My instrument of choice for many years has been the acoustic guitar. I’m not all that good at it but I’ve led youth group worship and played in a worship team years ago. In recent years, I pretty much gave it up due to the health issues I was having. But since I went through the pain program and have been on the road of recovery for 6 months. I picked it up again.
I had been working on “Via Dolorosa” for a last supper re-enactment at another local church and decided that I would do a practice run at my church one Sunday. Afterwards the worship leader asked why I wasn’t playing with them on Sunday, so I told her I would. After I considered it for a while I decided that they already had an acoustic guitar player but what they really needed was a bass.
I had never played one before but my son-in-law had one that he let me borrow and the next week I was playing my first songs with the praise team.
Since starting with them I have found that I love playing the bass. So far, I’m just playing the roots or inversions of the chords and kind of feeling my way around. I did have trouble with the music that the team uses is written in one key but played capo’d. Which is easy for the guitar and the electric piano. For me however, I would have to translate on the fly and that was a bit much for me.
So I found all of the songs that they do in the chordpro format and downloaded a piece of software called Songbook. I can use it on my laptop or Ipad and it allows me to quickly transpose the music when they want to change keys.
I play along on a lot of the songs with youtube versions of the songs and I pick out the bass parts if I to figure out what they do. At some point I hope to learn scales (which I never did on the acoustic) and work on being able to improvise a bit. Later on I’ll update you on how I’m progressing.