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windmill
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older,better
Jul 30th, 2019 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

So goes an old saying.

Since starting on the bass playing caper a couple of years ago, never having played in a band before, I have been asked to join -
a blues band,
play in the backingband at a country music open mic,
fill in for bands pLaying rock'n'roll
and, just recently, join a regular jam playing old jazz standards.

The other old saying I take notice of iS

"Be on time, in tune and in time"

:)

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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Jul 30th, 2019 04:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Showing up, on time and prepared (practiced and with equipment in good nick) is money in your pocket.

Serious players notice it and you get more calls.

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The Escalator
Jul 30th, 2019 05:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Playing through a Marshall.

90% of success is just turning up.

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I'm just a dude, playing a dude...
Jul 31st, 2019 06:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Leftee, that's what I thought the thread was about too. LOL

I'm all-in on that one!

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Itchy finger on the outrage trigger
Jul 31st, 2019 07:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was once told by an agent "you're like a thousand times too loud" at a gig that I first used a Marshall combo. Turning up didn't work in my favor that gig, lol.

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The Escalator
Jul 31st, 2019 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Larry to agent: “You’re, like, a thousand times too old.”

littleuch
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Itchy finger on the outrage trigger
Jul 31st, 2019 07:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

^Fortunately at the time we were booking 90% of our own gigs.

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Aug 1st, 2019 06:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Agent: Oh yeah? Well, you're like a thousand times too stupid!"

littleuch: "I know you are. But what am I?"

[shoving ensues, and mom has to break it up]

littleuch
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Itchy finger on the outrage trigger
Aug 1st, 2019 07:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

^I did put him in a headlock and give him a noogie. Could be the reason he never booked us again.

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I'm just a dude, playing a dude...
Aug 1st, 2019 08:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

Larry, sounds like he needed an atomic wedgie to me.

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Itchy finger on the outrage trigger
Aug 1st, 2019 08:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

He just didn't understand, it's a Marshall.

But back to topic and sorry for the derailment. There is so much more to gigging and getting gigs than being an extraordinary player, IMO. I remember trembling in my boots the first gig I got with a seasoned band. The guitar player I replaced was a monster player and still recognized as such. But much of what we played was (for example) Motown *chink* upstrums on the 2 and 4, background vocals, show up early, help pack up, be a team player, step up to the mic and burn a 15 second solo when needed, I was able to do all those things. One Marshallesque exuberant moment aside, I think I checked all those boxes.



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A Friend of Bill W.
Aug 2nd, 2019 01:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Besides being a decent bass player, which was rare back in the mid 60s, along with showing up on time, having a Swiss Army Knife in my pocket and knowing how to use it and fix stuff really made me an asset. I’ve never been fired or let go.

I’ve always been amazed how some guitar payers are so clueless about the inner workings of their instrument, and amplifiers. A lot of that has changed since the innerweb. I used to carry a butane soldering iron, and electronics kit to larger gigs and festivals, when multiple bands are scheduled. Some guys never had a spare battery with them. I used to throw my old used stings in the case, it’s rare to break a bass string but it happens. Now I just have a backup bass.

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Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Aug 4th, 2019 03:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think a simple rule that works for successful people is be the first to arrive and last to leave.

How often do we hear this about top tier pro sports, or movie actors or business associates.

No, this does not work if you lack the skills to do the work, but you probably would not be there in the first place without the skills.

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