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what's more important to you..gigs or musicianship.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by glocke1, Jun 9, 2019.


  1. glocke1

    glocke1

    Apr 30, 2002
    PA
    Doesn't apply to real pros (those folks that genuinely earn a living at this stuff...).

    Whats more important to you..steady stream of gigs and stage time, or just becoming better at your craft?

    Gigs are fun and cool, but at this point for me personally I'd sacrifice being able to become a better player for stage time even if it means spending time in studios refining my craft with competent players.
     
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  2. Nashrakh

    Nashrakh

    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Musicianship, definitely. I've just cut down on my number of bands so I can get some actual practicing in, instead of using that time for learning setlists that don't challenge me.

    When it comes to number of gigs, I'll take fewer but higher profile over getting out every weekend.
     
  3. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Yep... unless you provide me with an unlimited supply of hot female roadies.
     
  4. garp

    garp

    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    +2. It's amazing what can happen when you step outside of your comfort zone and challenge yourself musically. The only challenge I get from performing "Mustang Sally" for the umpteenth time is staying awake.
     
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  5. Nashrakh

    Nashrakh

    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    I'll even take any roadie period. Lugging stuff around gets old real fast.
     
  6. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    California
    I’ve been gigless for too long. I’m comfortable with myself as a musician. I just wanna play. I don’t care if it’s covers, originals, worship... I just wanna play loud with other musicians who wanna play loud.
     
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  7. RustyAxe

    RustyAxe

    Jul 8, 2008
    Connecticut
    After playing bass and guitar for more than 50 years ... I don't ask the question, never really thought about it. In the end it comes down to that I get better on my instrument because I regularly play gigs and I get better gigs because I can play better.
     
  8. LBS-bass

    LBS-bass Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2017
    California
    Musicianship all the way for me. A crappy gig with poor players is like root canal.
     
  9. Biggbass

    Biggbass

    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    I'm past the point of getting better and on the downhill slope so that isn't a factor for me anymore.
    Now it's the quality of the gigs; venue location, staging, ambient air temp, sound system, monitor mix, lighting, load in/out, audience, greenroom, food & drink, pre washed terrycloth hand towels, sheet thread count, blue M&Ms etc.
     
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2019
  10. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    I don’t see that as an either/or thing.
     
  11. oZZma

    oZZma

    Sep 13, 2018
    IT
    If "musicianship" also means "writing", then musicianship.
    I could spend years in the process of crafting a record and I would not care or feel the urge to play live.
     
  12. I want it all. Musicianship, awesome gigs, the adoration of the masses, the respect of my peers, and lots and lots of money. I even want the green M & M’s.
     
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  13. aprod

    aprod

    Mar 11, 2008
    How can you separate the two?
     
  14. Tommy V

    Tommy V Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2019
    29316
    enjoying what i'm doing.. regardless of 3rd party expectations.
     
  15. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

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    agreed: for many folks: they are the same! :)
     
  16. bass_case

    bass_case Maintain low tones. Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Miami, FL
    I learn more playing out with people than sitting in a room practicing... assuming the people are decent players and are open to some variation in what you play in a given song.
     
  17. gazzatriumph

    gazzatriumph

    Sep 27, 2012
    England
    The two go hand in hand, but given a choice then it would be gigs
     
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  18. LBS-bass

    LBS-bass Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2017
    California
    If you're talking about personal growth as a player, I think that's always a goal. It's a goal that will lead to more gig opportunities, if you want them, and once you have those, then it's truly a matter of one thing feeding the other.
     
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  19. I’ll work my butt off for the reward of mastering a new challenge... so musicianship for me.
     
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  20. Yep. One begat the other. My musicianship improves the more gigs I play. A huge part of "musicianship" is the holy interaction between the player and the listener. Sure you have to learn your craft, but you don't really get it until your in front of a crowd, in my experience. But like Rusty, I am an old crank so what do I know?
     

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