Originally Posted by jeepin_jer1
Thanks! I don't really use them either, LOL!
Just trying to contribute to my fellow bass players. I know what it's like when the singer says, "learn this song for tomorrow". I usually just fake my way through it in those situations. Because, I have learned so many songs that the singer wanted to do asap and then never play them. or he brings it up several months later (Bastard!). I usually keep a book of my tabs with the band, just in case I can't do a show. Then the fill in bassist has something for reference (if he needs).
I don't know why singers don't understand these few things:
A) Can they actually sing it?
B) If they can't sing it in the original key, why can't the singer let us know that right away so we can work with it in advance of a rehearsal in the key they can sing it in?
C) Do they really understand the playing capabilities of the players in the band? Being a lousy funk player, I'd hate to be told we're going to play a funk song....tomorrow night.
D) Did they really listen to the backing vocals and as to whether or not they really really really think the rest of the band can cover those vocals and play at the same time?
To me, this is how I pick songs for a band and myself as a vocalist or as a player. Maybe it's my fault for studying who I play with and how they play. I also have a "cheat book" that is like 150 songs strong for country, and about 200 songs for rock.
My band mates ask me when I'm going to dump the music stand. I tell them as soon as they decide to put together a 3 set show and stick with the order. We change dramatically from show to show drives me nuts since I reorganize the music in my binder for every stinking gig, so as to have the charts in the right order.