Our last day of TMBG Bass Camp came much too fast. I can’t speak for the others but I feel like I’ve learned more in the last week than I have in the past 6 months. It’s been such a great week, I don’t want it to end.
We started out the morning with a great wrap session with Roy and Tim talking about things we should be working on and thinking about, as well as tips on how to take our playing to the next level. Both Tim and Roy are such a wealth of information, it was awesome to just pick their brains for a while.
After a much-needed coffee break, my group spent some time with Tim working the kinks out of the songs we plan to play at the Rutledge tonight. Once we all felt good about our songs, Tim made up a song and had each of us take a different piece of it and then play them together. In doing this we found that we were all pretty good at staying in time with each other while playing our individual parts. Then we were asked to remember what the other parts were and to play through each of them individually. This exercise taught us how important it is to listen to the other musician’s you play with and that you should know what they are playing.
Our afternoon found us working with Roy on Walking Jazz Blues lines. We discussed how to create them and what notes to use. Roy demonstrated several different styles and had us work through a walking line, adding more and more notes as we progressed. While I think I followed Roy fairly well, I don’t think I’m quiet ready yet to come up with the complex lines we ended up with at the end of our session.
Anthony finished out our last day of Bass Camp by providing us handouts for all of the materials we covered during the week and reviewing each of them. As that we still had a bit of time left, Anthony dived into a lesson on relative chords. Once again, his method of learning relative chords seemed so simple and intuitive, he really is a gifted teacher.
With all of our classes wrapped up for the week we were off to the Rutledge for our big night. We started things off with a great southern dinner followed by an incredible night of music. After some brief introductions we all got a chance to play our song, on stage, with the band. Special guest, Jonell Mosser even came out to sing “The Trouble with the Truth” while camper Eric Armenat sat in on bass. Everyone did such an amazing job, you’d think some of us did it all the time. To make the night even more special Victor Wooten came out and brought all of his campers with him to cheer us on. The night finished out with Roy & Alona performing a couple of songs before bringing Tim Smith on stage to jam. Victor’s campers even got a chance to jam with the band a bit before calling it a night. It was such a great night, yet I am sad that it is all over.
So there you have, another year of Teach Me Bass Guitar Bass Camp all said and done. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like the good folks at the Learning Dock will be doing it again next year, although Roy is looking into putting something together. I am so glad that I took the opportunity to attend these past two years. I met so many great people and made some great new friends. Who knows, maybe I look into going out to Wooten Woods next time. If I do, you can be sure I’ll be blogging about it.