#1
Are anyone of you bassists not in a band? By this I don't mean in between bands, I mean like you have no affilation with a band, but play for yourself, but may intend to join one later?

I say this as I probably won't join a band, for personal reasons, but is it worth it? (Playing bass for yourself but not joining a band?
#2
it won't hurt you not playing in a band

but dude, that energy that you get when you play with one on stage: better then drugs!
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#3
I personally play in a band, and playing in a band is like twenty times the joy that playing by yourself is. It's totally worth it to join a band if you have the time, but it's still cool if you don't want to.
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#4
I dont mean to sound rude, but why the fuck are you asking us?
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#5
If you have to ask that ,then you don't enjoy playing, so you might as well not do it if you don't like it.
#6
im the one gigging bass player in my area thats any good. as in the others are just the bum bum bum bum follow guitar player guys. so i really have to gig out alot and i love it. like i still play by myself. alot. but nothing pumps you up like a crowd screaming for more
#7
I've never played in a band, but I still enjoy playing so I do.
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#8
Why is it that you don't want to play in a band?
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#9
I don't have a regular band, but I have a few people I jam with. I don't dream of having a career in music and I'd rather go out and see bands than play myself. I don't know...I've played at parties and stuff but I'd usually rather be DJing or just socialising.

I learned bass more because I wanted to teach myself a skill than because I had any particular musical aspirations.
#10
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im the one gigging bass player in my area thats any good. as in the others are just the bum bum bum bum follow guitar player guys. so i really have to gig out alot and i love it. like i still play by myself. alot. but nothing pumps you up like a crowd screaming for more


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#11
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You know, what I really admire about you, is just how humble you are.


we all remember his: I knew I would be fantastic in bassplaying before I even touched one
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#12
i play bass and have no interest in joining a band i play because i enjoy it ..and when the opertunity turns up play something infront of friends to make them think im awesome!!! XD
#13
I recently was just kicked out of a band. Why? I don't know. I did nothing wrong, i just was. So i'm still playing on my own. I enjoy playing up in my room, but playing with a whole band is a million times better. I do intend on joining or forming another band later down the road, but for now, i'm just working on some theroy.
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#14
Having a good band to play with is the best **** ever. The rush of being on stage is just unbeatable.
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#16
Playing on stage and being in a band has always been a passion of mine so I'm bound to be biost but even so from a technical perspective it can only contribute to your playing, learning to play/write with other musicians, gaining live experience, being put under pressure to learn/ write songs, not get lazy. And if your a sell out like me there's good pay.
#17
I enjoy playing by myself, and occassionally jam with others.
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#18
Playing in a band is way more entertaining than playing by yourself IMO.

Sure you can play chromatic fantasy at double time. But is that as fun as triple harmonizing with your two guitar players? I think not. Is it as fun as locking in with the drummer? No. Is it as fun as just jamming for 20 minutes with your friends? Hell no.

So if you can, get a band. You unlock passion you can't get elsewhere.
#19
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it won't hurt you not playing in a band


Yeah but playing in a band could help you further your playing abilities. Like before I joined my band I really had no clue wtf I was doing. Luckly the guitarist was cool and helped me with the aspect of playin in a band situation.
I've actually never gigged so I can't say how that feels first hand, but friends have told me its a rush.
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Yeah but playing in a band could help you further your playing abilities. Like before I joined my band I really had no clue wtf I was doing. Luckly the guitarist was cool and helped me with the aspect of playin in a band situation.
I've actually never gigged so I can't say how that feels first hand, but friends have told me its a rush.


I said it coulnd't hurt, but yeah I agree.
I always found the competition I have with my guitarplayer the best factor in my practising. We always learn difficult songs and say: look what I can do. and the week after that the other one says: well I can do that to know, and look what I can do too

and with my keyboardplayer, I just learned a lot of more jazz and less heavy stuff.

and to the guy above: I guess I am
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#21
I used to play in bands, but if you want my full thoughts, read my blog "The Depressing Moment of Musical Self-Realization" if you want my full views.

In brief, I see exactly where you're coming from and can relate to your situation very well. I have a passionate love for music, but I've honestly never been happy in bands. I do jam with people on and off, but I mostly fly solo. But yeah, read my blog.
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#22
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it won't hurt you not playing in a band

but dude, that energy that you get when you play with one on stage: better then drugs!

amen to that
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#23
I’m currently in a band. If you only play for yourself then if you want to take a road in music you should consider being a session musician. No fighting over creative control. But I like being in the band I’m in because you are always learning new techniques an ways to make a song as good as it can be.
#24
I think he just wants to play bass to enjoy himself

maybe he doesn't have time for a band

or he doesn't know anyone who plays any other instruments

maybe he just wants a hobby to pass some time

with any of these in consideration, or even without

If you have fun playing bass, Give it a shot and do what you want

After a while you will probably get the urge to play with a couple other people

but start however you want

because music is a very selfish thing I think, only playing to make yourself happy, and if it isn't making you happy, your doing it wrong
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