An Upgrade in Sound

After playing and practicing for almost two years with a small Fender amp, my hubby suggested it was time for me to look at an actual bass amplifier.

What a difference.

I can hear my bass now. The neighbors can hear me now, too!

Introducing my Ampeg BA-210 450 watt bass combo amplifier. I love it.

Bass Mistakes

Here’s some of my musical instrument mistakes.

This was an Ibanez bass I returned a couple years ago. It buzzed and didn’t play well. I had it set up, and it still buzzed. It was brand new and still junky. I sent it back.

I tried to buy an acoustic bass for practicing and because my teacher was offering in-person lessons to players of acoustic instruments. This weird-looking thing is a Traveler bass. It was horrible to play and it wasn’t an acoustic (although it was advertised as having a great acoustic sound). It got sent back.

This was a better made, actual acoustic bass guitar. A Guild Jumbo Junior. I didn’t like this one either, and I decided an acoustic bass was not for me. This one got returned, too.

I also tried a five string bass. This was a used Yamaha RBX775. It was described as being in excellent condition. When it arrived, it had what looked like moldy spots on the tuning pegs, and it was very dusty. It looked like it hadn’t been well cared for. It also had a loose selector switch on it. I didn’t like it enough to have it set up and repaired. It went back, too.

They’re not all winners.

Not Always Perfect

I was asked by my guitar teacher to pick a song and record myself playing bass and singing. She will then record herself playing guitar with me, and she’ll make a complete video to post on our musician’s Facebook page.

I picked one of my favorite songs – Arrows by the Foo Fighters. I chose to do the bass and singing separately. I can do them both together, but it takes a lot of patience and practice. On this one, for some reason I want to sing the sounds the bass is making! I’ll start out singing the words and end up mimicking what I’m playing. LOL.

I’ll spare you listening to my voice right now, but here’s one of my bass recordings. I stopped it early because I messed up.

Almost two years of bass lessons, I love playing. I regret not starting sooner in life. I guess better later than never is true here.

If my teacher’s finished video comes out okay and is shareable, I’ll share that when it’s ready.

Then you can decide if my additional vocal lessons are paying off or not!

Solitary Preoccupations

I’ve been trying to keep busy as my work life invades my home space, and I spend most days indoors in self-isolation. In my spare time, I’ve been binge watching the Slow Mo Guys on YouTube. If you haven’t seen them before, I highly recommend their videos. Their slow motion clips are short, usually awe-inspiring, educational and funny.

In addition to watching TV, I’ve been writing. I’m also learning Swedish using Duolingo because I have the time. When I’m not doing all that, I play my bass.


I’m taking vocal lessons now (as part of my bass lesson) since we were supposed to be recording a Christmas music CD on April 26th. That has since been postponed, of course. Still I’m practicing both bass and singing.

Even with all of this added learning, activity, and practicing, it’s hard not to get stressed out and fed up. I’m actually taking a vacation (ha ha ha) day tomorrow. I need a break from staring at the tiny 6″ x 10″ Chromebook screen I’m using to remote in to work. When we make it through this nightmare, I hope none of us ever takes the blessing and routine of a normal life for granted.