Love the drummer, hate the guitarist. How can I get rid of him?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by AllodoX, Sep 23, 2001.

  1. Ok, here's the deal..

    I just got back from a 1st rehearsal with a new band. The drummer rocks, he can lay down quite some rythm there. But.. the guitarist... well.. he sucks.. he couldn't keep up with the drummer & me, and that was very disturbing imho..

    Here's the problem : how do i tell them that i DO want to continue with the drummer, but do NOT want to continue with the guitarist ?

    I don't know the drummer's opinion on it yet, but i sure as hell don't want to continue with that guitarist.
  2. XavierG

    XavierG In Memoriam

    Handle it as if it were a business. Talk to your drummer, tell him what you think, find out what he thinks, and, if you're in agreement, tell the guitarist. If you're not in agreement, I guess it's a different story. One step at a time.
  3. there is so much to take into consideration. Is the drummer and guitar player very good friends? Have you known them long? Is there other people in the band too? I would say either try to work it out just wait. Or just quit if it looks hopeless, start a a new band find new players and ask the drummer to play.
    That is a really bad cheap shot but it seems to work :D

    But really I dont know much about the situation here so that could be some terriable advice.
  4. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    Tell the guitarist that you and the drummer are going to start a "side project." Then for a while, put off practice to the point that you have to break up.
  5. masaru

    masaru Guest

    Aug 8, 2001
    Okinawa, Japan
    Honesty is the best policy. The drummer's reaction will depend on his opinion of the guitarist and whether or not they're a "package" deal. I once had to kick my own brother out of a band because he never improved!
  6. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    The goateed one gives sound advice here. It's about business, not about feelings here, so keep it formal and serious. Be honest. Tell them you would only join them without the guitarist, or if the guitarist agrees to take lessons and improve substantially.
  7. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    I'd do as the others said. I've been in that situation more than one time. The pain and frustration caused by that person is never worth it.
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    The TV networks could base a reality show on stuff like this. Vote the poor bastrich off the island.
  9. Well the drummer & guitarist also played together for the 1st time..
    fresh band with fresh musicians..

    i mailed the drummer 'bout how i feel about it... awaiting reaction from him..
  10. thomas

    thomas Guest

    Jul 26, 2000
    Barnesville, GA USA
    If its the first rehearsal how can you tell if he really sucked?
  11. You just know...

    I've done other bands, and those went a whole lot smoother the first time..
  12. Nails

    Nails Guest

    Jun 4, 2000
    Austin, Tejas
    For a fee anyone can be "gotten rid of." :D

    But you may oppose this morally, in fact many people do. That and once the mob does you a favor they want something in return. What is it with gangsters?

    Seriously, everything above is exactly what I would do. See what the drummer thinks, if he's with you tell the guitarist he's a great guy but you don't think he's the right guy for the band. If the drummer disagrees (or if they're a package deal) you'll have to either live with him or quit.
  13. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    I would suggest 100meq K IV , or if you are really industrious 100mg syccynilcholine IV. Done!!!


    Mike:D :D :D
  14. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo Stingray & Serek addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Southwest Texas
    And if all else fails buy a $25 dollar shovel and bury him in the back yard....[​IMG]
  15. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    I have been there a few times and normally with guitar players I found a lost art that works wonders. As soon he shows up for practice talk to him and as soon as he is not looking push him to the ground and deliver one good solid kick that will usually do it ,some guitar players will require a second kick (some just dont get it after the first kick) especially if you get one thats REAL dumb but one kick will usually do the job. The same policy applies to drummers but number and severity of the kicks usually must be doubled. Singers---------- Bring a buddy as 2 legs are not nearly enough to get a good proper butt kickin in.:D
  16. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Give the guy a chance to improve, or at least another practice before you decide to fire him. If he hasn't gotten better, discuss it with the drummer and see where he's at (maybe he doesn't have the same goals and aspirations as you either) and go from there.

    The old standby is (as was already said), quit the band and start a new band with the drummer. I'd let you have my guitarist, but he sucks too!
  17. jazzbo

    jazzbo Guest

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I don't mean to discount what you're going through, but these threads always confuse me, because the answer is really what the answer would be for any difficulty in any kind of relationship: communication.

    I truly believe it comes down to honest, frank, yet sensitively approached, conversation.