7+ months in Canada, no bass guitar, no gigs, no band, no jammings… no happiness.
I had apprehensions about getting a bass guitar. After all, I’m doomed to play by my lonesome. To see if it will spark some craving, I listened to Jaco Pastorius’ studio album and Tal Wilkenfeld’s Transformation. I love Tal’s album! Catchy tunes, and a healthy mix of modern and heavy jazz with smooth jazz. I was torturing myself. I want a bass, but I must be practical and resist the urge! I took it as a sign that while on the treadmill at the gym, the TV featured a story about music stores in Calgary. Chatting to old music buddies who were overseas but still make time for music sealed the deal.
Starting out with a Squire Vintage Modified 70s Jazz. I’m loving it! It plays really well and it reminds me of my old bass in the Philippines, but much much cheaper! I figured I don’t need an amp yet, and so far satisfied with headphones and the Pandora personal FX (bought some time ago in the Philippines). With some cheap music and guitar stand from Walmart, I now have a professional looking practice corner in my room. Tee hee!
It’s back to bass boot camp for me as its been a while since I last held the instrument.