My last couple of days at Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp were so jammed packed that I didn’t have time to blog about it. Fear not though, I have decided to pick up where I left off and finish out the week now that I am home.
Thursday our group spent the day with Tim Smith focusing on groove and discussing ways to get our hands and ears at the same playing level. Tim is a great guy and superb teacher! He gave us some practical tips on things we should be doing to develop our ears and suggested that we go back and review the earlier lessons of the Teach Me Bass Guitar course to make sure we haven’t forgotten some of the earlier concepts. As a homework assignment, Tim suggested that we learn one new song everyday as a way to help develop our ears and hands.
For me Tim was the most down to earth instructor of the bunch and I really took his advice to heart. I left my session with him with a better idea of what I need to work on to reach my goals. Ear training is something I have known I need to work on and Tim made me realize the importance of doing so.
Thursday night was our night to perform on stage at The Rutledge. After a full day of class we all loaded into the van with our basses and headed out to perform. We arrived to find a nice crowd as several friends and family members came out to see us, plus Victor Wooten was there with his campers. Roy and the TMBG band started the night off with a couple of tunes before it was our turn to play with the band.
As a special treat, half way through the evening, camper Kevin Shoopman brought his wife Morgan up on stage to sing a couple of songs with the band. Morgan has a great voice and Kevin did a great job at holding down the low-end. The evening also saw performances from Victor Wooten, Adam Nitti, Tim Smith, David Crossman, guitar great Johnny Hiland and of course, Dale Armstrong, Shane Roberts and Tim McDonald of the TMBG band. All of the campers did a fantastic job! It is sure to be a night we will all remember for a very long time.