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  • Writer's picturePhillip McNeill

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I've been very neglectful in my blog for almost a year.

Not that I've been lying idol, but I decided to make a big effort to develop my bass playing, particularly on the theory side, reading music, and improvisation.

In 2022 I decided to temporarily relocate to Byron Bay area, partly to undertake some work with an organisation that is developing an alternative economy on the back of a [relatively] new digital currency called The Peoples Reserve (TPR). Maybe more on that in another post.

Now it's early 2023, and I'm still working on my reading, which is taking longer than I expected. I'm increasing my knowledge of the various scales, not just the typical major and minor, but the arpeggios, pentatonics, modes, and the multiple ways to play them. All in all, patiently improving my improvisation and technique.

Why am I doing this?

Well, hopefully to enable opportunities to collaborate with other musical projects, and just to be more knowledgeable on the instrument. Such opportunities are not likely to come about in Melbourne, but during my visit to Byron Bay last year, I was so impressed with the music and performing arts scene there that I've decided to return on a more permanent basis.

I landed on Tuesday (7th Mar) and have already met an awesome muso and his partner, with long experience and local knowledge. I'll also be getting in touch with some of the many recording studios in the region with hope for some potential session recording, and I've joined Screen Works to network with players in the film and TV space, which is also strong in the region.

On top of that, there's plenty of live bands playing in venues every night to check out.

Wish me luck!!



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