It is almost here! Â Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp 2014 is only one month away! I Can’t wait to headÂ back to Nashville to spend an entire week solely devoted to playing bass. Â Looking atÂ the agenda itÂ looks to be a phenomenal week; Â Technique, Theory, Style, Jazz, Ear Training and more. Â 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.
Iâ€™m not much of a competitive person, but I donâ€™t like to feel defeated. Â If you’ve been following along you may recall thatÂ Lesson 9 of Teach Me Bass Guitar left me feeling a little bruised and battered. Â I donâ€™t know what it was, but I just couldnâ€™t get the feel for playing slap style and eventually gave up and moved on. Â Iâ€™ve always regretted that and now feel that it has, in some ways, held me back.
I recently received my personalized video of my week at Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp and thought I would share my liveÂ performanceÂ on stage at the Rutledge. Â
Such a great experience! Â I can’t wait to go back again next year.
Our last day at Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp had us breaking into two groups with half of us heading to class with Anthony Wellington and half heading to The Sound Emporium to record. Â My group spent the morning with Anthony digging deeper into our knowledge of music theory. Â We started out by talking about how many notes are available on our basses and that we should know where every note is. Â For example, how many C’s are on a Fender Jazz bass and what strings/frets are they on. Â He showed us how to make flash cards to help us memorize this information.
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. Â 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.Â Tim is a great guy and superb teacher!Â 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.Â As a homework assignment, Tim suggested that we learn one new song everyday as a way to help develop our ears and hands.
What an incredible day we had on Wednesday! We started off our morning at fantasy bass boot camp with our guest instructor, Stu Hamm, discussing the importance of warming up before you play and how to avoid injury. Stu gave us a packet of materials which included excerpts from his True Fire instructional series as well as a few other goodies. He then reviewed ways to increase our dexterity before talking about how to play slap and how to tap. We finished up our session talking about rhythm, band dynamics and the bass players role. The rest of the morning was spent with Roy, continuing on with the discussions we started with Stu as well as working on playing tritones, and using scales to play over chords.
Another great day of classes at Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp. Today my group spent the day with the man himself, Roy Vogt, working more with scales and modes. We talked about different ways to work through them to keep them interesting and how to utilize the Circle of Fourths. Next we worked on using modes to play improvised solos over chords. This was particularly useful to me as the song Roy chose to use as a demonstration is the one I plan to perform at The Rutledge on Thursday. Combined with what Adam taught us yesterday I am definitely feeling that I can pull off the solo I have been stressing over.
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.
Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp officially kicked off today in Nashville with a meet and greet concert and catered Southern dinner at The Rutledge. When I arrived at the Opryland Hotel earlier in the day, I quickly found our host Barbara Crossman of the Learning Dock who got me squared away with my room and course materials. I then spent a little time getting my bearings in this huge hotel before heading down to our designated meeting spot to catch a shuttle to The Rutledge.
Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp is just two days away which has me transitioning from the practicing stage to the packing stage. Â I am feeling fairly confident in my playing ability on the two songs I chose to learn, though my soloing efforts have not improved as much as I would have liked. Â At this point I’ve decided not to worry about it too much and just enjoy the ride. Â As I said before I’m not going to spend my days at Bass Camp stressing over whether or not I can pull off a solo, it’s just not that big of a deal.