And the challenges already begin.... need a singing bass player.

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  1. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Poster Extraordinaire

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    Well, I guess the bass player for our occasionally jamming band finally figured out that we actually intend to do the hard work of building a show worthy of charging people money to see and doesnt want to commit to a working band. I am disaapointed, but, I totally understand, and respect his position as he is in a phase of life (raising kids) that will always take priority over a band.

    So, in the old days I would get on the phone and have a bassist in 10 minutes. well, this is indeed, not the old days and most of the folks I knew back when either quit playing ages ago, or, are looking for a fulltime 5 night a week gig. I looked at Craigslist and I think I now know where I can get an "escort", but I need a singing bass player.
    What is a good source for this? I am in a area with a fairly hopping music scene... I do not have the network I once had.

    Hoping sombody can point me to midlifebassist.com or something. Desparate and frustrated...
     
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  2. Big_Bend

    Big_Bend Poster Extraordinaire

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    Post an Ad in the Musicians section of your local CL, be specific of what you are looking for, see who responds.

    I've had great luck finding band members that way. Just talk to them on the phone first for awhile, you can get a good feel for where someone is coming from.

    There is more to CL than just escorts.

    Good luck....
     
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  3. GigsbyBoyUK

    GigsbyBoyUK Friend of Leo's

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    Facebook is bound to have some musician groups for your area. Check out Basschat too.
     
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  4. Tele1966

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    Definitely Craigslist as Big_Bend mentions. You might also want to check out bandmix.com, but you have to pay to send a message to someone.
     
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    We have a local group of bass players who formed a "bass collective" on Facebook. They even get together occasionally to talk shop, play, share tips, etc. Maybe some players local to you have something similar - might be worth checking into.
     
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    Flat6Driver Friend of Leo's

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    Not sure why the bassist has to sing....can't someone else?

    Try CL. Read it a bit. We have a lot of local musicians groups on FB. Join that. Join the local open mic groups on FB as well. If neither exist, start one and post to FB. People will populate it, you just sit back and watch. Hit the jams, see who's playing and network. All the stuff guys in this forum have been saying for years. Anyone that poo-poo's FB for making connections (or at least seeing who's out there) isn't doing it right. I know a guy through a jam I found on CL. After attending a while, some of the guys reached out to me on FB. I watch them post gigs and such. Jam collapsed as bar didn't want to pay. New jam was started else where and posted by bass player FB friend. I attended and met a whole lot of new guys. Some of the guys I know, are mutual friend with other guys I know. I'm a hobbiest and I now know a lot of people.
     
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    Does the escort play?
     
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    How about everyone else.

    If I am putting together a project, I am always looking for players who sing. Always. Leads or harmonies, either are useful vocal contributions.

    One good reason to have a number of proficient vocalists in an ensemble is when some players have instrumental parts that are too demanding to simultaneously sing over effectively, and there are others who can step in.

    It depends somewhat upon the style of music at hand of course, but usually If I hear a four or five piece band with only one or two folks singing, I'm disappointed. And it's something that's lacking with a lot of bands, in my opinion. I like A LOT of vocals.
     
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  9. 4 Cat Slim

    4 Cat Slim Friend of Leo's

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    Good point, Mr. Bowen.
    I don't sing, and feel terrible when I'm in a setting where everybody else can carry a tune reasonably well and
    I can't sing so save my life.
     
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    For the right price...she might even sing, too :)
     
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    What about an escort that also plays bass? That could be interesting.

    Same story here, just got a neat project started and the bassist had to bail for other commitments (the important ones, kids, family, etc)
     
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    I think that's more dependent on the skill of the players around her (or him, I suppose)... :rolleyes:
     
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  13. Tim Bowen

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    Certainly didn't post that that to make you or anyone else feel terrible! Obviously there are legions of great players out there who don't sing who more than carry their weight. To be clear (and I don't believe you took it otherwise), my point was not intended to be or feel like a put down, just mentioning what I look for personally.
     
  14. 4 Cat Slim

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    No offense taken at all. I learned a long time ago to practice, practice, practice and try to excel at my instrument
    so I can join in making music. Nobody minds that I don't sing, especially when they've heard me try to sing!
     
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    You have given me a lot of good advice privately that I'm acting on again. :)

    Anyhow, I met a really good guitar player and he said he didn't/can't sing. In what I was looking for at the time, I didn't see that as someone useful to my endeavor. Shame...he was a good player though.
     
  16. 4pickupguy

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    This is great stuff. I'm going to check FB as soon as I get home! Thx! Everyone in our band has to sing by necessity because our set list is harmony intense. Besides, with the exception of our lovely keyboardist/singer, we're bunch of "seasoned" geriatrics that need to share the lead vox roll.
    Craigs List was a complete bust :(, but these guys are out there somewhere..!

    I'll try a CL add looking for one, but there generally not a lot of activity... well, for musicians i mean... maybe, if I was an escort looking for a bassplayer ... oh, what am I saying, bassplayers never have any money...

    Face Bookin' tonight so, fingers crossed...
     
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  17. Tim Bowen

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    Glad I was able to help!
     
  18. String Tree

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    If you already sing, take-up Bass.

    It isn't that hard to do.

    Been there, done that, you can too.

    ~ST
     
  19. Paul in Colorado

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    I found my drummer on Craigslist. Our running joke is that I was looking for an escort and found a drummer.
     
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    I can sing. I just choose not to.
     
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