Top 10 Rules For The Musician Life From The Most Recorded Bass Player In History

Leland Sklar

”I’d rather play a great track with a mistake than a lame track that’s antiseptic and perfect.”

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eland's Top 10 Rules For The Musician Life

  1. “You have to care about the music. I see guys all the time, they don’t listen to playbacks, the minute a track is done they’re on their cellphones and doing other things.”
  2. ”It’s easy to throw a part down, but to make a part that takes that song and adds whatever your job is supposed to be to it [is special].”
  3. ”I’d rather play a great track with a mistake than a lame track that’s antiseptic and perfect.”
  4. ”I get a buzz every time the phone rings and I get a work call. A new adventure awaits. I am still busy, so I cannot complain.”
  5. ”I don’t care about what I’ve done in the past; the only thing I’m looking forward to is the next gig.”
  6. “I’ve always been a song guy, and I like to figure out where things work best.”
  7. ”I’m not one of these guys who talks about the good old days. I just look at each day as the first day of my career and I keep moving.”
  8. ”I’ve listened to a lot of different types of music and have crafted a style that allows me to play most everything.”
  9. ”It’s like going in with a blank canvas everyday, and everyday you have to leave with a masterpiece.”
  10. ”There’s a big difference between aging and growing up. So I think I’ve aged a lot but I haven’t grown up at all.”
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”I’d rather play a great track with a mistake than a lame track that’s antiseptic and perfect.” Heart Not Head

Leland Sklar