Smiling bass player, what should I do?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Axtman, Jun 21, 2019.

  1. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    The other day I was at a jazz gig and the upright bass player was smiling up a storm. I was so angry!

    I should have gone over and read him the riot act! How dare he smile while playing! He knows the rules. If you smile people will think you are having fun. If you are having fun then you are enjoying yourself and that is strictly forbidden.

    I am deeply concerned that he will set the bar for the rest of us and our band/audience will expect the same!
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  2. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    Drink two beers and check with me in the forget that last part
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  3. keyboardguy

    keyboardguy Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
    Yeah, who do those people think they are ?:bassist:

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  4. squarepeg


    Dec 21, 2010
    It happens to the best of us.
  5. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Oh man, I'm even smiling in my freaking avatar pic. :help:

    Ok, ok, I'll stop the denial. "My name is Grant and I have fun playing bass"... "Hi Grant" :thumbsup:

    Ah, I feel much better now. :D
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  6. if the bass player is smiling it is either because the drummer has made a mistake, or the bass player themself has dropped a huge fart!
  7. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Smile back. That'll show him!
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  8. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    I play in churches. The first couple times I did that, all these women I didn't know started saying hi or smiling at me in the halls between services. I eventually figured out it wasn't that I was a stellar player - it was that I was having so much fun that I was smiling a lot more, which they took as friendly.

    Smile away!
  9. MF-Winzlow


    Mar 1, 2019
    Cntrl FL
    Most likely, he was smiling because he rigged the ukulele to explode during the ukulele solo.
    He was waiting for the ukulele solo.
  10. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    I would have gone over and slapped that smile off his face. What the hell was he thinking? ;)
  11. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    I think you need to take this over to the DB folks, find out who this deviant is and have him shunned from polite society.
  12. Supadope

    Supadope Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    My goal is to leave the world a cooler place than when I arrived.
    I smiled once when I was playing. To this day I still regret it. The worst thing is, it was during a video shoot. So, now I’m cursed with brandishing a fish eating grin on the internet for eternity.
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  13. Honkey tonk

    Honkey tonk Turn it up

    Feb 10, 2019
    Lower 48
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  14. If the club owner sees you smiling, forget about ever getting a raise. Why should we get paid for having fun, right?
  15. Direct Box Rox

    Direct Box Rox Silence = Deaf

    Feb 12, 2012
    Gilbert Godfried plays bass? Nice.
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  16. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    How 'bout that? He never plays on his podcast!
  17. Direct Box Rox

    Direct Box Rox Silence = Deaf

    Feb 12, 2012
    This is the only face to have while playing any type of bass...
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  18. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    If you ever feel a smile coming on just think of something sad, like dead puppies. :(
  19. Doc Blue

    Doc Blue

    Mar 29, 2019
    St Augustine
  20. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly Suspended Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    You guys...if I'm having a good time, why would I hide it?

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