Best musical advice you ever got

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by davec, May 14, 2008.

  1. davec

    davec Commercial User

    May 4, 2006
    bartlett illinois
    Owner; Cody Electric Basses
    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


    May 7, 2005
    "Keep your ears open and listen to both the sound and your soul"
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  3. 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. 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.

  5. Stone Age

    Stone Age

    Apr 13, 2008
    practice...everyone I spoke to when I started
  6. music is not a competition, slow down-my high school band director
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  7. "When you're performing, don't ever, under any circumstance, stop playing if you mess up."

    --my theory teacher
  8. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
    "Play fewer notes and put more soul into each one you play." - Willie Dixon, when he sat in with our band
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  9. ogrossman


    May 20, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    "Serve the music."
    - Don Bates, Community Band Director
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  10. DudeistMonk


    Apr 13, 2008
    Newark, NJ
    "Try playing with drum tracks"

    -My old roomate

    Changed the way I thought about bass, got me interested again.
  11. "Less is more."
  12. "Don't play the song...let the song play you."
  13. HashbrownCOBM


    May 6, 2008
    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."
  14. Montsegour


    Apr 1, 2008
    Practice, Practice, Practice!
    By : everyone
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  15. jefkritz


    Oct 20, 2007
    iowa city, IA
    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.
  16. JPaulGeddy


    Sep 19, 2007
    South Carolina
    Play with a live drummer whenever possible.

    When practicing, use a metronome.
  17. four2oh


    Mar 29, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    isn't not about the notes you play, it's about the notes you DON'T PLAY!
  18. Siegy


    Jun 28, 2007
    Central Neb.
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  19. "TURN THAT SH$T DOWN!" - my Dad.
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  20. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    It's not how much you play, it's what you play

    or something like that.