Saturday, April 18, 2020
Friday, February 21, 2020
Ok, time to start posting some stuff I can do now, before I can’t do it later. This is just a warmup exercise I use before I start working on other stuff - it’s not musical, it’s physical. This is what spending several years working on 3-finger right hand plucking can do! I’m hoping to post more stuff, without spending an age on polishing it. So let me know what you think: I’m no Davie54 or whatever, but I can do this! . . . #bassist #bassguitar #bass #musician #musiciansofinstagram #music #practice #woodshed #shedding #technique
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Open Mic Nights: a defenceI had a great gig last night with Miles Nottage and the Rhythm and Blues Band (sort of Jools Holland esque, but a little more eclectic - band has 3-piece brass section, Miles on a Steinway grand (no kidding!!), guitar, 2 backing vocalists who both doubled as Conga players and a great drummer. Tines included Root Beer Rag by Nilly Joel, Cowboys and Angels - George Michael, and a big-band feel cover of "Makin Whoopee" which Dr John did ages ago.
The reason I got this gig was thanks to contacts from Open Mic nights I've donne in the past - if you can find one with a great following, and the musicians are good, then go for it: the contacts and friends you make will broaden your horizons in ways you didn't think possible.
I even strayed WAY outside myy comfort zone by usinng the NS 5-string NXT upright on 4 tracks. Mental!