Warning -- venting thread Several months ago, a singer songwriter couldn't get his regular bassist so he hired me to write basslines and then play them on his album. The songs were horrible but the $ was pretty good and I have minimal studio experience and would like to get more so I did it. After 4 rehearsals, we recorded the rhythm tracks for the entire album (14 songs) in one marathon 15 hour session. A few days later, he mailed me a cd of the rough mix for 1/2 the tracks and asked me to come back in and fix some things. I know my parts weren't perfect, but the $ wasn't really so good any more after all the writing, rehearsals, and the long recording session (it was a lump sum, not an hourly wage). I told him I could give him 2 more hours, but then I'd have to ask him for more money. He fired me. I was a bit bummed, but basically ok w/ it, because I really didn't want to work on those crappy songs anymore. Anyway, last weekend he showed up at our gig and gave me a copy of the finished cd. I was surprised, but excited to hear how I sounded. When I listened, I found he had hired another player and replaced every track I did! Why do I want to listen to somebody else play these crappy songs?! The worst thing about it was that the replacement bassist played my lines, but put in notes that the songwriter had insisted I take out -- for instance, he didn't like passing tones because they "call attention to the bass." Huh? I said, "ok you're the boss," but I guess the other bassist said "shut up you don't know what you're talking about." The replacement bassist is a better player than I am, but I really don't think my tracks were all that bad. I think my tone is better, but I'm biased. The songwriter probably made the best decision for his album, but the whole deal has left me bummed out. I knew he was going to call another guy in, but I thought he'd leave at least some of my tracks. I guess I should use this experience to inspire me to work harder. Hoorah.