Before anything else, I can’t believe I just witnessed the Steelers win 3-0 on a field goal late in the 4th. Against Miami. A win’s a win, but I screamed. A lot. Please make it easier on me next time.
So anyway, I was talking with somebody at work today whose young son was taking bass lessons. He asked a few questions about the instrument that I thought might help other newcomers. First, he mentioned that he had a good teacher, and that’s always a good thing. I benefitted from a couple of great teachers, but I spent some other years without one, and I think that might have been a bigger benefit if one was around. As it was, I had to spend a lot more time digging in books and recordings (which is also beneficial), but a guide is always helpful. Just in case you’re wondering, I didn’t mention that he should take lessons from me, but I did drop the book’s name more than a few times.
Second, he mentioned that he didn’t think bass was a solo instrument. I quickly referred him to Seth Horan as a starting point to jump off from there.
Third, he mentioned that his son was taking cello and wanted to know if he should take keyboard. I answered “Absolutely.” Any kind of musical knowledge will help, and especially keyboard – harmony concepts are easily laid out on the keyboard, so it’s a valuable tool. There’s a reason students are forced to take it.
He asked what bassists I recommended, so I gave him the usual list.
Finally, he mentioned the teacher was doing a good job of teaching and keeping it fun. That’s a great job there – it can be a hard thing to balance, and any teacher that manages it is a great educator.
Buying my book still wouldn’t be a bad idea, though.