Music has always been a big part of my life. At a young age it was my companion during the many hours I spent on different pieces of farm machinery. Hours of perpetual boredom punctuated by a few minutes of joy when one of my favorite songs came streaming over the AM radio. I had the opportunity to learn to play guitar at a young age, unfortunately foolish pride and stubbornness prevented me from taking advantage of my grandmothers offer to teach me.
As the years past I often thought of the songs my family and neighbors would play, music began to take on a different meaning. Music began to take the role of an old friend. I found that I was pausing to listen to songs that reminded me of my family and youth spent on the farm. In my early twenties my grandmother passed away and I was left her old guitar. A guitar nearly a hundred years old and almost worn through in places from hours spent making music, I am the third generation to own this guitar and that means a lot to me.
My first attempts at learning to play guitar were intermittent and frustrating. Youtube tutorials were in their infancy and I was easily frustrated with the slow progress I was experiencing. It was the invention of auto-steering on tractors that allowed my first milestone of guitar playing to happen. I bought a compact guitar and would spend time on the tractor strumming along to songs on the radio. Getting over the first hump in learning is one that I believe is the hardest for most aspiring musicians. Once you can hear “music” coming from your guitar previous frustrations melt away very quickly.
In my early thirties I started spending more and more time with people that shared my passion for music. It eventually turned into us getting together and jamming on a regular basis and the “dad band” was formed. during this time we would play the odd gig but was mostly about learning a few songs and enjoying each others company.
Similar to “the sandlot” when one person left we just kept playing on. Fast forward to the fall of 2019, A dear friend has moved away and left us without a bass player. Much like how “The Beatles” nominated Paul, I am the worst guitarist in the “dad band”, so it falls on me. Enter Plan “B”.
Project “Plan B”
Full disclosure: The bass is not entirely knew to me, I have played around with it a bit and have a very basic understanding of what is going on. I would class myself as a beginner, anything outside of the key of G and I would be lost. In fact, I could really only need two strings on my bass because I have never touched the bottom two:)
So, I know a little bit about the bass. I would like to learn some theory, and songs on the bass so I can do more than pluck a few notes when jamming with other people. I thought this was a good opportunity to find some bass specific resources online and explore the idea of gamification. I plan on borrowing a gaming platform and trying to learn to play bass using “rocksmith”. This is a game similar to guitar hero, only you use real instruments. I will also be looking at some music editing software to try and put some songs together, something I have never done.
TO DO LIST:
- Borrow a gaming platform and rocksmith 2014, (with bass)
- commandeer dads bass
- find free online bass tutorial
- find free online music editing software
Have any of you tried learning an instrument or editing music online?
What resources would you use?