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4 hours ago, PaulWarning said:

Jazz double bass player (forgotten his name) when asked what scale he used replied "I just play the root note first then any old bollocks after that"

I was told by a mate (a jazz double bassist) that if you don't know the number you never hit the same note twice in a row. Hit a different note every time and you'll either be on the right note, a harmony or a passing note. I tried it and it works.

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Not strictly a quote from a musician, nor particularly inspirational:

Hi, we live on Dorset Avenue (2 streets away), and if this noise continues, we're going to call Environmental Health. We just thought we'd mention it as a courtesy.

One of my first band rehearsals at the singer's parent's house, rural Manchester circa 1997.

Everyone's an effing critic.

:facepalm:

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Nathan East: Attitude + Aptitude = Altitude

And one from an ole IT Manager: "Always be aware of your audience", which also translates to being a musician. This isn't just about stage craft, it's about how you interact with those around you; customers, band mates, security, friends, parents, the toilet cleaner. Treat them well as you never know which will be scraping your face off the road one day and saving your a**!

Which takes me on to Ozzy Osbourne in the rockumentary 'The Decline Of Western Civilisation, Pt 2', where he dispenses this rather useful piece of advice whilst failing to pour a glass of orange juice:

"You meet a lot of people on the way up, don't f**** them, as you'll meet them on the way down too."

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A quote from "The Bass Lesson" by Victor Wooten when "Michael" suggests that Music is made of 10 equal parts.

"Now we have ten different but equal parts of Music: notes, articulation, technique, feel, dynamics, rhythm, tone, phrasing, space and listening."

He goes on to describe how he "played space".

A great read (or listen, if you have the audio book). 

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19 hours ago, MacDaddy said:

Well if we are talking about Sir Tom 🤣

To a lady cellist:

"Madam, you have between your legs an instrument capable of giving pleasure to thousands and all you can do is scratch it." - Sir Thomas Beecham

I refrained from posting that one yesterday... I can confirm that I can only scratch my cello... It had an outing last night at orchestra and I was the only cellists... sight-reading my way through Haydn Symphony 99, Beethoven Egmont overture, and Bach's orchestral suite #2...

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I will play what you want me to play. Or I won’t play at all if you don’t want me to play. Whatever it is that will please you I will do it. 
George Harrison 😁

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Not so inspirational but Eric Morecambe summed up my playing with: "Playing all of the right notes, just not necessarily in the right order"

My bass tutor: "That sounds so much better when you don't play" To be fair he was instilling the thought of letting the music come out with silence.

Victor Wooten: “Never lose the groove in order to find a note” and "You are never more than half a step away from a right note"

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"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side". 

Hunter S. Thompson, US author and journalist.

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I'll add this one, it's mine. It's Independence Day here in the States and I'm waiting for the boys to leave the house so's I CAN CRANK IT UP. But the Friend/landlord/roomate is CLEANING THE BATHROOM AND LISTENING TO CHRISTIAN MUSIC (The bad kind - Elvis). So...

The best way to drown out Christian Music, is,

Mad Dogs & Englishmen!

("We can't forget the band...")

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