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Posted by Carol Kaye on February 13, 2000 at 01:13:45:
In Reply to: Great Board... Here's a few questions for ya' pros... posted by Karel Kerstiens on February 12, 2000 at 23:25:03:
: Hey all...
: I'm sure glad I stumbled across the message board. To introduce myself, I consider myself a semi-pro bassist (although, I've just realized I've paid over $80K in taxes on the money I've earned over the 16 years I've spent gigging on bass... YIKES!). I've always played by ear (work tapes... GAK!), but a long time ago, I did know how to play "Go Tell Aunt Roadie" and "Camptown Races" by reading sheet music . First question: Is it necessary to be able to sight read to get some decent studio work? I've only done two studio gigs in my life and earned 50 bucks per session for it. I've since, moved to another town (Mobile, Alabama). Anyway, the "canned response" is "Sight reading can only make you more marketable and you should learn how to do so anyway", but what my true question is; is sight reading NECESSARY to get the attention of the studios, or is it MORE important to schmooze with the local "studio clique"? Wait! I just thought of another question - Is it standard practice in the studio to use a pick? In the two instances I've been asked to perform studio work, I was asked to use a pick when I played, which was very uncomfortable for me, since I've never played with one on a bass. Thanks in advance for your responses.
I don't think it's necessary to play with a pick (outside of Nashville tho', it might be necessary there, but certainly not in LA). Schmooze? They invented that here and no, if you're a great player, you don't have to schmooze, just do your job well. But if you're a trombone player....now that's a different story. But...there's not much studio work to get here unfortunatley, stay where you are, you're probably doing more there. And yes, get your sightreading together...not only for studio work, but for any decent work. Time was you could get away without reading when playing live (25-35 years ago) but not true anymore.
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