Post Number: 337
|Posted on Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 6:09 pm: |
I wanted to say 'Hi' and update as to the haps in the life. Before going any further, it's all good, so fear not as to any bad tidings, though you might make yourself comfortable, as I've got 'just a bit' of catching up to do!
Thanks to everyone that's written, or called to 'check up on me'! I could make all kinds of excuses, but ultimately it's mostly been a matter of not being able to play, due to my fretting hand tendon injury, and thus not 'wanting' the 'reminder' of playing music. Pretty tough on an emotional level when I found myself unable to 'play on demand'. On a positive 'note' ;) over the last 20 months or so since my initial injury, I've almost completely recovered now. And, had I not reinjured myself a few weeks ago, I'd say I'd probably be close to 100%. Currently I'm running maybe about 95%, as if I could actually assign these numbers as having any real meaning. ;D Bottomline, as in my opening, it's all good.
The negative though is having lost a lot of my material. I've still got the fundamentals (chords-progression-melody-etc), but as I'm such an improv player and it's all about 'feel', the tunes just don't have the same 'meaning' anymore as I've changed and my interpetation is different now. Some have made the 'test of time', some haven't. The biggest bummer is injuring myself a month before recording and really having lost that particular 'musical' time in my life. C'est la vie.
So, what have I been doing in the interim? Thought you'd never ask! :D
My pedal board has grown some.
I've added another looper, a stand alone drum machine and more multi-effects. Needless to say, there was/is a learning curve associated with it. Dimensionally it's four feet by two feet and maybe about 9 inches deep (the 'upper tier is hinged and lifts up to expose the wiring for multi-configurations based on a 'little gig or a big gig'). Little gig is a 100 watt Roland Cube and pedal board, bigger is my Epifani single 12 combo and pedal board, bigger is adding an extension cab (either an EV ZX1-90 8" compact full range PA cab or an EV SB122 sub) and the 'real deal' is the Yamaha 5016 mixer with a pair of the EV ZX1's and SB122's. Needless to say when I'm doing the 'full monty' I'm running the synth, effects, drums and loopers through their own channels/aux channels to tweak tone to my little hearts content. Have to admit though, sometimes it's a bit much to keep on top of live, but when it's setup right, hold on, as the sound is simply quite awesome.
I'm starting to go into a 'latin/nuevo flamenco' style here of late, (when I've been able to play without hurting myself). Tierra Negra is my latest inspired listening choice. For those of you who may have wondered, 'acoustic type nylon string guitar music' translates very well to the six string bass. Matter of fact it's pretty awesome if I do say so. Try it, you might like it. ;)
My first gig since last August is the end of July timeframe. It's a test to see how I hold up doing two hours. It that goes well (physically) I'll start booking again. Actually I'm working on one now that's just too good to pass up. I'd get to 'play at volume' with an in-house sound guy taking care of all the tweaking. That would make my life a lot easier, not to mention be a blast! I did an open mike there a while back (I was the only one who showed) and played an hour before calling it a night. From playing as a 'celestial tinkling' soloist to a 'fire breathing rocker' was great fun. Something to be said for having serious PA power with subs.
This last year or so during my 'recuperation', I've picked up on a new hobby.
Anyone shoot 22 rimfire? I bought a used Anschutz Match 54 1411 made in 1965 for a very reasonable price this last summer. Added a period correct scope, (a JW Fecker from the 30's-40's era) and restocked it with a custom exhibition grade maple benchrest stock, (not so period correct but it works for me). I started practicing up and started shooting 22 benchrest competition this season. I'm a member of the Rimfire Benchrest Association and am listed with the United States Rimfirefire Association IR50/50 matches. I've been shooting sanctioned matches and to date have competed in 4 and this weekend coming up I'll be shooting in the Northwest regionals. To date I've managed to 'claw my way up' to 'next to last' in the local standings. :D The guys I'm shooting against are pretty darn good. I practice 4-5 times a week and by the time the season is finished, I'll have fired in the neighborhood of 12,000 rounds of ammunition. Good clean fun and best of all, it keeps me occupied and off the street.
And I guess that's going to be it for now as I've totally lost track of time and now note supper's going to be a little late. ;)
Til next time.
Kimberly Lynn - Solo Bassist
PS. The youtube link reminds me, sometime last month I passed 100 thousand views on my account there. There's no doubt, more people have seen/heard me play on the net, than all my years of being an 'ole road dog'. Modern technology, just gotta love it!
Post Number: 9322
|Posted on Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 6:29 pm: |
100 thousand views! Very cool!
Love the pedal board!
Post Number: 1397
|Posted on Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 7:04 pm: |
Kimberly, glad you're 'back on the horse'. Over my time, I've taken spells away from the instrument for extended periods. I came back naturally pretty rusty, but with a different outlook on things and heard things differently, so I always counted these sabbaticals as good things, though mine were more or less voluntary and not injury related.
My hat's off to you, I cannot imagine anything more boring to the general public than my playing solo bass !
I love 22's. No more accurate out of the box round in the world, plus it's cheap and will not wear out your ears or shoulders. Even match-grade Eley or Norma competition rounds are cheaper than most centerfire cartridges. Benchrest is a very demanding sport, almost Zen-like in its discipline. Gorgeous rifle, hard to go wrong with Anschutz or Hammerli. I've always hoped to run across a 'deal' on slightly used Model 64 Anschutz field rifle some day . . . .
Best of Luck,
J o e y
Post Number: 1137
|Posted on Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 7:06 pm: |
Hi Kimberly! Wow, two RC-50's! Nice to see you back around these parts. Stay healthy! Best, Art
Post Number: 9325
|Posted on Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 7:30 pm: |
Joey; I've noticed that for me even a layoff of four or five days can give a different perspective;
and accumulate rust.
Post Number: 1055
|Posted on Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 8:10 pm: |
Nice to see ya here Kimberly.
I was wondering how you've been.
Post Number: 969
|Posted on Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 8:55 pm: |
I am glad to see that you are thriving well .
It is good to see that you have recovered from your misfortune of an injury, however it is plain to see that you have come back stronger then ever,
I checked out your link and ,________ like Jaco would have said
_______ it's in your hands !
It is very enjoyable to listen to you and watch your delivery ___ Music !
Sonic Regards ______
Post Number: 1205
|Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010 - 1:09 am: |
I didn't know aboutyou injury but it is good to hear that you are on the mend.
I see we share a common pedal unit..the Boss ME50B and that is an impressive set up.
Sort of Frippertronics for bass!!
Anyway keep getting better.
Pity about losing the material, in retrospect you could have midi'ed it if you had the appropiate pick up and module straight into a PC and used to Cakewalk or Cubase to score it.
I am sure it will all come back once you get playing regulary.
Post Number: 712
|Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010 - 5:06 am: |
Hi Kimberly - we've missed your smiley faces! Glad your recovery is coming along.
Post Number: 2488
|Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010 - 5:18 am: |
Good to have you back!
Post Number: 4429
|Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010 - 6:51 am: |
Hey Kimberly, good to hear from you. Is that a Roland GR20 I see?
Post Number: 1618
|Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010 - 9:28 am: |
Good to see you back around. I look forward to hearing some of your new or reinterpreted stuff.
Nice looking wood in that stock by the way.
Post Number: 473
|Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010 - 5:04 pm: |
Great to see you have recovered! It would be a shame to have to shelf such talent.
Post Number: 339
|Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 8:00 pm: |
Just 'checking in'. ;)
Thanks for your responses! Very cool to see the 'good ole fashioned' Alembic board 'hospitality' still survives. It was rough going there for awhile (I was lurkin' around), but it appears all is becoming well again. Good stuff.
Good to hear from you! Yeah the pedal board is pretty cool, though a bit heavy at about 45-50lbs, but... that's why I've got a cart/dolly and the occasional admiring 'fan' helping move me move gear. ;D
J o e y ;)
Yeah, a break every now and then does seem to help the creative process and gives one a whole different perspective and interpetation. Change *can* be your friend.
If you can find a used Annie 64 MPR, I hear the value for the dollar is very good and well worth the cost of admission.
"Wow, two RC-50's!" Crazy huh? ;)
Good to be back, thanks!
Good to see you! I've wondered about you also. :D Might have to try another Bass Rumble again. Hmmmm.... ;)
Nice to meet you!
You're a great contributor to the board and sounds like you really have a lot of experience and background in the industry. Very cool.
PS. Glad you liked my music!
Good to see you. I think the ME-50 is a real good solution/value for the dollar. Lot's of flexibility with the multi-effect combinations available. Course I use less than 1% of it's features as I've got waaaay too many knobs and pedals! :D
Here, this is for you! --> <--
(Hope that worked) ;D
Great to be back! I'm pretty busy for awhile, so I might not be here with as much regularity as before, but I'll for sure at least be lurking 'round.
Yeah, that's a GR-20. I don't use it very much lately, but I'll probably start using it more in the near future. Still have yours?
Good to be here, thanks.
I'll be working new and older material starting in a couple/three months when the match season winds down. Gonna be interesting to see how things go.
I got the blank for the stock from oldtreegunblanks.com in Utah. When I saw the original wood blank I literally bought it in the time it took to call him up. Great guy, great service. Here's a link to the page where I found it.
From there it went to Pennsylvania for rough cut and then to Don Stith in Virginia for forming. Bedded by Russ Haydon in Gig Harbor, WA and sanded and finished by me. It's awesome looking and shooting! Thank you!
Appreciate your kind thoughts, thank you!
Whew...where does the time go?
And with that, I bid you all a good night!
Apologies for any ramblin' and/or typos. ;)
Post Number: 1418
|Posted on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 3:21 pm: |
Welcome back, Kimberly!
It's great to see you back in the forum.
All the best,