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  • #16
    Yeah because most of them are really guitar players just playing bass to get a gig and would all rather be playing guitar...

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    • #17
      Yeah I hear ya. Try finding a drummer that can stay in the pocket. Lately I've had better luck splitting atoms.
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      • #18






        Quote Originally Posted by honeyiscool
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        Yeah but then so many of those are total tools. You know, the "IT'S AN ELECTRIC BASS, NOT A BASS GUITAR" crowd.




        To an upright player, it's not a bass, it's an electric bass GUITAR.

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        • #19






          Quote Originally Posted by AVisme
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          Fate wants you to take up the bass.










          Quote Originally Posted by Help!I'maRock!
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          buy a bass. now you're a bass player.



          time to go find a guitarist. they're everywhere.




          While I realize that guitarists outnumber bassists, and while I do have a bass and can play it well, I'm not open to this. Mostly because playing bass and singing is harder for me than playing guitar and singing.
          <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 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)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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          • #20
            you never mentioned where you're located.



            I started playing bass. I've been just as hooked on bass as i was on guitar.
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            • #21
              I'm in sunny South Florida, currently in the Ft. Lauderdale area (just moved from Miami).
              <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 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)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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              • #22
                I guess it's because there's less glamour in playing bass as compared to guitars and drums? At least that's what my peers kept telling me when I was growing up.



                At any rate, there's no harm in taking the bass seriously yourself. I did it when my bassist went MIA and as we couldn't find another guy on short notice, I decided to do it myself. It opened up a whole new appreciation an understanding of the instrument, and I play it almost as much as my guitar nowadays. I'm still nowhere near decent enough, but I try every day to be.

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                • #23
                  You might as well try playing bass while singing. It's pretty natural for me (piano training means I always have multiple parts running in my head at once), and I'm not exactly good at bass or singing. It just takes practice. The fact is, bass is a less glamorous instrument. So if you want someone talented to do it right, do it yourself. You have a mic, you don't need extra glamor.
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                  • #24






                    Quote Originally Posted by jpnyc
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                    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.














                    Quote Originally Posted by StevenJM
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                    you never mentioned where you're located.



                    I started playing bass. I've been just as hooked on bass as i was on guitar.




                    me too. I changed because its a lonely life playing bass to yourself when the band's not performing or practicing.



                    Also hard to do when the neighbours a mile away can hear what you play.
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                    • #25






                      Quote Originally Posted by honeyiscool
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                      You might as well try playing bass while singing. It's pretty natural for me (piano training means I always have multiple parts running in my head at once), and I'm not exactly good at bass or singing. It just takes practice. The fact is, bass is a less glamorous instrument. So if you want someone talented to do it right, do it yourself. You have a mic, you don't need extra glamor.




                      Actually, I'd have to disagree to an extent. I play bass for one band, and while I'm not a particularly skilled bass player, I still get a pretty fair share of the attention. I get to play simple, fun parts that allow me the freedom to get drunk, goof around and generally rock out. I get to be the fun guy on stage, and people seem to respond to that. I think audiences prefer a showman over weedly wee solos and cool guy posturing.



                      ... but I still play guitar in my own band. =)
                      I'm in a band called Little Sluggers. Signature.

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                      • #26
                        Fair enough. What I meant is attention in the form of solos and such. The kind of attention that bass attracts, in rock music at least, tend to be from knowledgeable listeners who know what they are listening for. Meanwhile, I think in some dance-heavy genres, it gets more attention than guitar, which is often reduced to little more than a rhythm instrument (although once again, knowledgeable listeners know a Nile Rodgers when they hear one).
                        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 x2<br>Acoustics: Taylor 316CE-LTD, Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT<br>Basses: Squier Badtz Maru Bronco Bass, Aria CSB-300, Fender Mustang Bass RI<br>Amps: Vox TB18C1, Vox Pathfinder 210, Peavey Transtube Envoy, Ampeg Micro VR Stack<br>My Band: <a href="http://mittensband.com" target="_blank">http://mittensband.com</a>

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                        • #27
                          Here's your bass player. He's very dependable. No drama. No ego. Doesn't complain.



                          Oh yeah, he's also your drummer.




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                          • #28
                            What city are you in?
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                            • #29
                              A great rhythm section is really hard to find. I've got lots of bassists and drummers I can call on if I need to put something together for a well-paid gig but they're always too busy to commit to playing in my band full-time.



                              At my last gig, as a 3-piece blues band with two such 'deps', we sounded better than my old properly rehearsed band with amateur bass and drums.



                              For these paid gigs - I've had great luck recruiting older musicians - I'm 29, and there are very few good players my age who have the time to commit due to life, family pressures etc. Plenty of 50-60 year olds out there with tons of past experience who are getting back into gigging after their kids have moved out.

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                              • #30






                                Quote Originally Posted by honeyiscool
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                                Fair enough. What I meant is attention in the form of solos and such. The kind of attention that bass attracts, in rock music at least, tend to be from knowledgeable listeners who know what they are listening for. Meanwhile, I think in some dance-heavy genres, it gets more attention than guitar, which is often reduced to little more than a rhythm instrument (although once again, knowledgeable listeners know a Nile Rodgers when they hear one).




                                But in our band, the bass has solos! The way the music is written, the bass carries a lot of melody. We were lucky to have a phenomenal bassist when we got started. We'd be lucky to find someone half as talented.









                                Quote Originally Posted by deanmass
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                                What city are you in?




                                Ft. Lauderdale
                                <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 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)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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