martinman777
Registered User
Join date: Sep 2012
268 IQ
#1
ok so basicly how would you replace a crappy bassist with a awesome one without alienating him?
HotspurJr
Registered User
Join date: Jul 2011
191 IQ
#3
Look, the reality is that if you fire someone from the band, there are going to be some hard feelings.

I think the best way to minimize the problem is NOT to fire him right away, but rather have one person, speaking for the band, say something like this:

"We like you. We like playing with you. We want you to be part of this band." (note, only say these things if they're true). "However, there's a problem. Right now your technical and musical skills are holding us back. We need to know if you can make the commitment to work on them, because it's probably going to be a lot of work, but the reality is we can't carry you any more unless you're willing to do the work. What do you say?"

And then you have to mean it. You have to be clear about what he needs to work on, and if you need to hold his hand about some of it - telling him what drills to do, feeding him information, even sometimes taking a little one-on-one time to work on stuff with him, then you have to do that.

And then in six months, if he's not making progress, you can say, "I hate to say this, but it's really not getting to the place it needs to be."

Obviously this is a commitment on your part - but if you want to preserve the relationship, it's really the only way: communicate the problem, help him to fix it, and give him time to put in the work.
macashmack
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Join date: May 2011
3,359 IQ
#4
Get a guitarist to play bass.
YES HAIL I SAID IT GET AT ME BRO
Spaztikko
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Join date: Apr 2011
2,246 IQ
#5
Quote by macashmack
Get a guitarist to play bass.
YES HAIL I SAID IT GET AT ME BRO






Simple, fire the old one.
timbit2006
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Join date: Jan 2009
3,299 IQ
#6
Just write a really ****ing hard to play song that's at the max of your abilites. Obviously he won't be able to keep up and will either improve, quit or fake it. If he's faking it, it's time for him to go.
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koslack
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Join date: Aug 2008
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#7
Quote by timbit2006
Just write a really ****ing hard to play song that's at the max of your abilites. Obviously he won't be able to keep up and will either improve, quit or fake it. If he's faking it, it's time for him to go.



Or you can choose not to be passive aggressive and just talk to the guy, explain what the problem is, and either give him time to improve or firing him outright and hoping he doesn't hold a grudge.
food1010
Bassist
Join date: Jun 2007
1,660 IQ
#8
Quote by koslack
Or you can choose not to be passive aggressive and just talk to the guy, explain what the problem is, and either give him time to improve or firing him outright and hoping he doesn't hold a grudge.
This, quite honestly. Don't beat around the bush.
Only play what you hear. If you don’t hear anything, don’t play anything.
-Chick Corea