So, on a whim I decided to break down and buy the new Roy Vogt “Teach Me Bass Guitar” instructional DVD set. Just so it is known, I have no affiliation with Mr. Vogt or The Learning Dock. My thought was that it might be helpful to share my experience with other’s who may be interested in purchasing this program.
First, a little about myself. I have been playing bass on and off for at least 25 years now, and am pretty much completely self-taught. I have had little to no formal training, other than a couple of general music courses at community college and a brief stint with upright bass lesson’s at a music store. Most of my knowledge has either come from friends who play guitar or, more typically, figuring it out myself. I have bought a plethora of “How to” books over the years, and picked up a few tips from them, but have been unable to stick with any of them. I have mostly played original music and never really learned more than a handful of covers. I am fully capable of learning songs by ear as that I have learned many song this way when auditioning for bands, I just don’t typically sit around and play along with songs as part of my practice routine. Speaking of practice routine, I honestly don’t really have one. I get bored practicing by myself and would much rather jam with other players than with myself. All this being said, I can generally hold my own, but am not a stellar player. I consider myself more of a straight ahead bass player, whatever that means, as that I do not play slap or even consider soloing. I am also an avid subscriber of Bass Player magazine, where I have picked up many playing/technical tips as well.
About now you might be thinking, why buy the course if you already know how to play? Well, upon the realization that I have been playing bass for 25+ years, came the realization that I should be a phenomenal player, which I am not. It is awkward for me to tell people how long I have been playing when asked, as that when you tell someone you have been playing for 25+ years, there is an automatic assumption that you must be a great player. I find myself always putting in a qualifier, like “on & off” or “I’m a bit rusty these days”, or “I haven’t played with anyone in a while so my chops aren’t up to speed”. Lame excuses for me being lazy and not practicing or improving my skills. So, enter “Teach Me Bass Guitar by Roy Vogt“. I want to take my playing to the next level, get out of this rut I have been in for all these years and actually learn how to play bass.
My hope is that the combination of the DVD’s and Book help to keep me motivated and interested enough to stick with the lesson’s and complete the course. This blog will also be a part of the process, to help me analyze the material in a more thorough manner and keep me going. I welcome any and all feedback and/or questions and will do my best to keep this ball rolling. Okay, on to the course.