The bass is not a popular instrument to take up. A lot of bass players I know began on the bass because they wanted to be in a band but all the guitar spots were taken. It is also not much fun to sit around and play bass all by yourself when you are getting started. Guitar can provide the instant gratification of learning a song and being able to play it all by yourself.
I love playing bass. I think it is so much fun to lay down a cool bass line that really makes a song groove. When you can lock in with the drummer in such a way that it makes everybody sit up and start to move, it is really exciting. I would play the bass at church more often, but it is very difficult for me to lead songs from the bass. I get tripped up in the syncapation. It also means I can’t do as much to establish the feel and groove of the song.
The world is full of really cool bass players. Les Claypool, Victor Wooten, Edgar Meyer, Marcus Miller to name a few. There are bass players who have gone on to create solid solo careers like Sting and Paul McCartney. Gospel artist, Fred Hammond, is an excellent bass player.
So why is it that they can be ellusive?
I hereby decree that any individual who so desires to learn to play the bass shall receive by me free lessons to get started on the bass in the event that they aggree to play when requested in our South City service.