"You forgot your tape?!"

Discussion in 'Accessories [DB]' started by Jack Clark, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Jack Clark

    Jack Clark Guest

    Aug 17, 2008
    Idyllwild, California
    Guitarist Bob Boss tells a funny (and a bit scary) story about a session he once did with a well-known group leader who got all over the case of one of the guys because he overhead him say that he had forgotten his tape. ("You come to a session, you bring your instrument, your . . . (etc., etc.) . . . your pencil, and your tape!")

    Bob said he kept his mouth shut because he hadn't brought tape either. Apparently, this leader felt that a pro was expected to have his own cellophane tape on hand to tape together multiple sheets of music to a tune, as needed.

    You pros ever run into this? What stuff like this is a pro expected to have with him when he reports to a session or gig?
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I played in a 9-piece band where everybody played from a pretty fat binder of charts, and somebody was always borrowing tape from somebody else. Pencils, too. After a while I started carrying a roll of gaffer tape, a spare 9v and a few AA batteries, a couple pens, a multi-tool, a flashlight, some granola bars, and all kinds of other items my bandmates were always forgetting.

    Oh yeah, and I was the bongo player.
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  3. MR PC

    MR PC Inactive

    Dec 1, 2007
    That was what Sono Bono did at Wrecking Crew sessions. Before he donned the cave man outfit and teamed up with Cher.
  4. Violen

    Violen Instructor in the Vance/Rabbath Method Inactive

    Apr 19, 2004
    Kansas City Metro Area
    Endorsing Artist: Conklin Guitars (Basses)
    Tape lives in the bag, next to the _other_ tape! Oh, and the spare rosin, rockstop, tuner no one knows about (so it cant be borrowed) Couple Mechanical Pencils, a Realbook 5 and 6 and some sheet music. Whats another few pounds between friends? <G>
  5. Leeners


    Feb 9, 2008
    Boston, MA
    Oh...and don't forget the spare 1/4" instrument cable.
  6. bassist14


    Oct 17, 2005
    don´t worry about the tape - i know a guy who drove to the gig and forgot his bass...
  7. bassfiddlesteve

    bassfiddlesteve Your first second choice™ Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    I actually did that once. It was a clear sign that I had too much on my plate and needed to slow down.

    - Steve
  8. robobass


    Aug 1, 2005
    Cologne, Germany
    Private Inventor - Bass Capos
    Worst I ever did was forget my bow. A cellist lent me her bow. Luckily it was a pops concert, so there were nothing more than a few whole notes that weren't plucked.

    Tape? I suppose it depends on the gig. There have been times when I showed up with scissors, tape, a glue stick, and even white out. That's unusual though. I don't think most players out there would agree to bring tape along even if it was requested. You hire me to play the notes, not to be your copyist and librarian.
  9. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    I keep tape in my gig bag. :meh:
  10. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2004
    Didn't pack my tux pants once and had to sit behind a bandstand in my tux jacket and blue jeans.

    Tape is the responsibility of the bandleader/producer to have the music together.
  11. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Yes! I keep a roll of the Scotch-brand tape at all times to repair charts, to put together loose leafs as handed out, and because this particular brand does not get gummy and separate over time. Yes, it is a must, just as much as a tuner, pencils, a rag or washcloth to keep everything wiped down, clothespins for an outdoor gig, backups of the rest of the personal gear, etc.
  12. ThumpPlunkJunk

    ThumpPlunkJunk Guest

    Sep 9, 2010
    I keep tape, rockstop, tuner, two pencils, rosin, a knife, an etude/excerpt book and tape in my bag.

    Oh, and a bag of potato chips.
  13. robobass


    Aug 1, 2005
    Cologne, Germany
    Private Inventor - Bass Capos
    Not to mention condoms...
  14. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
  15. jlilley


    Aug 28, 2005
    Mill Creek, WA

    Next time you see Bob, tell him hello for me. I studied with him when I was in college. Great player and all around remarkable human!


  16. Jack Clark

    Jack Clark Guest

    Aug 17, 2008
    Idyllwild, California
    Sure will, John. I run into Bob up here every couple of weeks.
  17. MLysh


    Oct 11, 2007
    Was it Drew Gress? Check out cut #2 on The Claudia Quintet's CD "Semi-Formal," entitled "Drewslate."
  18. I once forgot my black socks for a wedding gig and wore my tux with bare ankles the entire night. At the time, however, the Don-Johnson-Miami-Vice-pushed-up-jacket-sleeves-stubbly-face-shoes-no-socks look was in fashion, and no one gave it a second glance.

    I play in a pick-up chamber orchestra that meets once a year for an annual music series at a local church…two rehearsals and a concert. Last year, I forgot my bow on the performance day. Luckily, the other bassist lived nearby and ran home and got his Glasser fiberglass for me to use.

    Fast forward one year, at last week’s rehearsal, the other bassist grins smugly and mentions that he brought his Glasser “just in case.” “Very funny,” I said, “but you can bet I won’t be needing it this year.” Sure enough, I arrive the day of the concert, and my bow pocket is empty.

    Rather than suffer the humiliation of asking the guy to use the Glasser, I tore home, retrieved my bow, and made it back just in time for the downbeat. Of course, bassist #2 knew what was up anyway and grinned evilly for the entire concert.
  19. Roger Davis

    Roger Davis

    May 24, 2006
    In my trombone days I had been giving my slide a good clean and turned up at the gig with only half a trombone. You can't do much with only...............................

  20. I'm obviously not playing the right kind of gigs...