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Day 34 of100 hour challenge

Not sure if I should still call this my 100 hour challenge. Being set a challenge to do something for 1 hour every day for 100 days and then do naff all for 2 months! Over the last 2 months I have had some really good highs and some pretty shitty lows, so the bass guitar is going to help me cheer the f**k up and get on with it.

I’ve moved the bass and amp up into my bedroom. It has gathered a rather wonderful layer of dust/felt. This morning I have spent an hour aimlessly plucking away at it, not particularly trying to play anything, just enjoying the sound of it.

One thing I have done over the past 2 month is always listen to and appreciate the bass in all the music I have listened to.

Laters

Rachel xxx

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Day 31 to 33 of 100 hour challenge

Howdy

I’ve hit a wall – the wall is plastered with excuses for not actually playing the bass. I have however been listening to lots of music and listening in particular to the bass line. I usually find dub music fairly tedious after a while, but great for easy bass lines!

Tomorrow – maƱana!

Laters

Rachel xxx

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Day 23 to 30 of 100 hour challenge

Howdy

Well then- I have been SHAMED in front of many of my fellow Creative Agents from the West Midlands – I have neglected my duty to report on my 100 hour challenge – this is partly to do with the fact that I have neglected actually doing the 100 hour challenge for the last week. I have also been working like a b*****d and playing like one too, spending far too much time enjoying myself with lovely friends.

I have been at a great conference today with lots of likeminded people, and since my return from this conference – I have picked up the guitar for the first time in 6 days and played away to my hearts content – it didn’t sound particularly good to me, but I put my heart and soul into being dramatic when playing – my air bass guitar practice is paying off. I reckon the bottle of Magners I had after the conference has helped!

I plan to do at least 2 hours a day over the next 3 days to catch up now.

Laters

Rachel xxx

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Day 22 of 100 hour challenge

Howdy

I’m a tad late with this one. I have many many excuses for not ‘blogging’ yesterday, the main one being that Selly Park was again a hotspot for crime. Arson at mine on Friday (now confirmed as arson, rather than accidental!) and yesterday morning a drugs raid. Unbeknownst to me, my neughbours to my left have/had a cannabis farm in their house.

On opening the door at around 9am to my lovely friend Liz M and her gorgeous younger son, Felix, approx 20 police people armed with battering rams etc ran past and battered down the back gate and front door of said neighbour’s house. Neighbours tried to escape round the back….. all very exciting. I saw ‘some’ plants come out about 3 hours later when I left to go to a meeting in town (all the forensic police were in white body suits and the road was taped off!), some being about 5 massive ones, but they were still coming – the whole house must have been full of them.

So – no practice in the morning – oh and my boiler also bust, so had to wait around for the serviceman….. then after work I went to visit the most gorgeous Neil S in Shropshire. We went to a pub in ludlow to watch a band – I studied the bass player who was called Bill – he played a fretless bass, he quite good.

So Day 22 consisted of raids and bust boilers, work, train rides and me studying a player and his style, rather than playing – valid I reckon!

Laters

Rachel xxx

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Day 21 of 100 hour challenge

Howdy

I’m cooking! Having such fun with this now that I don’t feel dumber than dumb and I am starting to be able to make noises that sound OK.

Whenever I listen to music now, I’m hearing the bassline – previously, I would always listen and hear the melody (actually – more the harmonies). Last night I played air bass to a song called Last Days of Rome- an extremely dirty bassline- it made my wrist hurt! This was followed by air bass to Seal’s Human Being – f**king gorgeous tune and delightful bassline. I’ve been playing around with this bassline today – haven’t mastered it yet, but have got the gist of it. Have also found a website that has bass tabs for stacks of songs – it’s like a treasure trove of basslines.

Only did 30 minutes playing today as have been pottering and stalling too much today and have a friend coming round for tea, but I reckon I’ve done my time and some with listening to basslines and researching them on the tinterweb. I love making up my own rules!

Laters

Rachel xxx

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Day 20 of 100 hour challenge

Howdy

YAY YAY YAY! After day 19 and my total lack of commitment to this challenge, I was very very very pleased to pick up the bass and play along to a couple of albums, and compared to what I could do 20 days ago………….. rather chuffed indeed.

I’ve worked out that a lot ‘funky’ bass that sounds really tricky – is really just jumping up fifth and octaves, which is p**s easy on the bass. Reckon I may be better at playing the air bass after today too!

Can’t wait for tomorrow.

If anyone does read this AND can give me some ideas of songs with great bass lines – please comment – am raring to go and may even practice more!

Laters

Rachel xxx

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