I chatted with a friend of mine today about how life has been for me while not being on the road. It seems strange, but I've adjusted to a lifestyle of always moving and touring. Naturally, it takes quite a bit of time to readjust to a "normal" way of living. In order to keep myself from going insane, I think I must create projects for myself while at home.
Well, to say "create projects" is a bit of a stretch because I feel that they always have existed. I simply haven't had the time to get around to them. For example, it's inevitable that all my three dogs are going to need baths when I get home. I don't make that up. Furthermore, it's inevitable that I will have to catch up on mail. This is by far the worst thing to come home to: a two-foot pile of mail, mostly junk. Other projects on this break have been remodeling my kitchen, writing new music, reading new books, and of course, making bass lesson videos.
I mentioned to my friend that I've been making bass lesson videos, and to my surprise, she asked why. I'm not sure why that would surprise her; she asked if it was "for fun?" This made me think of all the reasons why not only I but people in general think I'm making these videos.
First and foremost, I think it's to answer the questions I get from people on tour. From now on, if I get asked those questions (mainly bass stuff) again, I can refer him or her to my blog. I hope this doesn't sound annoyed. It's not. It's just simpler to say it once. Also, I think I can say it better and clearer this way. Well, at least, I'll try.
Second, I want to share any knowledge that I have about bass. I've been playing bass for 15 years, and, music in general, I've been playing my whole life. I used to give private lessons, and I think part of me misses that aspect of life.
Third, making these videos makes me become a better musician because I have to think about this stuff again. It's easy to forget if you are not applying it. I do apply a large portion of it with Mute Math, but not all of it. I doubt that I'll ever play slap bass with Mute Math for example.
Last, I'm working to a larger goal of writing a book, and blogs serve as a step by step process. I can get feedback from people viewing this, which I highly encourage and enjoy. Please do not be shy. This feedback helps me in my process, and makes for better use of this blog.
I plan to continue this process just as diligently once our fall tour starts, and I hope to bring you lessons and stories from all over the world.
Stay tuned . . .