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Would you audition a bass player who doesn't own a bass amp?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by apm1991, Feb 12, 2018 at 12:25 PM.

  1. apm1991

    apm1991 Strat-O-Master

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    after 35 years playing bass... he wants to play guitar now.. I don't blame him
     

  2. ChatNoir

    ChatNoir Strat-Talker

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    Dec 11, 2010
    Peabody, MA
    What would it hurt to give him a chance to play? He'll get the experience of auditioning and you might get the surprise of your life - or not - but is showing a little kindness that much of a hardship for your band?
     

  3. apm1991

    apm1991 Strat-O-Master

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    I write 100% of the lyrics and 50% of the music.. He writes the other 50% of the music.. you're absolutely right though
     
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  4. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Antisocial Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    In my own little world
    I was just having a gentle dig, but not at your guitarist. :)
     
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  5. apm1991

    apm1991 Strat-O-Master

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    lol I'm gonna do the audition.. I figure it may be a cool experience in my life as well... we're not mean people at all.. the thought just crossed my head, "If he doesn't own a bass amp, how much bass does play?." I'm going to give him a try either way, sometimes I just think out loud online... I own a 4 string bass.. and a little bass amp I got for $25 and I'm not a bass player
     

  6. apm1991

    apm1991 Strat-O-Master

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    I think you guys are right, I should do the try out one on one
     
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  7. stevierayfan91

    stevierayfan91 Dog Whisperer. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 20, 2011
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    Hi, buddy

    1 thing I try to remember is since life can hand us unexpected circumstances & occasionally gear has to be sold even if we may not want to?

    So , I agree with you to give everyone a fair & open chance when trying any project .
     
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  8. CaseCandy

    CaseCandy Senior Stratmaster

    May 9, 2015
    UK/Ireland
    The guy opened up your discourse by being honest about his equipment, sounds like the right kind of start.
     

  9. apm1991

    apm1991 Strat-O-Master

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    good point.. i'm excited to meet him
     

  10. Cerb

    Cerb Senior Stratmaster

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    Jan 22, 2016
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    Yngwie Malmsteen without an amp is still Yngwie Malmsteen :)

    Let us know how it goes.
     
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  11. rolandson

    rolandson Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 13, 2015
    Cascadia
    To answer your original question...
    Yeah. Sure. Done it many times. Sometimes it's upright stuff, others it's been through a DI. No sweat...not a thing to make a thing over.

    Everything else, just refer to everything @fezz parka has said.

    Hope it works out for you.
     
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  12. apm1991

    apm1991 Strat-O-Master

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    Well.... he just texted me back saying he doesn't have a car... In my ad I specifically said I am looking for someone over 21 and who HAS A CAR... He'd like me to drive, with my bass and bass amp and my acoustic guitar to his place.... I'm not going to do it.. I know you guys may say he could be amazing etc. But I can't be driving a guy around to every practice and gig
     

  13. newplayeroldguy

    newplayeroldguy in the wind Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 12, 2015
    north and east
    yeah, no
     
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  14. Cerb

    Cerb Senior Stratmaster

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    Yes, that's a bit of a game changer.
     
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  15. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    A bit indeed!
     

  16. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    That's driving the bus...literally. LOL

    Good call. :)
     

  17. apm1991

    apm1991 Strat-O-Master

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    Any advice on finding a new bass player?

    Keep in mind, we are a non-paying band as of right now, we play mostly originals (up to 16 now), we've only gigged twice (although we've had to turn down gigs because our bass player can't make it)... Realistically we don't have a lot to offer besides a fun opportunity to play for a new, low paying, gigging band
     

  18. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier-a-holic Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Apr 19, 2014
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada
    Not fair in my mind, I've been not included in so many projects because I don't drive. I can't drive due to a medical condition. Even when I've offered to take an uber or taxi or arrange all my own transportation to and from every practice and gig....it's still not good enough

    @apm1991
     
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  19. Uncle Fiesta

    Uncle Fiesta Senior Stratmaster

    Well I'm a bass player and I don't own a bass amp. Were I successful in getting into a decent band that do enough, and well-paid enough, gigs to justify my buying one I'd do it tomorrow. But there's no way I'm buying one just for an audition. Been there, done that.

    So give him a chance. He might be brilliant.
     
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  20. Cerb

    Cerb Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    37
    Jan 22, 2016
    Sweden
    I feel for you. Not being able to make it to a gig is one thing but if you sort your own transportation it really shouldn't matter. It's really no one's business whether you get there by foot, car, taxi or a friggin helicopter.