Recommended: Scott’s Bass Lessons

From time to time I unsubscribe from all Youtube channels (except my wife’s of course). But now that I bought a bass, I re-subscribed to Scott Devine, who can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/devinebass
http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/

Here’s an interview with him:

http://bassmusicianmagazine.com/2015/06/scott-devine-using-his-bass-superpowers-for-good-bass-musician-magazine-june-2015-issue/

Thinking of also joining his academy for 14$/month – that’s way cheaper than any real music school, and after my 35-year- (or so) hiatus, I probably need something like proper training.

Here’s the first freebie of his which I found interesting enough:

So I went and subscribed to his website for free, and downloaded the backing track to that lesson. It came as an .mp3 file recorded with a sample rate of 44.1kHz, so I had to convert it (using Audacity) to 48kHz and a .wav file to have Ardour accept it with my current settings.

Then I followed his advice about first playing root notes (and fifths) only – still made some “errors” (like playing the 6 on a 5 chord, or an ‘a’ instead of a ‘g’), but it’s still fun to have a nicely played II-V-I chord progression. Will keep my busy for some time, until my fingers get used to the quite high string tension of those Fender® USA Bass 7250ML, NPS, (.045-.100 Gauges) roundwound strings (as listed on the instrument’s page).

So here’s my first attempt on it:

Oh, and to another problem I’ve had until a few minutes ago:

Couldn’t upload .ogg files, or .wav, the only file type which worked in the past was .mp3. Which seemed a bit strange for a free software package like WordPress, because if one of these formats isn’t a “free” one, then it’s .mp3. So I searched around for the error message on their site, and found this new plugin which isn’t integrated yet into the current 4.8 version of WordPress. “Lord of the Files: Enhanced Upload Security“, what a cool name! Of course I thanked the developers, and gave proper feedback (which is the least I could do)…

Anyway. As always, thanks for reading, viewing, and/or listening!

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