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  1. So, here's Ced Mitchell doing a great bass cover of 'Make Daddy Proud' by Blackbear. Excellent playing - great phrasing, musicality and feel. And then, if that wasn't good enough, along comes Dunkan Robertson and does an even more incredible arrangemnt of Ced Mitchells' arrangement... Lots to like here, methinks, and anyone ever says bass playing is stuck in a rut, here's evidence to the contrary. Enjoy.
  2. musicbassman

    Finding a permanent band. Advice?

    Thanks to everyone for their sympathetic and thoughtful replies. Well - I've bitten the bullet and joined Facebook. I have to wait to get access to 4 FB groups I've joined, I will report back when I've had a chance to see what's about. They each appear as if they could be useful, but will the reality live up to the expectations ? Watch this space. 🤞
  3. musicbassman

    Finding a permanent band. Advice?

    Because I had gigged constantly for 30 years I must admit it's something I really missed when I stopped. For decent function work, it's not really an income stream I'm looking for, it's more about the satisfaction of playing live in nice venues and being appreciated, and equally it's the delight of working with quality musicians who really know their chops and are absolute professionals in their attitude. So, no Dad rock down the Dog and Duck for me, thanks, and also I don't really want to be in a band where I have to tell the keyboard player he's clearly playing the wrong chord.
  4. musicbassman

    Finding a permanent band. Advice?

    If only it was that simple, HappyJack. I gigged continuously for 30 years in numerous different cover bands 1971 - to 2001, then I'd had enough and stopped playing for 16 years. I retired 18 months ago and decided to take up playing again. But the world I left in 2001 was mostly pre digital and many of the bands, musicians, agents and venues I knew have closed, retired...or, ahem, are no longer with us. It's a different world out there now. I'm confident my playing is back up to scratch and I'm sure there's a bass gig out there somewhere, but I feel I'm not sourcing it. Which is why I'm on here asking for advice.
  5. musicbassman

    Finding a permanent band. Advice?

    I assure you, Happy Jack, a Dad-rock outfit is the very last thing on my mind. I'm more familiar with doing high end function work.
  6. musicbassman

    Finding a permanent band. Advice?

    It's not being 'unable to work' social media, purpleblob, I'm not a complete luddite! It's the information harvesting that I ( and apparently many others) have a natural aversion to. But if people on here really think this might be where I'm missing out, then it could be a price I'm prepared to pay.
  7. musicbassman

    Finding a permanent band. Advice?

    Hi Steve - I'm at Chichester. Yes, jams can be good fun (unless they are just excuses for guitarwanks) and can be a great way of meeting other musos, but (as you suggest) I might be unlikely to find guys already playing in covers/functions bands to be in attendance.
  8. Hello BCers, So, I live on the South Coast, I’m 66, and I’m having a real problem sourcing a bass vacancy in a quality well established covers/functions band anywhere in Sussex, Hampshire or Surrey. I’ve been looking for over a year now, and have only chosen to do one audition – this was the only gig on offer I’d come across which had the decent level of playing ability and professionalism I would expect. I didn’t get the gig - I don’t think there were any problems musically, but the rest of the band (and the two other auditionees I saw) were about 25 years younger than me, and maybe who really wants their Dad on stage with them? I’m not expecting to find a Vulfpeck or a Natalie Williams Soul Family, but surely I should have been able to find more than one suitable vacancy worth auditioning for in the last 15 months. Am I looking in the wrong places? I use Bandmix, JMB, Find a Musician, Gumtree and Starnow. Maybe I should use the dreaded Facebook ? – I’ve avoided signing up to this for reasons many will understand – but is this worth selling my soul for now? I’ve been lucky to have found two long term dep gigs over the last 12 months, the second of these finishes after this NYE, so I’m hoping I’m not about to enter a gig desert and still be looking for something in 12 months’ time. Any reasonably polite suggestions welcome, apart from “Why don’t you just pack it in, Grandad?”
  9. musicbassman

    What are you listening to right now?

    Well, this is either gold plated genius, or absolutely appalling - you decide. Stumbled upon by chance in one of the stranger back streets of Youtube. I'd go for genius.
  10. musicbassman

    I hate people like this...

    Definite shades of early Return to Forever from 6.00 to the end.
  11. I used to do a lot of high end function work and the general rule seemed to be - the posher the function, the less likely you were to be allowed anywhere NEAR the buffet. You were merely 'staff' and got a plate of sandwiches in the kitchen. Admittedly, I also remember doing some gigs where we were offered first dibs at the buffet - and this was clearly to the great annoyance of some of the guests. I remember a Hooray Henry at one do being particularly offended. He told us in no uncertain terms that we needed to 'learn our place' and threatened to 'sort us out' later.... but I suspect the shampoo may have been doing most of the talking here...
  12. musicbassman

    Drop the bass...

    Late 1970's - The roadie of the band I was in somehow managed to leave my '63 Precision (in it's case) overnight leaning up against his gatepost at his house after returning home after a Sat night gig - we were playing the Sun lunchtime and he'd agreed to leave the gear in the van but take all the guitars indoors overnight. Two little boys had knocked on his door about 10am on the Sun and asked him if he wanted the 'old guitar' that he'd left outside and 'was it for the dustman ?'.....
  13. musicbassman

    Does anyone ever monitor Join My Band? 

    JMB is really the best of a bad lot, but as others have said, a lot of dreamers and fools on there. The wording of the ads can usually set off alarm bells - for me, anyway. Bandmix is a complete waste of time - half the people advertising on there seem to misunderstand how to use the composition menus, so the search result says they are looking for a bass player, but their page reveals they are actually looking for a girl singer. Find a musician - a waste of time. Starnow - only recently found this, but seems to be the same ads up all the time with nothing new. I'm depping at the moment but have been looking for a decent permanent covers band position for over a year now. Maybe I'm too fussy - I've only chosen to do one audition in all this time. That was fine musically, but the rest of the band were all about 30 years younger, and who would want their Dad playing on stage with them? 😥
  14. musicbassman

    Worst Audition Ever!!!

    They're deluding themselves, somehow imagining that it's all going to work out somehow. Signs of an immature personality, a selfish streak and possibly an unravelling relationship with their partner. Avoid like the plague !!
  15. musicbassman

    The greatest bass lines to learn ?

    We’ll have to agree to disagree on this, mikel. Yes, of course you learn your favourite bass lines from your favourite players – these will influence your fundamental playing style. You may also, like me , usually work in cover bands and have to learn a wide variety of bass lines and bass styles to suit your chosen set list. But if you sometimes try to learn something outside your comfort zone then all sorts of wondrous creative things can happen – and if you are in a band trying to write original material that doesn’t sound too much like something that’s gone before you can then bring a fresh approach to your bass lines as a result, and people maybe won’t say “Oh, they sound just like so and so” Just two examples – think of Louis Cole – he’s written some amazing innovative synth bass lines for Knower. And then along come Sam Wilkes (and Tim Lefebvre) and they use these as a kicking off point to play some really fresh lines (and most of these are completely beyond my capabilities!) And also think of the influence of Dilla beats on Hiatus Kaiyote – this affected the whole interplay between bass and drums on all their material and pushed things off in another new direction which other bands are now slavishly trying to copy. Just my opinion...