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Posted by Basspuppy on April 26, 2001 at 08:36:54:

In Reply to: making it... posted by greg on April 25, 2001 at 12:11:36:

Hey, Greg,

I too am in a similar situation. Some good points have already been made: if
you and the drummer are just playing what the guitarist tells you to play, it
is not truly an original band. You are just unpaid sidemen. Fact is, most
guitarists take their rhythum sections for granted and do not appreciate our
input and hard work. We know what grooves, if your guitarist doesn't, he
really isn't that great of a songwriter after all.

It sounds like a you have different objectives, he wants "to make it at all
costs" and you want to play in a band; but within reason. The odds of making
it (i.e., getting a major label record deal) are so slim, this guy needs to
come to his senses. As you describe it, since he is on such a power trip,
he won't.

I read somewhere on this board that guitarists outnumber bassists and drummers
13 to 1. So If you, the drummer, and the singer, want to play together, find a
another guitar player whose interests and expectations are more in line with
yours. It shouldn't be hard with so many out there.

Chances are, you, the drummer, and singer (and your new guitarist) will have
many enjoyable years of being a part-time, local, unsigned act, playing in
small bars, having a good time making music with friends, and have plenty of
time left over for family and careers. Chances are your current guitarist
will experience years of poverty and frustration with nothing to show for
his hard work and desire to make it.

Good luck,

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