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ok so It wasnt directed squarely at me but I was part of the group.

 

After a great church service my pastor goes out to meet people out in the lobby. He gets stopped by this one man (he didnt happen to get his name or where he worked) who said. "I have worked in both christian and secular TV programs for years, and the production value of this place is on par with most high end TV shows Ive been with... oh and by the way, Where did you find the professional musicians and how much do they cost for hire."

We had a good laugh about this because everybody is a volunteer. But the fact that somebody mistook me for a professional musician definitely boosted my spirits. I know people here who ARE professional musicians wouldnt see it as anything big but to somebody who makes no money making music its really cool.

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Bass players have to listen hard to hear compliments. Sometimes they come but usually they are heaped onto guitarists and singers.

 

I try to compliment other bass players I see play (if they play well). Just something simple like "you sound good". A couple of gigs ago I had several folks jumpin all over me about how great I played. I thought the night was just ok... Sure was nice to get some feedback though. Doesn't happen often.

 

Congrats. You must have played well...

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Wow, that was a nice complement! Sometimes you never realize how good you are until you get a complement like that. Or at the least makes it seem like someone is listening.

 

The best complement I ever got was when a coworker ran into a schoolmate of his who was a guitar player in a rival band of ours. My coworker mentioned my name and the guitar player said he knew of me and said that he encourages his bass players to go see me play because that's the way he wants them to play. That made my day!

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Nice! A couple club gigs ago, I was approached by a distiguished-looking retired gentleman of african descent who advised me to get a blood test because he was sure I had "some black blood" in me. I just smiled and took it as a compliment.
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Congrats, Switch hitter!

 

I prefer to overhear compliments like that instead of taking them directly. It took me a while to learn to just say "thank you"; I used to almost argue with people that I wasn't as good as they thought I was. ;) Also, it can be hard to tell when someone is "just being nice" when they tell you directly they like your playing. (Well, maybe more at the bars instead of at church.)

 

The hand bell choir received some nice compliments the last time we played Masses a couple of weeks ago, and we are all volunteers, too. Not necessary, of course, but it is nice to hear them from time to time.

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Good for ya Switch hitter. I always enjoy sincere compliments and even though we don't play in church for the recognition it's nice to know when someone is listening and cares about what you do.

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It's worth giving compliments too.

 

I was at music evening at my daughter's school. It ended with a band of 15-16 year-olds playing a few soul classics.

 

They got loads of applause and were mobbed by parents and other kids at the end.

 

The young drummer was standing quietly to one side. I thought he had been great - timing on the nail, driving the song with a restrained energy, yet when he cut loose with some fills towards the end he still kept it all on the beat.

 

So I went up and said exactly that to him. He looked quite surprised - I don't think many people had searched him out to pay compliments.

 

He had a huge smile on his face and I'm sure he stood a bit taller afterwards.

 

Cheers

 

Graham

 

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ok so It wasnt directed squarely at me but I was part of the group.

 

After a great church service my pastor goes out to meet people out in the lobby. He gets stopped by this one man (he didnt happen to get his name or where he worked) who said. "I have worked in both christian and secular TV programs for years, and the production value of this place is on par with most high end TV shows Ive been with... oh and by the way, Where did you find the professional musicians and how much do they cost for hire."

We had a good laugh about this because everybody is a volunteer. But the fact that somebody mistook me for a professional musician definitely boosted my spirits. I know people here who ARE professional musicians wouldnt see it as anything big but to somebody who makes no money making music its really cool.

 

:thu:

 

Sweet- it keeps you going when you hear that stuff.

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It's worth giving compliments too.

 

I was at music evening at my daughter's school. It ended with a band of 15-16 year-olds playing a few soul classics.

 

They got loads of applause and were mobbed by parents and other kids at the end.

 

The young drummer was standing quietly to one side. I thought he had been great - timing on the nail, driving the song with a restrained energy, yet when he cut loose with some fills towards the end he still kept it all on the beat.

 

So I went up and said exactly that to him. He looked quite surprised - I don't think many people had searched him out to pay compliments.

 

He had a huge smile on his face and I'm sure he stood a bit taller afterwards.

 

Cheers

 

Graham

 

Very cool Graham, I'm sure you made that kid's night!

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I was playing at a friends wedding (greatest harp player EVER) and jamming with some great musicians and one of them came up to me after and said: "You got a good sound, great tone." I think I like that better than anything said about speed or chops. "Great tone..."

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Honestly, some of the best compliments I've ever gotten as a musician have been unspoken. At monday night's jam session, I was really feeling it and so was everyone else on stage. And it translated into the sets I played. After those sets there was a genuine sense that something really good had just happened.

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The best I ever got was a sincere and heartfelt thanks......for taking a break. :(

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Honestly, some of the best compliments I've ever gotten as a musician have been unspoken.

 

So that's what it means when people ignore the bass player. I feel better already!

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