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5 strings + fingerstyle bassplayers

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by sucka, May 6, 2010.

  1. sucka


    Nov 14, 2008
    Hi guys.
    I wanna buy myself a 5 string and I want you to write here the coolest (in your opinion) bassplayers who play on a 5-string with fingers.

    Cheers :bassist:
  2. kreider204


    Nov 29, 2008
    William Murderface. Though he doesn't always play it with just his fingers ...
  3. tdub0199


    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, Ga.
  4. MooseKnuckle

    MooseKnuckle Guest

    Apr 8, 2010
    Melvin Gibbs w/ Rollins Band on Weight & Come In and Burn
    P-nut W/311 on Music & Grassroots
    Dirk Lance w/Incubus on S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
    Robert Trujillo on any Infectious Grooves album
  5. jackduran


    Dec 16, 2009
    Liverpool, UK
    Stuart Zender on the first 3 Jamiroquai albums (5 string Warwick Streamers live, though I suspect he used a couple of 4's in the studio).
  6. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Nathan East, though he's been playing a six-string for the last four years or so.

  7. bottomzone


    Oct 21, 2005
    Someone who plays exclusively fingerstyle, and is an absolute monster on the 5-sting, is Jimmy Johnson. He is also arguably the first person to play a 5-string bass.

    One of the best sounding Alembics that I have ever heard! Jimmy is a baaaaaaaaaaaad man!!!!

    A Groove is a Terrible Thing to Waste! :cool:
  8. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Gary Willis. And yes, Jimmy is a BAAAAAAD man indeed!
  9. sucka


    Nov 14, 2008
    These are great examples guys. But keep them coming.

    There are no boundries about the genres. They could be jazz they could be rock, punk, funk, metal, nu meta, rapcore EVERYTHING.
  10. wideyes


    May 9, 2007
    Eugene, OR
    You'd be surprised at the recordings that featured a 5er. Flea appears to have played a 5 on a number of tracks from Blood Sugar Sex Magik.

    If you listen closely, you start to hear low notes popping up in all manner of recordings...
  11. sucka


    Nov 14, 2008
    Yea I know that Funky Monks is played on a Stingray 5.
  12. Killer indeed - especially on a tune I have only ever heard with a SLAPPED bassline.


  13. NickBass81


    Jul 4, 2008
    Endorsing Bulkmusic Strings
    Mike Porcaro
    Tom Kennedy
    Neil Stubenhaus
    Alphonso Johnson
    Tony Levin (Ok, he's using pretty everything to hit the strings of his bass...but he can considered a fingerstyle player!)
    Will Lee (when he plays a 5 strings)

    Even if alredy named, I must say Nathan East and Jimmy Johnson, two fabulous players!!
  14. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Tommy Kennedy does slap (and very well) but just not a lot! Will Lee and Nathan East also slap. They are not strictly fingerstyle players.
  15. FromTheBassMent

    FromTheBassMent Those who can, play bass. Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2010
    Providence, RI
    Tony Levin
  16. bottomzone


    Oct 21, 2005
    Marcus was the bassist on the studio recording. He funked it up, too. However, Jimmy Johnson's finger funk is just as smelly!

    A Groove is a Terrible Thing to Waste! :cool:
  17. I loves me some Marcus.....but this reminds me of seeing Anthony Jackson play Just the Two of Us live with Grover Washington Jr. on YouTube - love the original MM lines, but Anthony brought a whole new groove to it that was great and of course, no slapping.

    To me, slap the strings, play them with your fingers, hit them with a rusty spoon - as long as its funky, it's good :)
  18. testing1two

    testing1two Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    Abraham Laboriel
    big +1 for Jimmy Johnson
  19. colcifer

    colcifer Esteemed Nitpicker Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    A Galaxy Far, Far Away
  20. Akshat


    Dec 7, 2007
    New Delhi,India
    Keeping the Groove staying out of Treble
    Janek Gwizdala
    Hadrien Feraud

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