The Praise and Worship Band Bassists Club

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by jive1, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
  2. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Arcadia, CA
    Might as well kick it off with the setlist and a brief bio

    Friend of God
    In the Secret
    Open the Eyes of My Heart
    Your Love Oh Lord
    No One Else (original)

    I have been the bassist at the Arcadia Foursquare, Victory Chapel for the past four years and am about to celebrate my tenth as a member of that body of God
  3. DavidWann


    Jul 26, 2013
    This Sunday's song list:
    Happy Day
    Alive In Us
    How Great Is Our God
    Where The Love Lasts Forever

    It appears that "Happy Day" is a favorite. ;)
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  4. R&B

    R&B Both kinds of music: Rhythm AND Blues! Supporting Member

    A rare Sunday off for yours truly. The keys player will be permitted to enter The Forbidden Zone with his left hand. : p
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  6. NLBassist


    May 1, 2013
    Our keys player is very heavy on the left hand, but lately she's been pulling back and leaving me some space.
  7. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Arcadia, CA
    Perhaps she is on a keyboards site and learning just as we are
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  8. nutdog

    nutdog Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    In the dog house.
    Most of the time our keys are "manned" by two ladies that play what is written. I don't try to tell them what to do. When the keys are playing a cello sound the low end can be particularly confounding.

    A benefit of being one of the more technologically inclined members of the group is making adjustments with the ipad on the presonus mixer. HPF up to 180 or so on the keys channel--problem solved.

    I'm pretty sure I'm the only one in the church that knows what HPF is so no one else adjusts them or even knows they've been adjusted. It's also helpful slotting acoustics that grind on open chords, EG's pounding power chords and clearing up the BG mud in a lively room.
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  9. That brings up an interesting question: how long has everyone been playing in a live setting? I doubt any of us would call ourselves virtuosos or masters or anything, but we're all of various skill levels united in one cause.

    Personally, I've been playing for twelve and a half years total, pretty much all of it in a live band setting. I wouldn't call myself a beginner, but I'm always learning new things about technique, styles, or from other musicians. How about everyone else?

    I tried to not make that sound arrogant, condescending, or snotty, as it wasn't my intent. Hope it worked.
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  10. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    Ha! :D
  11. Locky66


    Mar 1, 2014
    West Michigan
    I have been playing bass for 20+ years and part of the worship team for the past 7 years. I still consider myself just an advanced beginner. I feel like I could figure out the reasoning behind womens mood swings easier than theory and we all know how hard that would be :)
  12. Paladin54

    Paladin54 Rockin' the root...

    Feb 3, 2012
    I have been playing for just over 2 years. Bass playing is mainly a hobby for me. I practice maybe a couple hours per week. Usually more when I know I will be playing on an upcoming Sunday and have specific music to practice.

    I am getting better but I am still a beginner.

    I have only played live a handful of times. Our group only plays once per month. With my work schedule I work every other weekend so I miss many of the Sundays we do play.
  13. SemiDriven

    SemiDriven Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2012
    Milwaukee, WI
    Played very sporadically over the years (started out on piano, then violin, string bass, electric bass). This last year has yielded real positive results in terms of musical commitment to the bass guitar: gigging every Sunday morning, practicing nearly every evening, transitioning from 4-string to 5-string. I'm playing better than I ever have. Yup, I'm now officially in the advanced beginner category! :D
  14. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Arcadia, CA
    In school I played from sheet music or set horn lines when covering bands like EW&F. Making my own arrangements on the fly from lead sheets or chords/lyrics then it's only been the 4 years on the team
  15. mtb777

    mtb777 Serving bottom for the Most High. Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2010
    Sunny South Florida

    I've been playing off and on since high school (I'm 57) but rarely played out for most of that, and played a home fellowship for about 4 years with 6 different WL's and that developed into a band that did fundraisers for missionaries mostly for the last 2 years of that. That led to playing at a couple of other small churches which has led to playing at LightHouse and now Calvary Chapel over the last year! This month so far, I'm playing 4 Wednesday services, Good Friday Service, and 2 double Sunday Services at Calvary and 2 Sunday Services at Lighthouse. Also doing a fundraiser for for Children's Arthritis on the 3rd of next month!

    Set list for tomorrow is:
    Not To Us (B)
    Majestic (D)
    Your Name (B)
    Dwelling Places (F)
  16. MTFD24


    Jan 15, 2014
    I played guitar from '72 until '78, then picked up bass this past June as our bass player moved away. Mid July I was picking out root notes to help the team. Our Pastor jumped in on keys as the keyboard player was the wife of the bass player and moved too. I am a very NEW old dawg, but working very hard to fill in thhe low end.
  17. ChatDaddy


    Jan 3, 2014
    Monroe, NY
    I've been playing off and on for 30 yrs. Did some gigging early on, but life and career took and still take priority. Playing in worship settings off and on for the last 20 years as well. I don't know what category I would consider myself. Played mostly by ear all of my life but the last few years I've worked on my reading and learning theory.

    Interestingly, the guitarist and the drummer (my son) from our worship band and I are putting together a project and are seriously considering doing some local gigs.

    Set list for tomorrow:

    Home in Heaven
    Montana (by Salvador) - very cool!
    Be With Me Lord
    I Need Your Love
  18. Bmosh


    Dec 20, 2009
    I'd like to start by requesting a membership number. I've been a worship team member for the past 14 years, first on guitar and then on bass ( last 9 years ) . I'm blessed to play every Sunday, 3, sometimes 4 services , traditional, contemporary and modern .
    I'm 61 and have been playing since I was 12. I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.

    This Sunday, contemporary services:

    You are good
    Desert Song
    In Christ Alone
    Christ is enough
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  19. fetch


    Jan 10, 2014
    I've played exactly two live settings...both in the past month at church. I guess I'm about as beginner as could be! I played guitar in high school but put it away when I joined the Marine Corps. Tried a couple times to pick it back up but never stuck.

    I play on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday...CAN'T WAIT!!!

    Can I have a member number please?
  20. 20+ for me. I have taken more than one hiatus over the years though. Most of my playing has been P&W. I tried the secular things for a few years early on and just got tired of the drama. I've also never had the desire to tour, so P&W at a church fits me perfectly.
  21. PipeRain

    PipeRain Operator Of Pointy Basses

    Dec 4, 2012
    I picked up the bass to help out some friends of mine who were in a hardcore/thrash crossover band called Empty Tomb back in the early 90's. From there I was in a band that played fairly regularly locally doing all originals. We described ourselves as "Adult Alternative" because we were too adult for the alternative crowd and too alternative for the adult crowd. Everyone hated us. After that project died I tried to put a few different things together but they never went anywhere. I suppose in all I played fairly consistently about five years or so, ending about 95 or 6. I picked bass up again about a year ago getting (Slowly) more serious about it. I am definitely a beginner, but I'm having fun.

    This week's list:

    Lay Me Down
    Open Up The Heavens
    Love Divine (Purify)
    This Is Our God
    The Stand

    Got some pretty gnarly hiss and 60 cycle hum issues sorted out in the rig this week so I'll be playing this tomorrow.