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Who are you as a bassist?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by NickFromNY, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. Touring pro, original band

    12 vote(s)
  2. Pit/show musician local/regional

    9 vote(s)
  3. Cover band, local/regional, very busy 10+shows a month (includes jazz)

    11 vote(s)
  4. Cover band, local, 4-8 shows a month (includes jazz)

    39 vote(s)
  5. Cover band, local, 1-2 shows a month for beer money (includes jazz)

    72 vote(s)
  6. Original band, play out locally for the door

    57 vote(s)
  7. No gigs, just jam with friends

    68 vote(s)
  8. Freelance, play with multiple projects but always for $$$

    44 vote(s)
  1. There's no option in your poll for: Very new bass player who still struggles to keep a tempo and is not yet ready to join a band or even jam but is getting there, little by little. That's me.
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  2. BwanaDust

    BwanaDust Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2019
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Lincoln Learning Solutions - Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center
    Well... I've been a professional touring musician and session/recording engineer for the better part of my life, but that has more to do with my vocals and keyboard skills than bass. So I guess I would be "none of the above."
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  3. Skillet

    Skillet Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    My son is a natural, has keyboard skills out the wazoo, also picks on bass and guitar. A friend of mine made the comment, "How clever of you, if you have trouble finding people to play with, just make your own".
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  4. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Poll is missing "Write and record original music". That's me. I play out occasionally with friends, but that's usually on acoustic guitar.
  5. redwingxix


    Oct 21, 2015
    Can't you be in a band that plays covers and originals in their sets?
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  6. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    I'm definitely of the Cover Band, 1-2 gigs/month variety.

    Two girls in high school and a VP job for a software company, that's all I can handle and maybe more than I can handle.

    In the past I've been much busier. I love to play, but I'm increasingly intolerant of the 3AM bedtimes and the way those make me feel the following day. Plus, the world doesn't seem like a very nice place outside of clubs just after they all close.
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  7. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    That's an original band, IMO. Although I admit that my favorite local bands ever have been the really good ones of that variety. I was in a pretty good one in Denver myself from 2006 - 2012.
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  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    Who are you as a bassist?
    old, mostly. retired from full-time music and day gigging. 3-6 gigs a month these days but i have time/energy/interest for more!

    - the only teaching i do is here on TB: i model what not to do: how not to be. :D
    - recording: while i'm actually retired from full time recording: these days i do a brisk part-time business in my basement. who knew?
    - i have always composed and arranged. it's one area which doesn't require a lot of tools (piano+paper)...and i still make some money at it.

    i've got you covered! :laugh: but i agree with your statement: $100 per gig, regularly, is nothing to snoot at.
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  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    2 Cover bands, local, 4-8 shows a month. Plus the occasional sub gig or recording date.
  10. redwingxix


    Oct 21, 2015
    Agreed. All of the local bands I see that I like do a good mix of both.
  11. lat


    Dec 30, 2014
    I think the technical term would be whore.


    EDIT: Not judging. A little jealous perhaps, but not judging.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2019
  12. StatesideRambler


    Jul 1, 2015
    It depends whether payment is involved, eh?
    lat likes this.
  13. Seven years playing bass with a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute. As a rule we play twice a month. I don't make as much as Geddy Lee would, but it's a nice little supplement to my income.
  14. PaulCISSA

    PaulCISSA Propeller-Head Hero Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Northest New Jersey
    Very salient distinction.
  15. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I play just about every week at church. With the occasional sub in our Chinese and Spanish service. About 10% of our book is made up of originals. We are sometimes called upon to improvise off of a vamp and at times listen when someone gets up to sing when a working key is found it is called out we go into a play by ear.
  16. Eilif

    Eilif Holding it down in K-Town. Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Country and Rock group "Tall Paul". 90% Covers. Average 4 gigs per month. All Paid fairly. 2 years with him.

    Also play weekly for church for free and occasionally jam with friends.
  17. jackn1202


    Feb 14, 2018
    Austin, TX
    I play semi regularly at two different churches, and have just joined a band where at least our goal is to be playing several times a month. My past is just a high school jazz band and one hang out and jam band. Wasn’t really sure what to put down.
  18. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    I don't fit into any of your categories.

    I play original music.
    I play regionally (east coast, give or take), occasionally internationally,
    I am in a band that has a national booking contract.
    I still hold down a non-music job too.
    I've done ~100 gigs a year in the past few years.
  19. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan bleep bloop Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    New York
    I've teetered between
    • Original band, play out locally for the door
    • No gigs, just jam with friends

    for most of my almost 30 yrs as a bassist and musician
  20. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2003
    SF Bay Area
    I've been all of these at one point. I voted freelance for money because that's what I've done the most over the years. Right now I am holding a salaried job in AV and doing freelance studio and gig work as well as some regional touring.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2019

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