Which side of the stage do you prefer, Stage Left or Right?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Stewie26, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. I have been playing in various bands over the past twenty years. During this time we have had to play on some pretty cramped stages. I have always preferred to play stage left, (audience right) so I can easily turn my body towards the drummer without hitting my bass headstock against the cymbals. I am in a new band were the rhythm guitar player insist on the same stage position that I am use to playing. So now I am having to play stage right. Maybe I am just getting old and cranky and set in my ways but when I play stage right I do not feel as connected with the drummer. I would like to hear which side of a stage you prefer, if any, and why you are more comfortable there. Thanks.
  2. dtripoli


    Aug 15, 2010
    I always naturally gravitate to the left of drummer...never thought about why.
  3. I don't like having the high-hat, crash, and snare right in my ear so I usually prefer stage right.
  4. Mitchinboxer

    Mitchinboxer Guest

    Jan 25, 2012

    I just saw Radiohead, and the "right next to the drummer watching him intently" style seems like it works, might have to try that.
  5. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    I take stage right because I'm left handed, same reason as you basically. My headstock never gets in the way when I'm flailing.
  6. match


    Jan 4, 2008
    Merced, CA 95340
    I agree with you on stage left unless I'm doing any vocals in which case I have to be stage right in order to keep the boom extended off to the right.
  7. I vastly prefer stage right, and I almost never get to play there. :(
  8. pnchad


    Nov 3, 2005
    of the hi-hat is the concept

    when all else fails, hopefully that will be steady
  9. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    A right handed drummer plays turned slightly to his left as he has one foot on the kick pedal directly in front on him and the other on the high hat pedal to his left. You can see each other better on that side of him :cool: .
  10. bassfran

    bassfran Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    I prefer hi-hat side to lock in better with the drummer.

    AND because ride cymbals cause deafness. :(
  11. Another good reason for stage left. Thats a good point that I never even thought about before. I was just thinking that I prefered stage left to keep my headstock from bumping into the drummer's kit.
  12. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I don't choose my position on stage based on the drummer. I don't need to be standing right next to the drummer to hear him clearly, and most drummers are so noisy that I suffer ear fatigue if I'm too close.

    My favorite position on stage is between the keyboard/rhythm guitar and the drummer; bass as nexus of the rhythm section.

    I think it's critical for everyone in the rhythm section to have good eye contact with one another, and be close enough to talk between songs without strain or being audible offstage.

    I spent the past decade in an eight-piece band. I was situated center stage with the drummer behind me, upstage, and the congero to his left; the keyboard player was center right, the guitarist center left, and the rest of the band downstage. That gave the rhythm section a strong connection that we all liked, but it didn't work on small stages.
  13. BassyBill

    BassyBill Still here Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
  14. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    I am to the left of the drummer, with keys on my left. My mic is fourth from stage left (out of nine singers), so when I'm singing, I'm just one left of center.


    Mar 26, 2012
    New York
    stage left so if i feel like leaving i can exit stage left.
    but in all seriousness I dont mind and would rather it change often. and usually Im on the side the bass amp is on
  16. Hi Hat side. UNLESS I'm playing in a band where I need to watch the guitarists fretting hand - then I go stage right.
  17. lowfreq33

    lowfreq33 Guest

    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    I've had lots of people run into my headstock over the years, so for safety's sake I tend to go stage left. Bass necks stick out a bit.
  18. vonsparks

    vonsparks Guest

    Jul 13, 2011
    I agree with stage left as thats where I feel more comfortable.
  19. Same as almost everybody here. Stage left:
    - I prefer being on the hit-hat side
    - There is nothing (or no one) my bass neck can bang on
    - My drummer tends to look to the left so eye contact is easier on this side
  20. wyattharris

    wyattharris Guest

    Mar 23, 2011
    In my original trio, i prefer stage left. In the latin band i play in, though, my whole section (drums, guitar, bass) is on the right to make room for the horns, so that's where i am.