Where are the bass players?

Andygee

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Guitar players everywhere....any bass player that's any good is working. Anybody else dealing with this?
 

Floyd Eye

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That's pretty typical. I'm a bass player and I could be in at least 3 different bands right now, which proves that you really don't have to be that good of a bass player to be in demand. lol
 

s2y

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I picked it up because I couldn't find one. Now good bands are the rarity, so I'm working on playing guitar and bass with the hope of finding something.
 

tiktok

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Tons of people take up guitar just for fun, with little or no intention of joining a band, or even publicly performing. Guitar is "glamorous". Thus, lots of guitarists.

Very few people play bass just for fun, at home, by themselves. People take up bass to play in bands. Most people don't want to be in bands, thus, not that many bassists.
 

Shnook

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If someone wants to make a living playing music I'd suggest picking up the bass, learn as many styles as you possibly can and get real good at it. Have done that, you'll never lack for work.
 

Devnor

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All the bass players are in Dallas. Take as many as you'd like...just take them north. Thanks!
 

s2y

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Tons of people take up guitar just for fun, with little or no intention of joining a band, or even publicly performing. Guitar is "glamorous". Thus, lots of guitarists.

Very few people play bass just for fun, at home, by themselves. People take up bass to play in bands. Most people don't want to be in bands, thus, not that many bassists.
Bass is obviously necessary, but it's not all sunshine and roses. Many bands treat you like it's the easy version of guitar and how DARE you suggest you write your own parts cuz they also think that anyone writes a great bass line. They also tell you what gear you can and can't use.

If someone wants to make a living playing music I'd suggest picking up the bass, learn as many styles as you possibly can and get real good at it. Have done that, you'll never lack for work.
Depends on where you live. Over-saturation in my area and original bands playing for free dropped the payouts considerably.
 

TNJ

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I play bass and guitar.
I keep my options open.
Right now...just have a guitar gig.
I did play bass at a jam session last wkd though.
Low end is a blast!

S.
j
 

katuna

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yes, I have an awesome band and have had a lot of different people want to play bass and none of them ever seem to be real "bass players". They are always guitar players who want to be in the band, so they'll play bass for now.

It sucks; I think the bass player is possibly the most important player in the band. In fact, I write a lot of our material on the bass first because I think it makes for more interesting guitar parts. But I want someone who can pick up those parts and make them really good!
 

tiktok

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I played bass for a few years. As I recall, if I walked into a music store with my bass in a gig bag over my shoulder, I'd get a couple people asking if I was available. That's never happened with a guitar.

And yes, if you want to have all the work you want as a musician, take up bass and learn to sing backing vocals. Less stuff to cart around than a drummer.
 

BlackNight

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That's pretty typical. I'm a bass player and I could be in at least 3 different bands right now, which proves that you really don't have to be that good of a bass player to be in demand. lol
Love getting phone numbers after gigs.



Not from women. :cry:


But from bass-less band members wanting to steal me. :puh




Most bands don't respect bass players anyways. The majority of my own bands material started off as bass/drum riffs and rhythms and built from there.
 

BlackNight

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I feel bad saying most bands now. Because the ones that are active usually have a good relationship w/ their bass.
 

Pietro

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I play bass pretty well actually, it has come in handy from time to time.
 

s2y

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I respect the crap out of them. I think they are key to sounding good.
Some guys really do. LOL, it's human nature to remember the really bad experiences. Then again, some of the bassists I tried out before switching over were very bad and 100% responsible for me having to pick it up.
 

Hecube

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I have the great luck to be in a band in which the bass player and the drummer are brothers. Awesome rhythm section
 




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