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  • #31






    Quote Originally Posted by bluesnapper
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    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.




    I've just read this line out aloud in our office, and there's quite a few musicians in here.



    They all thoroughly endorse this opinion/view of where to look for a bassist
    Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Plato

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    • #32






      Quote Originally Posted by honeyiscool
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      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).




      I'm presuming you mean a Bernard Edwards as opposed to a Nile Rodgers?
      Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Plato

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      • #33
        I have no qualms about playing with older musicians - my other band, a cover/jam band, is with 4 other guys in their 60s. But it seems that most of the older guys are interested only in covers or casual jams.
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        • #34
          I'd always thought it was harder to find bass players than drummers or guitarists, but the opposite has been true around here for years. Bass players available everywhere, and some very good ones at that.
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          • #35
            The problem around Ft. Lauderdale is most open mikes are primarily acoustic. Not many bass players. Try Buzz's Lounge http://www.buzzsbar.com/at Oakland Park near Pine Island. I'm not sure what night is open jam.

            Or try Native Florida Tap Room in Hollywood. http://nativeflorida.net/ Talk to Kilmo.

            Try some local music stores like M.A.E.

            Friend some local musicians on Facebook and ask them if they could recommend someone.

            Good Luck.

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            • #36
              I've been blessed with finding great bass players my entire gigging life. In many cases, they were the strongest "musicians" in the band. My current bass player is also a close friend and business partner, so I have him pretty locked in.



              The guitar player turned bass player CAN be a good way to go, if they really understand the role of a bass player. I find that most don't and sound like guitar players trying to play bass.

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              • #37
                WHO NEEDS BASS?
                Originally Posted by chainsaw fats
                Can I drink your piss?




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                • #38






                  Quote Originally Posted by Doctor49
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                  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.




                  +1



                  I was primarily a bassist for the longest time in the beginning until there wasn't a band to be in.

                  In more recent bands I had been in I did bass for a period then switched to rhythm to take the load off of the lead guitarist/singer. Resulting in less than acceptable bassists coming into the picture and sending the band into an irreparable death spiral.

                  There is/was a band in my area that made pre-recorded bass tracks instead of hiring on another member when they lost their bassist.
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                  • #39






                    Quote Originally Posted by profgalen
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                    The problem around Ft. Lauderdale is most open mikes are primarily acoustic. Not many bass players. Try Buzz's Lounge http://www.buzzsbar.com/at Oakland Park near Pine Island. I'm not sure what night is open jam.

                    Or try Native Florida Tap Room in Hollywood. http://nativeflorida.net/ Talk to Kilmo.

                    Try some local music stores like M.A.E.

                    Friend some local musicians on Facebook and ask them if they could recommend someone.

                    Good Luck.




                    We will definitely check those out. Thanks for the help!
                    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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                    • #40
                      I recently started a band and placed an ad on the local CL. The first guy to respond was a bass player. He is the absolute best bass player I've ever played with. I come to find out later he toured with Ozz fest for a couple years and has toured professionally for about 20! The last band I came from had a bass player that said he chose the bass because it was the "easiest instrument" to play and he wanted to be in a band because "band guys get more chicks." Considering he had no sense or rhythm and was tone deaf, I told him at some point that maybe his calling was roadie or groupie.
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                      • #41
                        I'm presuming you mean a Bernard Edwards as opposed to a Nile Rodgers?


                        I meant Nile Rodgers. Read the sentence carefully.
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                        • #42
                          In my area it's hard to find capable lead players. Everyone wants to play some version of drop tuned sub genre that has ten fans or they only do blues.
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                          • #43
                            I think the key is finding musicians that have the realization that they put together an art that people like, that people enjoy, and will come back to hear and see. This is called a product. These players are linked to other players that are of the same thinking. You develop a Rolodex of these players and you can always find someone. Of course this all depends on what level you are wanting to play music, and what the returns are. The thinking that Bass Players are frustrated guitar players is not wrong. It is just not totally correct.
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                            • #44
                              I think there are only like 114 competent bass players worldwide.
                              No sig.

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                              • #45
                                I think there are only like 114 competent bass players worldwide.


                                Jaco died...better make that 113...
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