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Organization and SOP’s a value adder to the bass player

Many in the music world have a single focus or a few narrow focuses. I remember playing with a pretty high powered trumpet player years ago. The guy was a genius, had a number of album credits, and apart from performing, was an incredible educator… but move away from those key areas, and whoa, it was if he left his great intelligence in the studio, or back at the lecture pit. Otoh, he knew what he did best, and thats where his focus was. He built a team of folks that would compromise his skills, and logistics was where myself and another fellow picked up the slack, apart from our musical contributions.

We had to learn fast… as one of our earliest performances together resulted in showing up without the speaker equalizer…. He had gotten someone to take a look at it, and it never made it back into the rack. Thus, we arrive at a venue, roll out the rack, and whoa, we have a huge problem. Ie, this was not a simple 31 band stereo EQ, but a unit which was dedicated to the speakers we used. Without it, the PA was pretty much non functional. The end result, we had to scramble and aquire some other speakers. Fortunately our load-in was during the late afternoon, so it was still possible.

After that, we always did a cursory inspection of our equipment before loading in…. and made it a SOP (standard operating procedure), that if anything every got pulled from the rack for any reason, a note would be made.

As a bass player with sole responsibility for ones gear, it may not seem relevant to be involved with the needs of the group as a whole… yet, bringing organization skills to the table is one of those value added things that can put one ahead of others when it comes to being hired. Musical accuity is only one part of the equation, how one gets along, and what other skills one can bring to the group can really set one apart. No one wants to work with a guru musician with an attitude such that no one can get along with… and no audience wants to see a group offer a sub par performance because of missing or damaged equipment.