Should I quit my band that barely practices

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Robert Bayle, Mar 24, 2018.

  1. Robert Bayle

    Robert Bayle

    Mar 24, 2018
    Im a drummer in a band and both my guitarist have a busy schedule and always cancels on practice. We practice like once every couple months. The only good we did is practice from one weekend to another but that’s about it. The bass player and I are the only ones who try and put effort into practice. I’m at a crossroads here.
    Ellery, Mr.Ace and Bassbeater like this.
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    No. I suggest finding another guitar player and start scheduling practices with him/her.

    If the current guitarist can't make it, fire him.

    Alternatively, fire yourself and the bass player and start a new band. :thumbsup:
    dbsfgyd1, Artman, Ellery and 7 others like this.
  3. Robert Bayle

    Robert Bayle

    Mar 24, 2018
    But I’m worried if I quit along with my bass player what if I don’t find another guitarist good as him.
  4. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    I've been held hostage too many times.

    Whose to say he's not already in another band and just stringing (pun intended) you along?

    You really don't have s "band". Where are the gigs? Set lists? Social media?

    I'd start looking for another guitar player now.

    BTW, who is the lead singer?
  5. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    No, but I’d quit a band that didn’t gig....
    jerry, aprod, FronTowardEnemy and 4 others like this.
  6. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    If your considering leaving, and your TB name is your actual name, I’d first change your TB name. Or else you may find yourself having the choice made for you.

    That being said, if a band doesn’t rehearse or gig, is it actually a band?
  7. That’s not a band....
    Helix, Artman, Cheez and 3 others like this.
  8. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    If you don’t gig, it’s not a band. If you don’t rehearse, it’s not even a social. Get with players who want to play.
    hisdudeness, 40Hz, LowNloud1 and 9 others like this.
  9. dtripoli


    Aug 15, 2010
    The is no musician's law or unwritten rule that says you can't be in more than one band, especially if one of them rarely rehearses or gigs.
    hisdudeness, Artman, Wasnex and 6 others like this.
  10. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I was in a band that rehearsed about 5 times in 5 years. We gigged every weekend, and sometimes during the week. :bassist:
    ahc, NathOBX, BooDoggie and 9 others like this.
  11. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    For problems like that there is only one solution!

    Fire the drummer!


  12. Robscott


    Mar 20, 2017
    Tonbridge UK
    Rehearse every couple of months, no gigs, how is that a band?
    Guiseppe likes this.
  13. Pug the Pig

    Pug the Pig Inactive

    Mar 21, 2018
    Nothing more annoying than when others don't want to play as much as you, I've been there too...
    You and the bass player, as said above, simply need to walk away & find others with the same commitment and goals as you.
    A ready made up and running rhythm section is a pretty desirable commodity remember!
  14. interp


    Apr 14, 2005
    Garmisch, Germany
    Absolutely. Although I understand the OP's point, he needs to make a distinction between practice and rehearsal. My current cover band virtually never rehearses, but individually we practice every day and we put together new material right on stage. To do this though you need the right players with the right work ethic and skills.
    Guiseppe, bwoodman, BooDoggie and 2 others like this.
  15. MojoPenguin


    Jul 11, 2014
    Europe Bro'
    My advice is find another band or make other practices with another guitarist, while not leaving the other band in the meantime. To give you more options.
    LowNloud1 likes this.
  16. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    The issue is how often you play. I play in a band that has about three rehearsals a spring to go over new songs, and prepare for a year of gigs. If you aren't gigging or rehearsing, who cares how good he is?
  17. Bassbeater

    Bassbeater Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    There is no band. You have not yet reached a crossroads. Change vehicles or die of old age in a gas station.
    3Liter, Mr.Ace and MattZilla like this.
  18. a lot of guitarists are better than an absent one
  19. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    "It's not you... it's... us.". Just don't do it in a nice restaurant...
    JeffC23 and Wisebass like this.
  20. Pug the Pig

    Pug the Pig Inactive

    Mar 21, 2018
    A drive thru MacDonald's would be my choice and make sure HE buys the supersized meals BEFORE you tell him.;)
    Spidey2112 likes this.