Posted by Pat Harrington on December 21, 2000 at 17:17:46:
Geez, Nickey, you sure know how to stir up the pot!
Got even some of us old guys ruffled...Bottom line,
however you decide you wanna play, go right ahead,
You won't see me defending fingers or pick much either
way; I'm equally proficient at both. It all depends
on the situation, and what the person paying me wants to
hear; Would you turn down $35 an hour gigs 5 times a month
because you couldn't or simply didn't want to play a certain
type of music or style?? Versatility is the key to long
term longevity in the music business; cover as many sounds
with your instrument as you can, learn as many styles as you
can, learn how to play guitar, piano, sing lead and backup,
buy an upright and learn that too, (fingerstyle of course!),
because chances are you're probably not gonna be playing
with the same cats you're playing with for very long. People
move, change careers or ideals, or give up on music entirely.
These are undeniable facts I've learned from playing bass
for nearly 25 years, shit happens, be prepared...Just for the
hell of it...How long have you been playing? Where, and with
whom have you studied? Do you read music? How many times a month
do have paying gigs? Do you teach? Don't think I'm prying, I'd
just like to know....
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