Bass player in Kuwait?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by mrniceguy715, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. mrniceguy715


    May 2, 2006
    My girlfriend was working over ther as a contractor after getting home from a tour in Iraq. This was before I met her well she wants to go back to get ahead on bill and such it would even put us in a place to pay off my old house and put down a deposit on a new one. My concerns come with the complete culture shock for me and the complete lack of a music scene. I figured I would try the online courses with since I wouldnt be able to find a teacher. But I'm not trying to haul or ship my gear overthere. Wondering if I would be able to get some good get from that side of the ocean locally and would I run into issues bringing it home.:help:
  2. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    They probably have stuff from Italy there, no? Just guessing.
  3. mrniceguy715


    May 2, 2006
    not sure I searched the internet for my answers did see much and I dont know about online shopping internationally. A trip to Dubai is only like 100 usd from there so maybe I could shop there or secular parts of other places
  4. casualmadness

    casualmadness Man About Town

    Dec 15, 2005
    Kuwait is a pretty cool place. Most Kuwaitis are super nice and dig 'Mericans. Fund stuff to do and Dubai is the happiest place on Earth.
    As for your gear/practice/playing...sell your huge cabs and stacked racks. Get yourself a nice practice amp and a couple basses (a nice fretless and a nice fretted) and go sign up for the online classes and do some serious woodshedding while you're there. I honestly don't know about the local music scene and the possibility of gigging as I was there in a military capacity. But I'm guessing there isn't a thriving music scene (though I could be wrong). But if your g/f is contracting, that means she will be likely working everyday. So you'll be spending a lot of time alone. Use it to hone your skills. Practice like a champ. Do some online courses in performance, theory, etc. Practice some more. Go out and see Kuwait; again, it's a cool place. Take a flight to Dubai and thank me later.
    As for the availability of gear over there, again, I can't really speak to that but what I do know is that you can get pretty much anything you want in the middle east. As for bringing stuff back, ship it back before you leave. I shipped a bunch of stuff from the mid east. When I got on the plane to come home I only had what I took with me.
    I'm not sure who your g/f will be contracting for but I know that most of the contractors offer quarterly vacations for two weeks or so. Go explore some of those fantasy bass shops around the world and pick some stuff up and ship it home to a family member or a friend.
    Culture shock isn't that bad, really. Kuwait city is pretty modern and can be fun. And again, Dubai is awesome.
  5. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    I lived in the Bahrain and there were 2-3 music stores. Outrageous prices, though.
    I would recommend bringing a bass with you and buying an amp there. Keep in ming that the amp will run on 220 volts and you might want to leave it behind when you go home.
  6. syciprider

    syciprider Inactive

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    See if you can incorporate the local folk music with Western patterns.
  7. Hmm, not alot of stuff there, music stores are very over priced. Dubai is a much better place, the music scene is pretty good there.
  8. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Or give it to me :smug: