I just realized that I have been working my way through Teach Me Bass Guitar for a whole year now and thought I would write about my thoughts and progress thus far. First off, I love this course and highly recommend getting it if you want to learn how to play the bass or want to become a better bass player. I have been playing bass for over 25 years and have seen a profound improvement in my playing in the last year. My practice routine is much more structured and focused than ever before. I have learned so much about music and playing the bass as well as corrected some bad habits I had picked up along the way. I feel like a more rounded player, and I am only half-way through!
Currently I am working on Lesson 9, which focuses on playing slap bass. In all my years of playing, slap bass was not a skill I ever really tried to acquire. Thus Lesson 9 is taking me much longer than the previous lessons. It is all new to me. My progress at this point is not where I would hope it would be, but that is not the fault of the course. I simply do not have enough time to devote to the course as I would like to. In a good week I get about 8 hours of practice in. Oh how I long to be young again with all the time in the world, with little to no real responsibilities. At the same time, this is one of the things I love most about this course, I can work at it on my own time, at my own pace.
Thus far it has been an incredible experience, working though the course, starting this blog and interacting with other bass players working on the course via the Thunder Row Website. I’ve also been spending a lot of time on Talkbass as well as various other bass related sites that I have discovered in the last year. The good new is that the bass community is definitely thriving on the internet. Every lesson seems to peak my interest and gets me looking to see what else I can find on a given subject. I’ve watched You Tube Videos, subscribed to Bass E-zines, followed bass players on Twitter and Facebook and bought books on music theory all in name of learning all that I can about music. I’ve even been fortunate enough to meet Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey as well as have personal correspondents with Joseph Patrick Moore, Roy Vogt, Lane Baldwin and most, if not all, of the folks who are responsible for putting the Teach Me Bass Guitar Course together. It has been a great ride and I am excited to see what the next year brings. So, keep reading and I’ll keep writing, and always remember to keep it low.
To read about my journey with Teach Me Bass Guitar from the beginning start here: http://wp.me/pRvjK-h