A beginner bassist's foray into the unknown

Archive for March, 2012

Forming a triad

Its not what you think. The cat’s finally out of the bag, so I can say it online. Wifey made the announcement. We’re 15 weeks in, and I’m gonna be a daddy. 😉 So, yeah, my practice time has been a bit reduced for the past few months.

Wifey wanted time to pass so that she was more certain that she wasn’t going to lose the baby due to any complications (she’s high-risk). She still wanted to let some of it out though, before she told friends and family.  Its our first.

So, anyway, here’s a link to the blog she started. I co-write it a little.

If you’re wondering about the title… she’s a librarian. 😉 She worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for about six years, and just this past week she resigned. She’s moving on to Columbia University to shush people there. I, of course, will continue to learn the bottom end, and soon, I’ll be smacking that side of a bouncing baby boy or girl and telling it to eat its vegetables (even though I stay away from them myself).

If I’m lucky, the tyke will take an interest in music and maybe even bass. Should that happen, I’ll grab it a U-Bass from Kala or something and see what trouble we can cause for mommy. 😉

Mick Hutchinson – Polyrhythmic Jazz Funk Bass Solo in A Minor

I came across this video yesterday when I was reading up on the Hungarian Minor Scale. The player, Mick Hutchinson, blew my mind. He’s apparently a guitarist/bassist who’s been playing since the 60’s. He taught licks to Jimi Hendrix. I know that its en vogue for us bassists to dismiss guitarists who pick up bass (!!), but in this case, I make an exception.

Mick Hutchinson – Polyrhythmic Jazz Funk Bass Solo in A Minor

Here are some other links about Mick:

Here’s a link with a notes about him, his playing (mostly guitar, and some bass), album reviews and other stuff. It appears that he originally played with Clark Hutchinson.

The Hungarian Minor Scale

I know, I know. I’ve been posting very sporadically as of late. What’s even worse is that last Monday (3/4) was the one-year anniversary of my starting this blog. I had such high hopes of posting about all of the things I’ve learned over the course of my first year studying bass and looking back at my fumbles. What’s even worse than all of THAT is my dismal practice routine since December… namely, there really hasn’t been one. I’ll confess my sins in a later post though. For now…

I had a little bit of free time this week and dug out Extreme Metal Bass by Alex Webster. I read through the intro again (its been a while) and then went on to the opening “Technique” chapter. The first thing he presents us with is the Natural Minor (Aeolian) Scale. I think that I have a handle on that, although I know it can be better, and I wanted to try something different, so I went on to the next item: the Hungarian Minor Scale.

I have to say… I love it! I love the sound. I can see why its also called the Gypsy scale.