Today was our first official day of classes for Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp. Classes run from 9am to 5pm each day, with 3 classes running simultaneously. This morning we were divided into three groups, which I believe were based on where we are currently at in our progression with the Teach Me Bass Guitar course. I ended up with 4 other campers in a theory class with Adam Nitti all day. Adam reviewed the Major Scale with us then reviewed Modes and how they relate to the Major Scale. We spent the rest of the day exploring modes and how they can be used. For me this was perfect timing as I have been working on modes as part of Lesson 13 of TMBG. Going in I had a basic understanding of what the Modes are, but that was about it. Adam did a great job of explaining how we should be practicing them and how we can use them when playing, especially when improvising. Adam is a great teacher and our small class size afforded each of us a good amount of individual attention. I definitely have a greater understanding of Modes now and how I can use them, plus feel much more confident in my ability to play a short solo at The Rutledge on Thursday evening. This is just the first day of classes and I already feel like I have learned so much! I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.
Tonight, as well as tomorrow and Wednesday, we have the option to go back to our classrooms from 7pm-9pm to practice what we learned today as well as get ready for Thursday night. I’ve decided to sit out the practice session tonight in favor of working on things on my own in my room, though I will most likely swing by the classrooms at some point this evening just to make sure I’m not missing out on anything. Tomorrow evening I definitely plan on attending the practice session as Stu Hamm and a couple of other special guests are supposed to be arriving and hanging out. We have also been advised that David has a very special evening planned for us on Wednesday, I will share more details on that as they come. At this point I have only been in Nashville a little over 24 hours and would already wholeheartedly recommend that anyone who is thinking of coming next year, do yourself a favor and come! You won’t be disappointed. Everyone here is so warm and friendly, it really is like one big family, centered around our love for all things bass guitar.