THE LOW DOWN
BASSCHAT
THIS MONTH SILVIA BLUEJAY OF BASSCHAT
INTRODUCES THE FORUM'S REGULAR BASHES
T
he period from late spring to early autumn is the Basschat Bashes
season; we've had some great ones already this year, and more
will follow before its end. So
what is a Bass Bash? Does
it involve hitting a musical
instrument with a blunt object?
No, it doesn't!
Our regional Bashes are
member meetups organised by
Basschatters who are active in
our virtual community and also
socially involved in their real-
life neighbourhoods; they are
held in places such as schools
and churches which offer
several large rooms suitable for
different music-related activities.
Typically, there will be a foyer for
admission, refreshments, a bass-
themed raffle and a bit of a natter
to catch up with old friends; an
auditorium for attending talks,
masterclasses and presentations;
"AT A BASH , M EM BERS CAN FIN ALLY
SEE EACH OTHER IN PERSON AFTER
TALKING O N LIN E"
a large 'noisy room' for testing basses, amps and cabs in more spec
permutations than you can shake a (drum)stick at; a 'quiet room' for
checking acoustic set-ups; and often a separate area with a drumkit
(hopefully complete with drummer), a guitar or two, and as many
basses as you like, for a bit of jamming. Any admission charge money
left after expenses is given to charities or youth centres chosen by the
bash organisers and approved by the community.
At a Bash, members can finally see each other in person after talking
online, sometimes for years; gear is brought in for other bassists to
admire, try out and, in some cases, buy; tests and comparisons are
performed on instruments, effects and amplification; and Basschatters
with specialist knowledge hold informative talks and question-and-
answer sessions for attendees. The events also give participants the
opportunity to strengthen online friendships over a cuppa and that
long-yearned-for rig or weird-and-wonderful custom bass.
A good way to welcome and encourage new members to become
regulars is by showing them that there's more to this community than
arguing about roundwounds versus flatwounds, solid state versus
valves, or Fender versus any other make you can think of. You can
meet the guy you've been having an online spat with about whether
six- and seven-string basses are the devil's own tools or really cool
instruments, and see if indeed he looks and sounds exactly as you
imagined - or totally the opposite! Once you meet face to face, you're
actually likely to forget about all that and become friends over your
shared love of music.
Each Bash takes the name of the region it's held in - the South East
Bash in Addlestone, Herts Bash in Hatfield, Midlands Bash in Leicester,
South Wales Bash in Cardiff, and North East Bash in Gateshead.
However, Bashes are only regional in the sense that they are held every
year in the same venues in easy-to-reach areas all over the country -
Basschatters from anywhere can attend any bash if they are in the area
on the correct day. I routinely report from the Bashes I attend, with
photos - loads of photos! After all, no photos means it didn't happen,
right? - as well as video snippets and blow-by-blow diaries.
Google my name alongside 'bassbash' or 'basschat bash' and check
out my blog entries, or visit the Events section on Basschat and click on
the relevant threads. For some highly entertaining banter, and some
serious and not-so-serious descriptions of what 'really' goes on at these
events, search General Discussion for the thread titled 'What the Hell is
a Bass Bash Anyway?'. See you at the next one!
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