It is almost here! Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp 2014 is only one month away! I Can’t wait to head back to Nashville to spend an entire week solely devoted to playing bass. Looking at the agenda it looks to be a phenomenal week; Technique, Theory, Style, Jazz, Ear Training and more. So much to learn and absorb in one week, but with Roy, Adam Nitti, Anthony Wellington and Tim Smith as our instructors, I know we will be in good hands.
We will once again be playing live with the TMBG band at the Rutledge this year, and I have been diligently working on my chosen song. I mostly have the song down at this point, but my solo can still use a little work. This year I am definitely feeling more confident going in, which I attribute to the supportive atmosphere I experienced last year, as well as the skills and knowledge I brought home. There is talk of returning to Wooten Woods for an evening again, which was truly one of the highlights from last year so I’m really hoping this happens. I am sure Roy will have a couple other surprises in store for us as well throughout the week.
Last year my Fender Jazz bass made the journey with me, this year I have decided it will be my Lakland Skyline 44-01. I’ve been playing my Lakland almost exclusively for the past 9 or so months and couldn’t ask for a more versatile bass to take to camp. I guess it’s time to start thinking about what else I need to take with me, strings, cables, tuners, etc. Last year I relied on my cell phone for pictures and my iPad for blogging, but this year I plan to do it right and take my DSLR camera and a laptop. I haven’t decided if I will blog everyday as I did last year, but will definitely post a coupe times while I am there.
This year will be somewhat bittersweet as Roy is saying that they will most likely not be doing Bass Camp again in 2015. I plan to keep that in mind and try to get the most out of the week that I can. I am looking forward to seeing some of the friends I met last year, meeting some of the folks I’ve met online and meeting some new friends while I am there. One of the best parts of Bass Camp is getting together with a group of like-minded individuals, all focused, if only for one week, on the same thing. The friendly, supportive atmosphere puts ones mind at ease, letting our inner bass geek emerge. Did I mention I can’t wait to go!!