Playing bass in a band

Becoming a Rock Bassist

The Love Affair With Bass Begins

I never thought I’d grow up to be one of those people who gets all nostalgic.

But I did.

My dad would say things like, “When I was a kid....”  or “They don’t write songs like they used to…”.

Now, when I listen to new music on Spotify or the radio (what’s that??), 80-90% of what I hear i don’t really care for. I love the music of my youth even more now than I did when I was young and I was crazy about it then too.

Even though I was a little kid in the sixties, I still love the music from that decade.  As I got older, the music of the seventies became the background to my life.

I think most people would agree that the period between like 1964 and 1979 was the classic rock period. The era of the supergroups of the Beatles, Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin, Rush…

I’ve been loading my Spotify up with great songs from every year.  I started in 1964 and have been working my way up in time. Every single year ushered in a new batch of great songs to add. There were so many, it would take a long time for me to do just one year.

But as I got to 1980, the lists got shorter and shorter.  I finished with 2017 and I bet for the last ten years I only added a few songs per year.  If there are good rock songs out there, it’s getting harder and harder to find them.

So sad.

The radio was my constant companion.  It would be on if I was working, driving, studying or simply doing nothing.

I used to picture myself in the band. It was what I wanted to do, if I could do anything.

I always pictured myself as the bass player. I was drawn to it. The masters of that instrument had a way of pulling me in, so that the bassline was all I heard.

Amazing.

Maybe it’s the low frequencies, or the power behind the notes. Maybe it’s cause even though the bassist was frequently in the back while the lead singer and lead guitarist were out front, he or she was frequently the one controlling the show.

I don’t think any part of a song gets me going more than a really cool bassline.

When I got my first bass, it just seemed to fit me, like we were old friends.

I messed around with a few lessons here and there, bought books on how to play bass and played along (or tried to) with the radio or records.  A classic bedroom rock star.

As I got older, my love of classic rock and the bass did not diminish. If anything, it intensified.

Desire to Play Bass in a Band

I began to think of the end of my life and what I wanted to do before I died and one thing that kept popping up was to play in rock band.  I didn’t care if it was in front of millions or two people at a restaurant.

So I started searching on Craigslist for bands wanting a bass player.

If you’ve never done it before, it can be very intimidating to audition for a band, especially when the other members have known or played with each other for years. It is such an experience that I will dwell a whole other post to it.

Suffice it to say, I did it and finally got with a band. We weren’t destined for greatness. We were destined for mediocrity. But who cares, it was a lot of fun.


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Purpose of This Blog

A couple of years have passed, I decided I wanted to share my experiences and knowledge with others. I know I’m not the only one out there that loves classic rock and bass.

So if you’re like me and want to join in and take a look into my brain and learn or share, please do so.

I have a questionnaire for people to take to help me frame how this site will develop.

I noticed in my journey that rock bass lessons didn’t meet my needs. There were lessons for beginners, soloists and bassists that were more jazzers than rockers. I wanted to learn the bass parts for the rock songs I loved, how to come up with my own parts/licks. So, that will be the focus of this website.  Getting people to play bass in a classic rock band.

I welcome you here and would love to hear your journeys as well.

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