Holy crap ....that would be a trainwreck for me if I listened to my younger self.....
On the other hand, hopefully you got into the habit of exercise and staying fit? We all know so many musicians whose health is often "erratic". It can't be just bad luck. So, hopefully all that sport still gave you something. I've always detested sport but fortunately learned to walk daily and that has served me well for the past 20 years or so. I practice about twice as many hours as I walk.Sadly I didn't start playing music until my mid 40's but my now self would tell my teenage self to stop playing so much sport and go to music classes and learn piano or clarinet.
This is something my present self would want my past self to do. Given the chance i’d prob say something like thisSadly I didn't start playing music until my mid 40's but my now self would tell my teenage self to stop playing so much sport and go to music classes and learn piano or clarinet.
Eubie Blake was once asked at what age does a man’s sex drive diminish? He answered, “You’ll have to ask someone older than me.”I think it was Eubie Blake, around his 100th birthday, who said "If I knew I was gonna live this long, I'd a taken better care of myself."
I think it was Eubie Blake, around his 100th birthday, who said "If I knew I was gonna live this long, I'd a taken better care of myself."
Besides the practical aspects of learning how to sing, I believe it helps improve your sense of intonation. When you're singing you may be off by just a few cents, making it very difficult to tell if you're in tune. So, the better you can sense the intonation in your voice, they better I believe your sense of intonation becomes in general.There aren't so many things I regret, but the one music-related thing I would tell my younger self is "Learn to sing!". Most musicians can sing to some extent. Early on, I was in a band that did a lot of pop tunes that require at least two and three parts. The guys told me I should sing but I said I wanted to concentrate on playing. We were playing six nights a week in a club, a perfect opportunity to practice and get better. I now find that to have been a big mistake! A few years later, I got an important tour and I didn't know that my friend who got me on it had told the leader I could sing! That was proven to be "fake news" in the studio, after a valiant effort at harmony part. Had I done more during those club days, I could have certainly done the harmony parts, as they didn't require a great voice, just a decent sense of pitch and time.
On the more serious side:
If you want to take up bass, do it now not when you're 50.