Tools of the Trade?
Considering the Berklee faculty have such diverse experiences and are also responsible for preparing the next generation of professional bassists, I was curious as to what your take is on the tools an aspiring professional musician should have in his or her toolbox. To be more specific, are you encouraging students to be skilled on the 4-string, 5-string, fretless, upright, 6-string, etc.? Be a master of one? Or be fluent on several platforms? Or perhaps master one in school and learn on the job with the others?
Wow, never heard a bass called a "platform". I like it!
You mention a lot of basses and talk about mastering them. Simply play the on that makes u the most comfortable. Then attempt to master MUSIC. Good time, good ears, good technique, good reading skills, quick learning/ memory etc... Those are the skills that get gigs. And the lack of those skills is what loses gigs.
I have never heard of anyone losing a gig because his 4 string playing was great but his six string playing was not.
Having said that, good skills on a fretless makes everything easier.
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