Play that Bass

Music is food for the soul and therapy for whatever ails you, and lung disease is no exception. Listening to music and learning to play an instrument has been a rewarding and sanity-saving hobby for me. If you suffer from chronic health problems, you might want to consider a hobby for yourself. One that you enjoy and one that takes your mind off your troubles, at least temporarily.

Ive always had a fascination with sound, acoustics and melodic harmony. As a young child I would tinker on the piano trying to figure how chords were constructed. I played the trumpet in elementary school and then messed around with the bass a little in my teens and early twenties, but didn’t pick up a musical instrument again until I was 57 years old! In 2012 I had the good fortune of taking lessons from a world renowned bassist, but for the most part Ive taught myself how to play. Playing and learning new tunes is just as important to me as taking my nebulizer treatments. In fact, I consider playing music as part of my therapy and begin my practice sessions at 5am each morning. Playing an instrument like the bass can be quite challenging at times, because the medication I take causes painful muscle cramps in my hands, making it hard for me to bend my fingers. But, just like everything else in my life, I find ways to adapt or compensate.

I love all kinds of music styles, but being bass oriented I tend to lean towards jazz or anything with a good walking bass line. Below are videos of me playing various tunes. Again, this is just a hobby for me, so I’m totally allowed to screw up now and then.

A special thank you to Rick Shaw, Gordon Goodwin, Kris Berg Victor Lopez, Paul Clark, Alan Baylock, Doug Beach, Alfred, Kendor and Barnhouse publishing, and many many others for their musical talent and educational contributions.

Rick Shaw is the bassist for Johnny Mathis and Gordon Goodman’s Phat Band

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