Re: you did the right thing

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Posted by Rich Laird on November 09, 2000 at 10:44:45:

In Reply to: you did the right thing posted by Cameron on November 02, 2000 at 16:42:40:

: I know exactly where you're coming from! I've had it up to my neck with the temper tantrums and jealous fits by guitarists and drummers in different bands. Nowadays when this happens, I simply quit the band. It's not worth the headaches and frustration putting up with these showboats. I was in a 80s-style metal band a few years ago and watched in disbelief as the drummer threw his sticks across our reheasal hall, screamed that he was "tired of lousy musicians", and stormed out of the room.

: Like the other poster said, just take it easy until the next opportunity comes along. Thankfully, not all guitarists and drummers are assholes.

: This brings up an interesting thought...why are bassists usually the musicians blamed when a performance goes wrong?

I guess I haven't experienced that a whole lot...and it's definitely not because I never F-up!! But here's one theory: A bass player can easily cause another player to screw up by missing changes, playing with lousy time, or just playing some kind of line or pattern that doesn't make sense in the context.

Datsgoer...I'm definitely not saying that what was happenning with you. Sounds like you got hooked up with some losers and getting unhooked was the right thing to do.

So bass players become an easy target when somebody (like those egomaniacal types Mickster was talking about) messes up...."The bass player made me do it". In fact, in a lot of ways, your gig is to make all the other cats sound good by laying down a solid foundation. So, if you're not doing that, other players have a right to complain.

A guitar player can come out with a total piece of crap solo...or a singer can barf out some godawful garbage...and the bass player can normally keep chugging along with whatever he's doing. But it usually doesn't work the other way around. If the bass player loses it, a lot of times the whole thing becomes a total waste.

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