Quit a band - what do you do with the charts?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by pklima, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. pklima

    pklima Commercial User

    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Karoryfer Samples
    Keep them? Throw them away? Forget them until accidentally finding them years later? Burn them ritually? Shred them to dispose of the evidence? Or just never have any charts to begin with?
  2. Sorry...charts?
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  3. PSR B1919+21

    PSR B1919+21

    Jan 6, 2015
    Wait till the band become famous, then sell them to yoko ono
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  4. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    IMHO, keep them and build library.
  5. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I have a book full from my originals bands. No reason why I kept them :meh:
  6. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab HELIX user & BOSE Abuser

    Feb 11, 2004
    Not charted but do have a notebook full of notes for the 100+ songs learned in 30 days for the current band.
    Got an email in 2006 "Can you learn 100 songs in a month? We fired our bassist with an important gig coming up".

    Keep 'em in a file cabinet. Having to relearn or chart something years later, again, might be not fun.
  7. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    Theyre great to rediscover 10 years later.

    And for blackmail.
  8. dtripoli


    Aug 15, 2010
    I keep old charts in a file folder in case the same song(s) are needed in the future,
    but 9 times out of 10, I can never find that needed song in the pile.

    Jaco's Law of Charts:
    If you throw them away, you'll need them in the near future.
    If you keep them, you'll never need them.
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  9. jthisdell


    Jun 12, 2014
    Roanoke, VA
    Never a downside to knowing more songs. Keep them, you never know what the next project will be.
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  10. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    Keep'em for all the reasons stated above.
  11. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    You could be a nice guy and give them to the band, or copy them and give them the copies.
  12. I put them in sheet protectors inside a 3 ring binder. I really should scan them and save 'em as PDFs. Always come in handy for future projects.
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  13. Did they play 100 songs at the gig?
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  14. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    if you're sure the bridge is burned but good, burn the "charts" & everything else to do with that band
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  15. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    If you quit on good terms - like you're having a kid, just time to go, etc and still friends, give them to the new bassist. It will help him/her immensely. If it was on less than great terms and it's not a lot of originals, keep them for future bands.
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  16. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    I have a stash of sheet music going back to the 70s ...
  17. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    I recently threw all my paper song charts out and just keep everything on the tablet and use Mobile Sheets to access them. Also backed up to the computer.

    They do an 8 hour gig?? Surely they could have given you 3-4 sets worth to start.
  18. swafran


    Nov 6, 2008
    Paris, France
    One time this songwriter I auditioned for once freaked because he'd given me a few charts. It was his first time back out after writing songs for 2 years in his bedroom while he had a kid, and was convinced the whole world was waiting to rip off his genius songs. He made me mail them back to him. (No one wants your genius songs, I could always have photocopied them, must I really bother to cross the street and mail this for you, ack so much stupid). Other than that if it's a standard or a tune I like I keep it. Otherwise recycle.
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  19. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i put them in a drawer and forget all about them :D
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  20. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    I put everything on my ipad. It's good to have on hand.
    Only things I've ever deleted were stupid xmas tunes I had to do with one band that kept doing freebie charity gigs. When that band split, I deleted those charts so I have an excuse to never play rudolph the red nosed reindeer again.