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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2013-01-12T19:09:29+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=12&t=11605 2013-01-12T19:09:29+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11605&p=115371#p115371 <![CDATA[Re: Looks Like I May Never Play Bass Again]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:09 pm


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2013-01-12T15:28:52+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11605&p=115368#p115368 <![CDATA[Re: Looks Like I May Never Play Bass Again]]> Statistics: Posted by goldbrick — Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:28 pm


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2013-01-08T03:12:03+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11605&p=115309#p115309 <![CDATA[Re: Looks Like I May Never Play Bass Again]]> I just wanted to check by & say Hello to all you all. 8)

Statistics: Posted by BobHolland — Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:12 am


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2011-07-27T18:54:58+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11605&p=111288#p111288 <![CDATA[Re: Looks Like I May Never Play Bass Again]]>

And here's me and the Godin: Image

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2011-05-20T22:44:36+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11605&p=110660#p110660 <![CDATA[Re: Looks Like I May Never Play Bass Again]]>
Welcome back, doctor. :mrgreen:

Statistics: Posted by lpdeluxe — Fri May 20, 2011 10:44 pm


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2011-05-20T22:16:40+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11605&p=110658#p110658 <![CDATA[Re: Looks Like I May Never Play Bass Again]]> Now with the music. I've just been sittin' back & waiting for something to come along. Not really looking or even asking around. I got an email from an old friend I used to play with. Seems the Bass player is about to leave the band. They were wondering if I would consider playing with them. 1, 2 or 3 gigs a week. PAYING GIGS I tell you. It's a mix of country, new & old, old rock & roll & a little blues mixed in. I told him just give me the weekend & I'll be giving him an answer. I don't want to jump to quick or sound over excited. But I think this may be what I've been waiting for. Ya'll know what I'm gonna say? :wha: :mrgreen:
They are off this weekend & said I was first choice for the position.
I'll be 62 on the 31st, start Social Security Checks, cut back on my daytime work hours & playing bass again. I feeling kinda good. Maybe the world won't end tomorrow.

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2011-02-18T03:38:58+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11605&p=109173#p109173 <![CDATA[Re: Looks Like I May Never Play Bass Again]]>
Since I have a selection of electric basses, I'm in no hurry to add a bass harp. :mrgreen:

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2011-02-18T01:34:45+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11605&p=109172#p109172 <![CDATA[Re: Looks Like I May Never Play Bass Again]]>
I'm dabbling in things other than diatonic at the moment. I got a Swan 48 Chord Compact last September and it was pretty good quality for 10% of (that is of, not off) the price of a similar spec Hohner or Suzuki. So I decided to get a Swan Bass for Christmas. It has two octaves in C and is laid out like a piano (white keys on the bottom row, black keys (+ applicable white key fillers) on the top row). Its all blow - no draw. The quality is not quite as good as the 48 Chord (it doesn't seem as robust) but for $180 its very good value. The layout makes it much simpler to learn than the chord, and with two kids that play bass there's plenty of instruction available on figuring out bass lines etc.

Most of my giging is with a harmonica ensemble, where the chord and bass add new dimensions to the sound, as we were only diatonic and chromatic beforehand (the Low F diatonic pretended to be a bass a lot). The Swan stuff seems pretty well constructed and as I only wanted to see if chord and bass were where I might want to go (without stopping diatonics of course), they represented a good value opportunity. If I ever get good enough that my ability exceeds that of the harp, I'll contemplate making the big investments

Statistics: Posted by MakaInOz — Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:34 am


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2011-02-16T20:48:48+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11605&p=109146#p109146 <![CDATA[Re: Looks Like I May Never Play Bass Again]]>
MakaInOz: You got a bass harp? Those things are pretty pricey. A couple of years ago I played harmonica in the orchestra pit for a University production of Big River (based on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with music by Roger Miller). The score was a bear, and one song called for a bass harp. The director asked me to see if I could get one, so I checked around. Elderly Instruments had them listed for around $1000US, with a delivery time of 30-90 days. Since the show was due to start in a week (and I was being paid $500 to do it) the bass harp didn't happen.

Back to Bob: I know all about hand pain. I have arthritis in both hands. I compensate by having terrible technique (by conventional standards) but one that allows me to play the bass. Instead of arching my fingers as I once did, I lay them flat against the fingerboard like I was playing a barre chord, and let the fingers reinforce each other. A good friend and long-time playing partner (30 years, next December) who is a bass player AND a stickler for technique tells me, "I love to listen to your bass lines but I hate to see your technique." Luckily I don't use a pick (I also play electric guitar, and I guess I'll have to give up the flat pick there, too).

What the hell, I still make music: I've got three gigs on bass, Dobro and harp coming up, and I won't tell 'em that my hands don't look like they're doing right.

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2011-02-16T16:07:25+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11605&p=109137#p109137 <![CDATA[Re: Looks Like I May Never Play Bass Again]]> . BTW, have you checked your playing technique with any other bass players to see if you're doing anything that might be exacerbating your physical issues? I know it's a long shot, but the stakes are kinda high.

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