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Stage Fright, it?s a thing,
« on: February 02, 2018, 05:58:46 PM »
 and one I don?t usually suffer from. Their are those that do.

In the middle of May I?ll be spending 5 days in a ?Wilderness Camp? more like tent camping in a park. It?s called Bass Camp. The list of professional working Bass Players are among a who?s who of apex bassist, they will be instructing seminars, workshops and private instruction for those that attend.

The main facilitator and owner of the Camp is Victor Wooten, I don?t expect many of you will know who he is. I?ve played the instrument for around 56 years. Usually I?m rarely intimidated by others but this will be kicking around with one of the best bassist ever. I imagine a little intimidation will be acceptable but I will blast right through that in a short time.

I?m really looking forward to this, I?m interested in what my feelings will be when playing my instrument for a guy who is rated one of the 10 best bass players ?ever?. He has push the boundaries of the instrument more than any other, including Jaco Pastorious, I?ll be there to learn, not impress anybody.  It?s just east of Nashville near the Duck River, maybe I?ll take the Wenonah with me.

http://vixcamps.com/bassnature-3/

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Re: Stage Fright, it?s a thing,
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2018, 04:48:51 AM »
Good for you Hush.
There's a Canadian saying that goes, "It's more fun to play better hockey."
I'm sure that being exposed to bass players of this caliber will certainly develop your own skills, but I'm equally certain that with 50+ years behind you, that you'll also help develop the players there.
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Re: Stage Fright, it?s a thing,
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2018, 08:17:26 AM »
It sounds like a opportunity of a lifetime for you.
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Re: Stage Fright, it?s a thing,
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2018, 08:22:14 AM »
I actually had heard of Victor Wooten.....I recall listening to a YouTube video when one of his videos popped up in a search for 'Amazing Grace.'    Not too bad! ;D

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Re: Stage Fright, it?s a thing,
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2018, 09:32:05 AM »
Conscientiousness; hard to spell? For me yeah. Still, I know what it means and that is what I think you are describing Hush. All I can say to help is, don't take too much stuff, be the wise minimalist.
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Re: Stage Fright, it?s a thing,
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2018, 10:47:20 AM »
I think you'll settle in quite quickly and just be yourself.  Everybody loves your playing.
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Re: Stage Fright, it?s a thing,
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2018, 11:26:21 AM »
Very cool, I'm sure you will enjoy greatly
what part of the Duck River, it flow's from Kentucky lake to lake Normandy near shelbyville.
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Re: Stage Fright, it?s a thing,
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2018, 03:55:12 PM »
Not sure Spyder, I?ll let you know when I figure it out.

The intimidation will only be a few moments long and I?ll embrace the feeling. The humility will be useful too, I do work at being more humble, people will listen to you closer if you speak with humility.

Victor is a monster talent but also a very humble guy, he?s got like four older brothers, who are also great musicians, he never had a chance to be anything else. His camp is ?Non-Profit? and can be applied to a Berkeley School of Music Degree.

As for too much stuff, that is just logical, I will bring the pyramid tent though, it?s easy to put up and has plenty of room. I?ll need 3 basses, fretted, fretless and one of my own builds to be signed by the instructors, that will be the hardest one to chose and one of my Martins for acoustic crap around the evening camp fire.

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Re: Stage Fright, it?s a thing,
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2018, 03:18:00 PM »
well Mike, at least you know how to pitch a tarp,  pop a bullwhip,  paddle, and start a fire without matches.   :)

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Re: Stage Fright, it?s a thing,
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2018, 04:42:33 PM »
Hey Sam, the whole back to nature aspect of this is not aimed at me.  It?ll be interesting to see what form it takes, I?ll do my best to not correct any one ?o), I?m sure this instructor will be top notch, Victor, I imagine, is in good company.

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Re: Stage Fright, it?s a thing,
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2018, 11:05:55 AM »
I?ll hit the road tomorrow morning, all packed but for my instruments and shower bag. I still feel normal, no paralyzing intimidation....yet ?o) Did a bit of wrenching on my basses to make sure all is well. Pretty much have learned to read music over the last few months, and about half way through Victor?s book. I could stand to learn the fingerboard a little better. Being a Ferral Musican I?ve learned most of what I know by playing long and often. Doesn?t mean I don?t understand music but I don?t actually speak the language. If asked what note I?m playing, specially above the fifth fret? it?ll take me a second to figure it out. I got music in me and I can get it out, just can?t really explain it. This will not matter to Victor, he?ll of course encourage me to learn the language and can point me in the right direction. It?s like if you come across a man in the wilderness who was raised by wolves and taught by the forest, he can?t speak with you but he can survive, and likely do it better.

I?m stopping for a night or two at Cheaha Resort State Park in Alabama. Should be at my brother?s place by Saturday. Hope to swing by Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals.

I?ve been busy, a few days after my last post here, on 02/09/2018, my birthday, my mother passed, family came from everywhere, I was with her, holding her hand all night, she left us at 9:15 the next morning, surrounded by her children, grand child and Bob, the love of her life.  I?d been playing the guitar for over an hour, and when I stopped, she left us. 65 years to the day and within 15 minutes of the hour that she brought me into this world. She was my greatest fan and always encouraged me in my tendencies to be artistic and creative. I could have led with this but it?s the circle of life, she knew it as well as I. In her family and generation she is the last of 4 sisters? 1 brother, her mom, dad and grandparents. She is with them as I will be. The soul is not a mortal thing, the flesh was made to carry it, so that we may learn the things of life. She is gone the music goes on. RIP mom.

It?s extremely importaint that we love one another, maybe the only thing that is.



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Re: Stage Fright, it?s a thing,
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2018, 11:40:11 AM »
   Mike,  So sorry about your Mom.  I know you'll miss her.  And I know your Faith will see you through.

    Learning to read music.  Wow.  That's a daunting task for a young eager mind with lotsa brain yet to be filled.  But anyone can learn to read music.  Not everyone can play the blues.

    I knew you'd try to get by Mussel Shoals.

    Have fun.
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Re: Stage Fright, it?s a thing,
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2018, 05:43:18 AM »
Mike,  thanks for the update.  So very sorry to hear about your Mom though.  We lost ours in 2015
Good luck on your trip.  Travel safe............

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Re: Stage Fright, it?s a thing,
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2018, 07:28:41 AM »
Nicely chosen words and a touchingly constructed piece on your mother's passing, Mike.  You are a good son and I suspect she played a major part in instilling the dedication you have found within yourself for the many achievements and artistic abilities you have been blessed with.   I will keep you and the remaining members of her family in my prayers for peace & comfort in this time of sadness.
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Re: Stage Fright, it?s a thing,
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2018, 04:04:54 PM »
Sorry to hear about your mom Mike.

Have fun on your road trip, I'm sure you'll have a blast.

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Re: Stage Fright, it?s a thing,
« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2018, 08:57:26 PM »
Prayers for you and you family and your mom. 

Good luck with your tour and I suspect you will do just great.
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Re: Stage Fright, it?s a thing,
« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2018, 09:13:55 PM »
Thanks guys.

I?m at my brother?s house. Last night at the State Park was great, really primitive for a state park. They had level pads filled with soil and gravel for the tents and fire pits ringed in field stone. The roads comming off this mountain made me wish I hade the Harley with me. Deals Gap ain?t got nothing on these roads, it?s like driving in 4 dimentions.

I swung by Fame Studio, spend an hour or so talking with the intern at the front desk and a couple musicians that were taking a break from recording. I decided to hit the road and get on up to Nashville. I?ve my brother, his wife and two of his sons, their wives and kids, figured family is as cool as it gets and bee lineded for the reunion. They were all down in April when we celebrated moms life. Never miss an opportunity to hang with family, and friends.


Heading into Music Town USA tomorrow morning.