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convince me not to put the bass down for good

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by boamedt, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. boamedt


    Jul 2, 2008
    Santa Rosa, Ca
    So I'm thinking, why do I spend all my money on my bass stuff but don't really do anything but noodle around on it for a bit and then put it down. I have been playing for 5 years. I play reggae music. I jam with my brother and a friend like once every week or two. I have been in a reggae band, but the singer's eloped and moved away. Where I live, there is not much of a music scene around, so finding a singer is imposible(let alone one that sings reggae) and so is finding a keyboard player(reggae just doesn't sound the same without)When I was in the band I went around tring to hand out our cd to venue and bar owners and none of them would even take it or even put it in and listen for 3 seconds. They all just blew me off. So we had aband and no where play. We found a few places, but we had to do It for free. I had fun, it's not like I was planning on making money from this.
    But now it seems like all the fun and joy I got from playing and gigging has gone away. You can't gig without a singer but can't find any gig to play when you have one.....so why play if it's not really fun anymore?

    Not trying to be negative. Just had this thought and wonder...
  2. fenderhutz

    fenderhutz Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Harpers Ferry WV
    Yup. Put it away for a while until you feel the need to pick it back up. I did this and I just plucked at the bass for almost 9 months and then I got a call to go play in a working cover band. Been going strong for over 2 years now. I just went to open mics and had fun hanging around musicians, not playing.

    Once it isn't fun, time to step away and refresh.
  3. LaBassGuy

    LaBassGuy Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    If you need convincing to play an instrument, then put it down for good.
  4. jchrisk1

    jchrisk1 Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Northern MI
    Maybe you should consider expanding your genre's of music you would like to play. I love playing reggae music, but I also play rock, blues, funk, anything else I can.

    I played in a reggae band for four years, and I will tell you, it's hard finding gigs for the style. Mostly reggae festivals (usually travel is required) or "island theme" parties. Whether private or at a club. We didn't have a keyboard player either, but we did have a horn section. But they were like the community horn section.

    Fact is, most places don't have a reggae scene. So, if that's all you are willing to play, then you probably won't have much going on. But, there's nothing wrong with jamming with friends and having a good time. Maybe one of you could try picking up the vocals and see how that goes.
  5. sven kalmar

    sven kalmar

    Apr 29, 2009
    naahh..we can all get to periods like this. Circumstances might change. Why not study tecnique..play scales and hang in there. even if you just noodle with the bass 20 a day...its infinitily more than nothing. Play some jazz..whatever. all of a sudden ooportunities occur and then you are ready...
  6. Yes!, please put the bass down for good.
    That leaves more work for us bass players that play no matter what, through thick or thin, bad times or good.

    ...just kidding, this feeling will pass.
    Saw Stanley Clarke last year. After the concert I was ready to dump all my bass gear and quit, what's the point of even trying.
    That feeling passed and it became an inspiration to work harder.
  7. boamedt


    Jul 2, 2008
    Santa Rosa, Ca
    That's funny. I probably would have thought the same thing if I saw Stanley Clark
  8. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    Sell your gear to us and drink beer instead. Then we'll be happier and so will you.
  9. thunderbird66


    Sep 30, 2012
    west Texas
    I've been kinda going thru the same thing. Burnt out on the band thing ( the last 2 didn't end very well ). I just pull em out and stare at em. Got a couple offers in the last yr but declined. Inspiration can be a b*tch ( or lack there of ). I did by some recording gear and gonna do the lone ranger thing. Just put it away for awhile. You never know what tomorrow my bring.:)
  10. naahhh, just put it down until you have the urge to play again. May be a week, may be a year, may be never. No reason to say "forever" to anything.
  11. 5StringThunder


    Dec 28, 2012
    Best advice on anything ever. Do what you love and love what you do. If you do that, you'll find a way to get to where you wanna be.
  12. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Fixed it for ya.
  13. boamedt


    Jul 2, 2008
    Santa Rosa, Ca
    Perhaps a break is in order
  14. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    You have some nice gear, if you do step away for a bit, don't sell it for awhile. If music is really inside you it will call you back and you don't want to regret or buy back gear you had and might want back in just a few months.
  15. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    How 'bout put down the reggae? Don't get me wrong. I love that stuff. But I play everything. And I mean everything. Why box yourself in like that? Is that really the ONLY kind of music you have ANY interest in playing? How sad is THAT? You're only leaving yourself OUT of 99.99999999999% of the music out there. Seriously, you live in Cali. If you expand your horizons and open your mind a bit, you should be able to find some people to jam with. Even reggae artists don't JUST play reggae.
  16. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Learn to sing yourself
  17. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    You can't find band members in a 200 thousand people city in Cali? It's hard to believe.
    People find ways to make bands in Nowhere, Minnesota, population 23 chickens and 50 sheeps. In the middle of Sahara, in kirghizistan, hell even in Rothera Station, Antarctica.

    you may not have the motivation to build up or join a band, which is fine but please don't say you can't find members for a band.
    If you don't feel like playing anymore it is fine to stop for a while.
  18. boamedt


    Jul 2, 2008
    Santa Rosa, Ca
    I don't by any means have a way to travel very far to go practice or the funds. Take a look around my craiglist and type in reggae most people are guitarist looking for a band at least an hour away. I'm not only interested in reggae but it's really all I ever played, and what got me to pick up a bass in the first place.....perhaps it's just not as inspiring to me anymore. Perhaps I do need to branch out. I have played a little funk but that's even more rare than reggae around here. Most bands I have attempted to join always fall short of player or two. Just can't find that person that fits with the rest of the band or s a singer not willing to commit. Or can never get gigs once formed.
    It's sad to say but music just isn't one of the things they do in Sonoma county, unless Ur famous.
  19. rapidfirerob

    rapidfirerob Fusion rules!

    Take some lessons which will help expand your horizons. Listen to other kinds of music you don't normally listen to. Play other kinds of music you've never played. There is life beyond reggae. Go to some concerts. Live it up! Play bass!
  20. :rollno:Don't stop! You haven't been playing long enough to quit! If you need encouragement, pick up some music you would like to learn how to play and either take lessons or woodshed until you can play it. You don't deserve to quit yet!:bassist:

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