Straight to the point bassist looking for band ad.

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Starflyer59, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. Disclaimer :This is not me!!! I'm just wondering what is your guys opinion on this fellow player.

    I am a bassist from xxxxx island living here in xxxxx. It seems that as high in demand as bassists are everyone out here seems to be more interested in "try outs" for bassist and can't just stick to one who is dedicated. Treating the whole band thing like an American idle thing. Here's the deal. I'm good at bass. I have an understanding of rhythm and can keep time. I enjoy any kind of rock music that doesn't include hard rock or metal or punk. I'm more of an indie rock / country fan. I like tragically hip and similar kinds of music. I am looking for a band that likes to play and write originals. Looking for a band who has a pretty descent singer and some good grooves. Don't waste my time by just having me come in for a trial. Fact is I can play and I'm not going to be able to play your songs flawlessly off the bat. You'll have to go over chord progressions. I'm not going to come in and be able to play a show the next day. I'm not the "bass solos everywhere" kind of bassist. I play simple and solid bass. Using the root note from the guitar riff to bass my bass riffs off. I just need to learn your songs is all and have you be serious about wanting a dedicated bassist instead of just having "try outs". Give me a call if you think you have what I'm looking for and if you're serious about having a dedicated member in your band.
  2. dls119


    Jun 27, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Aside from misspelling "base," I kind of admire the guy's (or gal's) honesty.
  3. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    North East Texas
    I like it. He's a dude who knows where he is at and knows what he wants. Nothing wrong with that.
  4. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Is this thing on!? Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    64 Audio · DR Strings · Source Audio · Hipshot
    I dig it. Honest, to the point. I've been in his shoes, and can empathize. You go to a ton of "auditions" and get passed over for stupid reasons. He's trying to cut out the middle man and get to playing. I can admire that.
  5. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    My problems with this ad:

    American idle

    Overall capitalization and grammar. Seriously, have we become a nation of barbarians?
  6. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    He got rhythm right.

    The guy's a nerd, find someone else.
  7. Ender_rpm


    Apr 18, 2004
    St. Louis MO
    While I admire his honesty, he comes off as an @55. Of COURSE someone is going to want to audition bass players, or any other instrumental position. This guy may be able to play his butt off but if he is this big a douche in person I'd never want to hang out with him every week, or chill with him after a show, you know?

    Also, its spelled American IDOL, not idle. So not just a douche, but a moron to boot. If you keep having the same issue with EVERYONE around you, maybe EVERYONE ELSE is not the issue?
  8. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    That might have been a low profile joke, along with "descent singer."
  9. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Agreed that there is something admirable about his honesty and straightforwardness. However, it seems to me that he "doth protest too much" about doing an audition. He almost seems to be saying that if you make him audition you can expect him to do poorly, but then you should invite him to join the band anyway. So I say good idea, but maybe a little over the top.
  10. mancefine


    Jul 7, 2013
    Endorsing Artist: Orange Amplifiers and Spector Basses
    Actually he comes off as a guy that's been on Craigslist too often. I've posted similar posts after vague ones got me tons of replies and wasted 2 months of my time auditioning bands or meeting up with dudes only to find out they greatly exagerated how pro and where their band was.

    The only way I found my band was to post an ad telling who I didn't want contacting me, and was as blunt and specific as possible. It sounds like the author of this ad was just burnt out on having his time wasted. I know if I was looking for a good band member this ad would strike me as someone that would be commited and isn't stupidly jaded like so many cough cough "musicians".
  11. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

    Jul 2, 2012
    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can shag off
    Why the bagging on spelling. Some people are just poor spellers...

    I would not meet w a musican wbo placed the ad because as stated above, sounds like his way is the only way...
  12. spz8


    Jan 19, 2009
    Glen Cove, NY
    I completely agree. No, you should not have to be shown progressions at an audition. You should have done your homework, learned the material, and know the songs going in. Instead of wasting time complaining in an ad, bone up on your spelling and grammar!
  13. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    You mixed tenses there.

    Shame on you.
  14. Ender_rpm


    Apr 18, 2004
    St. Louis MO
    To be fair, I have encountered a couple situations where
    1. The band didn't have recorded material to learn from (Red Flag A)
    2. The current player wasn't aware he was being replaced, so they didn't want to put their material up in case that player stumbled across it (Red Flag B)
    3. The band was paranoid about someone "stealing" their hit song "DOn't guzzle the bong water, Pt 7" (Red Flags C and D)

    So really, its not entirely the bands fault the guy wasted his time. :D

    I too have posted "here's what I want, here is what I don't want" ads. I still get a ton of replies for genres I have NO interest in. So I don;t go to the auditions :)
  15. Ender_rpm


    Apr 18, 2004
    St. Louis MO
    Different sentences, different tenses. Looks like you need to diagram some sentences sonny ;)
  16. spz8


    Jan 19, 2009
    Glen Cove, NY
    No, he's correct, I will admit when I'm mistaken, but it's a rarity! ;) Past tense problem...

    "You should have done your homework, learned the material, and knEw the songs going in."

    At least I'm not taking out Craigslist rant ads. :p
  17. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Yeah, but did your what-I-don't-want list ever include "I don't want to audition"?

    BTW, you used a semicolon where you should have used an apostrophe.... :bag:
  18. Ender_rpm


    Apr 18, 2004
    St. Louis MO
    Ha, I am hoisted on my own petard ;)
  19. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    >>Implying it was ever any different
  20. FWIW: My first impression is, it's a young player and or to much work (hand holding) to whip them into shape.