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Any Progressive Rock Bass Players club out there?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rtav, Apr 29, 2009.

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  1. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL

    I did a search, but couldn't find anything called "The Progressive Rock Bass Players Club" (see the wikipedia article on progressive rock for a good definition and standard examples), but it could still be eluding me under a slightly different club name.

    By Prog Rock I mean players who play the music of or in the style of bands like Genesis, Yes, Renaissance, ELP, Dream Theater, Marillion, Rush, King Crimson, etc.

    If not... I'd like to start one but don't know how... any advice would be great - and if you're in a Prog Rock Bass Players Club - lemmie know!


  2. Bassman316


    May 27, 2008
    Longs, SC
    Some of my favorite bands are what could be labeled "progressive rock" bands. Same goes for my friend who plays guitar... we like playing Rush, Yes, sometimes we'll sneak some Crimson in there. It can get pretty complex, though. We really dig on Porcupine Tree, too, even though I've read Steven Wilson doesn't prefer Porcupine Tree to be labeled "progressive". So if this is a club, sign me up. I dig playing Prog.
  3. i'd like a number too...
  4. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Well... trouble is, it's kind of hard to define what is Progressive and what spirals right down into Avantgarde. I don't even know where to put the main band I'm in - yet the entire band draws from prog rock/metal sources, be it Dream Theater, Kansas, Rush, Yes...

    Does that qualify?
  5. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Yeah - because prog rock is a fusion of so many styles, it can be a slippery description. I think that while it's slippery, it's not impossible to define prog rock and the main representatives.
    What makes it a little more confusing is that at least two of the most influential bassists for bassists of every genre are prog rock giants and masters - Geddy Lee and Chris Squire.

    I guess to clarify...
    I would say that if you play (not just enjoy or are influenced by) but if you play/write music that is considered to be prog rock, you can join up.

    The purpose of the club is to share information and tips between bassists who play/write progressive rock. Progressive rock presents some unique challenges to bassists, and it would be great to be able to get some insight from time to time about something.

    Besides, it's just goofy fun.

    To sum up a definition of Progressive Rock:
    Progressive Rock is like pornography - it can be hard to define but I know it when I hear it. :p
  6. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Sig-worthy material there, rtav! :smug:

    Kiwi Requiem - Avant-Progressive band's bassist signing up!
  7. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I join just about any club I qualify for, and this one would be a hoot. Prog rock in general is why I initially chose to play a Ric, but not why I still play one, or two. I play in a couple of different bands, but have an edgy prog/jazz/fusion/synth/ambient/pop project that I work on every Sat afternoon. We're not a band, yet, but I think it qualifies. Where do I sign?
  8. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Well, I guess I'm a gunna start one... look for the "OFFICIAL PROGRESSIVE ROCK BASS PLAYERS CLUB" thread.

  9. wnelson


    Aug 15, 2007
    i think i found my second club to join!!....I play in a progressive/melodic hard rock band....and wouldnt have it any other way...


    Dream Theater (images and words album is pure genius)
    Tool (the new age of king crimson,ha!)
    King Crimson (huge robert fripp fan)
    Yes (just starting listening to them,but i dig it and like the playing of Chris Squire)

    sign this guy up!!
  10. Mark Gollihur

    Mark Gollihur Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 19, 2000
    Mullica Hill, NJ
    Owner/President, Gollihur Music LLC
    I've been a prog bassist forever - starting in the early 90's with a prog-metal/hard rock power trio, Ransomed Soul, to a prog-flavored female-fronted quartet called Second Story... And I released an album (with my writing partner) called "Awaken the Man" (the group name is "Din Within") which you can check out on Amazon... It's Genesis/Floyd/Spock's Beard/Yes/Rush/Kansas/etc.-influenced...
  11. In Absentia

    In Absentia

    Jul 5, 2008
    I love Prog. Specifically, more modern prog, but not the instrumental wanking stuff.
  12. Adelleda


    Apr 19, 2009
    Mexico City.
    Can i haz a number?
    I dont have a band right know, i sometimes play with a friend some maiden but nothing really serious.
    I do have some solo material and have noticed that sounds really progressive (without attempting to be), a friend of mine says it sounds like The Cure meets Dream Theater (which is great because i love DT and the bassist form The Cure was the reason i picked up bass)
    The bass player from an argentinian band called Catupecu Machu, Gabriel Ruiz Diaz has been a HUGE influence on me, you should check him out.
    Also the bass player from Interpol Carlos D.
    I play a 3 band eq stingray, but i make it sound gnarly with some delicious mids kind of like a Rickenbacker, but more juicy if you will.

    Bands i like:
    The Cure (from Pornography to Disintegration pure bliss *_*)
    Dream Theater
    Tool (Really into them)
    The Mars Volta
    Iron Maiden (modern)
  13. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i'll close this since it's not really bass related, and we have another thread going in the bassists forum.

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