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Hey, you music guys. Anybody got this problem?
« on: December 06, 2017, 08:37:33 AM »
Man, I haven?t been around much. Sorry I?ve missed so much. It?ll take me awhile to catch up.

My focus lately has been all about music. I?ve been averaging somthing like two or three hours a day playing either the guitar or the bass. The band has been rehearsing twice a week lately, though it?s usually once a week.

The first Saturday of the month I?ve started playing the Song Farmers circle. It?s an open jam of mostly acoustic instruments, well all acoustic instruments except when I?m asked to play a bass, I?m not really an old time music musician, I?d ruin my hands playing my style bass lines on an upright. Somewhere around 20 players show up with guitars mostly and fiddles, banjos, ducimer, even three string BoDiddliy type instruments, the audience numbers 60 to 100 most evenings. The tunes are all simple cowboy chords, the idea here is trying to get people out and playing with others of various skill levels.

As I sit here typing I have, within reach, a telecaster, Martin 000-15, fretless home made tele style bass, 20? scale cigarbox fretless bass, a banjo ukulele and a traditional mahogany uke. I have to walk across the room to get the banjo but I?m not ready for prime time with it, yet. Yeah, some amplifires too from the Pig Nose up to my 900 watt pro-bass rig. I guess when you don?t have a woman telling ya to put stuff away you can keep it where your likely to use it ?o)

I came across ?Bass Camp?, where you actually bring your own tent, the director uses the setting of nature and it?s inspiration as the environment for inspiration, growth and learning the bass instrument. Open to all levels of bassist, it?s close to Nashville. I?m seriously considering this.

I know most bass players will know this guy and quite a few guitarist will too. To me he?s one of the best bass players in the history of the instrument, I?m not easily intimidated but I wonder if I?ll choke up playing in front of Victor. According to his wife he attends all the camps and all the courses, a real hands on guy. I?m confident in my playing and I know there is a lot of room for improvement that can get me to the next level, if I knew what that level was and what I need to focus on to attain it.

Even if I all I did was hang and talk to Victor Wooten for the week it would be worth the expense and I would learn somthing. A lot of the stuff he does I?m not physically capable of but he?s also a master of the groove and knows the instrument so well he should be able to point me down different paths.

I think they do some touchy feely wildernes stuff too but I should get a pass for that, he feels getting in touch with the environment is beneficial to learning and understanding music. I?ll be the only one there with a Wilderness camping bass rig that shows years of use ?o) The BSing around the evenings camp fire ought to be legendary.

If any of you guys are not familiar with Victor Wooten check him out on youtube.

Stanley Clark, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj5f7gRLVFQ
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Re: Hey, you music guys. Anybody got this problem?
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2017, 09:27:48 AM »
Good hearing from you again stranger.
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Re: Hey, you music guys. Anybody got this problem?
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017, 09:46:33 AM »
Good to see ya back....
I hear ya

Was in a band for about 6 months in HS....sax, bass, and drums...
Problem was we were getting too successful.....and took up all of our time.

I couldn't stand it......LOL
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Re: Hey, you music guys. Anybody got this problem?
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2017, 09:51:51 AM »
That's exciting. Don't miss it, life is too short. Look forward to a report.
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Re: Hey, you music guys. Anybody got this problem?
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2017, 04:56:57 PM »
when i was in HS i had a bus driver who was a bass player
with the amboy dukes back in  the day. a dyed in the wool hippie.

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Re: Hey, you music guys. Anybody got this problem?
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2017, 06:55:22 AM »
That?s pretty cool, those guys rocked the Motor City, not a lot of hits in the charts for as talented as they where, Ted Nugent was an original member and one of the few that stayed with the band, the remaining members backed up Ted and they eventually dropped the name..

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Re: Hey, you music guys. Anybody got this problem?
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2017, 04:09:45 PM »
"The Nuge" for prez.
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Re: Hey, you music guys. Anybody got this problem?
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2017, 09:43:08 AM »
Heading south for Christmas sometime next week. An old and good friend of mine, Don, has a New Years day party at his recording studio in South Miami. Last year my guitar player, Al, came down from Lake City to attend.  Al and Don are also old friends who worked together on towers and played in a band back in the 80s, small world.

So this year not only is Al attending the NYD party but Brownie, our mandolin player in the string trio, is comming with him. Don is excited and is giving us a block of studio time on the 2nd to record a demo or whatever it may turn out to be.

On a side note, for the last few years on and off, I?ve been working on my original electric bass guitar that I recieved Christmas Day 1965, it?s a Framus Atlantik, for many years it was all I had, as I got better it eventually occured to me that this bass sucked. Though it got me every audition I ever attended except one, they wanted strong vocals. The bass has been on the shelf since 1981, when I purchased my Fender Precision Special. Early this week I discovered that the pickups were adjustable, that the adjustment screws where frozen and I assumed they didn?t adjust the pickup hight. I noticed that one of the pickups was sitting higher in the housing that the other and logic dictated that they had to be adjustable, I oiled the screw and let it sit. This gave me the ability to lower pick ups and the string action. This made the bass both easier to play and tweaked the intonation towards perfect just enough, actually its intonation is better than it ever was and is perfect now, 52 freakin years of haveing to bend the strings at nearly every fret to nail intonation, no wonder I was drawn to the fretless.