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Posted by Pat Harrington on August 03, 2001 at 19:45:26:
In Reply to: question for the board posted by HUB on August 03, 2001 at 18:48:32:
: This is an all encompassing question that I am very curious about.
: How SERIOUS are you about the bass?
>>>>> Hi HUB, I think that's a good question, and a fair one.
For a person such as myself that's dedicated over 25 years to the
instrument, I think I'm pretty serious. I mean, all that time I've
put in practicing, listening, taking and giving lessons, working,
gigging, buying basses, amps, strings, blah blah blah, I could have
gone to medical or law school!!! Would I change a thing? NO! My
music and playing bass is almost a spiritual thing for me now,
& it's good therapy when other things in my life aren't going well.
I can always pick up a bass or guitar and end up feeling better.
Am I a great bassist? No...Do I want to be a Rock Star?...No, those
days are long gone, plus the music industry is rife for failure,
disappointment and heartache. Being successful in the music industry
today more than ever has almost nothing to do with one's talent or
abilities. Musical quality is TOTALLY subjective. My advice to my
younger students is still the same: Get an education, have something
to fall back on...I've met too many musicians that have some short
lived success, then the fame dissappears and they're left with NOTHING!!!
I had a friend that played bass on 2 platinum records in the early 80's,
he's now broke, busted, and disgusted because he blew all his money
and dropped out of high school "to be a rock star"...I prefer to play
because I WANT TO, not because I HAVE TO...Things change when you have
to rely on your axe to put food on your table, especially when that's
the only skill you have...It can get tough in the music biz....
I don't mean to sound preachy, and maybe I've gone too far with my
post, I hope I don't get flamed...The moral to the story: Play because
you LOVE TO PLAY, and if you can make some bread along the way, well, then
that's an added bonus. But bottom line, get serious, sure, especially if
you want to make some money doing what you love, and always play your
best, learn your parts, show up on time, and HAVE SOME FUN!!!!
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