Best musical advice you ever got

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  1. davec

    davec Gold Supporting Member

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    What is the best musical advice that you have ever got?, and who gave it to you?

    "for me it was record your practice" from a teacher.

    come to think of it I don't do that as often as I should
  2. fullrangebass

    fullrangebass

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    "Keep your ears open and listen to both the sound and your soul"
  3. COOL AND DEADLY

    COOL AND DEADLY

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    My friend Ray is a phenomenol bassist. He told me to relax my right arm and hand. I didn't realize how tense I was. Now I play better and with more endurance. I hope more people add to this thread, I never got much instruction.
  4. ksandvik

    ksandvik

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    There are many. I heard a good one two nights' ago: Play each note as you would spend a dollar on each. Think it originated from BB King.

    --Kent
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  6. Stone Age

    Stone Age

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    practice...everyone I spoke to when I started
  7. ricdiculous5487

    ricdiculous5487

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    music is not a competition, slow down-my high school band director
  8. m0nst3r

    m0nst3r

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    "When you're performing, don't ever, under any circumstance, stop playing if you mess up."

    --my theory teacher
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  9. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant Supporting Member

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    "Play fewer notes and put more soul into each one you play." - Willie Dixon, when he sat in with our band
  10. ogrossman

    ogrossman

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    "Serve the music."
    - Don Bates, Community Band Director
  11. DudeistMonk

    DudeistMonk

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    "Try playing with drum tracks"

    -My old roomate

    Changed the way I thought about bass, got me interested again.
  12. rappa29

    rappa29

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    "Less is more."
  13. BlackLake

    BlackLake

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    "Don't play the song...let the song play you."
  14. HashbrownCOBM

    HashbrownCOBM

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    This is kind of equing advise but "Mids are your friends. Just because you play "bass" doesn't mean you have to crank the bass." Also I'm a fan of "Don't stop if you mess up." and "Less is more."
  15. Montsegour

    Montsegour

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    Practice, Practice, Practice!
    By : everyone
  16. jefkritz

    jefkritz

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    when you play bass, no matter what else you do, make sure you hit that one [downbeat]. if you don't, you'd better have a good reason. - paraphrased bootsy quote

    made me appreciate the one (especially in funk), and later it also helped me realize how cool it felt to not play the one.
  17. JPaulGeddy

    JPaulGeddy

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    Play with a live drummer whenever possible.

    When practicing, use a metronome.
  18. four2oh

    four2oh

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    isn't not about the notes you play, it's about the notes you DON'T PLAY!
  19. Siegy

    Siegy

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    NO STAIRWAY!!!
  20. BlackLake

    BlackLake

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    "TURN THAT SH$T DOWN!" - my Dad.
  21. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

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    It's not how much you play, it's what you play


    or something like that.

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