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Gigging in a band on an instrument other than bass?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Fassa Albrecht, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. Nah such fing Guv, gorblimey innit, avva banaana.

    If my "research" is correct, these may be appropriate for FA's locale:

  2. etoncrow

    etoncrow (aka Greg Harman, the curmudgeon with a conundrum)

    Fassa, I play drums in one band and bass in another. Nobody seems to give a rat's rear one way or the other as long as I get the job done...Obviously the more instruments you can competantly play the more gigs you'll be offered...
  3. nealw


    Sep 9, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    A former band-mate of mine is one of the best drummers I've ever heard. He's also an excellent bassist. He gigs regularly on both instruments and is taken very seriously as soon as he starts playing. I can't imagine anyone saying "Wow, what a great bassist....but I don't want to play with him because he's a killer drummer, too." I just don't see the downside.
  4. i say go for it. it can only make you better at drumming, which is a great skill to have. there's no reason to give up one instrument for the other. I think of myself as a musician, not a guitarist or bassist. I can play guitar, or bass, or drums, or keys, or sing and fulfil the role of a musician in any number of bands. who cares if i'm playing basslines and the audience doesn't know i can shred the guitar??? i'm a musician.....and i'm the same musician no matter which instrument i am playing.
  5. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    I'm with Jive except I think you should be a one man(chick) band that plays rush covers in Latin with background singers singing in Romanian. Either that or this thread is just a not so veiled attempt for you to brag about how you play drums as good as Neil Pert now.
  6. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI

    Perhaps it's a thinly veiled reference to a new found ability to not only grow hair like Geddy, but also a pornstache like Neil.....

  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    How are these two statements related - they seem contradictory?

    Or is it the case that in the "amateur" status of "happy-clapiness" ;) anything goes, as people cannot pretend to be Christian and then slag other people off...?

    Whereas in the "Real World", people demand a higher (professional) standard of playing and presentation...:eyebrow:
  8. baalroo


    Mar 24, 2008
    Wichita, KS
    I've found that generally if you keep running into the same sorts of problems with many different people, the cause is likely to be something you are doing rather than everyone else. I'm not so certain the instrument you are playing is the problem.
  9. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    Drums is a natural addition to bass. They are both rhythm instruments. I've often thought I might be a better drummer than bassist.

    You will be able to get more gigs the more versatile you are.

    However (there is always a catch) as you dilute your time on more than one instrument, you may not get to be as accomplished as you would concentrating on a single instrument. What's the old adage - "Jack of all trades, master of none"?
  10. +1

    I say give the drums a shot if that is what you want to play. I highly doubt that a lot of people will care that you made a switch, much less talk about it. Even though we are the center of our own universe, most likely others are not even paying attention to us.

    But be prepared to run into the same problems you had as a bassist.
  11. Yerf Dog

    Yerf Dog

    Jun 29, 2009
    Carol Stream, IL
  12. nailed it lol
  13. HateyMcAmp

    HateyMcAmp Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Denver, Colorado
    Well played, sir.
  14. skidrawk


    Jan 21, 2007
    Space City, TX
    I'm a team player. Tell me what to play and I'll play it. I do guitar, vocals, harmonica, bass and if they want me to drum, or play an instrument I'm not that familiar with I will learn. I've alway's carried this mentality. They gave me a harmonica part so I picked up a harmonica on the way to band practice and learned my part while driving.

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