"Bass Language" you use.. that no one else understands

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by gustobassman, Mar 16, 2014.


  1. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the Afterparty Supporting Member

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    Okay, so this is in regards to something i said last week that got the strangest looks from a few buddies. In my mind it came out like "I need to restring my bass and play her for a little bit."

    It came out like this...

    "I'm gonna go string my baby up and beat the crap out of her" :eyebrow: :p

    What "bass language" do you use that the average joe would never understand?
  2. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

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    I was wailing on my favorite girlfriend for at least four hours last night while my band mates watched. So hard that I broke her "G" string. I rode her hard and put her away wet.
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  3. Boom762

    Boom762 Hartke Whore - I AM the one who Booms! Supporting Member

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    "No. Im looking for that gurgling croaky tone. Tbose pups are too plinky and tinny for me. "
  4. groovyBoom

    groovyBoom Supporting Member

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    I usually talk to our soundcrew with some pretty strange metaphors. Luckily, they seem to understand what I'm talking about... These come to mind almost immediately.

    "I'm getting a bit too much a** up here"
    "Little too much meat blasting around up here"
    "Nothing but an earthquake. More of everything else."

    Pretty tame compared to the OP, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it. :p
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  6. RustyAxe

    RustyAxe Supporting Member

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    I call my upright bass "The Blonde" ... she's tall, blonde, with a slender neck, narrow waist, round bottom, and she vibrates between my legs (what's not to love?). I often say "I'm taking the blonde out tonight". Friends know I mean my bass, others think I have a new lady in my life.
  7. casper_morgan

    casper_morgan

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    That one part where you go, "doodle di doo" in the middle... you know what I mean?
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  8. fraublugher

    fraublugher

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    I think there 's a sharp kink in my nut.
  9. esa372

    esa372 Supporting Member

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    "I've got Barts in my Pedulla..."

    :help:
  10. remainthesame

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    an old guitarist of mine would refer to the finger technique as "rim bimming"

    as in "yeah i try to play bass some times but i just cant rim bim like you can. i always end up needing a pick"
  11. funkytoe

    funkytoe Supporting Member

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    "That groove was so deep and tight it STANK from the groove."
  12. bobalu

    bobalu

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    Well, every time I say "P-bass" in front of my wife, she laughs like a 5 year old kid at recess.......:meh:
  13. BioWeapon

    BioWeapon

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    I gave the whole crowd my real deep D last night. ;) They loved it when I thumped!
  14. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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  15. David Jayne

    David Jayne

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    'In the pocket.'
  16. Timmah

    Timmah

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    TB to me = talkbass.
    TB to others = Tuberculosis.
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  17. Thrust Meatnozl

    Thrust Meatnozl

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    I call 'em "fish". Seems to go over most peoples heads.
  18. slipknotmaggot3

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    I've had this slip before: "There's too much thump out of the low end we need a little more squeal out of John" (John being the guitarist)

    Also: "Is this the one with the thumpity thump? Or the diddly doo bop?"
  19. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

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    Any mention of a binding G-string gets a weird response. So does talking about fingering on the G-string. Some people just have twisted minds, I tell ya!

    Scooped, smiley, dimed, bloom, and ka-thump, all mean things that are different from what the general public thinks they mean.
  20. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

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    The G string is too tight.
  21. wild4oldcars

    wild4oldcars

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    Pulling off on the g string.
    I need to practice my raking.
    This action is too damn high!
    Fingering near the bridge.
    Fingering near the neck.
    Fingering between two pickups.
    Bending behind the nut.
    People that probably aren't all there- "he probably has his fair share of cold solders"
    Playing a pj on stage
    Double soapbars
    Scooping the mids
    more will probably come to me later haha
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