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Advice on finding a gig...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by bassplayerwolf, Oct 3, 2001.


  1. Friends
    I've been playing bass for about 6 months now, learning chords, scales, reading anything and everything I can about the bass. In fact, I spend more time on activebass.com than working.

    My problem: I can't seem to find anyone to play with that's understanding of my experience level. I live in Atlanta, and it seems I could find someone, but when they ask how experienced I am, or what are my influences are, they are turned off.

    I've put my name on several internet sites (atlantamusician.com), I even look through the local music rags to see if anyone would be interested in JUST playing a little. I've thought about posting a flyer at a local music shop, but I don't know if that is allowed. At least my teacher said that it wasn't allowed (and no, he doesn't know anyone I can play with either).

    Anyone got any suggestions? I would even play for a church if given the opportunity. I just want to learn, play, and have a good time.

    Thanks. Great site!

    bassplayerwolf
     
  2. brewer9

    brewer9

    Jul 5, 2000
    Why wouldnt putting up a flyer at a music shop be OK. Thats how its done all the time around here. Most shops have a place for posters just like that. Go ask them.

    Ask everyone you know and anyone you think might know someone who plays. There are plenty of players with your level of experience. They're probably wondering how to find other players too!! Good luck.
     
  3. You could always just lie.... :eek:

    "I've been playing for 15 yrs, but that band broke up". Always blame it on the drummer, they'll believe it! :D
     
  4. flipperwhite

    flipperwhite

    Jul 12, 2001
    usa
    learn a few real cool tunes I mean not just good but perfect,pick a couple that most bands play in the scene in your area and go to some clubs or where ever you can find bands playing and go up and ask if you can sit in on a song or two,find some friends who have some friends rehearsing and drop in and ask to sit in,tell them and every body you see your looking for a gig,you will find a band,there are some really cool Vineyard churches in Atlanta where you would be welcomed to play and they have some pretty cool music,those places are ideal for learning.
     
  5. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    hey dude, good luck with what you're trying to do.

    try an ad in the creative loafing.

    i'm going to move this on over to miscellaneous, where it seems to fit in a bit more than here in basses.
     
  6. Ignus

    Ignus

    Jul 27, 2001
    I've been playing with the same guys for nearly 10 frickin' years.. That's a long time. I don't know what the scene is like in Atlanta.. I know the Minneapolis scene is saturated. What kind of music do you play that would turn off people?

    Ignus
     
  7. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Joplin,Missouri
    Dude i must say back in the day when i only played that long what i did was jump into the fire! Like one dude said lie about it if you have to! It was very nerve racking to play with people that are so much better than you but it makes you improove so fast! I think its the best way to do it! But hey dont try to jump into a funk band thats played for 20 years or a jazz band or anything! Just find a band thats played for 5 years or so and join!