how to find a bass player

How to Find a Bass Player


More cowbell is a matter of taste, but a band can’t go without a bass player. A bass player provides the rhythmic backbone to the music. The bass may not always be the most glamorous role, but there’s no question it’s essential. If you need to find a bass player to join your ensemble, we have some suggestions to help improve your search.

Look within your circles

The first thing to do is ask around among the people you know. A random friend of a friend might be a killer bass player who’s been trying to find a band to join, you never know. Post on social media to make sure the word gets out that you’re looking. See what kind of response you get back.

Beyond using your immediate social group to find a bass player, network in your local music scene. Identify people with similar musical styles to your own. Go to those shows and make an effort to meet the musicians, if you don’t already have relationships with the bands in your area. This makes it more likely that any potential bandmates you audition will be a good fit from the start.

Start advertising

Word of mouth will only get you so far.  It’s a wise bet to cast a wide net getting the word out in as many ways as possible. A vast number of platforms currently exist for placing personal ads. Take advantage of as many of these options as you can.  Place your “musicians wanted” ad on obvious sites like Craigslist and local message boards. However, don’t forget location-specific sections of bigger boards like Reddit.

With that being said, tried and true methods can be successful too. Try placing a classified ad in the newspaper or hanging up flyers on telephone poles. Maybe post on bulletin boards in apartment buildings or cafes. If you live close to a college campus or in a neighborhood home to creative people, these can get a surprising amount of visibility.

Make your ads as specific and intriguing as possible regardless of which media you choose to advertise List detailed descriptions of your sound and the type of person who you think would be a good fit. Use the design and presentation of your ad to evoke a sense of your band’s personality and style. You want your ad to be seen by as many people as possible, but at the same time, you don’t want to waste time with anyone not compatible. So people know exactly for what they’re auditioning for, post links to your music when using online ads.

Finding a short-term bassist

Do you need someone to play bass for a specific tour or project but aren’t necessarily interested in bringing on a permanent band member? There are plenty of musician finder resources to accomplish that too. Professional musicians can advertise their skills and their rates on GigSalad and musicianspage.com, for just two examples. Browse through profiles and find someone who fits your needs as well as your budget. Using these helpful hints, you’ll find a bass player and be ready for that next gig! 

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