Tonight I’m starting bass guitar lessons again, with a new teacher. The last one, a good musician but only a fair instructor, was frequently late, occasionally a no-show, and almost always smelled bad. Here’s hoping tonight’s is better.
My goals, having fumbled around with my chosen instrument for a few years now, are somewhat different than they were then. My main objectives are:
- Improve my right-hand technique
- Learn some useful exercises
- Begin to understand theory in a less theoretical fashion – mainly by learning about the construction of the songs I want to play
As for songs, the ones I’d like to learn – my ineptitude notwithstanding – are almost uniformly old (like me!) but covering a range of styles. Some bluesy rock (Cream, Led Zeppelin), some post-punky pop (Joe Jackson, The Police, The Talking Heads), some old-school hard rock (Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath).
Maybe, someday, I’ll feel confident enough to add prog rock (Yes, Rush), early metal (Iron Maiden) or jazz (Marcus Miller). Maybe, but I’m not counting on it.
Of course, my new instructor may have other plans, and if they seem reasonable I’ll follow them instead.