process I have started getting back into the groove of playing on a daily basis.  Though it was nice to take a break, when it comes right down to it, I really miss playing.  I miss writing too, and hope to be more diligent about posting.  I actually have several topics in the pipeline I just need to hunker down and flush them out.

I’ve started 2016 off with high musical ambitions.  Each day I plan to devote time to ukulele and guitar as well as bass.  For me the key is baby steps with the uke and guitar.  I play them each for only 15 or 20 minutes. By practicing in small chunks, consistently each day, I hope to slowly, but steadily improve my playing.  So far I have made great progress on the ukulele. Guitar is more of a challenge for me, but I keep plugging along and I know that eventually I will get there.

My other goal for 2016 is to get back into the habit of writing on a regular basis. As I mentioned, I currently have a few topics in the queue and would like to write about my recording experience as well as learning the ukulele and guitar.  Finding time to do everything I want continues to be challenge for me but I am striving to make 2016 the year I rise to the occasion and get back into the groove!

Cheers for now and Happy New Year!