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Offline MrHarryReems

Auditioning a new player
« Opened on December 18, 2018, 02:38:37 PM »

Well, it looks like I'll be auditioning a new bass player in the coming weeks.  The bass player that' I've been using for the past three years is a fantastic player, but he just wants to be a hired gun.  Ideally I'd like someone who wants to be a little more involved.  Recently, a bass player reached out to me looking for players that is not only an excellent player, but he also plays guitar and sings very well.  As an added bonus, he lives about 15 miles from me, which would make for easy collaboration.  So, we'll see how it goes!  My fiddle/hurdy gurdy player will be out here for a couple of days in January to prep for the season, so it would be nice to have the bass player on board for that.

Wish me luck!

 

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Re: Auditioning a new player
« Reply #1 on December 18, 2018, 06:27:54 PM »

I suspect it's a bit different, but I look for stressors. I want people who will retain quality and professionalism - even when you don't particularly care for the job, or even your fellow bandmates. Being good with their instrument is also a bonus!

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Re: Auditioning a new player
« Reply #2 on December 18, 2018, 06:28:24 PM »

Oh, and do keep us updated?

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Re: Auditioning a new player
« Reply #3 on December 18, 2018, 06:35:45 PM »

I suspect it's a bit different, but I look for stressors. I want people who will retain quality and professionalism - even when you don't particularly care for the job, or even your fellow bandmates. Being good with their instrument is also a bonus!

For me, that's the bottom level of acceptable.  What I want, however, is someone who is not only polished and professional, but also someone who wants to participate in songwriting, arrangements, developing the stage show, etc.  It's not too difficult to get a solid guy who just shows up and does his job for the check.  That's what I have now.  I want more!

 

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Re: Auditioning a new player
« Reply #4 on December 18, 2018, 10:49:22 PM »

Yeah...

If the bass player ever came to me and told me they'd written a song, I'd fire 'em!

Same thing for the drummer! ;)

We're a cover band.

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Re: Auditioning a new player
« Reply #5 on December 26, 2018, 03:25:23 PM »

Aaaand...  The guy is awesome.  He's a good bass player.  Not quite as good as the current, uncommitted bass player, but almost.  That said, he's a better guitar player than I am, and also plays an instrument that can be summed up as a 5 string mandolin which is perfect for the genre.  He is also a very good vocalist and loves singing backing harmonies.  Add to that, he's also a really nice guy and fun to hang out with.  He stayed here until pretty late into the evening hanging out and having a few drinks after we were done playing.  He's excited about the band and the travel, and comes with a lot of contacts in the area we tour the most because he just moved from there.

The girl says I shouldn't get my hopes up that he'll stick, because he's just too perfect and people vote themselves off of the island all of the time around here.

 

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Re: Auditioning a new player
« Reply #6 on December 26, 2018, 09:35:36 PM »

Sounds too good to be true.

Keeping band members can be difficult. As near as I can tell, the trick is to be old and get young guns that need tutelage. So far, it seems to be working!

How was your Christmas gig?

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Re: Auditioning a new player
« Reply #7 on January 12, 2019, 11:12:34 AM »

The first Christmas gig was lovely, beautiful spot and an appreciative crowd, but that was a shit show, as to be expected under the circumstances.  One of the other musicians was out for a very unexpected funeral, and I had to come up with a Christmas set in 2 days to cover.

The bright side of things is that the new fiddle player left last night, and all of the violins are tracked for the new album, photoshoot is done for the new press kit and the back of the album cover.  The new bass player is working out great!  He's quite the character.  He's a person that I'd choose for a friend if he weren't a bandmate.  I've just got a few overdubs to finish this week, then it's down to mixing.  The only snag I might run into is getting the backing vocalists I want in time.  I can do it myself, but just because you *can* do a thing, doesn't mean you *should* do a thing...

 

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Re: Auditioning a new player
« Reply #8 on January 12, 2019, 05:42:31 PM »

Glad to see you back around. Sounds like you've been mighty busy, and glad things are working out for you. Hope to hear some of your new stuff on the FNGT when you're ready to share.

 

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Re: Auditioning a new player
« Reply #9 on January 14, 2019, 10:50:22 AM »

That explains why you're so busy!

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