left handed bass

capitainequebec  asked:

Hi! How do you recommend practicing sight reading? I've got a piano exam coming up in a few months and apparently the sight reading portion is really tough at my level. Thank you!

Sight read for 15 minutes a day. Doesn’t matter what you play, just read something you’ve never read before.

Before you start, tell yourself out loud:

  • What key the piece is in.
  • What meter it’s in.
  • What clefs are used. (Don’t assume right hand is treble clef and left hand is bass!)
  • What the highest and lowest notes are.

Notice the tempo marking. Even if you can’t sight read at allegro or vivace, you’ll learn about the style and mood of the piece from the tempo marking.

Now pick a tempo and stick to it. If you can’t, turn the metronome on.

Always keep playing! Here’s how to do that:

  • Never, ever repeat a note. If it’s wrong, it’s wrong. Oh well. No need to make the NEXT note wrong too by re-playing the last one instead of continuing.
  • Never stop. Never take your fingers off the piano. If you can’t read what’s in front of you, make something up that’s in the same key and has a similar rhythm to what you see.
  • If your right hand gets lost, keep playing the left hand.

Sight reading can be a discouraging thing to practice at first. By its very nature we will never feel good at it: playing something for the first time can’t possibly feel as secure and musical as playing something we know.

BUT: it’s a skill like anything else. Some people are not magically “good at sight reading” while others are naturally bad at it… sight reading is a learnable skill. Remember that once upon a time you couldn’t read English either, but now you can blow through a four hundred word text post in a few seconds. Reading music works the same way.

A few last tips:

  • Pick music this easy and play it flawlessly the first time with gorgeous phrasing.
  • Pick music this hard and just play one or two measures.
  • Pick music whose tune you know so you can use your ear.
  • Pick music whose tune is unfamiliar so you’re forced to read the notes.
  • Sight read duets with friends.
  • If you recognize the I and V chords of all keys, you can understand the structure of an excerpt and read it more easily.
  • Aim to play actual music as you sight read. The kind with dynamics and emotions and occasional mistakes. This will impress the judges more than a cold technical reading of correct notes.

Good luck on your piano exam!! If it’s a few months away and you’re already thinking ahead about practicing, you’re going to be great. I’d love to hear how it goes!

you know yesung was my ub for like 5/6 years……. but like….. everytime he gets a solo, sm gives him the most boring ass coffee shop ballad or mopey bs….. i’m so bitter

“you only like thomas brodie sangster cause he’s attractive”

The strange, discordant melody summoned an ancient god whose visage made their eyes bleed uncontrollably! Also, he really worked that left-hand bass-line nicely.

oc time: spenser facts to celebrate my boy's bday

-he was born in LA but his family moved to oregon when he was very young bc they didn’t like it there and they had family in oregon
-he has a very high cold tolerance
-he also has a very high pain tolerance
-he has a black left handed bass. he wanted a more colorful one but bc he’s left handed his options were limited and he just settled with black
-he still shops at hot topic
-he is the youngest child in his family. the little brother. the baby. and he’s an adult now
-he wanted a pet snake but abigail wouldn’t let him get one. she didn’t want a snake in the house
-he is a Repressed Emo Teen
-the first time he ever dyed his hair he dyed it a reddish pink bc of gerard way

Ayano is good at playing the right handed guitar, Oka is good a playing the left handed bass, Kokona is good at playing the left handed guitar, Saki is good at playing the drums, Midori is good at playing the keyboard and Mina is good at playing the right handed bass. The six girls want to form a band someday.

Dave Grohl Shares Hilarious Story of Playing Piano With Taylor Swift, High as a Kite

During a recent appearance at Cannes Lions, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl shared a hilarious story involving him, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, and a healthy chunk of fresh pot.

The whole thing apparently took place at a party at Paul’s place, and Dave was high as a kite. He noted:

“So we were at a party and Paul was there - we’re hanging out and having fun, there’s a piano in the room, and Paul gets up and starts playing a song, and it’s amazing.

"By the way, just so you know, Paul McCartney is the baddest motherfucker in the world, he really is. You kind of forget that not only is he the coolest, but he’s also the best.

"He’s cool, man, he’s fun to hang out with! So he starts playing a song on the piano that’s in the house - in the living room - and it’s blowing everyone’s fucking mind, it’s so cool. It’s a new Paul song, weird.

"Then he finishes the song, and everybody looks at me like, ‘Come on, Dave! Play a song!’ I’m like, 'I don’t know how to play piano, I don’t know what to do, I can’t play fucking piano!’

"Then I look around and Paul McCartney’s left handed, so all of the guitars are left handed. 'Shit! God, I’m screwed, what do I do?!’ Also, I maybe smoked a little pot, so I was already challenged enough. I was like, 'Oh my god, what do I do right now?!’ All of a sudden Taylor Swift stands up and says, 'I’ll play a song!’ I was like, 'Thank god, Taylor Swift is here!’ So she gets on the piano and I think, 'Okay, I’ll jam with her.’

"So I pick up one of Paul’s left-handed basses off the wall; I’m super high, she starts playing, and I’m just trying to figure out how to play along to what she’s doing. It was kind of like one of those nightmares where you’re running backwards, or you’re always late for whatever you’ve got to go to.

"She was playing this really beautiful thing on piano, and I look at my wife like, 'I know this fucking song!’ And she was playing our song, 'Best of You’…

"As if I wasn’t high enough, that fucking blew me into outer space, man! I was like, 'Wait a second, Taylor Swift, 'Best of You,’ Paul McCartney, pot, what?!’ I just lost my mind, so I felt obligated to sit next to her and duet. But her voice, she’s got a good voice, she can sing, man.”

All of a sudden Taylor Swift stands up and says, ‘I’ll play a song!’ I was like, 'Thank god, Taylor Swift is here!’ So she gets on the piano and I think, 'Okay, I’ll jam with her.’

“So I pick up one of Paul’s left-handed basses off the wall; I’m super high, she starts playing, and I’m just trying to figure out how to play along to what she’s doing. It was kind of like one of those nightmares where you’re running backwards, or you’re always late for whatever you’ve got to go to.

"She was playing this really beautiful thing on piano, and I look at my wife like, 'I know this fucking song!’ And she was playing our song, 'Best of You’…

"As if I wasn’t high enough, that fucking blew me into outer space, man! I was like, 'Wait a second, Taylor Swift, 'Best of You,’ Paul McCartney, pot, what?!’ I just lost my mind, so I felt obligated to sit next to her and duet. But her voice, she’s got a good voice, she can sing, man.”

—  Dave Grohl on playing with Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney at a party
Johnson Bass refinish

In a previous post I mentioned my Johnson bass. It’s a cheap, made in China, pretty plain instrument. It actually plays and sounds quite nice, but it’s nothing to look at (that headstock, I may have mentioned before, is a serious minger). So I knew someday I’d get round to a makeover.



a dark sunburst; plain white scratchplate.


uuuuuhgggh



And again, “Johnson EMG” pickups. Pretty standard passive fare.


Now, although I had decided this makeover was going to be cosmetic only, I am going to replace the bridge with something slightly more heavy gauge (this stock one is fairly lightweight), and I fancy brass saddles. Jeepers look at the dust on that, I have no shame.




So off we go to the garage boutique luthier’s workshop


goodbye headstock, I shall not miss thee



At this stage I took the opportunity to measure the resistance of the pickups: 11.67k ohms, sounds good to me (standard Fender P-bass comes in at 10.5k, I am reliably told).

Now, I am going to go for a *light* relic appearance here. LIGHT relic, I am not going to trash this thing. 


The scratchplate was rubbed all over with superfine wire wool, soaked in warm bleach solution for several hours, to soften the plastic. Then I soaked it overnight in a strong coffee solution.


When I pulled it out I was afraid I had went overboard…


…but it wiped off no problem, leaving behind an off-white shade that I thought was perfect.

After that it got a tiny rub of brown boot polish around the edges.


Headstock time! Now, there is not enough wood there to get a Fender shape (a tele shape maybe, not a P-bass though). I’ll have to compromise:

We have to be careful, we don’t want to lose any wood in front of the tuners.

feels good man


new bridge: Wilkinson with brass saddles. altogether too shiny though; so it gets splashed with a water/vinegar solution and left for a day.



There is a historical precedent of not only automotive paints being used for guitar finishes (Leo Fender being thrifty), but also of ugly sunburst bodies getting covered over with nicer colours (just do an image search for “relic over sunburst” to see what I mean). I am gladly sticking with these traditions:


A couple of tips for using rattlecans - (apart from, you know, reading & following the directions on the side…)  Before use, before shaking actually - leave the can in a bucket/basin of warm (WARM, not scalding) water for 10mins. This gets the propellant up to optimum pressure. Also, when you have sprayed your guitar and have reached full coverage, do not be tempted to keep on spraying to get a thicker coat or to get your money’s worth from that can. That road only leads to ruin. Cans often get spluttery right at the end, and thicker coats run. Leave it!


I’ll spare you the sanding / priming / spraying stages, let’s get to the good stuff.


Taking shape: I’ve given it the slightest wear at the arm contour, and various little dings/scratches all over. Like I say, *light* relic is the way to go.

Here’s that new headstock

tuners fully covered. Just.

I’m liking it.

Look at that grime.

Ok, it’s fake grime. Sue me.

The knobs get rubbed with steel wool on top to remove the shine, the bridge gets a few marks too. Here are those vinegar-tarnished saddles:

Let’s string her up


I’ll leave you with a bunch of pictures of the finished article. I think it came out pretty well. A lot of people are down on relics (”uuugh so fake, I prefer to play mine 12hrs a day for 30 years to get the same effect, thanks”). I think as long as you don’t go crazy, it can put a little character into a plain looking instrument.

Ebay is full of “relics” which are simply guitars ruined with a sander…  don’t get me wrong, there are some awesome home relic jobs out there too with every spring and screw chemically aged and insane attention to detail, but they are a minority; and even the most well done relics aren’t to everyone’s taste. I get that.

And finally, don’t do it on a valuable instrument folks, m’kay?