I’m currently sitting down at a bar celebrating a hard practice session with vodka Cranberries.
The last couple of days have been tough but rewarding. There a lot of things that Gary has said that just blows my mind.
The one that I’m choosing to share is during another bassists lesson. He talked about how our sound is the only part of our playing that it is truly ours. Every bassist could play the same bass and each one would sound different because we are all different and we all look for a different sound.
Then he said this: “Love your sound”.
And it just hit me. Why do we even bother playing if we don’t love the sound of our instrument, not just the double bass but every instrument. He talked about how he felt empty if he went a day without feeling the sound of his instrument and I think anyone who really truly love their instrument feels this way. It made sense to me why I feel gross on days that I don’t pick up my instrument.
Because I’m missing my sound, I miss the part of me that makes me who I am, who makes Christie, Christie!
What a mind blowing concept. So tonight when I practiced I wrote on a piece of paper three things:
Love your sound
Feel the pitches (that’s another story)
And I got frustrated. I did get angry. It was a hard practice session but by the end of it I was loving my own sound. For the first time ever I was loving the double bass fully. I was in charge of my instrument, for once it was not in charge of me. I was enjoying what I was creating. I was creating not just music, but a part of my soul.
So followers I leave you with this: Love your sound. Love what you do.
Love you all ❤️