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One new song a week.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Staredge, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Staredge


    Aug 7, 2010
    Germantown, MD
    So....having made a resolution some 25 years ago that I'd never make another resolution (and I've kept it) this is not a resolution. However, with the turning of the calendar, I've decided to embark on a project to learn one new song a week. I was learning stuff for my band fairly regularly, but since that blew up I really haven't touched my basses much. Hate it, but without the strong motivation of accountability it's just too easy to do other things.

    Hence the public declaration of my attempt to learn one new song a week for 2013. Anybody wanna come along???

    Song #1 Here Comes the Sun

    Possibly my favorite Beatles song.
  2. dbd1963


    May 18, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    That would be fun. I've been learning a lot of songs this year as I got back into playing live, but I haven't done any recreational learning..

    I'm going to give Here Comes the Sun a try.
  3. Staredge


    Aug 7, 2010
    Germantown, MD
    Doesn't necessarily have to be my song.....can be any other you want or need to learn.
  4. lmfreeman9

    lmfreeman9 Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    I am already doing that and more, now if I could remember them all-that would be something.
  5. Auguste


    Apr 5, 2012
    That is also my plan, but based on my choice of songs

    Good luck. :)
  6. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    I was planning on posting 500 covers onto YouTube this year. Let's see how it goes.
  7. Staredge


    Aug 7, 2010
    Germantown, MD
    Probably should have written that better. I'm just posting my songs. Pick yer own. :spit: :D

    Didn't mean to make it look like I was making up the list, although you're more than welcome if you like what I put up.
  8. Staredge


    Aug 7, 2010
    Germantown, MD
    Ok. Week one down. Here Comes the Sun.

    For week 2: The Stones. Gimme Shelter.
  9. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Sounds like fun (and sounds like a resolution).
  10. Staredge


    Aug 7, 2010
    Germantown, MD
    :scowl::rollno::mad::spit::eyebrow: NOT a resolution!!!!!!

    Merely a goal set, using the beginning of a new year as a convenient starting place to help keep track of my accomplishment.
  11. funkingroovin

    funkingroovin Conquering A-D-D,and all the other notes as well!

    Apr 19, 2009
    That's a business-smart and totally attainable goal. Kudos!
  12. hgiles


    Nov 8, 2012
  13. Staredge


    Aug 7, 2010
    Germantown, MD
    2 months and playing out? Awesome! Good job. Luckily I really don't have a way to video myself, so I don't feel the need to document that I actually DID learn the songs I post. :p Y'all just gonna have to trust me. :D
  14. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    I wish it was that easy! I got the bass chair in late Dec for a gigging country band and need to learn 40 or more asap. Coming from a rock background it is proving to be very difficult. The patterns and turnarounds are foreign to me. I have seriously underestimated this genre.
  15. Staredge


    Aug 7, 2010
    Germantown, MD
    Just keep chanting root-5 root-5 root-5!! lol

    I've found that some songs I think are easy, aren't. I've found some songs I thought were hard, weren't. I've been lucky to find isolated bass tracks on youtube for a lot of them. Helps when you can hear it.
  16. I'm doing the same kind of thing, only a little differently. I made a spreadsheet with a random date generator set from 1960 to present. Every week I get a new (#1, random) song from the Billboard 100 for that date. Having the computer select my songs introduces me to things I might not have bothered with otherwise.
  17. Staredge


    Aug 7, 2010
    Germantown, MD
    Well.....week 2 was a bit iffy. I had started with Gimme Shelter, but my 15 yo son is working on 311's I'll Be Here Awhile, so I switched over in the middle of the week to help him with that. Mostly done with it......still a little to figure out and clean up. So....

    Week 1: Here Comes the Sun (done)
    Week 2: I'll Be Here Awhile (mostly done)
    Week 3: Yellow Submarine

    ***edit to add: Managed to get a little bit of time to finish up I'll Be Here Awhile. Off to Yellow Submarine!
  18. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    Exactly what I've found, been frustrated by the amount of time to learn "Fireman" (George Strait).

    I think part of my problem is hearing the bass vs. the bass drum, using an old laptop with a 3 speaker (small sub) computer system. I'm not gonna invest more $ since I'm looking for another 5er bass to leave at practice.
  19. Staredge


    Aug 7, 2010
    Germantown, MD
    Are you using anything to slow it down? I use Best Practice. I also try to find isolated bass tracks off of youtube. I use Audacity to record it. If you have an iPod/iPad, there's a program called Jamup XT that will do the same thing using your iTunes songs. Patch cable into an aux in on my amp, or in my case my Jamman looper pedal, and then out into the headphones.

    Both programs are free.
  20. Okay, I'm in! A little bit late, but I'll toss my bass in the ring.

    Week #3 of January: Time by Pink Floyd