musical advice to your younger self

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by skygzr, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. skygzr


    Feb 23, 2015
    Southeast US
    I'm 60-ish, and I think a bunch of us are within a decade of that number. If you're younger, please enjoy yourself responsibly, and hopefully you'll join our club someday ;-)

    The title says it all, what would you tell your younger self? Aside from "buy Apple stock when it was cheap" or "stay away from the blonde in the little black dress (yes, THAT one)".

    I wish I had understood how to be a better singer back in the day. I wasn't any good at it till I was about forty and I rather enjoy it now. But maybe this is a skill that has to be earned an no amount of advice would have made any difference.

    The other thing is: don't wait for permission to try something new. Actually this is a good thought to keep handy at any age.

    Be healthy and safe, y'all.
  2. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Start younger
    Learn more by ear and less by tabs
    get an instructor
    That $300 bass is better than your skill level
  3. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    1. Practice more.
    2. Learn to sing backups at least +and work on it).
    3. Spend less, save more.
  4. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    This in particular. I heald off starting bass due to first wife. Second wife drove me to the guitar store
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  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Start younger
    try harder / practice more
    learn more theory / jazz
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  6. Well Im still young, you fellows have any advice for me before I turn the ripe old age of 20?
  7. If I could go back and change the only things in the music business that my younger self made me regret - I might be in prison for capital murder.
  8. the_home

    the_home Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    Play regularly with whoever will have you (given it's an enjoyable hang), especially if they're better than you.
  9. EchoEcho


    Oct 14, 2007
    I would advise my mum to play me jazz and funk when I'm cosy in the womb. I didn't get much else to listen to other than a heartbeat and warring parents.
    Early exposure.
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2020
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  10. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Use lighter amps and cabinets.
  11. oldrocker

    oldrocker Supporting Member

    Instead of learning to play songs, learn to play the bass.
  12. Learn the fundamentals better (even if you never do a reading gig). I should have known my scales, read better, paid more attention to good practice instead of thinking I was all that and I didn't need it.

    Work with an accomplished, degreed, teacher.

    Learn to network.

    It's NOT that serious: Work hard at it, but HAVE FUN. As Dolly once said, 'come down off that cross, somebody else needs the wood ! ! !'. Don't be so g*******d serious about it !

    (I never drank or did drugs so I can skip that one)

    Arrange my homelife where it's a help, not a hindrance. Marry the right type of person.

    Keep a mix of music . . . . and a life away from it. All gigs and bass, bass, bass, made me a dull boy. You know, there's a whole 'nother wonderful world out there that has NOTHING to do with all this that I exiled myself from for close to twenty years (that I can never get back).
  13. SunByrne

    SunByrne opinionated intellectual Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2019
    Pearland, TX
    I would have said to myself "Self, don't wait until you're 49 to start, you dumbass..."
    MJB1961, MarkJC8, JPDsma and 18 others like this.
  14. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Learn to play with a pick!
    Be prepared for constant failures if you go pro.
    The popular guy often gets the gig over the quiet humble dudes.
    Music bizz side of things sucks &#^#&#&#.
  15. BobKos

    BobKos Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2007
    Take lessons for 2 years minimum and work the lessons faithfully.
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  16. Thundar

    Thundar Supporting Member

    Keep those two Peavey 410TX's you bought in 1990...and the first Kramer Spector NS2A you had :bassist:
  17. TreySonagras


    Aug 11, 2013
    If I could go back and give my younger self advice it would be, “Do not hesitate to tell people to Eff Off”. This would apply to all aspects of life.
  18. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Just because you're not in a band isn't a reason to stop. When I started to play music again I should have gone straight to bass instead of being another guitar to play with her.
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  19. Learn to read right away.
  20. Londo Molari

    Londo Molari

    Jan 1, 2014
    2 blocks east of Mars
    Decendant from the Clovis culture. "Emitting that wonderful bass effect since 1970".
    Party after rehearsals and gigs. Not before or during. tesla.jpg
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