Finding a bass player

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  1. xrleroyx

    xrleroyx Member

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    Our bass player just out of nowhere quit right in the middle of us recording our debut album. We have a fairly large fan base, and would gig regularly.

    We are good friends, and I support his decision to pursue other passions. I don't understand why he'd drop ~$1k on all new bass equipment to just dip out though.

    This leaves us in a bad spot. He wasn't a fantastic bassist, but easily the best we've had. We need to find someone as good or better.

    I play bass very well, but I also sing and I can't do both at the same time. I'm not as cool as Sting.

    I'd ideally like to find someone who actually has a bass, and a bass amp.

    We get paid fairly well, and gig often. Besides wishing upon a star, how'd you guys find one?
     
  2. loudboy

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    If you've got a large fan base and gig regularly, it shouldn't be a problem - just put it out on FB.
     
  3. tiktok

    tiktok Supporting Member

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    Craigslist, references. If you've been on the scene for a few years, should be able to put the word out for friend of a friend.
     
  4. 2HBStrat

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    If you gig often, and for good pay, you should be in a position that good players would be standing in line to want to play with you. Maybe check with local music stores or steal a bassist from another band?......not the best thing to do but if you're gigging a lot you should be able to find someone good easily.

    I would say that should be a minimum requirement, at least.....have you had trouble with this in the past?
     
  5. Gas-man

    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    Good paying gigs is how you get good players.

    Musicians (when it comes down to it) care only about one thing--how much?
     
  6. xrleroyx

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    Yep. We just kind of exploded in popularity over the past couple months. We played a ton on the other side of the state, then I moved over here. Got a new bassist and drummer and things just took OFF. Our previous bassist did not own a bass.

    I mean, we're an indie/grunge band in Detroit. Not the most high-brow tunes in the world, although on our upcoming album there are a couple difficult King Crimson-y tracks.
     
  7. harpinon

    harpinon Silver Supporting Member

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    They can be really difficult to find.
    If you are really working, you might have some luck at www.bandmix.com
     

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