Ideas for finding band members!

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  1. RevMike

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    Ugh! I'm at my whits end. Bee trying to put together a band for a while now. Got a great guitarist. Got a drummer.

    I've been on a quest for a bassist and a fiddle. I keep coming up bust! I think it's the style of music that we are doing that's scaring guys off.

    We are play Irish folk/rock. Fun music. Lots of gig opportunity around here. So frustrating. We even have some great originals. Been right to the point where we think we have someone and boom....they back out.

    I've tried Craigslist, I've tried asking around. I'm at a loss. Any ideas?
     
  2. ndcaster

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    local college or university?
     
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    Post a flyer at the local music store.
     
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    Can you play any of those instruments?.
     
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    have you gone to other people's gigs and asked the bass players how they were found, and where you can find one? some of them may even be interested
     
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    If you haven't already, get some stuff recorded to give prospective members an idea of what you're doing. "Irish folk/rock" isn't as specific as "classic rock" or "electric blues" or "country."

    If you can get enough band members on a temporary basis to play a couple gigs, that makes you seem more like a "band looking for players" instead of a "startup project."

    I'd set up a Reverbnation page with some tunes and showing some gigs, and then get some flyers up at Harry's and Guru.
     
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  7. Flakey

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    Offer free rides to their day job and meals before band practice.
     
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  8. RevMike

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    I can play bass, but it's not my instrument of choice.
     
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    Go to open mic nights. You get to see them in action, and most are not in an organized band.
     
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    Not an immediate solution, but you could go to the Galax Fiddlers Convention (it's in August) - probably find a few prospects there. Or maybe you could find out who has registered to play? About a 3 hour drive from Raleigh?
    Bass player maybe harder to come by - see if anybody's giving lessons.
     
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    I'm in a similar situation.

    Forget a Fiddler. That's impossible where we live.

    And a good, motivated bass player is even harder to find nowadays. No one wants to play bass,
     
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    In desperation the drummer plays bass and you look for a drummer.

    When I moved to this small town found out my neighbor was an ex drummer. I asked you wanna play in my band? Yeh he said. I said here play this bass.
     
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    Shoot, I'd play bass but I'm nowhere near Raleigh. Good luck!
     
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    Good old fashioned networking.
    Go see "like" bands, sit in, socialize, jam at house parties.
    Sooner or later, musically and personally compatible people will be met.
    Still works, after all these years!
     
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    I used Facebook- a local musicians group.
     
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    Get out to some local open mic/jam nights and scout out the talented musicians.
     
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    Instead using scarce drummers to play bass go ask an out of work guitar player. They shouldn't be hard to find. Any Jimmy Johns or pizza driver will do. Tell them, "Sure I know its not Pantera or SRV but at least you get on stage and the girls will see you."
     
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    there's just the three of you - two guitars and a drummer? well, you need a melody player before a bassist. you haven't indicated if you have a melody player but you could kill 2 birds with 1 stone and get someone to play the bouzouki if your sound requires bass register. if you can't get someone in, then can you or your guitarist adapt?

    in my 'heavy trad' band i play mandolin and i plug that into a boss eq and harmoniser pedal to fill things out and to 'suggest' a bigger sound. it would be really cool sound if you had a white stripes style rhythm section/vocalist with a massive, trippy melody on top from a tenor instrument.
     
  19. Jack S

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    I am surprised that you are having trouble filling those roles. It must be your location. If you were here in the Chicago area I think the possibilities would be abundant with lots of Irish music and musicians. The one problem might be that if you have an Irish music scene in your area that they stay so busy picking up gigs that they do not want to commit to a steady band situation. How are you advertising in your want ad, or search?
     
  20. RevMike

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    Craigslist mainly. Starting to go out and look for referrals. I've been away from this scene here for years so many connections have dried up.
     
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