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Re: Kicking out a fellow bassist


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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on July 18, 2001 at 08:35:35:

In Reply to: Kicking out a fellow bassist posted by A on July 17, 2001 at 15:26:53:

: I've been playing bass in a band for about a year now. We are still only in school but we have the best two guitarists, the best drummer, the best singer and the best bassist in the whole school. The problem is that there's two bassists in the band. There's to much going on in our songs, they are like a wall of sound instead of a tune. When we play without the other bassist and without the drummer we sound great. We'd kick him out in a second but he just blew 100 on a new amp and well we kinda feel sorry for him. If we got rid of him i'd still have to sit with him in most of my lessons for another year at school. We've gotta get rid of him because we want to record a cd but he is easily the least talented in the band and we don't want our songs to get screwed up by him.

Adam,
Oooooh, this one's a toughie; it's also one of those things where there's *no* way to do what you have to do without *someone* getting hurt.

I take it that *you're* the one who's considered the "best bassist", correct? :-)

The first question that comes to mind: how did your band wind up with 2 bassists in the first place? Almost by definition, bass is an instrument that there only needs to be *one* of in a band; I don't recall too many dual-bass bands.

In and of itself, that's a sufficient reason to drop one bassist.

I'm wondering, though, why you sound better without your second bassist *and* without your drummer - the best in school, by your own admission - and how you'd plan to function without a drummer.

: how do I tell him to leave the band? I just aint got the heart

Yeah, that's the hard part; I guess being honest about not needing a second bassist would be the best way to deal with it. It's understandable that you feel bad about dropping him just after he bought a new amp; with that in mind, is there anything else he can do in the band? Something like baritone guitar pops into mind, but I don't know what your situation is precisely, so I don't know if that would work.

: I know i'm a bit of a softie but he's a friend and i need a way to get rid of him, two bassists isn't working, any suggestions?

Just curious, do you have someone like a music teacher or professional musician - someone that all of you can respect - who'd be able to give an objective opinion (which would probably wind up excluding the second bassist) of the band? If you can have someone give an unbiased opinion, it would come off as a *lot* less of a personal affront than if you simply kicked him out.

Regarding making a recording, that's a point where you can really "separate the men from the boys", so to speak; the precision required for studio playing might be enough to let him know that he's not quite up to your level of musicianship, which could, again, be enough for him to realize that he's not fitting in without being cruel.

: Another thing, we need a name for our band.

: We play Hendrix and clapton, that kind of thing, but we do some heavier and some punk stuff too. We need a name desperatly but we can't think of any we really like. If you can think of any names then send them to adameatkinson@aol.com Thanks

Hmmmm... Gotta think a little bit on those...

Hope that helps!

-Bob



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