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Shedding, OCD and poking my kid with a stick.

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Dadocaster, Jul 14, 2019.

  1. Dadocaster

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    I believe that between every loving son and dad is a subtext of competition. Measuring oneself against the older, or younger, not to defeat but just to have the effort and skills acknowledged. It could get out of hand I guess, but my son and I do compete.

    So, I am on bass now, and my kid has really stupid good technical chops on bass. His funk is crazy funky. But...the old man may have a grasp of more styles and grooves and still a bit ahead in terms of grasp of the harmonic stuff. The battle of drumming is long since over, he is way too good for me to catch up.

    Which leads to me being asked to play bass and my reaction to it.

    I am happy to do it, I enjoy playing bass. I am pretty good at it and since the gauntlet was thrown down I am now shedding like crazy to up my technique. So, loads of scales and arps and lines, picked for punk, fingers for more fun, and even working on my slapping along with my own hybrid technique that I am inventing.

    Which leads to me having a fairly mild form of OCD.

    I am just super enjoying doing this work.

    Which leads me to hoping to shock the kid with old man groove next time we play.
     
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    Yes
    When my oldest turned 15...
    I got him a used cr125...
    He was good...
    Broke it bad
    Found him a TM400
    He was fast...
    It was good...
    In practice he kept me honest...
    He broke it....

    There is a parable of sorts in this tale...
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    I know I'm old, but what is "shedding"? I thought it might be a typo in the title, but you said it again in your post.
     
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    'shedding, as it's probably more proper to spell, is an old term..... :D
     
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    Still in the dark...

    edit: I finally found it in the Urban Dictionary: "woodshedding" meaning practicing. OK.
     
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    Woodshedding. Going off somewhere you won't bother anyone and won't be bothered and working on your chops. If your kid was a horn player, you would hope she/he would go to the woodshed to practice. Or, shudder, a violinist. :D
     
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    It is an interesting part of having sons to be sure.
     
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    wood shedding is the same as practicing alone for endless hours
     
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    Sounds like your OCD is a healthy one. And shedding is still the way to get 'er done. Enjoy!
     
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    I cheat. The cats are here with me. They are OK with it and rarely criticize.
     
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    My OCD is MOSTLY helpful...mostly. Have yet to figure out how to get better without. :D
     
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    yup, I agree. my old man thought he was badass until I knocked his teeth out when I was 14
     
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    No competition between me and my three sons.

    We are all good at very different things.

    They only defer to me out of respect.
     
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    My cat scowls at me and leaves the room...everybody is a critic!
     
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    One of them appears to have something to say when I try to mix music but so far has not actually said anything.
     
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    That's a tough age for dads/sons. We did OK during that period, fingers are crossed as we go forward.
     
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    Luckily, my daughter couldn't care less about what I'm good at ....
     
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    It is ON. Been shedding and the fingers are flying. I'll show that kid... :D
     
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    Hmmmmm, at the came time, my kid is pretty tough to spook. Sent him a message: We have a gig sept 28 and he replies OK.
     
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    Our dog used to shed as well.
    She never got any good though.
     
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