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OK, so you’ve learned how to play bass and you’re now playing for a gigging band. This series of articles will help you get over some of the problems all bass players encounter when they play live. Gig tips 7 looks at attitude.
Make sure you take the right attitude to every gig. Now that sounds straightforward I know. But I’ve lost count of the number of gigs I’ve been at where people in the band have moaned about the weather, or the food, or the fact that they’d rather be playing their own music than the same old boring cover tunes. Or whatever.
Over the years my business partner and I have got to the stage where we’d rather work regularly with musicians of slightly less ability but the right attitude, than guys who can really cook on their instruments but are an absolute pain to have at gigs.
True story, there’s a drummer we used to work with. The guy is a great drummer, he’s got serious credits dripping out of his drum bag. And I’ve done gigs with him where his drumming has taken MY playing by the scruff of the neck and dragged it up to his level (And don’t ask me how he did that, if I knew I’d have made a DVD of it and would be rich by now!).
But not only do we not book him anymore. We don’t call him if we need someone to sub for our regular guys.
Because he has the wrong attitude.
Our regular guy is not quite as good as a drummer (but you’d have to be a seasoned musician to be able to tell) , but the difference in attitude is like the difference between an amateur and a professional.
So if you’re a working musician make sure you work on your attitude as much as you work on your time and your technique. Be the first there if you can. Help your band mates out. Have a laugh and a joke with them. If the weather’s bad – so what? You can’t change it. If the food on the gig is not great,drive somewhere and pick something else up. If you’d rather be playing your own original music, do everyone a favour and go and do it.
I think it was John Patitucci on one of his videos who said something like: be a joy to be around (musically). Let that joy come through in your playing. Everyone will want to play with you. The phone won’t stop ringing.
The bass player should be at the heart of every band. You can be, too. Leave your attitude at home, your band mates will thank me for it. And so will you.
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