Practice: 11/10/15 – E & A strings
So, I started late again tonight, but I did all of the exercises from the HLBM that I’ve been doing for the past few days, stopping at “More Notes on the A String” again. When I resumed I worked on some finger exercises and incorporated triplets using 3 fingers, because I like the way that sounds – its fun to get little “gypsy” sounding patterns doing that and using approach notes. Then, it occurred to me that I could record some of these to share as warm-up exercises, something I discussed briefly with Shelby from Grrl + Guitar recently. So, I set up a Soundcloud account and downloaded the app on my phone. I also plugged in my bass and tested it for a few mins. I can’t remember the last time I plugged it in. This is definitely the first that I’ve done so this year though.
I noticed that being plugged in, I use less force to attack the strings than I do when unplugged. I remember someone – maybe Victor Wooten or Jeff Berlin – said something about plugging in and using the volume to make yourself play louder, so you can maintain a light touch and increase your speed when playing. I think that might be what I do. I couldn’t raise the volume much, because its 1:30 AM and I don’t want to wake the baby, but being plugged in does let me use less force and helps me to move more easily.
It also amplifies the sounds I don’t want to hear, so I’ll have to look at muting techniques, which I didn’t have to use as much when unplugged.
Ok, so maybe sometime in the next week or so, after I’ve decided whether what I hear is passable, I’ll include some short sound clips of exercises. Then, in 20 years, my daughter and her friends can get drunk and laugh at my attempts to learn to play this thing.
Also, if any of you have Soundcloud accounts, let me know here or on the Facebook page. I’d love to hear what everyone else is doing.