Proud Daddy

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by XavierG, Dec 6, 2001.

  1. XavierG

    XavierG In Memoriam

    Some of you know that my 12 year old daughter plays bass. She's taken it very seriously and practices every day. We've been working on this piece for some time, and she's finally nailed it to where she can play (part of the solo) without mistakes. She comes in at about 48 seconds into the mp3 and solos out.

    (click to listen...)No Particular Title (that's the title for now :) )

  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Very cool, X!

    Must be in the genes, huh?
  3. Impressive. Tell her to give me a call in 6 years :eek: :D
  4. Ok Xavier, now you're gonna have to teach me! :D

    Was that all a big improv type solo, or was it something that was written out for her to follow? If that was something she made up I need to go cry now, because my theory knowledge won't seem to let me "improv" anything except a straight forward Amajor blues scale :D :D
  5. anon5458975


    Apr 5, 2001
    Very Cool X!

    That's gotta feel damn good being able to put together a tune with your daughter, almost makes me want to have a kid of my own. :eek:
  6. XavierG

    XavierG In Memoriam

    Don't feel too bad. Her part was actually written down for her - she's not able to improvise that way just yet. It's a tune that I wrote. She liked it and asked if I could incorporate it into her lessons.
  7. :D Well either way, very cool :D

    Can I ask you a question? (And assuming you say yes...)


    I've been learning all the scale patterns, Chromatic, Diatonic, Pentatonic.. I have no idea about modes.. no clue about the cycle of keys.. when I do, would you think that it would become eaiser for me to just make things up.. so far, like I said, all I can seem to come up with no matter how long I sit at my bass is that same damn Blues in Amajor (A A C# C# E E F# a in 12/8 time) ends up comming out of me... stupid bass books :D
  8. XavierG

    XavierG In Memoriam

    I strongly believe that the one most important factor in being able to 'create' or 'make up' a tune or riff, is the ability to play what you hear in your head. The trick, of course, is not to hear music which you are unable to play due to lack of technique - ie. don't play slap tunes in your head if you can't slap! Other than that, there is no reason you shouldn't be able to think of, or hum a bar of whatever, and then play it on your bass....UNLESS... you don't know where the notes are on your fretboard, which will make it really frustrating for you. This is how I come up with my tunes. All this minor/major mumbo jumbo is fine, and will help you put your music down in writing, but it won't necessarily help you to come up with tunes. Listen to music... all sorts of music. Think up a bar or 2 and try to play it on your bass.

    I carry a microcassette recorder with me wherever I go. Sometimes, a riff will come to me while I'm driving. I hum it into the cassette recorder and play it when I get back to my bass. If it sounds good, I expand on it.

  9. Ripper XG

    When did she pick up her first bass, (or should I say your first bass)?
  10. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    That's Brilliant!
    I guess it's hard to understand how proud you feel unless your'e a dad.
    Here's my two (Centre Blue heart T shirt,White T shirt) recording a backing track for a local punk(!)
    band in our village recording studio.

  11. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Great X - she's nailed the "feel" down. Pretty deep for a girl her age. Very impressive.
  12. I see the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Very nice. That was a nice fat slice of funk pie, can I have seconds? Tell your daughter I'm impressed.

    Mike J.
  13. Great, she adds something to the song.
    Sounds like she has her part down perfect.
  14. XavierG

    XavierG In Memoriam

    JMX - Must be the genes. She loves music and also plays drums at her school band.

    analogkid9 - Hmmm.... You have to get past me 1st.

    Darrell - Yeah, it's a blast. In a few years, she'll be good enough to where we can gig together.

    ElDarko - She has been fiddling with my basses for a few years now, but only seriously started learning late last year.

    Paul A - You gotta start 'em young. Your kids look like they're having a ball - and that's the most important thing.

    Jon - Thanks man!

    Michael J. - seconds, eh? Well, it's a work in progress, and you know how I love posting mp3's here, so you can bet there will be updates.

    Gruff - Yeah, she really gave it her all. Had been practicing her part for over a week.

    I posted the mp3 at my other hang-out, (online collaboration site), where a singer buddy of mine, Dave, quickly snapped it up and added some vocals. I like the "coolness" of the vocals and the way they complement the bassline(s). The version with vocals is HERE.
  15. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Great performance! So why isn't she posting? She could give FreakyFender a run for his money for "youngest member". :D

    I wish I had started that young... She'll be simply amazing if she keeps up the work ethic it sounds like she has.
  16. Player


    Dec 27, 1999
    USA Cincinnati, OH
    Wow! I'm impressed. I'm still trying to get my 6 yr old to stay with the metronome. We're working on piano right now. He plucks around on his bass, but I don't want to confuse him.
  17. lesfleanut

    lesfleanut Guest

    Sep 25, 2001
    Syracuse N.Y.
    who was playing the rythem that was a pretty cool riff. shes realy good for that age,could be the next jaco:) . is she a talkbasser and if not why?
  18. XavierG

    XavierG In Memoriam

    I'm playing everything other than that ending solo. I played the 1st solo that sounds almost like hers, just to give her an idea of how it should "feel".

    No, she's not a Talkbasser. I'm too protective, and there're some things here that I don't think are appropriate for a 12-yr. old girl .... but that's me.

    Player - The danger in starting them that young is that one doesn't really know if it's something they want to do. They may burn out before they get a chance to decide on their ow if music is 'for them'. Then again, most virtuoso's started at around that age.
  19. Funkster

    Funkster Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    Hey X that was really cool! She's gonna me a bass monster in no time..
    It must be really cool to have someone you can pass your knowledge onto and get a awesome responce. I think if more parents would take time to sit with there kids and do what you are doing would give them a great outlet and a great start to life.
    Good Work X keep it up and tell her the recording is awesome!!!!
  20. XavierG

    XavierG In Memoriam

    Super Duck & Funkster - Thanks for the thumbs up. As I was telling Darrell in a PM, I've shown the positive responses here to my daughter and she is tickled pink. She's so happy and excited at the big "hooplah", she can't wait to get home from school today and start practicing the next few bars.

    You guys are all swell! Very supportive, and that's something she needs.