Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp – Day 1

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. read more

Bass Camp Final Prep

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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. read more

Working With Backing Tracks

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So I’ve calmed down a bit since last week and have come to realize that I have retained a bit more than I was giving myself credit for.  While learning songs for Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp it became painfully obvious to me that my weakest area is soloing.  Personally I’m a throw a cool lick in here and there sort of player, not a bass soloist.  However, the idea of being able to play a killer solo when the opportunity arises does have a certain appeal.  Therefore, this past week I have been working with backing tracks in hopes of jump starting my ability to do just this. read more

Feeling Technically Challenged

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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.   read more

Countdown To Bass Camp

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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.
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Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp – Prep Work

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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!
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