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Just raising my head above the parapet!
Im Ben, a professional bassist and teacher based in the NW. I’ve kinda come late to the bass game as most of my playing career as a professional has been as a trombonist playing with different groups ranging from professional orchestras to gigs such as the BBC folk awards with the Unthanks, British Sea Power etc.
In preparation for older age when my chops aren’t likely to be as strong I thought I’d be sensible and play a real instrument! 😉
Turns out I’m getting quite a bit of work as a result!
mainly musical theatre shows but also some touring acts and a number of professional function bands I’m probably a bit of a jack of all trades!
If I can help anyone do hit me up and once CV19 has packed up then drop me a message if anyone fancies a coffee if you’re ever around!
Looking forward to getting to know you all and helping build this awesome community going on!
Welcome to the forum. I am also from the Manchester area. I am an enthusiastic amateur working towards Grade 7. Martin is building my bass right now.
I did Rock School from Grade 3-5. Then, I switched to Trinity Rock and Pop for Grade 6. I am sticking with them for Grade 7. Babooshka by Kate Bush is one of my pieces. As it is a fretless piece he lent me a couple of fretless basses and encouraged me to buy one of my own.
Prior to lockdown, I was playing in a big band, attending a weekly jazz band lesson and playing in church. I am hoping it will work well in all those settings. I am just hoping I will be able to master consistent intonation, especially while reading big band scores!
I have ordered a lined fretless Progress Series IV with a swamp ash body, walnut top, maple through neck, ebony fingerboard, pick ups in the forward position and standard electronics.
My impression is that Overwater basses are very popular for musical theatre.
Do you have one already?