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New band and wow!

PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:46 pm
by bigdaddy
The Blues Rock-it played it's last show last December 2nd. The singer wasn't having any fun anymore. Wimp. The guitar player wanted time off. I called him a month later and he needed many more months. I put the word out I was available and offers came in. Country bands, rock bands ect. I took my bass to a gig to sort of audition. I played 4 songs and the guitar player liked what I did. He was a hired guitarist for that band. I was asked back on Saturday and sat in the audience for 2 hours. I finally stood up between songs and announced I was leaving and if they ever need a bassist they have my number. The bassist that night was lousy, just my opinion. Well the hired guitarist came up to me and said he had another project and asked if I'd play bass. I said "call me." He did. This guy plays everything and every song in everything. He wanted to start a blues/rock band and a trio at that. He gave me 2 cd's of songs to learn and two weeks to do it. This guy don't fool around. The pressure is on. I have been playing originals all my life and now I'm in a cover band. It's so exciting. We rehersed last Saturday for the second time. The first was awful because I was playing these songs out of my memory. Hendrix, Clapton, Stevie. I asked for the cd's and he burned them for me. The drummer is a pro also. Very good. Saturday they said we're ready and now the hunt is on for the gigs. It's exciting to be playing with pro's. A real learning experience for me. It's my desire to learn many covers so I can just walk into a band and play. I saw that I was incomplete just doing orginals. People want covers and I like to get the people up off thier feet. I am amazed at how simple the bass parts are for most of these songs. I tend to put a bit of my own color into these songs. The band is Skinny Bob and the Blues Dawgs. I'm the putang hound.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 1:37 pm
by jeffl
Good on ya',BigDaddy. It'll push ya' to learn covers; you'll probably need to use some techniques on the new tunes that you've steered away from on your own music. I've always thought that bands should spend one night recording every tune in their playlist the way they play it; That way if a musician quits or goes down, they can get someone to step right in and he'll have an accurate recording. I've been given CDs of playlists and setlists where the guys says, "We don't do it the way it's on the original.", or "We don't do it in that key". There's a reason that high-buck bands have charts drawn up.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 6:56 pm
by oleman
Good to see something new here in the bass section.

Trio's are cool. Good luck and let us know how it works out.
Have you switched over to Fretless?


My giging situation has also changed. The singer/songwriter/guitarplayer that I back up on upright, just got arrested and part of his bail conditions are that he stay out of bars.

So now I'm back on 6string, singing/harp/tellin jokes etc. with a new/old
guitarist that is part of our 4 piece when we get a gig that warrants the full band. Now instead of blues and old R&R, it will be blues and a sort of a Cocktail lounge style of easy jazz. God I hate to sing, maybe this will be good practice though. I was just getting comfortable on the doghouse but actually this might be a blessing and help me to get comfortable as a front man.

I hope the "Catfish" dosen't have to serve any time and we can get back to our old duo asap.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 6:58 pm
by jeffl
Best wishes for everything workin' out oleman. Remember the old saying,"That which doesn't kill you will make you stronger."

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:05 am
by bigdaddy
Ain't fretless yet. I had to buy a couple of monitors. I'm fairly new to this band changing thing. At first it was scary but I play bass and playin' these covers is pretty easy. The band leader is pretty picky about how the song is played. Certain parts of the song have to be exact and other parts are open for free wheelin'. I don't know any thing about a "chart". What is a chart? I can pull off a song out of my memory pretty good. I play the major or minor pentatonic depending on the song. Listening to and playing around with this cd of covers has me more dialed in to what is really going on with the bass. The Hendrix songs were confusing at first but I just lay back and jam. The band leader only insists that I hit a C D at the first of the chorus of Voodoo Child and the a D C on the second line of the chorus. Other than that I just let it roll. I want to be as close to the original as I can get. That's just my wanting. Oleman, I can't play anything but the bass. I play a street gig with my srtat and pignose in the summer but I can't play guitar enough to fill in if I had to. I sorta envy that about you cats. I told the band leader that I am a bassist, not a guitarist filling in on bass but a bassist. He liked that.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:35 pm
by bigdaddy
I have a custom Precision bass. It's red and I've changed every thing on and in the thing. Why is it I go thumbin' thru magazines and web sites thinkin' I want another. I look at all these basses and then I compare them to what I have. Mind you, I'm willin' to buy but I come to the realization that my bass sounds wonderful and is solid. It's a bit like women, sure I like this one and we have fun but sure enough another will be walkin' by anytime. I'm not wealthy with money, kinda poor. These darn basses get me to droolin'. Thru the years there have been times when I've gathered 4 or 5 guitars and then I give them away except for my acoustic and my red bass. I ain't givin' my strat away any time either. Other guitars come and go. I dig givin' them away, it's a good feeling. Why do I think there is something better. My nature I guess.