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Someone plays better than you?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Axtman, Jan 27, 2020.

  1. A. Get motivated and practice.

    290 vote(s)
  2. B. Throw up.

    9 vote(s)
  3. C. Sell your instruments and take up painting.

    5 vote(s)
  4. D. Call up Tonya Harding and arrange for a good old-fashioned kneecapping.

    34 vote(s)
  5. E. Drown your sorrows in a bag of baby carrots and ranch dressing.

    59 vote(s)
  6. F. Buy more gear!

    83 vote(s)
  1. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, Washington
    What do you do when you see someone play better than you?
  2. RhynoRock


    Dec 19, 2012
    Fredonia, NY
    But I get very depressed at myself and regret being so focused on rock & metal for so long that it stunted my growth as a bassist.
  3. Oddly

    Oddly Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    It happens so much that now I honestly don't even think about it ...:D
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  4. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Blame something else. I could list pages of players in those genres that would never “stunt your growth”.
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  5. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Chillin' n Grillin' on the Best Coast
    Song Surgeon slow downer.
    What do you do?

    I enjoy the music. Isn't that what we're supposed to do? Just sayin...

    There are 7 billion people in the world. The US has about 300 million.
    Statistically, the best bass players are not in the US. They just don't know it yet.
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2020
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  6. Samatza


    Apr 15, 2019
    Most of the bass playing world is better than me. I've got my work cut out for me let me tell you but a step forward every day...
  7. A, I guess. Most everybody is better than I am, so I figure I'll just keep plugging away. One of these days, I could be better than SOMEONE else, I figure.

    Keep on keeping on.
  8. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Pretty much everyone plays better than me, so I'm kind of immune to it...
  9. JCooper

    JCooper Shen Qi Jing He Yi Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    I try to pay attention...
  10. RhynoRock


    Dec 19, 2012
    Fredonia, NY
    Lol I'm blaming myself. I made that pretty obvious. I say that because it wasn't until I started paying attention to other kinds of music that I realized I have a LOT to learn.
  11. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    applause is always appropriate, but sometimes i hoot-and-holler support if i'm really impressed. :D

    it's not difficult for me to appreciate the hard work of others...who would do otherwise?
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  12. Most players are better than me. It doesn't motivate me to do anything but enjoy their music. I'm motivated to practice because I want to be a better player, not because I feel like it's a competition.

    There are times, however, when I see someone who is so good that I start to wonder if I could have gotten to that level had I applied myself full-throttle when I was young. But it's pointless to wonder, so I tuck those thoughts away and just keep working to become the best player I can be today.
  13. Saw a young Japanese / Asian girl on youtube the other week playing a 6 string bass.... she was amazing
    did it make me upset? Nope
    did it make me want to practice more? Nope
    did it make want to sell my gear and retire? Nope

    I just thought she was a bit of a freak, then went back to watching porn....which is something I AM good at LOL! :smug:
  14. oaklandthumb

    oaklandthumb Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2014
    Kansas USA
    I'm better than a lot of people, and alot of people are better than me.

    I just try to enjoy someone's else's talent or musicality and experience the same energy myself when I play, I can only really be accountable for my own shortcomings, not burdened by someone else's success.
  15. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Those are the players I want to see perform. Exactly why I dont watch celebrity golf tournaments. Going to watch guys worse than me? Makes no sense. Give me the best to aspire to
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  16. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Chillin' n Grillin' on the Best Coast
    Song Surgeon slow downer.
    Andrew Juniper, author of Wabi Sabi, (a Japanese philosophy often described as appreciating the beauty in imperfection) states:

    “if an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy or spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi”.

    Yeah, my bass playing skills make me a Wabi Sabi disciple!
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  17. twinfallsbass

    twinfallsbass Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2005
    Somewhere in AZ
    Went to a Victor Wooten concert last week. He has more talent in his left pinky than I do in my whole body. I basked in the glow of his awesomeness!!!!!
  18. ezstep


    Nov 25, 2004
    north Louisiana
    What do I do? Actually, I am there TO SEE SOMEONE BETTER THAN I AM, so I take note of what he/she is doing and when and why, and later I talk to them about the same. I am there to learn.
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  19. F. Don't care

    Honestly, it doesn't bother me. At a show, nobody has the slightest idea what I'm doing. I used to get compliments all the time after playing the AC/DC version of Baby Please Don't Go. I told them "That song is so easy that you could do what I just did." They didn't listen.
    Now, I do watch people I realize are really good and see what they're doing. If I can, I might ask them what strings they use, make some small talk. I won't say it doesn't light some small fire under me, because to a degree, it does. But overall, I just want to enjoy the show.
  20. mexicanyella


    Feb 16, 2015
    Troy, MO
    Even though I am a man of stubby, fat, slow fingers and limited music theory knowledge, and a self-taught bassist, and even though I want my bass to sound kind of like Jimmy Bain’s on the Dio hits, I listen to the local jazz/blues/R&B station a lot because that’s where I hear a lot of bass players who are better than me, and I find it inspiring.

    I don’t always dig the clean, tweeter-equipped 5-string tones I hear there, but I usually hear some killer drums and bass grooving within a few minutes of tuning in...patterns that would not occur to me otherwise.
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