Not all Barnes & Nobles are created equal.  Not long ago, I complained about the one in…New Brunswick? It was definitely in the Brunswick area somewhere, but it’s my dad’s neighborhood, not mine, so I’m not sure precisely which town.  I whined about how they looked at me like idiots when I asked for the music section, and then when I got there, they had almost no books on music.

Today, due to needing to put miles on my car to reset the computer after a repair (an issue unrelated to music, but sufficed to say I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to perform black magic to get a car that drives totally perfectly to pass state inspection…what that does have to do with music is that I took a road trip and decided ‘well, maybe I can get a book on bass stuff, with exercises and things.’)  I haven’t delved too deeply into the theory book yet, but I really wanted some bass specific exercises.

No dice in the Monmouth Mall.  The music section was better than the one at the previous B&N, but there was not a single bass-specific book. There were over a dozen on guitar, though, and piano, and at least 5 on ukulele. (Really? Uke, but no bass? And yes, I bought an uke book.)

On the way home, I decided to check out my local B&N (Holmdel), just to see how bad it was. Almost as soon as I walked in there was someone there to ask, and she walked me right over – no dumbfounded looks, no sense of confusion. She stopped to show me the shelf tabs and how the music section was divided up, and added that if I couldn’t find what I was looking for, to ask for it at customer service, that they can normally get them in store within 48 hours. Pretty sweet customer service, really, and certainly awesome by comparison


You probably can’t see that in the picture, but that is three whole shelves dedicated to music things! In a teeny town! How my local has the best music book selection, I don’t know, but I am not complaining.  Okay, still a minority of actual learning books, but two shelves which is better, and in that collection there were two bass books. (Really? What the heck did bassists do to the music industry that they’re so massively underrepresented?)  Still, I had options. I picked up the Bass for Dummies book, because the other (I forget the name of it), while it looked really impressive, was also pretty heavy duty.  I may go back for it later though.  There was a whole huge section on equipment, which is a bit more than I need to know right now, but is probably going to be a really good read full of little details some time later.

The collection grows…

The uke book is about 75% history, but there are some really good write ups of different song patterns, and some crappy, predictable old ‘lesson’ tunes like ‘Oh my darling, Clementine’ and ‘Greensleeves’ in the back. Not exactly songs I’ll be able to get worked up over, but songs, written out, in music notation. And, it’s a small book, so can easily be toted around with me.  I think a portable handbook to go with a portable instrument is appropriate.

The Bass book, well, we’ve discussed that volume in previous posts, so I won’t go into it again here. It looks like it has exercises throughout though, which is what I was looking for.

And in totally unrelated news, I AM GOING TO SEE VAMPS ON FRIDAY!!!

and as I post this, I see that Like a Storm is also going to be at that show, who I also love since seeing them open for Alter Bridge.

Excuse me a moment while I fangasm.  Getting to hear Hyde’s incredible voice live is basically a dream of mine, and I am SO MUCH bigger a fan of the Vamps stuff than the L’Arc~en~Ciel stuff (though I do like both, the harder stuff is more fun). so that I just happened to come across this show today, the day I picked up my car for the umpteenth time, with the green light that it’s PROBABLY going to pass this time…is like the universe’s way of saying ‘you put up with a lot of shit this month, here’s a reward’.  And now, I see LAS is opening?! How did I get this lucky? To randomly decide to check the cost of the tickets, even though I normally will not go into NYC for concerts (since I don’t have concert buddies, and I’m not familiar enough with the city to be entirely comfortable going there alone).

Guys, can you all keep your fingers crossed I don’t get trapped behind someone ten feet tall this time, so I can see? I’m only 5’4.

I hope to be able to talk about the concert after I go, but the tickets say no pictures, (boo. I don’t want to take video or anything, just a few memento snapshots!) so it will likely be a boring wall of text post. We’ll see what happens.

Until Next Time, bouncing with a very un-rocker degree of hyperactive glee.