The Story Of An Unlikely Dream
To Become A Musician
The Story Of An Unlikely Dream
To Become A Musician
Yesterday I was practising like a good girl then spotted my husbands "homework" and a smile grew on my face & a glint in my eye. Hubby was given the bass solo from Ben Harper's "Steel My Kisses" to learn this week and I couldn't help myself so I hijacked it and spent a solid 5 hours learning it - then it took another 1 hour to get confident enough to get a decent recording down!
I'm actually super proud of it, you've heard my bass playing and I'm still a real beginner so to really pull this off in one day was a real (rare) confidence booster for me. Once I decide I'm going to do something it's head down arse up and I don't stop till I get there no matter how many exhaustion barriers I have to push through. It's a blessing and a curse.
As a side note while I remember one area I'm having a lot of fun in at the moment is experimenting on acoustic guitar, using a combination of strumming, fingerpicking and note runs to just let my fingers run free. Funnily enough if you remember a while back that's exactly how I started on piano when the songs and my confidence started to come. Maybe just maybe it's the start of progress on guitar finally?? I really do believe that all this hard work both teachers are putting in with me on guitar is paying off.
I know I praise Zak & Tom a lot, you know I adore them but they do deserve it. I am an incredibly hard working, determined and passionate person but I don't - can't - learn normally, I don't think in straight lines and I do have serious confidence issues (yeah I know duh right!). Then there is the whole autistic thing to factor in, they've had to be really understanding because things that seem silly or even entirely unimportant to others are massive issues for me. These are two teachers who although young still have years of teaching experience behind them & they have both had to drastically change not just what they teach & how they teach but the whole dynamics of the lesson to accommodate me. We've had to build friendships and leave the "teacher hat" at the door for me to be able to pull out of my shell. They've had to let me often lead because I know how I think and how my odd brain is wired better then I've handed back the reins when we're where we need to be. It takes a very special teacher to let a student do that.
Zak stuck with me even when he gave up teaching as he's now a very successful business owner. His confidence in me is something I still don't understand as my playing sucks but it means literally the world to me. Tom has had to suffer through many difficult lessons and make a lot of personal adjustments for us to get where we are, he's had to put a lot of trust in my judgement when he's the expert. He's opened doors I didn't know existed and I'm just starting to see that excited passionate look in his eyes (that same one I feel) in our lessons now we're really working on my songs and it's so so wonderful to see him able to do what he loves most - I want these two to enjoy this as much as I do.
So you can see why these two are so important to me but you can also see why I'm now pushing on faster than ever. The support I've had on Instagram has been amazing, I genuinely expected none for a long long time. I still prefer small and personal and that's what I've got but I still feel I have to keep pushing forward and giving back (I know they probably don't really care but I do - see I told you I'm odd!). My blog is slowly picking up the odd new regular reader so welcome & thank you for becoming part of my wonderful and weird journey if you are new :) I don't really know where I'm going but I do know that it is going to be one hell of a fun adventure - and a difficult one! I will keep pushing, I will keep thinking outside the box and I will keep being playful. I will push technically and I will share it all with you - even my bruised tailbone (whether you want to know or not haha!). And I'll have to do a new doodle soon because it's been a while! Plus I still owe you that post on new cool artists - I will get it done soon I promise :)
So stick around and let's have some fun and even when I'm struggling with confidence or with my depression I promise to find the joy in all this because it's a real blessing to me. In the meantime I hope you enjoy this short solo (which doesn't feel short when you're playing it!!).
Couldn't resist George Baker...
I was out walking our fur baby (a choc Labrador) when Little Green Bag came on my music, this bass line is just too cool not to learn so I decided why not. Now I don't play bass - yet! In fact this is the second time I've picked it up at all, the first was just to mess about. So anyway I had so much fun yesterday that I had to record the start of it and share. My workload is starting to get a bit crazy but it's all cool because I love it and it gives me a brilliant excuse not to do any housework!!!!
Enjoy my crazy bass playing and watch out for more because this is just too much fun,
Learning Time Log
How long I've been learning as at at the end of Aug 2020.
What's This About?
One fateful day I decided to get guitar lessons. 5 years later I'm learning four instruments and trying to become a musician and songwriter. I've set a five year goal (Aug 2021) to create a very special song for my 25th wedding anniversary and this is a record of my crazy journey, weird thoughts, strange doodles and unapologetic music obsession! Enjoy!