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It is rough being THE musician in the band.

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Mike Money, Aug 2, 2007.


  1. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    So, we have 2 guys who play the guitar pretty well, a singer who sings very well, and a drummer who knows what hes doing.


    Meanwhile, I'm over here on bass being the musician.

    One of the guitar players was in marching band and was writing the drill for his high school, so I know he is just playing dumb.

    Anyways.


    It call came to me last night... How truely stupid they really are.

    We were working on a new tune.

    Starts out with a little guitar run for 4 counts, bass and drums come in on 1, then little 2 bar diddly rock thingy, and then into a reggae section.

    Anyways. It is 4 counts from the rock section to the reggae section. Easy, right?

    Well, my singer, to put bluntly, is a loud mouthed bitch who can't shut up.

    Her and the electric guitarist (who are dating, by the way :rollno: ) keep telling the drummer "After that rock section, you do the GACK GACK GACK and then into the reggae section."

    So, they keep explaining it to the drummer like that, and he is just doing the GACK thing randomly.... but always at somepoint within the 4.

    I stop everyone, explain the 4-count after the rock section, then into the reggae section.... I don't bother explaining the GACK thing (he has rythm, but doesnt "know" it per se, so im not going to explode his head with the technicalities of those quarter note triplets.)

    So, we try it, we nail it...

    And then my next problem.


    Half of this song is based on the 3-1-5-2 progression.

    The last song we wrote (Apathy) is all 3-1-5-2....

    A song we wrote last year is 3-1-5-2....

    So, in this song, that change is mostly a punk-section anyways. so I am just chugging the roots.



    Singer: "Mike, you already do that in apathy."

    Me: "Sorry, I'm out of basslines that that progression for this month."

    Singer: "Well, I don't like what your doing."

    Guitarist: "Ya Mikie, come up with something... Mr. Endorsement."

    (I get a lot of crap over the whole avatar thing.)

    Me: "Well, learn how to play those 4 chords in a different order."


    I don't even have the benefit of switching majors/minors

    All 3 songs are in majors.

    But anyways...

    It pisses me of because the guitar player has to worry about playing on 2 and 4 just doing chucks.... And then I'm expected to have killer lines for the same progression for the 3rd time.

    Naturally, I came up with one. Just took a few ideas from flea in "Soul To Squeeze"

    Anyone else spend a lot of time with people who claim to be "musicians" but cant even count to 4?
     
  2. louieeadg

    louieeadg uncle petey?

    Jun 13, 2007
    outer banks, nc
    You sound like an angry person. You should enroll in karate classes, or Tai Chi.
     
  3. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    Mike, i thought you were the gay guy in the band???

    LOL

    :D :p
     
  4. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    Yessir.

    I made mention in an earlier thread of a gui**** known only as "R". In that particular band, the drummer and sax player were both music majors and in the SHSU jazz band with me, so I knew they had their theory down. The keyboard player was brand new to the whole music scene, so plenty of slack was cut for him in regards to his lack of musical knowledge, especially since he was actively trying to learn as much as he could in private lessons with me.

    R on the other hand was by far the best guitar player I've ever played with, but he also could not read music and had no concept of music theory at all whatsoever. Sure, he could play the licks, but it was absolutely hopeless trying to explain to him a triplet pattern in 6/8 in the key of Am...

    He also refused to learn. He swore up and down that learning to read and putting a name to all that theory he knew would constrict his expression. He also was known to rant and rave about how classically trained musicians (like myself, the drummer, and the sax player) weren't even real musicians at all.

    It was the worst when he got the bright idea to add violin and cello to one of our songs and was actually shocked when they asked for music to read. So what happened? I had to sit there in his dorm for three hours listening to him go "Ok, it goes duh duh duhduhduhduh..." so I could put it into notation for the violinist and cellist.
     
  5. louieeadg

    louieeadg uncle petey?

    Jun 13, 2007
    outer banks, nc
    I get so annoyed by that "don't learn too much theory or it'll stifle your creativity" $h!t...that's a rationalization for being too dumb or lazy. True-there are 1000's of ways to skin a cat but just say you're too dumb or lazy to learn music. Who's with me?!
     
  6. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    HEAR HEAR!
     
  7. louieeadg

    louieeadg uncle petey?

    Jun 13, 2007
    outer banks, nc
    CHARGE!!







    where we going?
     
  8. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Yup.
     
  9. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    So i was right!!
     
  10. tycobb73

    tycobb73

    Jul 23, 2006
    Grand Rapids MI
    So you're endorsed by Avatar and in a band like that? Hmmm. Where can I sign up to get endorsed?
     
  11. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    I basically just asked.



    :p
     
  12. fullrangebass

    fullrangebass

    May 7, 2005
    Europe
    I consider bass as a melodic-harmonic-percussive instrument. If band mates need a root note they better think of it, unless they provide it themselves, in the first place. I am allowed to provide people non-root based melodic bass-lines (unless I want to provide the root, instead of implying it). I don't tell the rest of the band members what to play so they should not tell me too.
     
  13. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2003
    SF Bay Area
    This sort of thing was (and still is) rampant back home in Lawrence, KS. I just got back from my summer vacation there and it's amazing how much of this hypocritical, know-it-all attitude is thrown around while there's very little backing up of these astronomical claims going on!

    I think a true musician should be well-balanced in every sense of the word. Knowing your theory and being able to sight-read well are skills that are just as important as being able to improvise and speak from the heart. I feel as though I'm constantly improving my skills both on the page and off. For years, jazz folks would poke fun at classical musicians for being "afraid" of playing without their precious music and likewise, classical musicians at jazzers for not being very good readers or just not knowing their theory (which is a vast generalization in itself). With the proliferation of the "learn guitar in 10 minutes" books and the recycled garbage that gets overplayed on the radio, I can see how some are growing up believing that what they already know about music is enough to last them the rest of their life. Wake up! You should never stop learning. I'll be 90 years old (hopefully) and still learning and getting better!

    All I can do in your situation is be patient and try to get them to see things differently, no matter how stubborn they may be. I often find that some months (or years later), the person comes back to me and says that they were sorry for being so stubborn and short-sighted and that they're glad that I didn't give up on them. That's always a cool feeling. Although, if they're extraordinarily stubborn or just plain ol' dumb, I'll usually cut them loose (or find another project).
     
  14. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    So... I just started doing some lame little run on the 3-1-5-2 part... I was doing it higher up, in order to strum the run and the root at the same time...


    And they said it sounded lame and to play it lower.


    But I like the strumming.

    It had sort of a NOFX/Fat Mike style to it...

    if i did the run an octave lower and left the root, and it just seemed so regular.

    Screw them.

    They are getting the strumming.
     
  15. mrokern

    mrokern TB's resident Rush freak

    Jul 20, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    ROTFLMAO! :D

    Ain't that the truth...

    I've at least got decent guitar players; now if we could just get the drummer to time his changes to the actual song structure. There's nothing like hitting the chorus a bar before the rest of the band does! Maybe it's his way of soloing...

    -Mark
     
  16. louieeadg

    louieeadg uncle petey?

    Jun 13, 2007
    outer banks, nc
    Not trying to start anything but...maybe it didn't sound as good as you thought?.! You gotta serve the song. A "regular" sounding bassline may be perfect in the mix...just a suggestion.
     
  17. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    I'd be inclined to agree with you, but I believe the point of his first post was that he actually tried that and got bashed for it.
     
  18. superqwertyboy

    superqwertyboy

    Mar 14, 2007
    new york
    I've been there Mike, all I can say is get out and find something better.... Life is too short.
     
  19. louieeadg

    louieeadg uncle petey?

    Jun 13, 2007
    outer banks, nc
    aahhh. Hey, atleast they listen to the bass! :D
     
  20. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    Amen, Brother. :)
     

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