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Title: I have been enjoying playing my bass so much lately
Post by: morticaixavier on May 29, 2014, 02:56:28 AM
I got a decent acoustic ibanez about 1.5 years ago and it's really spurred me to actually learn how to play. I don't know a lot yet but I really enjoy just jamming around a key for 1 or 20 minutes here or there.

There is something viscerally enjoyable about coaxing what seems to be coherent language out of an instrument and recognizing it as coherent even though I can't actually put me finger on what it's saying, at least not in words.

The whole pentatonic scale is kind of weird, it just seems like each note really makes sense in relation to each other.

I think I need a beer.
Title: Re: I have been enjoying playing my bass so much lately
Post by: yso191 on May 29, 2014, 04:12:13 AM
Your words remind me of Psalm 49:4

"I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle"
Title: Re: I have been enjoying playing my bass so much lately
Post by: euge on May 29, 2014, 01:18:30 PM
I was really hoping this would be about Bass ale.

Also considering picking up a guitar and taking some instruction. Sounds like fun man.
Title: Re: I have been enjoying playing my bass so much lately
Post by: klickitat jim on May 29, 2014, 01:33:59 PM
Jonathan, look into the Nashville number system.
Title: Re: I have been enjoying playing my bass so much lately
Post by: denny on May 29, 2014, 03:11:26 PM
I just rebuilt my 74 P bass with the intention of playing it more.  So far, it hasn't worked like that.
Title: Re: I have been enjoying playing my bass so much lately
Post by: morticaixavier on May 29, 2014, 03:21:45 PM
I just rebuilt my 74 P bass with the intention of playing it more.  So far, it hasn't worked like that.

is that is in your avatar? I think you left some stuff out!
Title: Re: I have been enjoying playing my bass so much lately
Post by: denny on May 29, 2014, 03:23:40 PM
I just rebuilt my 74 P bass with the intention of playing it more.  So far, it hasn't worked like that.

is that is in your avatar? I think you left some stuff out!

Nope, that's my ukulele.  I have a Dean acoustic bass as well as my old Fender electric.  Also 6 & 12 string acoustic guitars, a Strat and a Les Paul Custom.  A couple keyboards, too.  I think that's about all.
Title: Re: I have been enjoying playing my bass so much lately
Post by: bluesman on May 29, 2014, 04:46:22 PM
My '66 P-bass has been hanging on my office wall collecting dust.  :(
Title: Re: I have been enjoying playing my bass so much lately
Post by: denny on May 29, 2014, 04:52:05 PM
My '66 P-bass has been hanging on my office wall collecting dust.  :(

WOAH!  A 66!
Title: Re: I have been enjoying playing my bass so much lately
Post by: erockrph on May 29, 2014, 11:04:16 PM
I'm a guitarist first, but I love picking up the bass and just jamming out.

I keep meaning to get my fretless set up properly. I love my Carvins, but the out-of-the-box setup always seems to be a bit high in the action.
Title: Re: I have been enjoying playing my bass so much lately
Post by: theDarkSide on May 30, 2014, 03:13:17 PM
(http://www.jonco48.com/blog/bass_20player.jpg)
Title: Re: I have been enjoying playing my bass so much lately
Post by: HoosierBrew on May 30, 2014, 03:28:19 PM
Very nice DarkSide. Well played. ;D
Title: Re: I have been enjoying playing my bass so much lately
Post by: Steve L on May 30, 2014, 06:06:09 PM
I had a fairly nice rig. Ibanez SR600 and an Acoustic amp. Sold it all and bought beer equipment. Now I just sit around and brew and pick at my grandfathers old Maybelle banjo. It's a very deliverance existence. 
Title: Re: I have been enjoying playing my bass so much lately
Post by: erockrph on May 30, 2014, 06:27:43 PM
(http://www.jonco48.com/blog/bass_20player.jpg)

Nice striper! Looks like it's pushing 70 pounds. That's a once-in-a-lifetime fish!
Title: Re: I have been enjoying playing my bass so much lately
Post by: euge on May 30, 2014, 06:48:04 PM
David St Hubbins? :o

Title: Re: I have been enjoying playing my bass so much lately
Post by: redbeerman on June 03, 2014, 04:32:31 PM
Good for you Jonathan!  I still play on occasion, but this time of year is tough.  Nice to hang on the deck or front porch with whatever stringed instrument fancies the moment though. :)
Title: Re: I have been enjoying playing my bass so much lately
Post by: S. cerevisiae on June 08, 2014, 05:09:51 AM
The whole pentatonic scale is kind of weird, it just seems like each note really makes sense in relation to each other.

There are actually two pentatonic scales.  The pentatonic scale is just the diatonic scale without two notes.  The major pentatonic scale is missing scale degrees 4 and 7 from the major diatonic scale (a.k.a Ionian mode).  The minor pentatonic scale is missing scale degrees 2 and 6 from the minor diatonic scale (a.k.a. Aeolian mode).   Put into plain English, the major pentatonic scale is missing Fa and Ti from Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti.  The minor pentatonic scale appears in rock music much more frequently than the major pentatonic scale.  The minor pentatonic is just the major pentatonic starting on the 6th scale degree (i.e., La is the root note for the minor pentatonic scale).

Major Diatonic (seven note scale)

Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti

Minor Diatonic (seven note scale)

La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So

Major Pentatonic (five note scale)

Do Re Mi So La

Minor Pentatonic  (five note scale)

La Do Re Mi So

Music is my oldest hobby.  Like Denny, I have too much gear that I play too infrequently.