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Friday, July 24, 2009


Current mood: bored

I'm getting heavily frustrated with the lack of musicians. Everyone is in fuckin' Tulsa! Hope that place burns now....I'm finally getting a little better on bass and guitar but I'm a bassist at heart. I can play Metallica shit but I'm too impatient to learn anything that really challenges me. I'm hoping to learn Moonlapse Vertigo by Opeth or something but I hate playing through it at half speed and going so damn slow. I lose my enthusiasm and get pissed at myself. Even if I did find people it's not like I have loads of time. I'll have marching band soon and that takes up a lot of time and energy, and I have a girlfriend. She would support me going off to jam and all that but I don't want to ditch her just because she's ok with it. Now I'm just getting a ton of gear that I can't even play well. My Schecter is a nice bass and I might be getting a 5 or 6 string Ibanez soon. I'm converting an old bass to a fretless and I have my Acoustic B200 that I can't turn up past 3 because shit starts falling everywhere.
I'll just be glad to stop this summer job. Working 8 to 5 sucks when you get paid near minimum wage. and they're supposed to pay me today! What the hell, I haven't gotten a check yet. I kind of need that to buy a bass I bored here. Anyway, this is getting pointless and hardly passing the time.
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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Bass vs. Guitar

Current mood: sleepy

I've been juggling guitar and bass for about a year now I've been considering making bass my main instrument and playing guitar on the side. When my friend and I jam in my room I will almost always play bass even though I know the guitar part and my friend knows the bass part. Playing bass feels more natural to me than play guitar sometimes but I can make my own material much easier on guitar and it flows much easier. If I switched to bass I could still write guitar parts and I would have a better chance of getting in a band. I think I'm fast enough to play in a Metal band that plays at decent tempos now, all I need is an amp to stand up to a drummer. I think I could bring variety to the local music scene since I have more of a Death/Thrash playing style with Metalcore influences opposed to......a three song breakdown like many bands around here. My only problem is the lack of musicians. The only drummer is Ben and he's always busy, Curtis can't write apparently, I could do some shitty growls but I can't write lyrics well.....I'll just have to join any band possible until I relocate I guess.....Hopefully choosing bass over guitar won't mean getting mixed out of the sound, I refuse to be a Justice era Jason Newstead.

  Main problem there is the lack of bands playing something isn't the whole 'chugging a low B string, pinch random note, everything stops while one guitarist plays a generic Hardcore riff, bassist could leave and no one would notice' kind of thing. The closest thing we have to Metal is Submerged In Dirt and Cerement as far as I know....Remains of Yesterday has a Deathcore thing going but they're too influenced by Hardcore to be considered Metal even by me. I could have joined Cerement but Chase and Dakota destroy me in every technical aspect and I don't think I'd get along with the band well anyway. Maybe I can meet some more local musicians willing to jam or write and I can finally take my place on the stage.

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