I’m not putting out a new story, article, or other long form piece of writing this week due to an insanely busy schedule, but I’ve got a lot of ideas kicking around that should be appearing on the blog in the next several weeks. One subject that I’ve been meaning to write about for a while is just how satisfying playing in a bass section (or any orchestral instrument section, for that matter) can be.
Many sections of the series This Crazy Business deal with reasons why orchestral musicians may seek non-orchestral outlets for their creative urges, but I actually find that my most satisfying musical moments have occurred as a result of being a part of a bass section. Working together as a team to create great music, balancing and blending our individual sounds into a homogenous section sound, collectively deciding where to place notes, and hundreds of other subtle factors come into play in section work, making it an endlessly fascinating and highly satisfying way to create music. All of my most treasured musical memories occurred while playing in a bass section, and I continue to find the most musical satisfaction as a member of a solid bass section.