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Brother-in-law gets a bass guitar

Posted by WayneConrad on Sunday, April 28, 2019

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I spent last week on vacation with sister and dad.  I brought one of my cheap practice banjos and played for 3-4 hours every day, switching between scales, songs I know, and working out songs I don't know (Bobby McGee, and The Flintstones).  Dad brought out his new guitar and plinked along some.  On Wednesday, brother-in-law (aka BIL) decided to join the fun and bought an acoustic bass guitar.  I don't play bass, but I was able to get him started from music theory and a my memory of what bass lines sound like.  He's going to buy a beginner book and get started with it.  I'm visiting again in 3-4 months, and maybe we'll be able to play together.

Dad suffers from dementia, so playing is good for him. BIL said that dad hadn't played the guitar at all since we moved dad up there about six months ago. BIL thinks that by playing the bass guitar, he may be able to encourage dad to keep playing the guitar, which will be good for him.

Live is hard, but there are blessings along the way. I am blessed that BIL loves my father as though blood, with so much care and tenderness.

Scale practice was all in drop-C tuning:

  • Major scales, strings 1-3.  Metronome, maximum 125 bpm cut time.
  • Major scales, strings 3-4.  No metronome.
  • Natural minor scale, strings 1-3.  No metronome.

I did a lot of noodling and general goofing around. I think this works out the creative side of music, which scales don't. Scales are more about being able to make the notes you want when you want them. Noodling is more about figuring out what notes to play in the first place.


1 comment on “Brother-in-law gets a bass guitar”

pickn5 Says:
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 @7:21:53 AM

Its nice to get 3-4 hours of playing in. You got me beat, I usually get an hour on banjo and a half hour on harmonica.

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