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Your top 10 favorite bassists

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by bassrob68, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. bassrob68

    bassrob68 Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2013
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    I know its been done before but this is a topic I really enjoy discussing, who are the 10 people that shaped and influence the way you play? I know it's hard to choose only 10 but here are mine in no particular order

    1) Geezer Butler
    2) Steve Harris
    3) John Entwistle
    4) Jaco Pastorius
    5) Geddy Lee
    6) Jack Bruce
    7) Marcus Miller
    8) John Paul Jones
    9) Dave LaRue
    10) Flea

    Who are your faves?
  2. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

    May 7, 2010
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    In no particular order:

    1) Jeff Ament
    2) Les Claypool
    3) James Jamerson
    4) Flea
    5) Stu Cook
    6) Big John Wallace
    7) Bill Wyman
    8) Geddy Lee
    9) Mike Watt
    10) Larry Graham
  3. Kragnorak


    Sep 20, 2008
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    Hrmm, I always try to do this in chronological order so there's a lot of early influences:

    1) Cliff Burton
    2) Billy Sheehan
    3) Stanley Clarke
    4) Geezer Butler
    5) Les Claypool
    6) Robert Trujillo
    7) Steve DiGiorgio
    8) Victor Wooten
    9) Yngwie Malmsteen (that's where I get my vibrato from)
    10) Bootsy Collins

    Dammit, ran out of room for Tony Levin and Derek Blakley and John Wetton! I always used to say that I was influenced by everyone from Cliff Johnson (who would play 180 bars of the same 8th notes in a row) to Adrian Davison (who I never actually heard until I just now researched him, but would brag about being able to play 32 notes per second which infuriated Anthony Jackson).
  4. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
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    No order

    1) James Jamerson
    2) Jaco
    3) Willie Dixon
    4) Will Lee
    5) Edgar Meyer
    6) Christian McBride
    7) Jimmy Johnson
    8) Stanley Clarke
    9) Tommy Shannon
    10) Ron Carter

    Course I had to leave off Jimmy. Blanton, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Haslip, Duck Dunn,......etc etc. So many cats.
  5. dls119


    Jun 27, 2013
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    In no particular order:
    1. Larry Graham
    2. James Jamerson
    3. Robert Trujillo (in a non-Metallica setting)
    4. John Paul Jones
    5. Bootsey
    6. Cliff Burton
    7. Jason Newsted
    8. Steve Harris
    9. Stanley Clarke
    10. Flea
  6. thebreakman

    thebreakman Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2013
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    In no paticular order

    1) Gene Simmons
    2) Cliff Burton
    3) John Paul Jones
    4) John Entwistle
    5) Steve Harris
    6) Bill Wyman
    7) Geezer Butler
    8) Duff McKagen
    9) Michael Anthony
    10) Phil Lynott
  7. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

    May 7, 2010
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    It'd be interesting to do a Word Cloud of this after a couple pages of posts.
  8. bassthumpersf


    May 30, 2010
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    In no particular order:
    1) Mike Watt
    2) Greg Norton
    3) Steve Harris
    4) Rick Danko
    5) Bruce Thomas
    6) graham Maby
    7) Mike Mesaros
    8) Dave Alexander
    9) Tommy Stinson
    10) Carmela Thompson
  9. Phalex

    Phalex Yeah, I've got the moves like Jagger. Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
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    1) Chris Squire
    2) Johnny B. Gayden
    3) Marcus Miller
    4) Bernard Edwards
    5) Ralphe Armstrong
    6) Rick Skatore
    7) dUg Pinnick
    8) Stanley Clarke
    9) John Cowan
    10) Tony Levin

    No particular order and no particular reason. I came up with my list rapid fire style in probably under a minute.
  10. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2007
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    1) Chris Squire
    2) Greg Lake
    3) Geezer
    4) Geddy
    5) JPJ
    6) The Ox
    7) Macca
    8) Glenn Hughes
    9) Roger Glover
    10)Gary Thain
  11. mellowinman


    Oct 19, 2011
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    Paul McCartney
    Tom Petersson
    Joe Macho
    John Deacon
    Roger Waters
    Roger Glover

    Those are my 10 favorites, off the top of my head.

    By "favorites," I mean "I listen to them just all the time, and I love how they play bass," not "these are the 10 guys I can think of who do tricks with their bass, and blow everyone away."

    These are guys I never get tired of listening to.
  12. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
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    1) Mingus
    2) Scott LaFaro
    3) Edgar Meyer
    4) Phil Lesh
    5) McCartney
    6) Tony Levin
    7) John Wetton
    8) Greg Lake
    9) Tom Fowler
    10) Roger Glover
  13. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
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    Endorsing Artist: Accuracy, Carvin, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    Can't do it-too many!:help:
  14. FourNotFive

    FourNotFive Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2011
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    Off the top of my head...and in alphabetical order by first name:
    1. Al Cisneros
    2. Cliff Burton
    3. Geddy Lee
    4. Geezer Butler
    5. Joe Lally
    6. Joe Preston
    7. Mike Watt
    8. Paul Simonon
    9. Peter Hook
    10. Steve Harris
  15. Jiker75

    Jiker75 The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
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    In no Order
    Mike Watt
    Stanley Clarke
    John Bentley
    James Jamerson
    Geddy Lee
    Graham Maby
    Bruce Foxton
    Joseph 'Lucky' Scott
  16. SturmUndDrang


    Sep 24, 2012
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    That's tough, hmm let's see.
    1. Flea
    2. Danny Partridge
    3. Sgt. Floyd Pepper
    4. Peter Tork
    5. Derek Smalls
    6. Sid Vicious
    7. the animatronic dog in the Chucky Cheese band
    8. Henry Fonda as Manny Balestero in The Wrong Man
    9. Curly Howard (great bass playing at 8:04)

    10. Carol Kaye, especially all the Motown stuff
  17. cv115505

    cv115505 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2012
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    It's kind of difficult to differentiate between players I really like vs. players whose style inspires my approach, but I'll play along.

    1. James Jamerson
    2. Bob Babbitt
    3. Pino Palladino
    4. Stefan Lessard
    5. Rocco Prestia
    6. Nathan East
    7. Donald "Duck" Dunn
    8. Marcus Miller
    9. Jaco
    10. Larry Graham
  18. DannyBob


    Aug 28, 2013
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    In no order

    1) Flea
    2) Tim Commerford
    3) Jeff Ament
    4) Les Claypool
    5) DavidSinRocks (from le youtube)
    6) Nick Latham (also from le youtube)

    can't actually think of any more......hmm...
  19. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
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    Well, wait, which is it? Do you want to know the 10 bassists that shaped and influence the way I play, or do you want to know my 10 favorites? Definitely not the same...practically by definition, unless you never listen to any new artists.

    Imma go with my 10 favorites. In no particular order:

    - Tony Levin
    - Will Lee
    - Nathan East
    - Anthony Jackson
    - Paul Jackson
    - Chris Squire
    - Mick Karn
    - Alphonso Johnson
    - Jeff Berlin
    - and a multiway tie between Mel Schacher, Jimmy Johnson, Louis Johnson, Verdine White, Larry Graham, Jon Camp, Paul McCartney, Bill Laswell, Doug Wimbish, Alain Caron, Stanley Clarke, John Paul Jones, and John Wetton.
  20. jj4001

    jj4001 Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2010
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    Ronnie Lane !!!

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