Bryan Baker on being a *musician*

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  1. Chrome Dinette

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    I think the point is to practice the same way you will be performing live.

    If you plan on performing seated, practice seated.


    Most folks perform standing. It's probably not necessary to do all of one's practice standing, but it can't hurt to work that in, to reveal any problems.
     
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    Great article! Checked out some of his stuff and sh!t this is guy is good. Never knew of him before.
     
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    He does things his own way and he does them with excellence. You have to be impressed by that, even if it doesn't appeal to your tastes.
     
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    Laying out some truth that has been laid out by others before him. Howard Roberts said the same things 40 years ago. It's worthy of reiteration. :D
     
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    Practiced nothing but scales for 12 hours a day, slept 4 hours a night for six years straight? I'm calling BS on that. I'm sure he spent a lot of time playing guitar, but 12 hours a day cmon... How anyone could get 4 hours of sleep a night, every night and be functional is a mystery to me.
     
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    Sounds like good preparation for the life of a touring musician to me :D
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  7. Seegs

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    Without question and most excellent at it...
     
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    I've slept 5 hrs/night Monday-Friday for many years. At the age of 16 (which I believe he was when he got a full scholarship to Berklee), it was a snap for me.
     
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    I find Baker to be incredibly annoying in so many ways and that article is an excellent example why: humblebragging, cooler than thou and written in a style someone who grew up on a diet of Facebook and blogs would love.

    The guy needs to be in Brooklyn curing pickles.

    Some of what he writes is useful but more eloquently stated a thousand times before and without all the grandstanding.
     
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    Because his parents took care of all his life needs during that period. No, you're right, that does sound fishy.
     
  11. Gas-man

    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    If any TGP'r ever wrote with that much attitude they would immediately be called a "Troll."
     
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    But his playing speaks for itself, and that is the difference.

    I really like the dude's playing and I see incredible artistic potential, I just hope it comes to fruition. I think two of his records as a leader were really good, one being Aphotic.
     
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    I don't know about his music, but no one who drops the "f-bomb" that many times in a short article hardly has a "great way with words". Can't say I disagree with his thinking, though.
     
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    So it's not what he says, but rather who he is.
     
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    I am with you on that. But maybe self-important hipster might be more accurate.

    I really don't like his playing but even if I did, I would cringe when he writes like this. It's self-important hipster humblebragging complete with the 'random' namedropping one would expect.

    His playing in my view does speak for itself: fast digital patterns played repeatedly very often (I transcribed some of his music out of curiosity before and after our last exchange on this) with grandstanding expressions, grimaces and overall phony vibe.

    I rarely write about players I dislike because it's hard even to be mediocre at challenging music (and most people don't even try) so I am more reluctant to say all this about his music but as a writer, he's simply atrocious.
     
  16. Neer

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    Well, I guess you can't please everyone.
     
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    Where can one get one of these mythical 100 dollar MIM Strats anyhow?
     
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    He sounds like someone who played scales 12 hours a day for six years.
     
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    A "$100" MIM Strat is pure hyperbole, like most of the piece.
     
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    You give your mom $100, and she goes to GC and pays the rest and brings it back to you, so you don't have to interrupt your 12-hour practice days.
     
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