Originally Posted by kevteop
It only sounds good when Billy Sheehan does it. Everybody else is a mess of clanking noises.
I've heard some of his solos that sound exactly like a mess of clanking notes. Gets very boring very quickly. On the other hand, there is one he does with Gilbert where they're both playing intricate, beautiful-sounding stuff. It's not really shredding though. I'll post links to both solos when I get home from work. Edit:
Already posted by Two Fingers on the 1st page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRuOQtg-pJ0
Here's the other one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NITX8WdOHWk
I like El-Bob's post. I think the problem people have with bass shredding is that generic bass shredding usually sounds a lot worse than generic guitar shredding. And some people are simply not fans of any type of "shredding", whether it's on a stringed isntrument, keyboard, or whatever *shrugs*. I think part of this is because shredding is associated with guitar & I see a lot of condescending remarks toward guitar players on this forum. So when a bass player shreds, these people see the bassist as trying to "play bass like a guitar" and they are not playing "real bass".
There is also the common complaint that shredding "has no emotion or feel etc". I believe that type of complaint is missing the point. Many shredding-type solos are there for entertainment & to impress the listener. They're not necessarily there to make one weep. It's entertainment.
I'm not a fan of slap. Whenever I'm watching a review on a bass & the bassists starts slapping, I either skip that part or I turn it off all together. However, I'd never put down the skill & musicality of All Slap Bass. It has its place in music. It's just not for Herrick