For 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.
As 2013 draws to a close I thought I would offer some final thoughts on my year. Truth be told I have a lot of mixed feelings about this past year. Things have not been so great for me career-wise. Don’t get me wrong, I am still gainfully employed at a pretty decent job, it’s just that I feel like I am stuck in a rut with no clear path out. I have always been one of those upwardly mobile types, yet as it stands I don’t really have anywhere up to go at my current place of employment. This, as well as a number of contributing factors, have made for a very stressful and unhappy year. Thankfully I have music and a fantastic family to keep me going.
As you may have noticed, I have slowed way down on my progress through the Teach Me Bass Guitar course. While I admit I have been a bit lax as of late on my studies, I am indeed still working on my lessons, specifically lesson 13.
A few months ago I decide it was time for me to get out of the woodshed, and as such, went out and joined a band. While it has been a great thing and I am definitely seeing some marked improvement, it has, alas, cut into the limited time I have to practice, or blog for that matter. As would be expected, as I progress the lessons are getting more and more difficult. Furthermore, I realized a while back that I was pretty much just zipping through the lessons, learning the example songs for the given lesson then calling it a day and moving on. I came to realize that in doing this that I was really short changing myself, and not fully learning everything that I needed to learn before progressing. Now I am trying to take my time through these lessons and really absorb what is being taught. In lesson 13 for example, I am taking the time to work through the scales and concepts presented, in every key, not just the two or three Roy uses in his examples.
Getting back into the groove of TMBG after a few personal setbacks
Decided to get a GK MB200 micro head as opposed to downsize my rig
Downsizing my bass rig. Going from a half stack to a combo.
My thoughts and progress after working on Teach Me Bass Guitar for one year.
Learning how to play slap update
Learning to play Slap Bass progress report
String choices for the acoustic bass guitar