Who's on your list of essential bassists to listen to?

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  1. ryanms3030

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    For someone who was a blank slate and just wants to learn to be the best and most diverse bassist they can be what players would your recommend listening to/studying?
  2. garp

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    Good question.

    I think that in order to fully appreciate the instrument, one has to look across multiple decades and genres — including those which are not known for the bass guitar. Listed alphabetically, for starters, here are 15 players whose recordings helped me to broaden my horizons:

    · Aston “Family Man” Barrett
    · Bill Black
    · Stanley Clarke
    · Paul Chambers
    · Bernard Edwards
    · James Jamerson
    · John Paul Jones
    · Bakithi Kumalo
    · Geddy Lee
    · Marcus Miller
    · Charlie Mingus
    · Paul McCartney
    · Jaco Pastorius
    · John Patitucci
    · Sting
  3. Aussie Player

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    I found that some sounds attracted me to bass in the first place. I rationalise that by noting how I can despise the sound some favored bassists on this site achieve in that I would never listen to them as they displease me so cannot be an influence.
    You will learn what you like ultimately and a list starts with your cd collection. I recommend making up some compilations irrespective of how many there are and playing what you like as a starting point.
    As you progress playing with others, the additional influences will come naturally.
  4. gbrooding

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    Abraham Laboriel
  5. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola Supporting Member

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    Geezer Butler
    Geddy Lee
    Chris Squire
    John Entwistle
    John Paul Jones
    Glenn Hughes
    Flea
    Gene Simmons
    Pete Way
    Tim Schmidt
    Rick Danko
    Donald Dunn
    Chas Chandler
    Noel Redding
    Ronnie Lane
    John Deacon
  6. Ubersheist

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    Way too many bassist on those lists for a newbie.

    For someone just starting out, stick to the masters, and especially the game changers!

    Jaco P.
    James Jamerson - ABSOLUTE MUST FOR ALL BASSISTS
    Bootsy Collins
    Charles Mingus
    Victor Wooten
    Larry Graham
    Stanley Clarke

    Also, just pick out ones you like who made music that moves you, and learn what they did, regardless of who they are or what list they're on or not.
  7. ArtechnikA

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    There's a few already named I could do without, but I won't try to argue they weren't influential (just maybe not to me...)

    But since they have not been previously mentioned:

    Michael Manring
    Roger Glover
    Jimmy Haslip
    Victor Wooten
    Mark Egan
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  9. Kmonk

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    Paul McCartney
    James Jamerson
    John Entwistle
    Jack Bruce
    John Paul Jones
    Boz Burrell
    John Deacon
    Mel Schacher
    Marcus Miller
    Carol Kaye
    Geddy Lee
    John Taylor
    Scott Ambush
    Randy Jackson
  10. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola Supporting Member

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    you want a beginner to listen to Jaco? why? for a beginner i would recommend simple classic bass lines before i'd say go listen to the greats. the game is keeping their interest long enough to ...well, get them interested in playing bass. kiss, ac/dc, or any other genere they might already have an interest in. the simple classic sounds. then move on to the harder stuff. i learned this being a cub scout leader and it works. they will discover the game changers and the greats down the road but for now start with the basics. Keep It Simple Stupid the rule of kiss.
  11. MaGrass

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    I cannot believe you guys Forgot about Rocco Francis Prestia!

    He must not be left behind....he's such a bassman
  12. bass12

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    Listen to songs and forget about who's playing bass, then have fun connecting the dots later.
  13. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola Supporting Member

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    exactly
  14. Biggbass

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    those are too many names and styles for a newbie...

    Duck Dunn, James Jamerson and McCartney are enough to get started.
    you'll find the path from there.
  15. HeavyJazz77

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    +2.

    (but seeking out Tony Levin won't hurt either.) ;)
  16. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

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    Because he is inspirational in a way that some simpler backing bassists are not.

    Well, there you go. If I had been taught KISS or AC/DC were the height of bass, I'd have moved to another instrument. Not all beginners are 12...
  17. Mechanical

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    James Jamerson
    Bob Babbitt
    Carol Kaye

    If you're into rock music, then

    Geddy Lee
    John Myung
    Steve Harris
    Billy Sheehan
  18. thrasher666

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    Agreed!!
    Also - Tony Kanal (No Doubt), Joey Vera (Armored Saint), John Gallagher (Raven), Steve DiGiorgio, Cliff Burton, Joey Demaio, And I don't know his name, but he played bass on Rick Derringer's version of Rock & Roll Hoochikoo. Peter Baltes (Accept)
  19. Kmonk

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    Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo was on Derringer's "All American Boy" album which was released in 1973. The two bass players on the album were Kenny Passarelli and believe it or not, Suzi Quatro.
  20. Slough Feg Bass

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    I'd say listen to some old Beach Boys and listen to what Brian Wilson was doing in the early 60's.
    And some of that early Del Shannon stuff, such cool bass lines in there.

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