Need honest opinions
Hello. First let me be honest and say that I am NOT a bassist. In fact, despite coming from a very musical family, I have absolutely zero musical ability or talent. I'm serious. I've tried several times to learn various instruments, but there is a painful disconnect between my ears and my hands. Fortunately, I'm pretty good at other things; but here is my dilemma.
My older brother is a bassist. He has been playing for as long as I can remember, starting from when I was about 6 years old. Long ago he basically gave up his dream of a musical career (playing and teaching) and is now a computer programmer by day and social bassist by night (he plays in a local band).
I always kind of thought it was silly to pursue that dream b/c, hey there are LOTS of people who play the bass, and why not get a "real job". Well, I went to medical school thinking I was pretty special. Once, while I was in school, my brother and I went to a guitar store and he picked up a bass, plugged it in and started playing. To me it sounded like the same familiar stuff he'd always played around our house when we were kids. Then I realized a crowd was gathering around him. The manager leaned over to me and asked, "Who is that guy?" I said, "Well, that's my brother Steve from New Jersey. Why? Is what he's playing good?" He looked at me with astonishment and said, "Dude are you kidding me? That's f@#ing IMPOSSIBLE."
It was then I realized that maybe his dream was not so silly. In fact, I would now argue that what he can do is far more special than what I can do (hell, I couldn't even learn the basic musical notes). There are lots of doctors out there, but I would argue that there are only a handful of people in the world who can play the way he can.
This is where I need help. I need HONEST assessments of his playing from you all, as my opinion is clearly biased. I have read the terms of your site and respect and agree to them. I am not trolling and am not trying to drive a million clicks on any particular video. I'm just trying to see if my suspicion is correct and if so, then I'll convince my brother perhaps to rekindle his musical dream. It would be a shame if he lets is die.
I started a youtube page last week and took a few videos of him playing and teaching bass. Notice none of them have a lot of hits (again, I'm not trolling for zillions of clicks here). Just search my username "bassist brother" and some of his videos should show up. Thanks for your help. Please be honest without being nasty. If he's not that good, then just a quick, "hey every bassist with 4 strings can play that" will suffice. I have a whole new appreciation of the "musical dream" and am honestly ashamed of how I looked down at it in my uninformed past. Thanks a lot. Sorry this is so long.
according to me, He´s very good! doesnt he play in a band? just fools around at home?
Im not a fan of his superfast slap playing (or anyones actually), but his tapping and chordplaying is nice as hell!
Thanks for the reply. Yes, he does play in a band, but is considering giving it up. He also no longer teaches, but I think he should continue to do both. I think he's fed up with the music industry as a whole. Seems to be a somewhat common theme. Thanks again.
Talent does not equal success. A very wise man once said "The greatest guitarist in the world is sitting in his moms basement playing for himself and his mother." - unknown author
Making it in music takes talent (sometimes). More often it takes dedication, sacrifice and alot of dumb luck.
That is awesome!! For the longest time my brother actually lived in my parents' basement! That's why I always thought the dream of being of being a musician was silly. I clearly didn't understand it. Now I wish I could play. I'm going to encourage him to keep teaching (maybe starting with me)
Okay, you asked for honest opinions, and I'll probably get super flamed but...
Very skilled and talented regarding technique and precision, but...
To me most of his playing is unlistenable after a minute or less. A flurry of fast notes, but none of it speaks to me.
Reminds me a little of Gianni Serino, but not nearly as skilled or enjoyable. Some of his playing can be a bit much after a while as well.
Okay, flame on! :hiding:
I question the sincerity of this post for a few reasons...
You honestly don't know whether your brother can play or not? My 83 year old mother who doesn't know the difference between a violin and a bass could answer your question.
I was also going to say that you should get rid of the "best bassist in the world" crap, because it's obnoxious, and going to bring on a lot of hate. But then I realized, duh, if you're a doctor as you say you are, then you're not an idiot. You know precicely what you're doing. And it may even work.
All that being said, if you are honest and sincere in your post (which again, I don't believe you are), then yes, your brother has the talent to be a very successful bassist. That's only a tiny part of success though. There are many here who can play as well, and many who can play better. 2nd part of the game of success in music has to do with desire, motivation, networking, believing, promoting, being a very charming person... and about a thousand other things that are just as important to work at as one's musical skills. If he wants success as a musician and is willing work for it, he can have it. If he doesn't believe in himself, or doesn't have the desire... then I'm not sure what your point is. Are you going to talk him into doing what he needs to do?
How much does he want to work to create a product that's saleable? What he does is probably easy for other musos to appreciate, but you need to offer something to a wider audience.
How much does he feel like putting up with the day-to-day cr*p of being in a band, which is probably no better or worse than any job?
How much does he enjoy his current job? Coding can be a pretty sweet gig.
There is a school of thought that if you really enjoy something, don't do it as a job! There's another that says try to make a living doing what you enjoy... maybe the truth is somewhere in between....
I started with watching "Brother's Bassist."
Thank goodness I was wrong!
I appreciate YOUR honesty. Here's the story. My brother is much older than I am. He and I did not know each other very well when we were younger. He was musical and I was not. I know he's good (like you said I'm not an idiot, and yes, I am a doctor). The point here is that I have no way to know how good he actually is. People used to use the words, "incredible" and all that stuff, but in the big big world is he really incredible? I don't know, so I figured I'd ask bassists who might know. He always says that LOTS of bassists can play the way he can. When I search youtube he seems to be correct. So HOW do I know if he's actually truly very good. I have no other motivation. To prove it I will take down my youtube vids after the opinions come in. He is very frustrated and on the verge of giving up his passion, at least no longer pursuing it seriously. We grew up in a pretty rough place. When everyone around me told me I'd never make it out and become a doctor, my oldest brother was the only one who ever told them all to F off and encouraged me. I don't want to see his dream die. I feel like I owe him that. Totally true. No BS. We have a weird last name. Look it up and you'll see that I'm actually a doctor. I live in NC. He lives in NJ. I can appreciate your skepticism. Couldn't think of any other way to ask for opinions, so I came up with this plan. Maybe it wasn't a good idea.
I pm'ed ya...
like the melodic tapping, the "showy" stuff is impressive but tires quickly
...wanna how how good he really is?
....show us footage of how he how he is (how he plays) with/in band
thats the real test...technical ability isolated in the end accounts for nothing unless he wants to make records of just him playing by himself
Some have asked to see footage from him in his band. Someone posted a video titled "best bass solo on the planet" to youtube (that's how I got the idea to title his little clips the way I did).
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