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Which pieces of musical advice do you wish you'd known earlier?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Fassa Albrecht, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. Simple really....if you could travel back in time and speak with yourself when you were beginning bass, what would you say?
    It can be anything bass-related or music-related!

    Mine would be

    -Learn more by ear, not from tab.

    - Don't try and jump straight from playing bass to trying entire songs. I tried to play Muse off the bat and failed.

    - Wear your bass higher- I now suffer from wrist problems as a result of playing with a low-slung bass.

    Any more?
  2. +1 on bass being higher. I wear mine up at my chest now. I used to try and wear it as low as I possibly could while still being able to reach the strings. :rollno:

    One more thing. Crazy boosted bass and no mids or highs sounds really bad (to my ear).
  3. keyboardguy

    keyboardguy Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
    1. Keep practicing !!!!!

    2. Listen and play ALL STYLES. Even though you may never play a particular type of music, you will always LEARN. So, turn on your radio and dial in to that country, latin, Japanese, etc. station and play along.

  4. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    More basses doesn't make you better.

    More effects doesn't make you better.

    I covered up my tone so much over the years and wasted far more time finding "my sound" before I sold everything except one bass and one amp, and found my sound.
  5. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I wish I wouldn't have put so much effort into learning to slap. Now I'm a decent (ha, sorta) slapper, and everything else I do sucks :(
  6. leanne


    May 29, 2002
    Rochester, NY
    Messing up (even REALLY screwing up) isn't the end of the world...
  7. nipperooney


    Jul 5, 2007
    I wish I'd got the number of that fit brunette girl who waited for an hour and a half for me to pack up my gear after a gig, but the guy who was driving us didn't want to hang around so we just left her sat there looking shocked and stunned as we sped off into the night....

    The other is to listen to the advice of others when it comes to buying gear. I've sought advice, and then completely ignored it and lived to regret it as I've ended up spending a fortune on gear that wasn't as good as I thought it might be.
  8. I would say the one thing is,make sure YOU are fully into a project(group)before You commit to being a member.Also,+1 on learning by ear.
  9. peaveyuser

    peaveyuser Banned

    Oct 18, 2006
    Dude I would of stayed, imagine how noble you would have looked.
  10. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    I just received an email about this recently. It is of course tongue in cheek, but there is some truth in here too............


    *Never start a trio with a married couple.

    * Before you sign a record deal, look up the word "recoupable" in the dictionary.

    * No one cares who you've opened for.

    * A string section does not make your songs sound any more "important".

    * If your band has gone through more than 4 bass players, it's time to break up.

    * When you talk on stage you are never funny.

    * When a drummer brings in his own songs and asks to perform one of them, begin looking for a new drummer IMMEDIATELY.

    * Never enter a "battle of the bands" contest. If you do you're already a loser.

    * Learn to recognize scary word pairings: "rock opera", "white rapper","blues jam", "swing band", "open mike",

    * Drummers can take off their shirts or they can wear gloves, but not both.

    * Listen, either break it to your parents or we will: it's rock 'n' roll, not a soccer game. They've gotta stop coming to your shows.

    * It's not a "showcase". It's a gig that doesn't pay.

    * No one cares that you have a web site. Yes this includes Myspace...........

    * Getting a tattoo is like sewing platform shoes to your feet.

    * Although they come in different styles and colors, electric guitars all sound the same. Why do you keep changing them between songs?

    * Don't stop your set to ask that beers be brought up. That's what girlfriends are for.

    * If you use a smoke machine your music sucks.

    * Remember, if blues solos are so difficult, why can so many 16 year olds play them?

    * Do not wear shorts onstage. Or a suit. Or a hat.

    * Rock oxymorons; "major label interest", "demo deal","blues genius", "$500 guarantee", and "Fastball's secondhit".

    * 3 things that are never coming back:

    a) gongs,
    b) headbands, and
    c) playing slide guitar with a beer bottle
  11. peaveyuser

    peaveyuser Banned

    Oct 18, 2006
    Hmm well lets see which ones are just bull, true and debatable.



    Very, very False but it depends on the band

    debatable, maybe not "Important"


    False there are some who can pull this off

    Matters the drummer and how big of a Prick you are

    False your a loser if you pass up a chance to get some good publicity


    hmmm matters on the drummer, who cares?



    If you don't suck they should, better publicity and they get to listen to more tracks. A band equivalent to a "resume"


    Very false

    meh debatable


    Matters the solo but in general yes

    Shorts-Dimebag Darrel


    Suit-Chuck Berry


  12. dinghy


    May 27, 2007
    Saratoga, CA
    Pretty much agree with peav.
  13. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    So do I. I wasn't stating gospel, it was meant as a bit of fun with a little bit of an education in there too.
  14. owensea777

    owensea777 Banned

    Jun 16, 2007
    Why is "blues genius" an oxymoron? I happen to think BB King is very real.
  15. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    Yes. He sure is. Now if we could all just lighten up a little?
  16. Marketing and Networking trumps playing out twice a week.
  17. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Protect your hearing; you'll miss it when you're my age :crying:
  18. It time travel were possible... I'd tell myself at 16:

    - no picks.. use for rare occasions only

    - don't dig! a 'soft touch' goes further

    - keep everything much cleaner.. lasts longer!

    - turn off the TV.. do more scales, modes

    - learn basic luthier skills immediately!

    - replace all cables with the best available

    - go watch more veteran players more often (remember!!)
  19. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self!

    Jan 25, 2006
    Frederick MD USA
    Not to be a wet blanket, but...

    If at all possible, go to college, stay there & graduate!

  20. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    IIRC I have given you these pieces of advice a million times!

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