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My brother showed me up.....

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by jessicabass, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. jessicabass


    Dec 22, 2009
    I am a very good bass player, no ego.
    Ive been told by many and sought out by many wanting my services. Im blessed for this, i love playing bass.
    My brother (fellow tber) has been down here for last couple months from canada and i let him sit in for a few songs for a show we did over the weekend with the blessing of my bandmates.
    He picked out three songs that were on hold band wise to do and came up with his own parts instead of copying mine.
    Ive always rubbed it in a kidding matter that i am 16 yrs younger and more successful than he ever got at being a bass player.
    He holds it over me that hes taught me everything i know and its only because of him that i can even carry his gig bag let alone be better than him.
    You know... brother and sister fun.
    But damn
    He stepped up mid set and played the songs that we considered put on the shelf as a band and rocked them.
    He had my bass and my amp and for those 3 songs the crowd and the band were just going all out nuts.
    I never heard it sound so good.
    The old man showed us kids how to do it.
    You are the man big brother.
  2. GrumpiusMaximus

    GrumpiusMaximus I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe

    Mar 11, 2013
    Kent, United Kingdom
    I bloody well know the feeling. I would sing at a concert - very well I might add - and then my brother would jump in and play Chopin's 'Revolutionary Etude' on the Piano and show me how its done.

    I'm with you on this one.
  3. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Very cool. It's great having a big brother who rocks. Mine does. Not musically, but in every other way.
  4. HockeyDawg


    Oct 12, 2012
    I am the big brother but my younger brother is/was a guitar player and somehow he just got it naturally. It used to bother me (and sometimes scare me) when he would work on something for five or ten minutes and just own it. I worked hard to get where I'm at and he just kinda winged it the whole time. Now, he rarely plays and that's what bothers me now is that he lost interest in music.
  5. jessicabass


    Dec 22, 2009
    That is a shame.
  6. jessicabass


    Dec 22, 2009
    Grrrr thought there was video, but all that came out was distortion and black screen.
    People and their ipods lol
  7. No worries in comparing yourself to your brother. Take it as an opportunity to see some areas where you could improve. Always great to be part of a family where music is part of your life from childhood. Most of my family members play one or more instruments (no one famous.)

    There's just a connection when musicians click in time/key/etc. You know exactly what each member is thinking as a tune moves along. It cannot be easily explained to anyone who isn't already a musician.
  8. perkidan


    Sep 13, 2000
    Augusta, ky
    My brother kicks my ass....and I am an only child.
  9. Gaolee

    Gaolee Outta my way! I'm caffeinated! Supporting Member

    My youngest brother (also around here) is a far better bass player and musician than I am. I think it is great.
  10. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    I saw this happen a lot in high school. The ones it came easiest to lost interest quickly.
  11. HockeyDawg


    Oct 12, 2012
    He actually played for quite a while but got burned by someone in the biz. He found a semi-famous producer that promised to teach him engineering and how to run a studio if he helped him build his latest studio. My brother has always been in construction of some sort so got the new place 90% done then the guy quit talking to him and just avoided him in general until my brother gave up. After that, he just lost interest.
  12. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Awesome. :)
  13. vmabus


    Nov 1, 2013
    My baby bro is the best guitarist I've ever worked with. There is NOTHING he can't play; he works hard to make that happen.
  14. deathsdj


    Sep 18, 2010
    Wichita, KS
    Cool post! I lost my big brother in 2004. He was only 40. But I do keep his picture on the wall of my practice studio to make sure his little bro is keeping after it.
  15. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    My older brother started guitar before I picked up anything though I followed soon after. Then he stopped playing altogether after about 4 years... which is kinda weird since at that point you know, you can play well enough. Usually people give up before that... I think i'm partly to blame. I ended up practicing more on my own than jamming with him and I think he found that boring (we always lived together until we were about 23). I have to say we'd kinda grown apart musically at that point, he started more as a grunge/alternative guy, I was by that time more into post punk and new wave. He gave me his gear when he stopped playing anyway.