Actually, that title has nothing to do with what I’m writing about. I was just using it to get your attention. Psych.
Back in December, I bought the Fender starter kit and now me and my new P-bass are buddies. We’ve been jamming by ear to CD’s in the basement together.
See figure 1 to see how purdy she is.
Like all dedicated musicians, I have been practicing at least 7 minutes every other day and now, I can play a grand total of four songs.
Three of the four songs, I play quite crappily, making all sorts of buzzy sounds and missing notes. But one, I can play goodly.
Thank God for Social Distortion. Social Distortion is everything I don’t embrace in a band, which primarily is popularity and coolness. I don’t prefer my rock stars to be tattooed, gel-headed, leather jacket wearing, herpes carrying, narcissistic renegade rebels of rock. Much to the contrary, I wanna start a band of guys wearing lab coats and safety goggles. But, Social Distortion created a song I can virtually play in my sleep. This droning, shallow, generic stuff can come in quite handy for the beginning bassist. When I need a good confidence booster, I crank Highway 101 and we have a good old, self-esteem building session. My kids like it. And, now that I can play it, I might as well come out of the closet and say that I like it too. This song is kind of like a family member now. Maybe you wouldn’t be friends under ordinary circumstances, but you have to love it because it’s part of your life.
I’m discovering that some of the music I like has very complicated bass lines. I’ll listen to a song and say to myself…
“I can play that!”
which turns into…
“Oh, that part will be tricky.”
“No way in hell can I do that. Oh well…”
But this never happens with Social D, because it is so primitive.
Wednesday night, I might go see The Toasters. After all, somebody’s got to. The bass lines in that stuff are very intricate and that’s what makes The Toasters a tasty sort of ear-candy. I’ll go up front to watch one of my favorite bassists. Except, he won’t be there. He left the band because he had a baby. Well, he didn’t have the baby, his wife did. Or, maybe it was his girlfriend. I dunno. But, he impregnated somebody and the new guy is pretty good. So, I should go and study a bass player after trying to be a bass player, and that should be a new experience.
So, what I’m trying to say is…
Actually, I don’t know what I am really trying to say. I lost it. I think I just wanted to show off my shiny new bass, to be honest.
Thanks for reading, though.