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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-30-2018, 03:17 PM
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Re: chops versus age

The bassist I play with is in his 50s, absolutely exceptionally skilled player and his fingers go like a freight train, the benefit is that he has been playing 3+ gigs a week since he was 14 years old. It's hard to tell if age has started to affect his playing, unless you're constantly pushing the physical limits of your body you're not gonna tell and a lot of players take their technique well beyond what they actually play on a day to day, I suspect he still has a good 15-20 years of playing at a level that would floor most younger players.

I'm still in my early 30s and my playing has only gotten better than in my teens/20s, through a more methodical and intelligent approach to practice + combined with constantly playing live. No signs of slowing down for me yet, I'm still on the up (albiet slowly).
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Re: chops versus age

This thread got me thinking about older guys that are still cutting edge. There are a lot of them out there, but Jeff Beck always comes to mind. He is still taking risks and pushing boundaries, rather than just recapitulating what he did earlier in his career.

Another older guy, somewhat lesser known than Beck, that really impresses and moves me is Erlend Krauser, who I think is now 61. A true master, with a beautiful, innovative style that is instantly recognizable. This vid gives a pretty good idea of what he does. Watching him always reminds me that it's not all over once you hit 60+

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Re: chops versus age

^hadn't heard of Erlend Krauser before but I'll definitely be checking out more of his stuff. really great.

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...... and a lot of players take their technique well beyond what they actually play on a day to day,


this is a really good point and is really my drive to improve. I'll never be able to hit the heights of the truly great players, but my striving to do so, or to learn some of their songs, pulls up my abilities on what I normally play from above, if that makes sense.

on the other hand, it's sobering to think that in order to play, say, a Malmsteen song, well, you have to elevate your technique far above it!
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