Gadzooks! Gig coming up as sub...

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by HotTubesGrooves, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. One of my colleagues who is a drummer in a local band has asked me to fill in for an upcoming gig. Their bassist left for another band and isnt prepared to do the gig they had lined up!

    This means I have 2 weeks to learn 10 original songs... :eek:

    They are the first act on.

    I have never played a proper gig before.

    I will be playing an unlined fretless live for the first time in a dark cramped club.

    And I am EXTREMELY NERVOUS! :bawl:
  2. threshar


    Jul 30, 2002
    Good luck. You'll be fine, just practice. And remember to relax. (Harder than it seems). You'll be amazed at the energy an audience puts out.

    The 2nd gig I ever played was in front of 1100 people. (My first gig was the week before at a private party for some rich guy).
  3. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    I always have stage fright. I usually asked the band for a
    throwaway warmup tune, and once I was through that the
    adrenalin and nausea would finally subside and I would get
    right in the groove.

    Be sure you can cover the 10 tunes blindfolded.

    Have a great time!
  4. Dkerwood


    Aug 5, 2005
    As far as the unlined fretless bass thing... is it yours? If it is, and you've had it more than a couple weeks, no excuses!

    If it's new, or it's borrowed for whatever reason, I'd advise practicing with your eyes closed. Let your ear work for you.
  5. Are you listening to their songs as you type this? If not, you should be :)

    I assume you do have a recording or CD of their music? If so, listen to it about 5 times before you even pick up the bass. Then, play along to the record a zillion times between then and the gig. The rest is cake :) Good luck.

  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Excellent advice. Get the song in your head first before you try to get it in your hands. The rest is easy.

    Make sure that you can hear yourself clearly at the gig. This is even more critical with a fretless. Lower the lights at home while you practice. Touching yourself is optional.

    And above all else... relax. :)

    Good luck. I sub all the time. Last week on a gig I did almost an entire set of original songs, in a trio, that I'd never heard before, on the fly. The leader gave me signals on where to go. Turned out well.
  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    The first time you sub with no rehearsal, you're scared to death. The second time, it's a little easier. By the 10th one, it becomes second nature. Well, maybe not second nature, but you don't fear it anymore.
  8. Thanks guys, good advice there. I made a rough recording of a rehearsal and have been listening to it and practicing along with it, so I pretty much have the songs in my head now. Rehearsing again tonight, so I think it will turn out ok. If nothing else it will be fun. I think. :ninja: