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Posted by Mickster on February 13, 2001 at 16:39:30:
In Reply to: Work, work, work ...how do you guys deal with it? posted by El Pájaro on February 13, 2001 at 07:09:00:
: Hey there,
: Like many of you, I don't play bass in a professional level. I don't mean I don't have a "professional" attitude towards music (you bet!), but I do have to rely in another activity (in my case, law practice) to make my living.
: Day jobs can be time- and effort-consuming (in my case, sometimes to a sickening degree), leave little to no time for practicing, learning, playing and writing music, sometimes all you can do after you come back home is burn out and watch some soccer game on TV.
: It is my guess that some of you went through the same sh*t at any given time, so my question is, how do you live with it? I mean, sometimes there's something or someone (hey Scott you know this one's about you buddy!) to remind me how much joy it is to play bass and make music, but still...
: How do you find a way around this problem? What motivates you to keep learning, studying, playing, writing music when it doesn't represent your main income and you can't devote as much time as you'd like to it? How do you feed the sacred fire? How do you stay focused? What inspires you to go a little further every day?
: Any thoughts you'd like to share with your bruddas and sistas? Thanks in advance and, as always, buena suerte and keep those basses way up front in the mix,
: El Pájaro
Hey El Pajaro, what's up?
What I've learned through the years is that less is more. What I mean by that is, no one should push themselves too hard at music, because in my opinion, and from my experience, the harder I *used to* push myself, the less progress I made. Music, as we all know is an art. This is why it can be so frustrating to
a perfectionist (me) or to a beginner. I find many of the newbies here stating
that they stink, or that they're no good, and without words of support, may give
up. I did for a few years, not because I was new at the game, but, because I
used to compare myself with the best players out there, and when I couldn't play
a piece exactly like them, I'd get furious and give up.How stupid is that? Very!
Now that you have a job which takes up a lot of your time and mental energy(a
close friend of mine is a Lawyer too) music seems to be getting put on the shelf, right? We all have to pay the rent, this is a sad fact of life. The whole
point I'm trying to make here is: Don't worry about your music, it will always
be there. I can say this from my own experience. The weird surprise about not
playing that much for a few years was that when I returned(last July) I forgot
nothing! Also from being away from it for a while only made it part of my sub-
concious. All the theory I studied now made sense. It seems that the less seriously I take music, the more it infects me.I don't play in a band right now
either, but, I'm not worried about it. I've lowered my standards from unattainable to realistic. I know you're concerned about not being able to play
as much as you'd like, but, sometimes a short vacation from something makes you
appreciate it all the more. To answer your question what motivates me to keep
going?: I always leave one bass on the guitar stand staring right at me. I pick it up sometimes without even realizing what I'm doing. Instead of setting aside
a certain time to play or practice, now it's whenever I feel like it,even if it's only for ten minutes. Sometimes ten minutes turns into two hours. You have
a very structured job; unstructure your music time. Sometimes less is more.
Don't worry buddy, your music is inside you forever. This is why you picked up
a bass in the first place.
Take it easy,
P.S. Newbies, do you hear this?
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