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  • Why Is It So Hard to Find a Bass Player?

    Our band has no egos or drama. We're nice people, and we play honest music. Our last bassist moved, so we are searching, but it's been really tough. The few guys we've had contact with have been total flakes - one guy canceled on us on two different occasions, and both times we were on our way to the rehearsal spot. Needless to say, we gave up on auditioning that guy. Somehow, I don't think it should be this hard. We've been looking for two months now. If I believed in signs, I'd take this as the fates want us to give up the whole thing.
    Guitars: 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)Pedal Chain: BBE Green Screamer -> MXR Distortion III -> Boss CE-5 -> EH Stereo Pulsar -> Boss DD-20 -> BBE Boosta GrandeAmps: Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5SoundCloud

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    I'm a bass player. Move to your band to VA and we'll jam
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    • #3
      Fate wants you to take up the bass.

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      • #4
        If you're using craigslist, that could easily be your problem. I find I do better recruiting in person - around here, that means going to open mics.
        I'm in a band called Little Sluggers. Signature.

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          Quote Originally Posted by poolshark
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          If you're using craigslist, that could easily be your problem. I find I do better recruiting in person - around here, that means going to open mics.




          We've used bandmix and craigslist. Dead ends, really. I thought about going to some open mics, since that's probably where all the local musicians are going to be.
          Guitars: 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)Pedal Chain: BBE Green Screamer -> MXR Distortion III -> Boss CE-5 -> EH Stereo Pulsar -> Boss DD-20 -> BBE Boosta GrandeAmps: Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5SoundCloud

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            Quote Originally Posted by poolshark
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            If you're using craigslist, that could easily be your problem. I find I do better recruiting in person - around here, that means going to open mics.




            That's good advice...also, maybe look for a guitarist who's open to playing bass? I was told once a long time ago: learn to play bass and you'll never be unemployed in the music biz...dedicated bassists are hard to come by...
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            • #7
              Try going on Talk Bass and seeing if there's anyone in your area?



              http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f154/

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              • #8
                BTW..what area are you in? You just might find someone here or in the HC Bass forum...
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                • #9
                  i find drummers are much harder to locate than bass players. around here they either suck and are available/reliable or are great but are never available or are flakey.
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                  • #10
                    The really good and imaginative ones end up writing their own music and switching instruments, that's probably why.



                    So the ones who are left are the ones that really love the bass as its own art form (these are the guys making gear demos on youtube where all they do is slap) and the bad ones. The few good ones are already in decent bands.



                    But then again, you can say this about any instrument.
                    Electrics: Fender '73 Mustang RI, Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino, Gibson 60s Tribute Les Paul Studio, Daisy Rock Retro-H Deluxe, Squier Hello Kitty Strat x2Acoustics: Taylor 316CE-LTD, Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QITBasses: Squier Badtz Maru Bronco Bass, Aria CSB-300, Fender Mustang Bass RIAmps: Vox TB18C1, Vox Pathfinder 210, Peavey Transtube Envoy, Ampeg Micro VR StackMy Band: http://mittensband.com

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                    • #11
                      Because too many singers and guitarists want the bass player to just stand in the back and pump out quarter notes. So bass players switch to guitar by the time they turn 18.

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                      • #12
                        I have had this problem. From my experience a lot of people who claim they can play the bass are just posers who want to be in a band because they think it's cool. To find an actual dedicated bass player (not as a 2nd instrument) is pretty rare. Best compromise is finding a guitarist who doesn't mind (or even enjoys) playing bass. I actually love playing bass.



                        Keep trying, you'll find someone.

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                        • #13
                          buy a bass. now you're a bass player.



                          time to go find a guitarist. they're everywhere.
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                          • #14
                            Stop playing that polka music and you'll have better luck finding a bass player.
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                              Quote Originally Posted by danswon
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                              To find an actual dedicated bass player (not as a 2nd instrument) is pretty rare.




                              Yeah but then so many of those are total tools. You know, the "IT'S AN ELECTRIC BASS, NOT A BASS GUITAR" crowd.
                              Electrics: Fender '73 Mustang RI, Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino, Gibson 60s Tribute Les Paul Studio, Daisy Rock Retro-H Deluxe, Squier Hello Kitty Strat x2Acoustics: Taylor 316CE-LTD, Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QITBasses: Squier Badtz Maru Bronco Bass, Aria CSB-300, Fender Mustang Bass RIAmps: Vox TB18C1, Vox Pathfinder 210, Peavey Transtube Envoy, Ampeg Micro VR StackMy Band: http://mittensband.com

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