METSOAD
Bass Man
Join date: Sep 2005
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#1
I play bass (no shit) and i've been told (although i can't really see it) that i am the shit. I'm in a band and we are going very well, yet loads of people (mainly hip-hop artits and local metal bands) seem to want me to play for them, i have to turn them down which makes me like a prick, should go in more than one act or should i just stick with my oiginal band?
www.myspace.com/symmetry4321


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I think stone is either 7 or 14 lbs

Edit I'm gonna go with 14 because it's rather unlikely you're 56 pounds


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sounds like....u need a...

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i'manevenworsemess.
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#2
^Way to show off how much you know.

Bassists are generally hard to come by, and bassists with talent are even harder to find. If you think you can handle it, then try being in two bands at once. Another thing you could do, is offer to play bass with them until they find a permanent bassist, just make it known that you won't be able to always be there for them. Either way, it'd be good experience playing different genres of music with different groups of people, and you wouldn't come off as a prick. Those would be the two options I'd consider if I were in your shoes.
Dutch_Apples
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#3
Everyone who has posted so far is right.. well.. for the most part. You definately want to make yourself the top session guy in the area. I don't know how other people feel about this, but I would much rather be a session guy who works with many bands and isn't a permanant member of either one than be in one band. Let's put it this way, why do you think.. when bands who "were" signed break up.. most of their members don't work professionally for awhile or maybe have a little band that has to start all over again in small rinky dink clubs.... no names coughJimmysChickenShackcough.

It's because they didn't do the smart thing and play with as many different people as possible. If you do that, then you will always have work and then can call yourself a real musician.
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Angelus Mortem
Kiss My Bass
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#4
Quote by deadkenedy
Cos no one wants to play bass. Bass is for shit guitarists or guitarists who can't find a band.


You Sir, are an IMBECILE.

Guitar is for dickheads that can't find a GROOVE, and need two extra strings with which not to find it.
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Last edited by Angelus Mortem at Jan 31, 2007,
Charlatan_001
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#6
Quote by METSOAD
I play bass (no shit) and i've been told (although i can't really see it) that i am the shit. I'm in a band and we are going very well, yet loads of people (mainly hip-hop artits and local metal bands) seem to want me to play for them, i have to turn them down which makes me like a prick, should go in more than one act or should i just stick with my oiginal band?



It doesn't necessarily mean you're a prick, it just means you're dedicated to your band, or that you don't feel you can handle 2 bands at the moment.


And how is it "no shit" that you play bass?
GiantRaven
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#7
Quote by deadkenedy
Cos no one wants to play bass. Bass is for shit guitarists or guitarists who can't find a band.

You're an idiot

Anywho, you get asked a lot because more people play guitar than play bass so there is more demand for bass players
METSOAD
Bass Man
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#8
Quote by Charlatan_001
It doesn't necessarily mean you're a prick, it just means you're dedicated to your band, or that you don't feel you can handle 2 bands at the moment.


And how is it "no shit" that you play bass?


the fact i have a bass guitar and a bass amp in my sig lol
www.myspace.com/symmetry4321


Quote by RockerPseudonym
I think stone is either 7 or 14 lbs

Edit I'm gonna go with 14 because it's rather unlikely you're 56 pounds


Quote by evening_crow
sounds like....u need a...

BAND MEETING!!!
talentsix
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#9
bass>any other instrument and you being really good is a big reason why.I like to work with multiple bands even playing different instruments.
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#10
Quote by Angelus Mortem
You Sir, are an IMBECILE.

Guitar is for dickheads that can't find a GROOVE, and need two extra strings with which not to find it.


so if i can find a groove on an instrument with 2 strings you will admit i'm better than you????!?!?!?!
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#11
Quote by Angelus Mortem
You Sir, are an IMBECILE.

Guitar is for dickheads that can't find a GROOVE, and need two extra strings with which not to find it.


way to stoop to the lowest common denominator.
justin_fraser
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#12
, funniest thread in the bandleading forum that Ive seen (not threadstarters fault).

But I would say that Dutch Apples has hit the nail on the head. You want to make your name known in wherever you are, and surrounding area. You are already in a good band that seems strong from what I hear. So stick with them, but, check with those guys if its alright if you do some work for some other guys. Your band is your first priority. Everyone else gets the leftover time. If the guys in your band are smart, they will let you do stuff as it gets your name out there to lots of people, meaning your band will get places too because of your mad skills (Im assuming you have mad skills here).
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music man
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#13
Quote by METSOAD
I play bass (no shit) and i've been told (although i can't really see it) that i am the shit. I'm in a band and we are going very well, yet loads of people (mainly hip-hop artits and local metal bands) seem to want me to play for them, i have to turn them down which makes me like a prick, should go in more than one act or should i just stick with my oiginal band?



Well mabey you keep being acked .... BECAUSE YOU ARE GOOD!!!!


Quote by Angelus Mortem
You Sir, are an IMBECILE.


Very true.

Quote by Angelus Mortem
Guitar is for dickheads that can't find a GROOVE, and need two extra strings with which not to find it?


However you are also an IMBECILE!
TheDarkestNights
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#14
Quote by victoryaloy
so if i can find a groove on an instrument with 2 strings you will admit i'm better than you????!?!?!?!


I'll do it on one.
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Doolittle
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#16
hey i have the same problem but i'm not in a band with anyone, but me and my friend are planning on forming one. But the people who have asked me play like metal, and i don't really like metal espeically the stuff they wanna play. where the hell are the pixies fan that play guitar?!?!

El Cumanés
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#17
Do what you want, is your life not theirs.
Besides being a guitar player, I'm a big fan of the guitar. I love that damn instrument. Steve Vai

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Angelus Mortem
Kiss My Bass
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#18
I was illustrating the absurdity of that statement with my reply.

You 6-stringers sure get aweful testy when it gets tossed back your way don't ya? B)

I also play guitar and have a lot of respect for the instrument.

However, i started on the Bass, and it will always be my first love ( musically speaking ).
Gear:
Charvel/Jackson 3B Bass
Jackson CMG Bass
Ibanez BTB575FM 5-String Bass
Vintage 70s Ampeg V9 SVT/ Ampeg 8x10 Cab
Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster

Angelus Mortem
METSOAD
Bass Man
Join date: Sep 2005
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#19
Quote by Doolittle
hey i have the same problem but i'm not in a band with anyone, but me and my friend are planning on forming one. But the people who have asked me play like metal, and i don't really like metal espeically the stuff they wanna play. where the hell are the pixies fan that play guitar?!?!


don't get me wrong, i love metal but i don't just want to play metal, at the moment i'm getting into Brazilian music and i want to look into more stuff from other countries
www.myspace.com/symmetry4321


Quote by RockerPseudonym
I think stone is either 7 or 14 lbs

Edit I'm gonna go with 14 because it's rather unlikely you're 56 pounds


Quote by evening_crow
sounds like....u need a...

BAND MEETING!!!
Last edited by METSOAD at Feb 1, 2007,
music man
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#20
Quote by Angelus Mortem
I was illustrating the absurdity of that statement with my reply.

You 6-stringers sure get aweful testy when it gets tossed back your way don't ya? B)

I also play guitar and have a lot of respect for the instrument.

However, i started on the Bass, and it will always be my first love ( musically speaking ).



Wel i play LOADS of instruments but i started out on Piano :Geek:
joshsirjoshules
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#21
I'd say stick with your band, you guys aren't that bad. I'd just kick your lead guitarists ass haha. But seriously, he's the only part of your band that sucks.
NaivexLi
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#22
Quote by music man
Wel i play LOADS of instruments but i started out on Piano :Geek:



and I started on Violin :fag:
but guitar is easily my favorite.

Anyway

If people want you to do stuff with them...GO FOR IT!
I would kill to be sought after as a session musician.

Gain that kind of respect and credibility....thats something to be proud of.
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qurazy
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#23
Not many bass players, my bassist plays in like two or three other bands.
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MuffinMan
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#25
Quote by NaivexLi
and I started on Violin :fag:
but guitar is easily my favorite.


Started out on trumpet myself. Guitar is much more enjoyable. Stringed instruments > wind instruments.

Anyway, people want you because bassists are hard to come by at times. Especially ones who're any good.

I checked out your band's MySpace. I couldn't really hear the bass, meh. But, I must say, your singer has a strangely appealing voice.
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METSOAD
Bass Man
Join date: Sep 2005
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#26
^^ thanks, why is her voice strangley appealing? she has a better voice but i like all opinions to be aired
www.myspace.com/symmetry4321


Quote by RockerPseudonym
I think stone is either 7 or 14 lbs

Edit I'm gonna go with 14 because it's rather unlikely you're 56 pounds


Quote by evening_crow
sounds like....u need a...

BAND MEETING!!!
Last edited by METSOAD at Feb 5, 2007,
Dutch_Apples
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#27
I was once heavily prominent on these forums from 2004-2007, let's see how long I can stay now that I'm back.
MuffinMan
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#30
Quote by METSOAD
^^ thanks, why is her voice strangley appealing? she has a better voice but i like all opinions to be aired


I mean her voice is very pleasurable to listen to. It's very hit or miss with female vocalists in more rock-based genres, and her voice fits very well for some reason. I say strangely appealing because I don't enjoy a lot of the "mainstream" rock bands with female vocalists, but I like her voice a lot.

It's a complement, . I'd work on getting a lot tighter with instrumentation though. Especially lead guitar. Keep up the good work, though.
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Helloween_rox
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#31
Yes, bassists are extremely hard to come by nowadays, especially a competent one. Be glad that you play it and have enough talent that bands search you out instead of the other way around. My band desperately needs a bassist as of now, and we've been searching for damn near a year now.

P.S.- Whatever you do, do NOT, I repeat, do NOT go the hip hop/rap route if you do decide to join a group/band. I've never heard of any famous rap/hip hop bassists, yet almost all of the well known bassists play hard rock/metal (ex.: Geddy Lee, Cliff Burton). Plus, rap and hip hop don't even count as music.

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GiantRaven
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#32
Quote by Helloween_rox
P.S.- Whatever you do, do NOT, I repeat, do NOT go the hip hop/rap route if you do decide to join a group/band. I've never heard of any famous rap/hip hop bassists, yet almost all of the well known bassists play hard rock/metal (ex.: Geddy Lee, Cliff Burton). Plus, rap and hip hop don't even count as music.




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#33
Quote by Helloween_rox
Yes, bassists are extremely hard to come by nowadays, especially a competent one. Be glad that you play it and have enough talent that bands search you out instead of the other way around. My band desperately needs a bassist as of now, and we've been searching for damn near a year now.

P.S.- Whatever you do, do NOT, I repeat, do NOT go the hip hop/rap route if you do decide to join a group/band. I've never heard of any famous rap/hip hop bassists, yet almost all of the well known bassists play hard rock/metal (ex.: Geddy Lee, Cliff Burton). Plus, rap and hip hop don't even count as music.


This is the dumbest post Ive ever read.

To the bassist guy, if I was you I would play for those Hip Hop guys because they'll probably pay you quite well and they might hook you up with some people who can help your band out. And if your band doesn't work out, word of mouth should ensure you get some more jobs playing Hip Hop music.
It would be like somebody saying, "I don't want to use words to talk, I want to just go by feel, I want to rub my penis all over them. I don't want to talk" - John Frusciante's view on people who don't want to learn music theory
Kiddd
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#34
i say u go for it ...thats if u think u can handle it ...
and then ..if they really like the way u work with them ..and others keep on asking u .. why not try to do it for some money ?
good luck
hippyguitardude
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#35
it sounds like ur good.

I'm (really trying not to brag here) probably the blues/improv. guitarist and songwriter in my school and am constatly being asked to join bands..... And my bassist in my band is too (he's in 2 right now)