Well, I’m still working on the concepts presented in lesson 4. I am trying to get the scales and concepts down now as that I know it will pay off in the long run. I pretty much have the “Mid Neck Blues” down but am just starting to get the hang of “Bach to Bass-ics”. I am hoping to move on to Lesson 5 in the next week to or so.
Warning, Lesson 4 is full of enough music theory to make your head spin! Of course, I mean that in a good way. Clocking in at just over an hour, there is a lot to learn in this lesson. First Roy show’s us a Steve Bailey exercise technique called the “Hazard”, that is sure to give your forearm a workout. I was feeling sore before the lesson even began.
At long last, I am finally ready to report on Lesson 3 of the Teach Me Bass Guitar Course. Sorry for the delay, I have a number of excuses but will not detail them here. Let me start by saying that this was the first lesson that was a bit of a challenge to me. I was a little surprised by this as that I have been playing for so long, but am at the same time enjoying the challenge.
So, I’ve moved on to lesson 2 and am already wishing I had more time to devote to this. I am crazy busy at work right now, and did I mention I have 2 young daughters who demand most of my time away from work. Lesson 1 was very basic and I just ran through the exercises to get in the habit of doing it and work on my left hand technique. I am also trying to concentrate more on where all of the notes are on the neck.
Okay, here we go. Sitting in front of the computer, bass in hand ready for my first lesson. Our lovely narrator, Ashley, is back to give us a quick overview of the lesson before turning it over to Roy. Roy starts out with a quick overview of how the lessons are going to work then talks about the bass guitar. Realize now that this is for the complete beginner, the kid who just got his first bass and knows nothing. Roy describes the parts of the bass and essentially how it works. It is brief, yet very informative. I can see how the information provided would be useful to a new player and it is brief enough that it does not annoy an old dog like myself.
My first stop on my journey was the website: http://www.teachmebassguitar.com/ . Here You will find general information about the course and Roy Vogt as well as a couple of sample lesson’s. The website looks pretty slick and has all the basic info about the course including how to purchase it. Should you decide to purchase the course you can choose to split the purchase price into 3 equal payments, which is a cool feature if funds are tight. On the site there is a link called “Thunder Row” which looks to be a social type website for bassists. Upon clicking the link for Thunder Row you are directed to a page that informs you that it is a work in progress and should be available “This Fall”, it then presents you with the option to sign up to receive an email letting you know when it is available. I submitted my info and received an email a day or so later inviting me to check out the “Beta” version of the site. I have checked it out and a lot of the links are not working yet, but it looks to be a cool bass oriented site and forum.
So, on a whim I decided to break down and buy the new Roy Vogt “Teach Me Bass Guitar” instructional DVD set. Just so it is known, I have no affiliation with Mr. Vogt or The Learning Dock. My thought was that it might be helpful to share my experience with other’s who may be interested in purchasing this program.