what now?

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what now?

Postby jaybee » Thu Sep 14, 2006 9:50 am

yesterday we "auditioned" a bass player for the band, as the guy told us he was also a guitar player/singer, I traded places with him letting him sing a couple of tunes while I played bass.
NOW I've gotten this stupid idea in my head that maybe I wouldn't be half bad as bass player (actually after the rehearsal, our drummer said something in the line of me playing better than the guy we auditioned) and I'd probably have more work as a bass player than I have as guitar player, given the fact we've been looking for a bass player for the best part of 4 months now...

so, what now? should I start looking for a bass guitar/amp (I can hear the comments on THAT already...) or should I do what I do in case of a sudden urge to work: sit back, relax and wait till it's over :roll:
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Postby ricochet » Thu Sep 14, 2006 1:43 pm

Depends on whether you think it'd be work, or fun.
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Postby houndog » Thu Sep 14, 2006 6:28 pm

Yip,
Delta Doug and I used to swop gtrs/bass when we started up about 15 years ago...I eventually bought the bass ( Mustang) which is short scale which is the one I am using at the next 4 gigs over this weekend.

So defo go for it, gear is really cheap at the moment .

But it is a different mind set , I have spent the last two weeks getting out of gtr mode ( two days ) and getting into 4 string mode.

It is slightly hard NOT to chuck those wee fils in that I usually do on 6string...and leave a space...yes felles leave a space...:shock:

We are playing My Babe which I do on slide in D...now I have to do it on the bass in F..

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Postby bigdaddy » Thu Sep 14, 2006 6:31 pm

You have to do what is best not just for you but for the band. I play blues guitar but I ain't that good. I play a meaner bass. I'd love to get all the cheers my guitar player gets but the fact is he smokes me on guitar. Me and him swapping places is dumb. What can you do best? Bass appears easy enough but you really need rythym and groove for blues bass. The bass man has to lay it down soild or else it gets jumbled up. I was a drummer in my youth so bass is a natural, guitar is alien to me. I believe some are made to play guitar and some are not. Which one are you? If you are a passable guitarist with desire to get better then stay on the guitar, don't compromise. Putting out the best music and show that you can should be your motivation.
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Postby jaybee » Fri Sep 15, 2006 7:08 am

Ricochet - FUN is the main objective, of course! when I said "work" I meant opportunity to play (paid - enough to cover gas & strings I hope) gigs. There are about 382.7 guitar players for every bass player around here, so...

Hounddog - I know what you mean about having to watch out, in the beginning I'd probably be too "busy" getting accustomed to the different technique / feel but once my hands are used to that they'll probably want to throw in those little "adornments" too

bigdaddy - I wouldn't play bass in THIS band, I am the singer and I get away with singing & playing guitar, mainly because there is another guitar player, so I can just do some fills in between words/sentences in the harder to play songs AND because I've been playing guitar for over 30 years. I'm pretty sure I will NOT be able to sing & play bass at the same time (Sting I am NOT :wink: ).
I have always been pleased being the guitar player in the background, supporting singers, having my time in the spotlight when playing solo's, but in this band I am singing so I more or less have to be in the spotlight all the time. And hey, I'm not going to give up EVERY opportunity to be the center of attention (whether that be positive or negative attention is up to the audience) either :roll: :lol:
I consider myself amongst the "better amateur" guitar players, since wednesday I've been contemplating "broadening my horizon", more so since what I've been hearing during our search for a bass player has NOT impressed me much - which is the reason they are not in the band in the first place
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Postby ricochet » Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:47 pm

jaybee wrote:There are about 382.7 guitar players for every bass player around here, so...
Here, too. That old joke about learning two chords and getting a gig is about right.
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Postby jaybee » Sat Sep 16, 2006 7:58 am

ricochet wrote:
jaybee wrote:There are about 382.7 guitar players for every bass player around here, so...
Here, too. That old joke about learning two chords and getting a gig is about right.


TWO??

damn, better start studying then :lol: :lol:
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