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||Posted - 09/07/2012 : 00:56:48
on bass. Got the gig as well! They really liked my feel and groove, which was the clincher. I have limited bass chops, so it just goes to show...
It was nice to be able to talk drums with Greg, the drummer and bandleader, and get him onside straight away. He's a Paiste nut, and had a nice set of Twenties and a couple of 602s.
The other good thing that came out of the night is that Greg is in a couple of other bands, and I'm now his first port of call as a sub, for both drums and bass.
Which brings me to my next point, yeronner.
I'm finding that there's not as much work as I'd like in my area if I'm only playing drums. A lot of venues have either shut down or cancelled a lot of their live schedule due to the ridiculous licensing laws around here. I've had to get my bass chops together and invest in a decent bass amp in order to pull in a bit more work.
Any of you other muckers had to diversify in order to get a few more gigs? Either as a multi-instrumentalist, or a sound engineer or whatever...? I'm curious to know. And no smartarts comments about having a real job, either. That goes without saying.
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||Posted - 09/07/2012 : 12:13:40
It's hard to say whether drums or bass is easier... I know you're joking, but I get asked that in all earnestness quite frequently. They're both fun, in different ways.
I think, if anything, playing bass has helped me become the kind of drummer that a bass player would like to work with... And vice versa. It also helps me to lock in a lot better with the rest of the rhythm section, whichever instrument I'm playing.
I'm beginning to see the opportunities start to open up. It's only recently that I decided to farm myself out on bass. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner...
||Posted - 09/07/2012 : 10:24:52
I learned guitar at the same time I was learning drums and in the last 10-12 years the guitar has gradually taken over as my main money earner. I kind of stumbled into the folk/ taditional/ songwriter scene by accident and discovered I could make a living in a much more civilised atmosphere than the dog eat dog existence in the pop/rock mainstream music scene, found a niche if you like. Plus the standard of musicianship is sky high. Theres no foot stamping, tantrum throwing posers here. And not a suit with a briefcase in sight.
Playing another instrument opens up all sorts of opportunities, including ones you never envisaged.
||Posted - 09/07/2012 : 10:09:14
Wow! You are well qualified to answer the $64,000 question - is it easier playing drums or bass?
Actually, I'd be very interested to know from your experience of playing bass how it has altered your drumming.
When you have got some gigs under your belt with this blues band, I imagine it would be good to swap feedback on each other's playing with the drummer; he must have some really solid ideas of what he likes if he is the bandleader as well.