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Tell me is it really worth losing your mind and getting paid a big check for it?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by StErLiNgBaSsIsT, Dec 2, 2001.


  1. StErLiNgBaSsIsT

    StErLiNgBaSsIsT Guest

    Oct 13, 2001
    NYC
    well me and my friends we talk about if we was asked to record with barbera striesand. I really cant answer this without other peoples opinion. For those who know that barbera striesand is known to take 30 takes on one song. You probably will get paid for overtime but tell me is it worth losing your mind after from playing the same song 30 times? honestly i think yes but what do you think.
     
  2. you think they record all the instruments and vocals at the same time?
     
  3. StErLiNgBaSsIsT

    StErLiNgBaSsIsT Guest

    Oct 13, 2001
    NYC
    not really but usually she'll ask the band to play it again. I dont think that the instruments record the song once, otherwise they wouldn't get that much money for overtime
     
  4. Well, that's kinda the point of hiring professional musicians for studio sessions.
     
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Well, if SHE does 30+ takes, that probably measns for her vocals only.

    So the musician's won't have anything to with it...

    They do their track and go home. Vocals usually come last.
     
  6. Robert B

    Robert B Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Hampton, Va USA
    Yes. With Streisand on your resume you would get many session calls and you could afford lots of quality therapy. ;)
     
  7. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    I'm moving this interesting theoretical topic to "Miscellaneous" because it doesn't refer to any particular recording, but more about the act of recording.
     
  8. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Playing a song or portion of a song thirty times isn't so bad if you are getting paid union rates which I am sure Streisand pays and if your name will end up on her album jacket. Afterall, some folks like myself do read the jackets to find out who the bass player is on music I like.

    Also, if Streisand likes you and your work ethic, she may ask you to tour with her. In that case, you may have to play each song for as many times as the tour has concerts. So, you'd better be willing to play each song in her concert dozens of times.
     
  9. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    How much do pro musicians get paid for a job like that? I think the check might not be as big as some people are thinking.

    The main benefit of recording with Streisand or someone like that is the fact that it looks great on your resume.
     
  10. Yes it's worth it!!! Think about the extra experience and connections you can make.Suffer a little now and reap more benefits in the future.
    However I would disembowel myself if I had to watch "Yentl" more than once!!! Oh, wait a minute,I never saw it all the way through...
     
  11. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I dunno, maybe. Is it just the fact that it's Barbra? I mean, would you be as upset if you had to sit in with Metallica for nine months while they recorded Metallica?
     
  12. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    I've played all kinds of performances, specials, Holiday gigs, whatever.

    Two years ago, I worked with a huge Christmas presentation. I played part of Sleigh Bells (which is nothing but alternating fifths on the quarters) about 19 times in a row at a rehearsal while a women's trio struggled to get the vocals right. No big deal. That is part of doing it.

    I have played with rock bands, metal bands and country as well as with bigband horns and orchestras and other ensembles. For me, I usually find that at least part, if not most, of the performance (and even rehearsals really) is a lot of fun. No matter what style of music I am playing.

    I just like playing the instrument. And I have found that when comparing styles of music, there are many more similarities to good bass than there are differences. The fundamentals don't change.

    Chas
     
  13. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I guess those guys get double or triple scale, which would probably be between 150-300$ per 3 hour session (my guess from what I remember from interviews with session players).
     
  14. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Way off base here. Session musicians more often than not never even see the main artist in a situation like the one we're discussing. Barbara's MD (musical director) will run the session. They probably don't do more than 3 takes per track, and even that number would surprise me. The reason guys get double scale is because they can nail a track on the first take. That makes them not spend more studio time, saving the record company money.
     
  15. i would hate to be an engineer though...
     
  16. RHCFlea

    RHCFlea

    Jun 16, 2001
    Washington DC
    anyone remember the last scene from south park movie? :)
     
  17. Believe me! 30 takes isn't bad at all for Pop recordings.

    But again, this thread is a troll in action.
     
  18. if an opportunity came to cut a barbara streisand record, hell yeah i'd take it, if for nothing else but the experience and bragging rights. i dig some of babs' stuff tho.
     
  19. I made enough money from my Barbra Streisand recording gig to buy a Fodera six string bolt on with no controls.
     
  20. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    I made enough money from stealing FunkyCarnivore's Barbara Streisand gig to buy a Fodera bolt on 6 string that doesn't need bolts.