The most important thing(s) you've learned....
from being on tour with Victor Wooten?
You should be asking Victor what is the most important thing he learned from Anthony. There's a reason that of all the available bassists Victor has Anthony on tour with him...and it's not because of Ant's appreciation of all things Halle. ;)
I've learned many things from Victor. And like JMac said,...he's learned many things from me.
One of the things that I learned is what it really means to be a professional. And it's a very definition than what most people have.
Thanks for your answer, Anthony, but I'm kind of confused! Could you share some examples of what you are talking about?
[quote=Ant Wellington;14954131]I've learned many things from Victor. And like JMac said,...he's learned many things from me.
One of the things that I learned is what it really means to be a professional. And it's a very different definition than what most people have.
I'm still learning how to use the new version of this app. Nothing makes sense to me yet.
Most musicians on the planet are hobbyist. Even most of the musicians who get paid for gigs are hobbyist.
For me I needed to 'define' what it means to be a professional.
But it's no different than the guy who plays basketball with his buddies in the weekend and a guy in the NBA.
There's a DISCIPLINE that goes along with being a 'professional' at anything. Music is an art and a science. Professionals treat it as such.
The most important thing I've ever learned is
How to be comfortable and really get to know the instrument in and out. Any instrument and
Be dedicated to what you do with music and take it and pushing your self to new styles of music and learning to play other things. No true musician is ever done learning. And most of all be an innovator at what you do. Stand out and play the sh** out of the instrument like no tomorrow.
Yeah, it's more of a lifestyle adjustment than anything else. I have so many friends who are "musicians" that sit around listening to music way, way more than playing it. I know listening is important, but there's a difference in the intensity of approach...
Yea, there's what I refer to as the 'mechanism if working'. Most musicians don't understand what it even means to be a professional. Playing music is a 'glorified' hobby for most people.
But when the money from every single bill that you pay comes from making music you quickly learn what it means to be a professional.
I've been a full-time musician since the 90s. If a person thinks that it's something we 'physically' do then they wouldn't make it as a musician.
First and foremost we're business people. We just happen to be in the business in music. Musicians in college shouldn't be majoring in music. They should be majoring in business. And I'm not taking about music business. They should be majoring in BUSINESS.
True. Music and business are practically the same.
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