Best advice from a famous bassist?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Woodchuck, Nov 14, 2001.

  1. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    What's the best, or worse, advice you ever got from a famous bassist?
    Bill Dickens once told me not to compare myself or my progress with the players that I listen to. He said, "Look Woodchuck, I'm SUPPOSED to be this good. I've been playing for over 30 years. You are a very good bass player, and the fact that you've only been playing for a year, and sounding like that is amazing. You need to acknowledge your own talent. You're a good bassist." Once I began to see myself differently, my confidence grew, because I stopped telling myself, "I'm not as good as so and so, so I won't do sit ins or jam sessions."
  2. Well Dave Larue told me to practice, practice,practice, and then when your fingers are falling apart practice some more!

  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    > One of the best pieces:

    "If you want to be a successful bass player, you've got to play bass the way the industry requires it....." - Jeff Berlin

    > In the "Don't Let This Happen to You" category:

    "I play when I have to, I don't practice ever. If were going to write a song, I'll play, but I don't sit around and play my bass ever. Not even on my most boring day! I used to practice back in the day. But, I mean, I'm not about practicing today...." - Reginald Arviznu (Fieldy)
  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Ricbass1, don't forget this little wisdom nugget:
    "In the studio, I'll use something old, like a Rickenbacker, but on stage, I just want a bass that matches my outfit.":rolleyes:
  5. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I never actually met any famous bass players. :(
  6. Acacia


    Apr 26, 2000
    Austin, TX
    "Son, just put it down before anyone gets hurt" - Jim Shepperd, Nevermore/Sanctuary
  7. stephanie


    Nov 14, 2000
    Scranton, PA
    "Learn all 12 notes a man can play BUT don't play too many notes at one time" (Patrick Dahlheimer, LIVE)
  8. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    There's definitely some truth in that, warwick. Hutch Hutchinson come to mind. In the studio he has these beat-to-death workhorses he's had forever.

    But see Bonnie Raitt on TV and he has a shiny Jazz with a bright white pickguard.

    Personally, onstage, I just don't want one that makes my ass look fat.
  9. yawnsie


    Apr 11, 2000
    Ah, I see you bought my instructional tape! ;)
  10. Humm...

    Vertical stripes?

  11. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Excellent advice, JR!

    Large bodies and dark colors have that trimming effect all we bassists are so keen on with this winter's fab fashions -

  12. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    now THAT is FUNNY.
  13. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    Whats wrong with that? I think thats perfectly fine thing to say. Otherwise, why would they make basses in so many different colors?

    I bet if Jaco Pastorious said that you guys would all agree. :D
  14. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    uhhh, no I wouldn't.
  15. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    I'm with warwicknut, lo - the people who go to your shows to see you and be seen, rather than hear you, will forget you in two weeks.

    If you can equal or surpass a great stage presence with your groove, you're golden.
  16. I just took the advise of stuart smally,

    I'm good enough smart enough and doggonnet people like my lines..................hehe
  17. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
  18. Errr, damn straight, to be fair though, you can have cool looking good sounding basses. For instance, sorry to use bass players you probably dont respect but, Sam Rivers (Limp Bizkit) used Dirk Lances SS II in studio for LBs second album, then got IMO the coolest thing in the worl (SS I with orange lights) so what i am TRYING to say in a roundabout kinda pointless way is, you can have both, and cool says a lot. A LOT.
  19. you see, i dont have a bass that matches my outfit.....I have an outfit that matches my bass. :)
  20. I've taken lessons from Phil Baker (Dianna Ross and many others) who said "play with passion". He's big on theory, fretboard familiarity and ear training, but that comment really stuck with me.