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. 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. At this point I’ve decided not to worry about it too much and just enjoy the ride. 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.
Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp is a little over a week away and I have been prepping my gear in eager anticipation. I decided to make the journey with my Fender Jazz Deluxe as I have been preferring the thinner neck lately. One of my big worries was how to safely transport my bass from San Francisco to Nashville and after much deliberation I decided to go with a good hard shell case. I picked up an SKB 44Pro case which fits my Jazz like a glove. It has a nice plush lining, reinforced TSA locking trigger latches and is fairly lightweight for a hard case. Ultimately I would prefer to gate check it, but if not I can at least have the piece of mind that it is well protected.
I have a confession to make, sometimes I wonder why I continue to play. I think I may be technically challenged. I feel like no matter how much I study or practice, all I am really doing is maintaining my current level. I study theory for a month then move on and forget 95% of what I learned, I work on scales and triad for a while then move on and forget 95% of what I learned. I don’t know why but I seem to have very low retention for musical studies. I feel like for every step forward I take 6 steps back, which frustrates me to no end. Working my way through Teach Me Bass Guitar has certainly improved my playing immensely, but still I feel like my retention is low.
Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp is just one month away and I still can’t believe I’m going! Although I am obviously excited, and look forward to it, I must admit I’m a bit nervous. I haven’t worked on the songs Roy sent us back in April as much as I wish I had. So far I have one of the songs mostly down, but would like to add at least one more before I head off to Bass Camp. Now, more than ever before I need to focus on the task at hand.
The official student prep work has begun for Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp, which I am excited to be a part of this July. Back in December Roy Vogt and the good folks at The Learning Dock and Teach Me Bass Guitar, sent out a survey to us campers to learn a bit more about each of us in order to help craft the lessons/music for Bass Camp. While we’ve been waiting for our pre-camp materials, we have received a few housekeeping emails to keep us informed along the way, as well as tips and suggestions on what we need to bring with us, such as a strap, cables, a headphone amp, and of course, a bass!