Posted by El Pájaro on August 04, 2000 at 06:51:31:
In Reply to: For the love of it posted by Tim Brosnan on August 03, 2000 at 18:48:25:
: Hello everybody!There are so many cool people that post on this site,i'd like to ask you all something.
: I play bass for one reason:i love it so!Being able to express your musical voice,and seeing people enjoy it,is just about the best thing there is.Have you guys ever noticed that there seems to be a lot of bad mouthing,and conceitedness in the music world?The "i'm better than you,and the you suck attitude"seems to preveil,sadly,way way too much.
: If more people truly played for the love of it,and learned to stick together(cause sometimes this business can suck),i think we would all be better off.
: Well,to all my bass playing brothers,peace.I would eventually like to sit down with other bassists,like guitar players always do!Let you all now how it goes.
: Lets all keep the faith,and keep groovin'!!
Can anybody say "insecurity"? The attitude you described certainly does exist, but IMHO, it only seems to be a syndrom among the youngest and less experienced musicians. The more you grow and the more you learn to realize which are your strengths and weaknesses in your playing, the less you feel like you have something to prove anybody.
I've been playing bass for quite a few years now, and when I was beginning, many times I definitely felt that way and percieved a lot of that "my guy is better than your guy" kind of thing. As years went by, however, I seemed to somehow realize where I am as a musician and accept the fact that maybe I don't have mind-blowing chops, but I do have a sense of musical vision that DEFINITELY can add something to many musical situations. Yes, there are guys who can play me under a table, but ...who cares? That doesn't make me any less able to provide what the music calls for in most cases.
Regarding your other point, just how much fun can it be to sit down and jam with other bassist? A fine example should be the "bass extremes" duet between Steve Bailey and Vic Wooten. When two mosnter players with a firm commitment to the groove and the music decide to get together and go off, beautiful things can happen ...and some walls will definitely rumble!
Buena suerte and keep that bass up front in the mix,
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