So, you want to know what I'm all about? Where to begin..........
I guess it all started while I was still in elementary school.....
I was in grade 5 and probably just about the smallest kid in my class. I remember walking down the halls at lunch where I would sit with my friends and play cards or tag or just run around screaming at the top of my lungs, much to the enjoyment of my teachers (I'm sure). Most of the time, everyone else would be focusing on playing any number of games or running around, but I would always get caught up in the sounds coming out of the band room.
All I could focus on was the loud, exciting sounds emanating from the horns and the strong, pounding of the percussion. I wasn't even interested in the bass at this time, since the horns were louder and shinier (and that's all that really matters, right?) ;)
The time eventually came to join band and I was really looking forward to playing an instrument. At the time, I wanted to play a saxophone or a trumpet or maybe even percussion, since it didn't really matter to me as long as I was in band and the instrument was loud. :)
When we eventually went shopping for an instrument, I was told that I couldn't have anything too loud because we lived in a place where the neighbors might not like horns going through the walls (because, apparently, people don't like having to listen to beginners try to force "Mary had a little lamb" out of their trumpets for the 600th time.) That effectively eliminated percussion from my list as well.
That left me with the bass or flute.
I ended up with a beginner bass pack by Squier (you know, the one that most people begin with. Mine was a snazzy black affinity series p-bass. Hoorah!). I couldn't wait to get home and plug it in! Eventually, after a terribly long car ride, I got home, opened the package, plugged the bass in, and...............
It sounded terrible. This wasn't fun; This was sucky.
I was now stuck with an instrument I didn't really want to play and music that was boring as could be.
I spent the next year and a bit slogging through band, just trying to make my way and trying to enjoy the bass as much as I could.
Then, one day.........
.....I was listening to some music and I heard this really hard, deep, funky sound that was just sooooo powerful. It was driving and strong and seemed to push the music along and control it. This was when I realized that I was playing an awesome instrument. (The song was "Give it away" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers).
I started to look for more musicians that played the bass and more music that would feed my need for new sounds. One by one, I discovered new bass players and bands that I might not have otherwise. Everyone from Jaco to Geddy Lee became an influence to me.
Now, I'm a full time student in Jazz Studies and I'm enjoying being able to play music for school. I couldn't dream of doing anything else that would bring the same satisfaction as what I'm doing now.
The reason I built this website is twofold:
1. I want to be able to use this site as a resume for potential jobs and schools that I may want to apply to in the future; and
2. Im hoping that I can help fellow bass players find the inspiration and quality instruction on this site to help them become the best players that they can be. I want them to become excited about playing the bass in the same way that I am.
Most of all, this website is a project of mine and a way for me to give back to the community of musicians that has helped me get to where I am today. If it weren't for those who had come before, I wouldn't be where I am now.
To all of those who have come before, Thank you.
If you wish to contact me, you can reach me through my Contact Us page.
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