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Pro. or Amateur?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by XavierG, Apr 24, 2002.

  1. PRO - ( at least 40% of annual income from playing bass)

    16 vote(s)

    98 vote(s)
  1. XavierG

    XavierG In Memoriam

    This may have been done before, but I'm too lazy to check.

    For purposes of this poll, "pro" means that at least 40% of your annual income comes from playing the bass.

    I'm an amateur.

    (My 1st poll!)
  2. im an amateur...been playin all of 2, maybe 3 months!
    *darn it! i just blew my cover, you all thought i was a real rocker too...*
  3. XavierG

    XavierG In Memoriam

    .... this has nothing to do with how long you've been playing. One can be a pro having played for 2 years, or an amateur having played for over 20 (like myself).
  4. i still stand strong that i am an amateur.

  5. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA


    (Nobody has voted Pro. yet. Where's Pacman? Nino? Peter McFerrin?
  6. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    i make more money playing bass than anything else, but that'll change as soon as i get a job. :D

    So i guess i'm an amateur.
  7. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    Right now I am an amateur... but Hopefully in the next year or so that will change... I'm still in college so I don't have the time to make tones of $.... wait... the only time i get paid to do anything is when i play bass or sing.. So technically i'm a pro right? :)
  8. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain

    someday it could change..... who knows!!!!!!

    Now I´m happy this way:rolleyes:
  9. I do play professionally - mostly orchestral double bass, but I do play a fair share of electric too. I do teach a fair bit, but the majority of my income is from playing rather than teaching.
  10. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks! In Memoriam

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    Woohoo!! I'm a pro! wait, that's just cause my day gig pays crappy! Oh, well.

    Chris A.:rolleyes:
  11. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Well, last year I would have been considered a pro. But I have since left that band, and the new one isn't gigging as heavily as my last band, so I guess I am currently an amateur.

    So, which one should I vote for??:confused:
  12. What a bunch of amateurs! :p

    I prefer the term Novice, or Beginner, or Useless Piece of S...ooops...sorry...just got off thephone with my ex :rolleyes:
  13. Craig Garfinkel

    Craig Garfinkel

    Aug 25, 2000
    Hartford, CT
    Endorsing Artist: Sadowsky Guitars
    By Xavi's standard for pro, I'm compelled to vote "amateur" (my day gig pays too much :mad: ).

    However...I prefer to think of myself as the type of amateur that Tiger Woods was just a few short years ago ;) .

    (I don't mean to draw a direct analogy here...Tiger was arguably the very best player in the world even as an amateur...:oops: )
  14. Well I guess I would say I am a amateur. only been playin for about a year. I am just learning.:rolleyes:
  15. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I am an amateur in every sense of the word.
  16. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Wait wait wait...

    You guys get PAID to play bass?


    Nah, it's been a while since my last gig, and even those were few and far and poor between.
  17. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin Inactive

    Dec 11, 1999

    The word Amatuer comes from the latin for love. IF you are an amatuer, you play bass because you love to. Shouldn't we all be amatuers!

    Being a pro is really about attitude. Here are my 5 rules for being a pro:

    1. be on time
    2. be ready to play (mentally and physically)
    3. know the material
    4. Serve the song
    5. Honor your commitments
    6. Check for pee stains (for men only)

    That being said, If I take into account playing bass, writing about bassists, writing magazine articles, writing bass lessons/books, performing clincis, master classes and teaching, selling books, CDs and hearing protection. I am a pro.

    Does 40% of my income come from actual performance - no.

    That might not sit to well with Paul considering I am an "Ask The Pro" here. But I'm comfortable with it.

  18. 1. be on time

    - Always am....can't help it...practice is at my place

    2. be ready to play (mentally and physically)

    - usually am...sometimes...late at night...after about 15 beers, I think I am more ready than I really am :eek:

    3. know the material

    - No problem there...I like preparing and playing by myself ( that's BY myself....not WITH myself :rolleyes: )

    4. Serve the song

    - Not sure what you mean there....Would you like fries with that? :confused:

    5. Honor your commitments

    - Always

    6. Check for pee stains (for men only)

    - :eek:

    Does that make me a pro?! Wow...wait till I tell mom
  19. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Ammeter. I measure current.
  20. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin Inactive

    Dec 11, 1999
    Was there really any question ?:D

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