Site Transition – Bass Ramblings

Hello and thank you for reading my blogs and following along as I work my way through Roy Vogt’s Teach Me Bass Guitar.  As I’ve gotten more and more into writing this blog I have decided to transition from my Blogger.com site to my own hosted site.  I would like to introduce you to www.bassramblings.com .  I will continue blogging about my experience with the course on my new site as well as other bass related topics.  I am still working out a few kinks on the new site so you may see a change here or there in the coming weeks, but for all intents and purposes it is now live and operational.  For the mean time I will continue to post to both sites but at some point I will most likely make the full transition over to bassramblings.com .   As always, comments and suggestions are much appreciated.  Thanks for checking out the new site. read more

Review: Fender Mustang Bass

Alright, I received my Fender Mustang Bass and here is my review:

First Impressions:
Wow!  This thing looks sexy.  It looks shorter than I thought it would.  Damn the neck is fast, and it sounds good unamplified.  First I plugged it into my Bass POD which was set to the Eden amp,  Sounds good.  Next I dialed it to the Ampeg SVT setting and man what a fat tone I got, I’m loving it.  Alright, a little reality check, I plugged it into my Behringer Thunderbird practice amp (8″ speaker).  This thing even sounds good through my crappy little practice amp, nice warm tone.  So far I am impressed!  Fit and finish look great, I got it used so there is some pick scratched on the pick guard and a lacquer chip on the very top of the headstock, but otherwise this thing looks fantastic.  I got the Vintage White one. read more

Lesson 4 Progress Report – Teach Me Bass Guitar

Well, I’m still working on the concepts presented in lesson 4.  I am trying to get the scales and concepts down now as that I know it will pay off in the long run.  I pretty much have the “Mid Neck Blues” down but am just starting to get the hang of “Bach to Bass-ics”.  I am hoping to move on to Lesson 5 in the next week to or so. read more

New Blog, Bass Ramblings

Hello, for the new year I thought I would start a new bass ramblings blog where I will write about the miscellaneous bass related stuff the fills my brain on any given day.  Recently my bass brain has been filled with the notion of getting a short scale bass.  In reality, I actually already own two short scale basses, a Rogue Beatles style “Violin” bass and a Fender Acoustic bass.  The Rogue is strung with flat wound strings and the Fender with Half wound strings.  Anyway, in the process of working my way through Roy Vogt’s “Teach Me Bass Guitar” I decided one day to work on a lesson with the Rogue bass as that it is small and was easy to grab.  I quickly realized how much easier it was to run through scales and exercises than it was with my Fender P-bass.  This got me thinking and I broke out my Fender acoustic and found that it also was a joy to play.  I bought my Fender acoustic bass back in 1998, I believe that it was one of the first acoustic bass offerings by Fender during the MTV “Acoustic” era.  What I remember the most is that I wasn’t actually looking for a bass the day I bought it, I just happen to see it in a music store and decided to give it a try.  I immediately fell in love and could not put it down, I HAD to buy it.  Needless to say, 11+ years later I am still happy with my purchase.  I am now realizing that the appeal may well have been the fact that it is short scale and easy for me to play.  I do not have big hands and have always found it a bit of a challenge to play bass. My normal weapon of choice has been a Fender P-Bass, although I have tried several other basses I typically end up back with the P-bass.  On a side note, I also own a Lakland Skyline 5 string which I also decided to play during this experiment and found that, even with it being a 35″ scale, I enjoyed playing it more than my normal 34″ scale basses.  Perhaps the fact that the string spacing is closer together than a 4 string bass makes it easier for me, I am not sure. read more