Good day TBíers! Since Iíve been lurking for a long time, I thought I better take the time to join this great community.
A little bit about me. Iím a bassist with a Soldier habit from Oregon. 29 years and still servingÖ.Fly Army! I began playing music in grade school when I picked up a violin and played it for a couple years until I went to junior high. Switched to bass (upright) in order to move to a different orchestra class due to an extremely angry, horrible orchestra teacher. It was definitely meant to be because I fell in love with the instrument. From there I played in orchestra, stage band in junior high, jazz band, marching band (yes, marched with an electric bass), jazz ensemble, and jazz choir in high school along with my own rock/punk bands. Back in the day there was no tablature, YouTube videos, no online lessons, no internet period. If you wanted to succeed you learned to read music. You used your ears. Figuring out your favorite tune consisted of stop, rewind, play on your cassette boom-box. Those were the days
After ~ 35 years, I still suck! Thatís why I have never picked up a 5 or 6 string. I still canít figure out how to get 4 to work in unison, so it will be a cold day in he!! before I add additional strings.
Hereís my current rig; Fender MIA Jazz Bass, Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass, Markbass SD800 and 410hr cabinet. Markbass compressor, Sansamp Paradriver, Boss Stereo chorus and Aqua-Puss analog delay. DR Low-Rider 45ís
Wish list; #1) 1970ís/1980ís AzureGlo (midnight blue) Rickenbacker 4001. I had one in my hand for a week back in 1983, but couldnít come up with the money to keep her. #2) THE Fender Custom Shop 64 Jazz heavy relic by Masterbuilder Paul Waller that Bass Club Chicago has in stock. #) a fFEARful 12126 cabinet.
So, my first question/comment for everyone isÖÖIs it just me, but I see a ton of bass players nowadays who can play the heck out of notes, have great bass lines and riffs, but lack the feel, groove and sense of timing bassists need to have.