My hand hurts, cramped from flexing my wrist at an unnatural angle to master the F-major barre chord in Tequila Sunrise. A barre chord is when one finger frets, or lies across, all six guitar strings. My fretting thumb slides back awkwardly in an attempt to curl around the thick neck of my guitar. The string buzzes, screeches. I can easily barre the first two strings to hit an F at the higher octave, but my teacher Steve is a real cheerleader for the full barre.
F-major can F-itself, I think violently. I set down my instrument, glare up at the poster of Carlos Santana. He looks smug, a master of barre chords, no doubt. “Why do I need the stupid bass note again?” I ask through gritted teeth. “A bass note is a lower frequency, which means it lasts longer than higher frequency notes. So even when your ears no longer register it, your body does. That’s how bass creates a harmonic foundation. Without bass, you miss the melody. Without bass notes, you’ll never be in rhythm”. A week or so later, I am listening to Robcast, a podcast hosted by pastor Rob Bell when he starts talking about, of all things, bass notes. “We are craving bass notes right now. The treble is the squeakier, higher frequency note, and then there’s the bass note. And something about modern culture, and the way the Internet has worked on us… blips and squeaks are coming at us faster than ever… this TMZing of our world, it’s sped everything up so that everything is happening right here in this moment. It can easily disconnect you from things that are older than five minutes. Life can become all treble, no bass.” I crave a life of bass notes. But like everyone else these days, digital distraction has become my norm. I want to use my phone to elevate my life, but often fear it’s replacing it. Read on at https://www.theomplace.net/newsletter/its-all-about-that-bass/ #theOMplace #offline #digitaldetox #bassnotes