Music Lessons

I don’t know it’s because of my attendance at the most recent Chicago King Crimson Shows or if it’s because I have more time on my hands or both but I recently picked up my old bass guitar. It’s been about 20 years…

Long ago, before I took a job that moved me across the country to the Pacific Northwest I had a musical life. My last adventure back then was playing bass in a casual rock band that played Led Zeppelin, James Gang, and some other stuff. We also jammed a lot. I wasn’t really that good (unlike the rest of the band, who were really great) but we had fun. I didn’t really take it too seriously and I definitely wasn’t going to set any records for practicing.


When I came to Seattle in 1994 I had the naïve idea that I would continue playing bass so I bought a bass my second week in town. Well, the job demands (and actually my interest in doing job-related work) crowded out any idea of spending time on music. So my bass and amp sat in the closet for the rest of the time I spent there. I never did get rid of the bass so it came with me when we moved back to Chicagoland.

With more time on my hands and a renewed interest in music I decided to take a look at my bass after all these years. At the beginning of October I started taking lessons to see where I could go with it.

So far, I’m really liking it. For now, the only playing I’m doing is in my room and at my lessons but I’m really enjoying it so far. And for now, it’s pretty much limited to practicing. But just making sounds with a musical instrument is a new source of joy for me. And, unlike all those years ago, I’m practicing every day.

We’ll see where this goes but so far I’m really happy being a newbie bass player.


About Ron Pihlgren

Former member of the Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services team Former member of the Microsoft Visual C++ team Former manufacturing engineer at Advance Transformer Former programmer at Dell Electronics Labs Ltd. Former systems analyst on the Encyclopaedia Britannica editing and typesetting team Former electronic technician at Data Specialties (Later Zebra Technologies) Former technician at Wico Corp. Former material handler at Acco International And some other stuff before that... View all posts by Ron Pihlgren

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