To Thine Own Self Be True

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by jean, Nov 11, 2001.


    I pondered for a great while where to post this link, and after some deliberation, I thought "Technique" is where it should go.

    It's an article written by Bryan Beller and originally published in Bass Player magazine. I think it's about one of the coolest things I've ever read.
  2. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I don't think this is a Technique issue, so off to Miscellaneous.

    It's a great article, though. I found a great deal of peace in my life when I stopped trying to unfairly compare myself with other bassists, worrying how I "stacked up". When I finally just said "y'know, this is what I do, this is my bag - people will call or they won't", life got a lot less stressful.

    And I started getting more gigs, too.
  3. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    But Jon... what you do is so much more happening than what I do... When I listen to your work, I find myself thinking, "Someday..." :D

    Gotta read that article again!

  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Do you know what does the MOST damage to me? People's bragging about me. It doesn't happen a lot, but when it does, it makes me think about how far I have to go. It also makes me wonder what the hell are they seeing that I'm not. I also agree with Pacman.
  5. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    IME, after the years started racking up, I realized I was busting my butt to be able to sound like all these others but my own playing didn't have any identity because I never pursued it.

    I guess it's a matter of maturity. If being "awsome" is your true voice, that's cool. But as an end in itself, it's pretty hollow.
  6. Yeah...when I fell in love with the bass, I had all these expectations about how I as a bassist was SUPPOSED to sound, and that made me all frazzled.
  7. anon5458975


    Apr 5, 2001
    Great article Jean, I love reading stuff like that, thanks for posting it.

    Personally I'm still very self conscious about my music, just can't help it. Seems no matter how much I enjoy my own stuff that there's always some other music or musician out there that makes me re-evaluate and question everything I'm doing.

    I always want to be able to play everything I hear from every musician that plays it, at a more than proficent level. I get bugged by the fact that there are players out there that can do things that I just can't get even get a handle on, makes me feel like less of a musician sometimes. Maybe it's a bit of an ego thing, but more than that it's a never ending challenge and I enjoy that.

    It's nice to be reminded of what really matters, self expression. It's so damn easy to let that slip your mind.
  8. Good article. Makes me remember to always strive to become better, and not level off. There is always new things to learn or improve on.

  9. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I find it hard to be a bass player, and have to stack up so all these greats, and these guys that have been playing for decades. Actually, what takes time and patience on my part is accepting who I am as a bassist, and not measuring myself up to a "standard" I obviously can't compete with these guys, and it would be foolish for me to try, but you know, there's a part of me that still compares me to the others. It's hard to have idols and legends, and then try to accept yourself as a bassist. For me anyway.

    My great lesson is accepting I'm not good, but I am getting better, but not better towards somebody, rather, something.
  10. Whenever I think I suck, which is often, I try and remember how much worse I was six months ago.

    I'm getting less crap all the time!
  11. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification

    Big amen to that.