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Jason Raso

New Year Rant!

Happy 2015! Let’s start the new year with a rant…

I just can’t understand why so many “experienced” bass players (well, not just bass players) seem to discourage other players. I hear and read it over and over again. Don’t play this, don’t play that, that’s not musical, blah, blah, blah! My current favourite is “you won’t get hired if you do that!” Who cares? Find like-minded players, start your own band, be creative, put on your own shows – there is more than likely an audience for what you want to do!

I was very fortunate to grow up with musicians around that encouraged me. They never told me not to tap or slap or solo! But, they also expected me to lay down a groove and play good notes! Shouldn’t you be able to do it all?

Also, here’s a news flash! Your declarations on what you believe to be “real music” are not likely shared by everyone! You can’t win this argument – music is a matter of personal taste – you either dig something or your don’t. Something you believe to be a masterpiece may not resonate with me at all and vice-versa!

It seems to me that many bass players praise mediocrity. Well, I say go out there and be yourself and be AMAZING!

Don’t get me wrong, I like “meat and potatoes” as much as the next guy, but I don’t want it every meal!

This rant was brought to you by Lavazza Coffee, which I may have drank too much of this morning!

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