The Road To Gig-Ready Jazz Musician
In order to finish my bass e-book, I needed to first figure out my next step: learning and creating practice guides for multiple instruments. A few days ago, I detailed my plan on my other site. The main takeaway was this –
My ultimate goal is to find the best, fastest, and most enjoyable ways to learn and practice musical instruments.
I’m slowly moving from “Gig-Ready Jazz Bassist” to “Gig-Ready Jazz Musician.” I love practicing, playing, and teaching bass, but I love being a multi-instrumentalist (something I moved away from years ago because it didn’t seem professionally viable) even more.
My first goal is to learn instruments that will make me a better combo coach (which is one of my favorite parts of my professional work). I also want to stick to instruments that are similar in function and/or mechanics to bass. My tentative order for learning other instruments is: drums, guitar, piano, trombone, and voice. If I’m successful with these instruments, I’ll try to learn dissimilar instruments (sax, trumpet, etc.) and less common ones (violin, cello, etc.)
Right now, I’m trying to create a structure for the bass e-book that can be adapted and slightly modified for other instruments. On this site, I’ll try to keep a balance of bass-specific material and stuff that’s applicable for any jazz musician. I’ll also try to chronicle my (mis)adventures in learning and practicing other instruments in my typically self-deprecating fashion.
I’m hoping 2017 will be an exciting and productive year. Stay tuned for more!