Alright, 8 down, 12 to go! Â I thought for consistency sake that I would go ahead and do a quick recap of lessons 5 thru 8 as I did with lessons 1 thru 4. Â I am really seeing results now, which is the best motivation I could ever get.
Lesson 5 introduces us to syncopations and how to use the foot tap method to assist us in playing on the down and up beats. Â Roy then gives us a quick run down of a basic drum kit and provides some tips on playing with a drummer. Â There is a lot of great information to absorb in this lesson and Roy does an excellent job at breaking it down into easily digestible bits.
Lesson 6 has us playing swing and shuffle styles sprinkled with a handful of jazz solo licks. Â This lesson digs deep into music theory, which I think I am finally starting to understand, at least a little bit. Â Lesson 6 finishes up with a number called “Don’t Be Bop” which is a tough one to master. Â I run through “Don’t Be Bop” every time I pick up the bass and it has taken me about 3 months to get it down.
Lesson 7 moves us into the intermediate portion of the course, so things start to move a bit faster here. Â This lesson focuses on working in the 9th position and builds upon the 8th note syncopations we learned inÂ lesson 5Â by applying the same syncopations to 16th notes. Â This lesson seemed more rushed and complex to me than any of the previous, I actually had to review it two or three times to really grasp the concepts presented.
Lesson 8 starts out by showing us how to “connect the neck” by tying all of the notes from frets 1 to 12 together using â€œL Shapesâ€, Octavesâ€ and â€œTriadsâ€. Â We then learn about â€œDouble Stopsâ€, â€œ10thsâ€, and â€œPower Chordsâ€ and talk a little about Stanley Clarke’s technique. Â The lessons are definitely starting to get more complicated now, and I am enjoying the challenge.
At this point I can honestly say that my playing and technique has greatly improved. Â I no longer dread practicing, I crave it. Â I do still struggle with finding the time to do everything that I want to, but am getting better at time management as well. Â My confidence is high, and my playing focused. Â This course has inspired me to learn more about music theory and I continue to work on my note reading skills.
On a related note, I am glad to see that theÂ Thunder Row website is really starting to shape up and have been enjoying the community interactionÂ therein. Â It is very motivating to read the forums and interact with others who are working on the Teach Me Bass Guitar Course.
Looking ahead, it seems lesson 9 is all about Slap and Pop, a technique I have been wanting to learn for years. Â Not sure how I have played this long and not learned to the proper way to do it, but I have. Needless to say, I am very excited!!
Keep it low.
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