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anyone know any great bass players with autism or aspergers

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Cole Louis Allar, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. Cole Louis Allar

    Cole Louis Allar

    Dec 25, 2015
    hey guys. I know this has nothing to do with bass or anything like that but I need to ask a question that has been bugging me for the last 6 months or so. First off are there any great bassists with autism? And also When will people learn that there is a difference between having a learning disability and just being really shagging stupid? One of my best friends has autism, as do myself, I have asburgers, and I'm not afraid to tell people that, nor do I care what they think, and he's one of the coolest guys I know! He plays drums, really good with animation, and he's done some really incredible things in life!
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  2. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
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  3. organworthyplayer337

    organworthyplayer337 Professional Hack

    Oct 28, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    I'm no grammar nazi, but I believe it's spelled Aspergers.
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  4. mrufino1

    mrufino1 Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2005
    Nutley, NJ
    I can't think of any on the autism spectrum but I'm sure there's a few. Gary Numan is said to have asperger's. I think many of the people who have changed the world are on the spectrum, which gives them a wonderful ability to see things in ways that others can't.

    I often have thought that Brian Wilson has aspergers, but that's not a diagnosis since I haven't met him. I believe officially he is diagnosed with schizophrenia, but hearing him talk about sound and composing he has insights into things that seem to fit aspergers.

    I listen to the sonic talk podcast and Mark Tinley is on often, he did a lot of keyboard programming for Duran Duran and others, he has aspergers and has some very creative ideas.

    Good question though, I'm interested to know! I might be one, I often think so, and am diagnosed with adhd, which I don't think is far off. I'm a social worker in my non music life and work mostly with individuals who have asperger's. I've learned so much from them over the years.
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  5. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    I'm sure there have been several, but you're talking about something that went largely undiagnosed until the 90's. My teenage son has Asperger's, so I know something about the condition. That said, I do not actually know of any great bassists with Asperger's. But the greatest ever was bipolar--does that help?
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  6. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    That's exactly what I was going to post in response to that.


  7. Charles Mingus?
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  8. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
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  9. Oh dear. Man makes thread interested in autism in bassists on a bass forum. Comments that he too has autism. Attacked for errors in his posts probably caused by said condition.

    I found a couple of bassist who have autistic children, but not who actually have it, but I suspect that in part is due to reasons previously stated that diagnosis has changed in recent decades. (Those two are Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick and CJ Ramone - not necessarily "great bass players" but certainly "professionals who made something of their musical careers".)

    It seems to me, with my limited knowledge on the subject, that bass is an instrument tailor made for autistic persons.
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  10. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    I can't think of any bass players, but I think I read the the drummer from Alt-J is an aspie and also mostly deaf.

    He has some really strange and interesting quirks in his drumming. He tends to use a stuffed cowbell instead
    of a hi-hat and he uses no cymbals. Also all his drums have to set perfectly level or it bothers him.

    The band and their artsy music is surely not everyones cup of tea, but his drumming is really great IMO.
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  11. Ikkir


    Jun 26, 2005
    Swansea, UK

    This video is kind of on topic - might be worth a watch.
  12. thomcat79


    Apr 9, 2014
    Hi Cole, I don't know any bassists but my 7 year old son has autism and he's showing huge potential on piano, he's fascinated with all thing's musical but piano is his favourite. I remember year's ago when finding out he was autistic I was pretty upset and a bit angry if im honest. But now I wouldn't change anything about him, he's perfect. Massive respect to you Cole :)
  13. Hey Thomcat79, not to go off topic here, but would be really interested in how your son is learning the piano. I have a six year old son with autism, and he likes to play around with my midi keyboard and can learn some things by rote, and I'd like to get him started learning a bit more about music (nothing too structured, 'cause he'd probably rebel). Sadly no interest in the bass though, although he does like to play around with my pedals every once and a while. I've put some calls around to some of the local music teachers and institutions, but haven't found anything that feels like a bit yet.

    Oh yeah, and massive respect to Cole.
  14. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    If you can't think of any great bass players with autism or aspergers, become one.
  15. thomcat79


    Apr 9, 2014
    Hi there, my son attends a special needs school, and it was in there that he first showed an interest in music. So the school suggested music therapy as a way for him to express himself. As you say it started with mini keyboards and then progressed to full size keyboards, he too would rebel, so we found the best way for him was to play and let him repeat by ear. Who knows if he'll continue being interested in it, but it's just nice to see him interested in it for now. Hope you too find something that suits your son, and we will both live in hope that they turn to the bass at some point :D
  16. infraviolet


    May 2, 2014
    Depending on you you ask I would be a great bassist with Aspergers. I beg to differ but some people say I'm good. Joking aside, I'm not aware of anyone myself.
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  17. Mechayoshi


    Dec 7, 2015
    I am but I wouldn't call myself a great bassist or anything. I would also like to think that if anything it helps because I am "obsessed" with bass and music as autistic people then to get over things.
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  18. Fingerpickingood


    Oct 30, 2014
    I'm not great, but I do suffer from Asperger's. I would surmise that we are unaware of many simply because the affliction is often misdiagnosed, or not at all. I wasn't diagnosed until I was in my late 20s. Keep in keepin' on, young man!
  19. Well I'm not famous, but I'm a bassist with aspergers.

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