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...and give yourself some good advice

As I trudged back and forth in the rain humping gear from last night's gig I thought of that scene in Red Dwarf where Rimmer's head from the future pops up from the middle of the table and he attempts to warn his previous self of events yet to come. So I'm me and just starting out on this musical adventure and this gnarly, bald, lived in version of my once beautiful face appears and says

"Whatever you do, no matter how tired you are, unload the gear and put it away before you go to bed."

What nuggets of wisdom have you gleaned from this curious calling of ours?

 

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Moulded hearing protection, whilst not as exciting as other equipment, wil be the best purchase you make. Buy it sooner.

Do more work on theory, it really helps.

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Buy a bass, not a guitar....

Buy a bass, not a keyboard....

Buy a bass, not a drum  kit.....

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After walking into a recording session and then an Orchestra pit on the same day, the musical director for both said to me "Son, make today, the first and last day you turn up without a flipping pencil"...."Now that's out of the way, get the beers in"...I then asked if anyone in the band had a pencil?

So I could write down the band drinks order.... :D

 

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Don't wait until you're nearly 50 before you pick up a bass ...

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Do it for the enjoyment of doing it, remember that first and foremost it’s your hobby so treat it as such, hobbies are what you do for fun and to chill.

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13 minutes ago, discreet said:

Don't spend the next 40 years in the pub and FOCUS, for f*ck's sake!

You're reading my mind!

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Never mind the flash stuff, learn to play any of the classic Motown lines accurately and with feeling. And if you think that's easy, you're doing it wrong.

And when you meet a bass player who's possibly a bit better than you, swallow your pride, put your ego back on the shelf and try and learn from them.

And, yes, never ever leave your gear in the car. Ever. Your luck will definitely run out at some time.

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11 minutes ago, FinnDave said:

You're reading my mind!

Yes I am - and frankly I'm a bit surprised about the otter.

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14 minutes ago, discreet said:

Yes I am - and frankly I'm a bit surprised about the otter.

yes, there's a lot of otter in there, best not to mention it.

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1 minute ago, FinnDave said:

yes, there's a lot of otter in there, best not to mention it.

It's OK, my lips are sealed regarding your ottery shenanigans. Should I mention the herring? Probably best not, eh..?

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4 minutes ago, discreet said:

It's OK, my lips are sealed regarding your ottery shenanigans. Should I mention the herring? Probably best not, eh..?

No, definitely not the herring. Never mention the herring.

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Stop wasting your teenage years playing bass in bands thinking you will ‘make it’. Work harder at school and study something useful that will give you a good career and make you good money.

The best it gets for you is playing weddings to drunk people who just want to listen to crap music, and you won’t earn any more from it per night at 35 as you do at 16. Excercise more, don’t waste your money on guitars.

 

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Don't put up with sh!t. 

Don't be unpolite and don't become arrogant but never put up with sh!t. 

 

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Buy good ear protection. Use it.

Don't sell the 4001, or either of the 70s Ps. Stick em in storage, and find the £200 somewhere else... 😕🙂

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Advice?  Don't keep cracking your knuckles.  Keep that Travis Bean.  You really need to persist with XTC, they're really very very good.  Oh, and accept the job offered by Richard and Dave; you'll never need to work in an office.

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6 hours ago, Happy Jack said:

Don't wait until you're nearly 50 before you pick up a bass ...

Beat me to it. I was 51 before I first picked up a bass and I wish to hell I'd done it decades earlier.

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4 hours ago, Maude said:

Don't put up with sh!t. 

Don't be unpolite and don't become arrogant but never put up with sh!t. 

 

Much as I agree with this sentiment in principle, in practice my entire career was built on putting up with truly industrial quantities of sh!t.

Deeply depressing and unenjoyable, but it paid for my early retirement.

You pays your money ...

 

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