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A Man Who Has Nothing In Particular To Recommend Him Discusses All Sorts of Subjects at Random as Though He Knew Everything

Sometimes, The Cultivated Person Needs To Hear The Bass Played Properly

Sinister bass playing. My brother is a sinister bass player, and lives far away. I miss him from time to time.

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  1. Hi Andy- How beez you?

    Hi Dr. Bob- I knew you played, but I didn't know you hurt yourself like that.

    I use a table saw and lots of other devilish devices every day, and it's a miracle I've never really hurt myself. I once was hired for a job in Denver, and there was a lot of money on the table, and few days before I was to go, I stuck a chisel into the fleshy part between my left thumb and index finger. It went all the way to the bone. I had to play with my hand all bandaged, and it hurt like hell, and I still have a mark there twenty years later. I thought I was very lucky to have warned myself like that and not had it be something much, much worse.

  2. I beez good, Sipp. Thanks for asking. Not quite the beez neez, though, as I am making a belaboured and deliberate job of recovering from knee surgery. Being consistently outrun by your one year old boy sharpens your skills at planning ahead. So there's that.

  3. I think so, but it worked out kind of strangely: I got taken out, but then the bounty came out of my own pocket and went to the guy cracking wise while he put a length of my hamstring tendon where my ACL used to be.

    That guy – calls himself an Orthoplegic Sturgeon or something – knows how to play several instruments as masterfully as you're like to ever see. One of the benefits of being awake and having your surgery up on a monitor, narrated to you in real time by the guy doing it.

  4. Yeah, I was following the advice of a shop instructor on how to do a blind dado cut. Needless to say, his advice didn't work out so good…

  5. Ha!! I forgot about that time when Byrne was channeling Daniel Day Lewis via "Last of the Mohicans".

  6. Bob- I have all my fingers because I have only one rule; under no circumstances put your hand between the blade and the fence. The idea of putting it over the blade never even occurred to me.

  7. Ironic — I am a sinister bassist, but I play right-handed (my siblings' Sears acoustic guitars were what was lying around when I started messing around as a teen, and I decided to stick with playing right-handed).

    The only time I had to "play hurt" was when I foolishly tried to barehand a line drive at softball practice. Split the nail bed (six stitches) and a hairline fracture later, I had to play three gigs in four days with a splint on the middle finger of my left hand. It was pop-punk in those days, so I managed. 🙂

  8. Hi Ken- My brother plays lefty, and can play a right-handed bass upside down fairly well, and I've seen him play a right-handed bass right-handed, and I don't like my brother very much for being able to do such things.

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