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Back to bass-ics. A return to my musical roots.

primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposalDetroit, MI Icrontian
edited Mar 2011 in The Life

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  • ShortyShorty Manchester, UK Icrontian
    edited Feb 2011
    Please get into a band. Even if you only jam once a month and play a venue twice a year. GET INTO A BAND. Bass players are like drummers, they are rare. They are in DEMAND. You got skillz.... use them! :vimp:
  • mertesnmertesn I am Bobby Miller Yukon, OK Icrontian
    edited Feb 2011
    Shorty wrote:
    GOOD Bass players are like GOOD drummers, they are rare.
    fix'd
    Also: Awesome.
  • kanezfankanezfan sunny south florida
    edited Feb 2011
  • NullenVoydNullenVoyd Kentucky (wtf am I here?!) Icrontian
    edited Feb 2011
    I've got nowhere near the musical background you do, but I've been having a blast doing home recording and I wholeheartedly encourage you to get a decent home studio rig. Right now I'm using a Line6 UX2 I got for a crazy bargain, and because it includes some sweet guitar fx.

    Haven't played with Ableton much at all but I know the lite version I had was unacceptably inhibited. Recently I've been trying out Reaper, and I highly recommend you check it out. http://www.reaper.fm/

    Keep us posted! I'd love to hear and see what you make with your renewed interest in music.
  • Cliff_ForsterCliff_Forster Baltimore, MD Icrontian
    edited Feb 2011
    FREEBIRD!!!
  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ @TheButterflyman Icrontian
    edited Feb 2011
    I also recently decided to pick my guitar back up, though it's at the prompting of my wife, who wants me to learn to accompany her when she's at the piano. I need to go get some new strings for it before I can start practicing, however.

    Another coincidence: I also played percussion in the school band. I was first chair for as little as that means in the percussion section.
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Feb 2011
    I was like, last chair. :D
  • KwitkoKwitko Sheriff of Banning (Retired) By the thing near the stuff Icrontian
    edited Feb 2011
    I was like, last chair. :D
    You're first chair in my heart. <3

    I played stand-up bass in elementary school. I really should have kept with it. I tried picking up a bass a few years ago, but I just didn't have the passion for it.
  • MyrmidonMyrmidon Baron von Puttenham California Icrontian
    edited Feb 2011
    Thanks for picking the musical clip where I sucked the least. I know that was probably really tough to find. :)

    YOU WILL FIND ZE BASS
  • edited Feb 2011
    I'm doing the same thing (minus the ever being any good when I played 10 years ago). Good on you for making time to enjoy the finer things in life, like music.

    If you're interested, I'm blogging about my own learning process (link in my comment name). It's nice to know I'm not alone. :)
  • ShortyShorty Manchester, UK Icrontian
    edited Feb 2011
    mertesn wrote:
    fix'd
    Also: Awesome.
    Also true. ;D
  • Cliff_ForsterCliff_Forster Baltimore, MD Icrontian
    edited Feb 2011
    Let me say, that Jam session, straight up catchy.
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Feb 2011
    More pics of my Aria Pro:

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  • sharkydartsharkydart KY Icrontian
    edited Feb 2011
    That's great that you're getting back to following your passion! I love to play, but it's tough to find motivation since nobody I know around here has any interest in playing.
  • sharkydartsharkydart KY Icrontian
    edited Feb 2011
    btw - i've got a PreSonus Audiobox usb (came with Studio One recording software). In retrospect, I should've purchased something with more inputs. Let me know how the FocusRite works out. I know exactly what you mean about a crappy bass being awesome; it was $100 on ebay, and I was in college. Figured when I was good enough, I'd get a nice one, but I guess that checkpoint hasn't been reached.
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    edited Mar 2011
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    My best friend and former roommate Rod has a Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray. It's black with subtle metal flake underneath.. Beautiful looking bass, and without question my favorite sounding bass. My young adult life was rolling around with him to shows and such, hearing him jam and play the crap out of it. Such a great instrument.

    He also bought a Bongo 5 string (colored nearly identical to the picture you put in the post). Awesome, awesome bass, delicious dual humbuckers. He only had it for about three months though. He sold it to get married. :/
  • NullenVoydNullenVoyd Kentucky (wtf am I here?!) Icrontian
    edited Mar 2011
    So when are we going to start hearing more music out of you, Prime? I'm anxious to hear what you concoct. Also, any other Icrontians playing with home studios or have made or are making music?
  • mertesnmertesn I am Bobby Miller Yukon, OK Icrontian
    edited Mar 2011
    It's probably been two years since I've played anything. I should fix this.
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Mar 2011
    It'll be a bit, still. The space I'm in isn't conducive to practice or anything. Too cramped to hook up all the gear, etc.

    I'm also still finding my voice and confidence.
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    Not long after I wrote this, I lost my job and my relatively cushy income. The dream of owning that Bongo has been put on hold, and now since we don't have much space and I never have a good time to practice anyway, both my basses are, very sadly, collecting dust. So is the nice Firewire recording interface I bought.

    The new house has a lot more room. There's a space in the basement I've been eyeballing. I desperately need music back in my life. :-/
  • JBoogalooJBoogaloo This too shall pass... Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    Not long after I wrote this, I lost my job and my relatively cushy income. The dream of owning that Bongo has been put on hold, and now since we don't have much space and I never have a good time to practice anyway, both my basses are, very sadly, collecting dust. So is the nice Firewire recording interface I bought.

    The new house has a lot more room. There's a space in the basement I've been eyeballing. I desperately need music back in my life. :-/
    Don't fret, man! (pun certainly intended!) I know how ya feel. I've had both my basses in Boston collecting dust since July and I'm still stuck in DC. It's really lame when the little thumpers can't be given some love...
    Do eet! Take the bass-ment (hehe), do your thing and give those girls the attention they crave!
    A MM fan, huh? Sweet sexy basses that are just instrumental beauty! :D
  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian
    I've been trying to learn for a few years, but I was doing it right-handed and that just wasn't working out. I finally decided to bite the bullet and learn lefty, but the GSR200 just wasn't cutting it (it's literally impossible to flip those over and play comfortably), so I ordered a GSR200L.

    It was crap. I won't go into much detail, but suffice it to say their manufacturing quality has seriously taken a backseat. I know it's their budget model, but my GSR200 was worlds above it and it was only two or three years older.

    So I got a lefty Fender J cause I decided I wanted something a bit smoother with passive pickups (there's a rant here about left-handed bass availability, but I'll pass for now). And then I sent it back and got another cause the pots and pickups were fuxed. And now I've got a bass that, after all that, I haven't had much energy to pick up and do anything with. But dammit I want to.

    My biggest problem has always been developing a practice routine. I've been to some good websites, and I've looked at some decent scale and fingering (giggity) exercises, but my hangup is which to do when for how long, and how to work that into a session that fits my schedule. Of course the obvious answer is to get lessons, but that's money I'd rather avoid spending.

    So, Prime: any advice on this? I know it's been ages since you were first learning, and you had hours every day you could devote to it, so you didn't learn it with my constraints, but if you have any suggestions for compiling a beginner's routine (preferably something I can squeeze into 30 min to an hour per day) I'd love you for it. It's depressing to have it sitting right there next to my chair, but when I pick it up I just poke at the strings and stare at the youtubes or studybass.com and feel like I'm getting absolutely nowhere...
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    I truly feel that one of the best ways to get into a good practice routine is to learn a song you want to play; for me it was RHCP. I started with "Under the Bridge", which is a fairly simple bassline, and worked up from there.
  • JBoogalooJBoogaloo This too shall pass... Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    I would also recommend looking at some sites such as Talkbass.com (kind of an elitist bunch when you get to talking double basses, etc...but, great for beginner advice and ed). I would also go to activebass.com that has tutorials with timing exercises, finger exercises (hehe), book recommendations based on the style you prefer, etc...

    Not tryin to steal your thunder Prime, just offering a few more outlets for a fellow low-ender. Hope these help a bit!
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    Talkbass is awesome. I've been a member there for years.
  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ @TheButterflyman Icrontian
    Every few months, I look over at my guitar in the corner and decide that I'm going to start playing again, but before my calluses even have time to get built back up, I loose track of it again. :/
  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian
    That's a hell of a forum. I'm gonna spend days weeks months a long ass time reading around there. Thanks for the recommendations, y'all :D
  • csimoncsimon Acadiana Icrontian
    Dew it for me ...my bass is in the attic gathering rust in the case. Rick 4001S w/ natural maple finish.
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    Man, that sounds like a beauty. If you ever want to let it go, tell me!
  • JBoogalooJBoogaloo This too shall pass... Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    I'd be up for tossin money your way if you want to let it go ;)
  • kryystkryyst Ontario, Canada
    They haven't released the Bass dlc content for Rockmsith yet. But when/if they do that game is an awesome practice tool. I've basically just started playing guitar for the past 6 months. I've been taken lessons and practicing that stuff. But Rocksmith is a much better tool to get you to practice. Not only can you work on songs that you like. But the arcade practice portions of the game are very effective for teaching chords and fingering and strumming.
  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian
    They haven't released the Bass dlc content for Rockmsith yet. But when/if they do that game is an awesome practice tool. I've basically just started playing guitar for the past 6 months. I've been taken lessons and practicing that stuff. But Rocksmith is a much better tool to get you to practice. Not only can you work on songs that you like. But the arcade practice portions of the game are very effective for teaching chords and fingering and strumming.
    You know, that's something I'd really like to do, but like you said: no bass content yet. Have they put out any projected release dates? Last I saw it was just "sometime in the future."
  • kryystkryyst Ontario, Canada
    No still nothing official just some twitter post from the devs and pics of their studio with some bass guitars. But for any guitar players that are still in the learning phase you need this game.
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
  • ZanthianZanthian Mitey Worrier Milford, OH Icrontian
    @cb ever get those strings?
  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ @TheButterflyman Icrontian
    Yes, and I started practicing again, but then I stopped, and now my guitar has sat untouched for months again.
  • RyderRyder Kalamazoo, Mi Icrontian
    I am sure Marty won't mind CB. ;D
  • mertesnmertesn I am Bobby Miller Yukon, OK Icrontian
    This thread reminds me that I need to pull my guitars out and use them.
    midga
  • JBoogalooJBoogaloo This too shall pass... Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    Thanks for the reminder post, Brian! Apparently I need to get my hands back on my bass more frequently. Tried slapping/popping yesterday and tore my fingers and thumb up a bit, lol!
  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian
    I need to find a decent headphone amp for my bass. All the ones I've seen look like cheap crap =/
    I did discover that I can use my shitty little guitar amp with the bass, though, till not as portable as I'd like.
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