I play a few different instruments; Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukelele and Drums. Of all of the instruments I play, I feel that none of them quite connects with me as well as the Bass Guitar.
The first instrument that I learned to play was a guitar, but I have very big hands and rather than struggling with the F-Chord like most beginners did, I actually struggled with the A-Chord because I couldn’t get three fingers to fit on one fret so close to each other. When I was just a teenager I wanted to join a band with my friends but there was no one who could actually play bass but there were three guitarists. Unfortunately I was the least skillful with the guitar and I happened to have a bass around the house anyway so I became the bassist for our band.
Any bassist will tell you – just the same as I am about to – that the bass guitar is the easiest instrument to play but one of the hardest to master. Because I already knew how to play guitar this meant that once my hands adjusted to the thicker strings and longer fretboard I could easily play along with my friends. The more that I played the bass, the more that I came to enjoy it.
I looked up online how to play slap bass because we wanted to cover a Red Hot Chilli Peppers song which had some slap in it but I found it really difficult to do. I took lessons. I was fortunate and my first class was the best guitar lesson I have ever had. As well as learning great bass technique, my teacher also taught me a number of different songs and the more I played bass the looser I got.
I stopped counting rhythms in my head and just felt it instead. That’s one of the best things that I found about the bass, I could just feel the rhythm of the drums and play along in perfect time. The first time I played onstage with my band I was much less nervous than anyone else in my band, I just stood back and chilled out.
A lot of people don’t like that the bass isn’t a leading instrument, but I think that the subtle harmonies that it can work in seems to be underneath the music. Despite people thinking that the bass isn’t important, it really is. The bass guitar opens up a whole new frequency range of a song and gives it that drive that everyone desires. So there you have it, the bass guitar, a truly inspiring instrument!
This post was created by Kyle Greck. Kyle doesn’t have a blog or a website so we can’t give him proper credit. He has a hobby we love. He reconditions old guitars. We don’t envy him because it’s a lot of hard work but we really do appreciate the final outcome. He has picked up some guitars that were in really bad shape from yard sales. He fixes them up and donates them. Thanks for being awesome Kyle!
Posted by admin on 18th May 2013 in Health
I use a Wheston manual wheat grass juicer that clamps on the edge of my table. I previously used an electric one that I bought at a garage sale, but I didn’t like it. The electric juicer was way too noisy and I couldn’t do anything else with it, except grind up wheat grass. My Wheston is expensive and manual powered, but I can add attachments and do other things with it, plus it’s super quiet. I will work perfectly when the end of the world comes and we have no electricity… or there’s just a hurricane.
Wheat grass used to be so hard to get. I’d have to go to the store and buy a jug of gross stuff bottled who knows where. Now that I can do it myself, it’s always fresh! It is annoying that I have to buy packages of wheat grass at the store, but I just don’t have the room or the time to try growing it myself. I like to add wheat grass to whatever I can.
Usually, I just drink the shot, but I will add it to smoothies for my vegan wife and I. Sometimes, I will collect the loosest juice and pour it in other juice, making an orange-wheat grass drink. Wheat grass gives me energy and health to loose those extra pounds I was packing on.
Using a hand squeezer on the citrus fruit that grows in my yard is a good way to make lemonade and orange juice. Nothing beats fresh squeezed OJ! Of course, you have to use good oranges to make good orange juice because nothing else gets added in, just pure orange juice. I use Valencia oranges. If I want to make a smoothie, I’ll dump everything in the blender. I could buy a fancy electric machine, but I don’t want to spend the money on just a juicer. I have my wheat grass machine and a blender, that works for me and my waistline!
Posted by admin on 11th July 2012 in Pictures
I just wanted to quickly share this picture with you guys. It epitomizes much of what I think of when I think about the guitar.
OK. So maybe I don’t rock the guitar. But I tell you what I do. I do practice playing the guitar like a mad man!
It’s been just two short months since I have started playing. But in that time I have learned a few chords and enough put enough of those notes together to impress my girlfriend and her daughter. And that’s what it’s all about, right? Impressing the ladies. No?
We all want to be a rockstar. Well ,maybe I can’t entertain the public with an acoustic or an electric but at least I can woo my lady. What I’m still on the hunt for is an awesome guitar course, preferably an online one, that can help me fill in the gaps that youtube has left out. More importantly that pleasing my lady is actually pleasing myself by being able to play tabs with my heart on my sleeve without giving it a second thought.
I’ve got this undying need to be a guitarist. I’ve got more than a candle burning worth of desire in me to make this dream a reality. It’s more of a burning desire. I’ve got the disciple and that what it takes to be a master musician.
Not a single chart topping musician has ever not put in countless hours of practice. Well I’m not going to do that. I don’t want to be the best or ever great. I just want to be a good enough to be a musician that wont get laughed at. There’s also the option of being a bassist which I think would be easier but way less impressive.
I do have the time to practice. I’m not working at the moment so if I buy an axe I’ll be able to practice two to three hours a day without having to be concerned with how much life I am not living. I’m a big proponent of living life in balance so I don;t want to over it with the acoustic.
I think the important thing is going for me to remember to have fun. O yeah, and of course I bought a fender, the name synonymous with guitar!