TMBG Bass Camp 2014 – Day 4

The last two days of TMBG Bass Camp were so jammed packed that I am just now getting the chance to sit down and blog about them. Day 4 started out with a very informative session with Tim Smith talking to us about groove and feel. From there we moved into a discussion about our current practice habits and why it is important to set goals for ourselves to keep us focused on improving our skills. Next Tim had us play through the songs we will each play at the Rutledge, giving us tips to improve upon our playing. We finished up with some ear training exercises trying to play along with something Tim would come up with, without watching him play it. It was great to get some immediate feedback on the song I plan to play on Friday, and the ear training really made me realize that I have a some work to do in that regard. read more

Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp – Day 5

Tim Smith

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.  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.  Tim is a great guy and superb teacher!  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.  As a homework assignment, Tim suggested that we learn one new song everyday as a way to help develop our ears and hands. read more