Comments: Sleepless in WPB

I hear ya Bou, it's usually when I could use the sleep the most that I get it the least, like the night before an interview, which happened this week. It can be very difficult to switch off, if I find a solution you'll be the first to know!

Posted by Amanda at September 2, 2009 11:56 PM

For relaxation before bed, I find myself watching massage videos on Youtube. And imagine getting myself one.

All of a sudden I feel dirty after saying that. Guess I need the real thing.

Posted by diamond dave at September 2, 2009 11:57 PM

Dave: That totally cracked me up! A vicarious massage!

Posted by PeggyU at September 3, 2009 03:41 AM

Bou, as a new reader (I came to your site on a link from Denny Wilson "Grouchy Old Cripple"), may I have the temerity to offer you another You Tube video for your son. This video is Victor Wooten playing Norwegian Wood on electric bass. Maybe it will give Ringo something to work towards on electric. Tell him not to get discouraged. The artistic / musical muse is a fickle and tempramental goddess. I was unable to post the you tube link, so, if you are interested, you can check it out under Victor Wooten's name on you tube.
Best to you and yours,
Nich Connelly
njcmusic.com

Posted by WolfDog at September 3, 2009 10:13 AM

Your son is lucky in that he's got some players better than him to watch and learn from. It's tough being the best, especially if there's nobody to push you to be better.

Also, as boring as it is, the fundamentals like scales and sight-reading music are critical. Keep practicing the fundamentals and one day he'll realize that he's kicking butt and making it look easy.

A good player in a so-so band has fun, but a good player who can sight-read gets more calls from bands who need players, both long and short term. One of the best guitar players I ever knew probably played for 30 bands a year, filling in for others on vacation, out sick, etc. He made good money and probably worked as a musician 40-50 weeks a year.

Posted by Ted at September 3, 2009 03:36 PM

There are videos on YouTube of a fabulous European band called Apolyptica. The band plays everything from Metallica to classical music - on cellos! Ringo might find some of their techniques and styles interesting and inspiring.

Posted by Mary at September 4, 2009 11:52 PM