My Yamaha RBX-170EW (exotic wood) 4-string electric bass is a joy to look at and to play. $109, used at Guitar Center. Pro setup with GHS Boomer Roundwounds.
It helps to play a beautiful instrument; you’ll play more if it sounds as good as well.
Straight smooth maple neck, mango wood top veneer, dual pickups so It’s very versatile.
I run it through my lightweight battery/AC Roland Microcube Rx bass amp, which can emulate the sound of just about anything I choose. The variety boosts a practice session.
Dial it super clean and hear how really bad my fingering is, or funk it up with high gain, reverb, flanging, delay, t-wah, and any drum background rhythm I choose…and sound like a bass god? In my own room/mind.
Which do you think I choose most practice sessions?
After about a year of book larnin’ with Hal Leonard’s Bass Fast Track TAB textbook, and daily practice/noodling, I stumbled on that divine minor scale finger box pattern-and some blues patterns.
Heaven. This IS what I signed up for.
Not so much joy on stretching my arthritic old phalanges to fit the procrustean bed of that darn major scale.
Still in all, I’m encouraged. Helps to sport a pretty ax and a high tech, portable amp, my bass brethren and sisteren.
Yea, I am obsessed. Is it further wrecking my marriage? God only knows, sang the Beach Boys.
But I can only play the blues in a minor key. So far.
Maybe I’ll be happier when I learn the major scale. It won’t be long. I’m encouraged.
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