This week was a large step in the direction of my goal. I started with a Fenderplay lesson on the box method. This is a popular method used by many bass players. This is an introduction to Pentatonic scales, which is a big part of what I would like to learn. The lesson started out well and I was able to play along with the instructions reasonably well. I started using my practice amp for electric guitar, although it isn’t designed for a bass it is doing the trick and I recommend this little amp for anyone that is wanting to practice without being to loud.
When I started practicing I thought it would be best to practice with a metronome and found a free online version that I really liked. This is where the humbling began…. I have been playing guitar for about 10 years and have never considered myself someone that has bad rhythm but this metronome disagreed. I am hoping to clean up the timing on the boxed method. It was a bit of a lesson on expectations vs. reality, but practicing this method in the 12 bar blues will definitely pay off.
The entire time I was playing through the box method I could hear all the songs that incorporate it and I know that this is worth sticking to. The one song that stuck out to me was Johnny B. Goode and its tremendous walking bass line. I was very quick to see just how much work I had to do in order to play a song at this level, but it’s a good long term goal. I knew the next thing to do was set some short term goals and find a bass lesson on Major/Pentatonic scales. I was able to find a free lesson on youtube that was very good, and incorporated the perfect mix of theory and practice.
Well I hope you have time to watch! any questions or comments are appreciated!