The first jame in my new set-up happend, finally!
My Bass playing friend and I got together again last night. We had a few weeks of cancellations due to various reasons from both of us. Even last night had to be weaved into schedules at the last minute. Tough time of year.
He went through my little bass amp and I went through the 11R. Our first song was Head Eastâ€™s, â€œNever Been Any Reasonâ€. Itâ€™s a 70â€™s gem of a one hit wonder. The guitar part is driven tone, but not overly loud. Itâ€™s a key board song, if anything. Fun little song.
About three lines into it he stops and says, â€œYou got yourself some tone!â€, and then asks me what I installed on my guitar. He thought I had installed some onboard boost or something. Nope. Just me running a Marshall amp model through my new orange bundle of joy. The Eleven Rack comes through again.
We went on to do a few more new to us songs that Iâ€™m far less ready for than I thought I was. I butchered â€œGallowâ€™s Poleâ€, â€œThe Oceanâ€ and â€œGood Times, Bad Timesâ€ by Led Zep. We then went on to Grand Funkâ€™s, â€œIâ€™m Your Captainâ€, which I did much better.
I think I was suffering from some sort of performance anxiety thing. Kind of like when I hit the record button and I forget how to play. Of the lot, "I'm Your Captain" and "Gallows Pole" were my best efforts. I even did the fast chord changes dead on spot.
We ended doing a few of our stand bys. â€œRocking in the Free Worldâ€, â€œBreatheâ€ and â€œTimeâ€ before showing him a song I've been working on a bit, â€œRefugeeâ€, and we did that as the final song.
In the end, using these monitors and running a multi-effects unit let me play some really jumped up tones, and did so just fine with someone else in the room on a bass amp. It was rocking, but I was able to handle it ear-wise (and with a little help from an ear plug.) It had the same effect as running an attenuator on a real amp. All the tone without all the volume. I think I've got only a thing or two to test out in a "live" setting, but the new home project/practice studio setup is working as well as I had hoped.