Bass - a girl's instrument?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Philbiker, Nov 10, 2003.

  1. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I went to my local music store this weekend to check out the 6 string basses (not to buy one - just to see if I want one).

    I noticed that all the "starter packs" for basses had girls on the picture on the cover. Peavey, Fender (Squier), Ibanez, all three had a picture of a girl bass player jamming out. The guitar packs all had boys.

    I actually thought that was very cool. :) :bassist:

    Though there was a girl who looked to be about 12 shopping with her mom for what looked like her first guitar. She wasn't considering basses that I could tell. :(
  2. Dude, women can play their butts off, just as well as any man can!

    I'm living proof!

    So is Carol Kaye!

    Carol and I talk with women from all over the world and, we try to help them with their confidence. Bass is not just a mans world!

  3. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    that would be to make teen boy players buy it :p
  4. Gia


    Feb 28, 2001
    everyone knows that girl pwn boys. full stop.
  5. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    My diughter's 11. The one instrument she says she's interested in is electric bass. Gee, wonder where that came from. (Sometimes your kids actually do listen to you ....)
  6. flash41

    flash41 Lost bassist returns.

    All my kids have varying interests in music. My daughter Katie, age 12, plays flute in the middle school band. She started playing flute because her mom used to play flute. About a week ago I took Katie to meet a very good female bass player who is about 4'10" and 85 lbs (slightly taller than my daughter and about the same weight). Her brothers kept telling her that she's too tiny to play bass. Now that she realizes that bass playing is not just for guys with big guts (a description that fits the few bass players that she previously knew, including me) she is drooling over "pretty" basses in music stores and in magazines (the pink ones, the daisy-shaped ones, etc) and saying she wants to play bass. Will anything come of this? Who knows. But I'm letting her start on my beat up old 30" no-name bass with a thin neck and great action (Katie has tiny hands). Now it's up to her how far she wants to take it.

    Whether it's neurosurgery or bass playing, most girls are not going to aspire to do something if they've never seen another female in that position. I appreciate the female bassplayers like Treena who contribute to this forum (who wants to hang out with more old guys with big guts anyway?). I'd be interested in knowing how these women got started and whether they had a lot of people telling them a girl couldn't play bass.

    My wife and I try to introduce Katie to women in "non-traditional" fields so that she doesn't limit her career choices. For several years Katie has wanted to be a herpetologist. She watches "Crocodile Hunter" and cheers for the crocs to eat Steve Irwin.

    I think Katie will do just fine in whatever career she chooses!
  7. missy51633


    Oct 20, 2003
    girl not only do and cn play bass and some who are really into bass play very well,,
    i play music bass and with a heavy metal and rock band .
    i play 5 string fender jazz and a 4 string fender precision.
    we play stuf bt,,styx,zz top,barry manilow,survivor,wheeser,policempearl jamirom madin,twisted sister,and elvis,,black sabbath,billy idol van halen steppin wolf,beastie,guns and roseseric clapton,kravitz,kiss,lynard skynrd,,,just to name a few and you had bettered know what you're doing when you get on stage with the band and they are waiting for it all to come togather since theres only 4 playing ,,,yes my friend ther are girl
    bass players
    and i just love it
    by the way i play 7 nights a week
  8. Craig Garfinkel

    Craig Garfinkel

    Aug 25, 2000
    Hartford, CT
    Endorsing Artist: Sadowsky Guitars
    I can't play as well as any man can.
  9. metron

    metron Fluffy does not agree

    Sep 12, 2003
    Lakewood Colorado
    Bass for everyone! :D
  10. Gia


    Feb 28, 2001
    The study of herpes ? :meh:
  11. metron

    metron Fluffy does not agree

    Sep 12, 2003
    Lakewood Colorado
    n : a zoologist who studies reptiles and amphibians
  12. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    There's just something hot about a woman throwing down a hard and fast bass line. One of my ex's just picked up bass, I don't know if it had anything to do with me, but she looks hot when she tries to play it. Maybe I just think it's cool because it would be nice to have a woman who can relate to my love of bass.
  13. thrash_jazz


    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    Oh yeah? Well... um... we can spell better! ;)

    *grunts, belches, scratches rear end and goes to watch football*
  14. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Why the hell does Fruit of the Loom choose to put half-ass naked men on the undies that I buy, instead of some hot Britney Spears lookalike? Because supposedly, according to research, men don't buy their own undies, women do. And said women are either turned on by the site of these half-ass naked men, or they think that by getting their man to wear those drawers, they'll look like the chiseled, half-ass naked man on the front of the pack.

    Just like Toastedweed said, the chicks are on the front of the bass packs, because the guitar companies want guys to buy 'em. Hmmmm, that must mean that guitars are really a girlie instrument!
  15. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    She looks hot when she tries to play it?

    :D ;) ;)
  16. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    yes, "TRIES" being the key word. She can barely play a scale. I set up her new fender jazz bass (not bad for a starter) for her a couple weeks ago and she was noodling on it after I was done with it. It was moderately amusing ;)
  17. I think it's all "new marketing", to attract all sexes of beginners, I suppose the Rock word has "mostly" had male role modles, young teen girls have felt "out of place" and the marketing are trying to expand the sales and show that women are very welcome. I appresiate the female rockworld and hope to see more female artists.

    Male=Female = Music=Music

  18. Boozy


    Apr 29, 2002
    Kelowna BC, Canada
    I've always noticed that if there is an instrument thaat girls seem to like it is bass (over guitar and drums anyways)...

    I know a few girls who have played bass, sexy too.

    You would think girls would be more inclined to play guitar... I only say this because they (generally) have smaller hands so guitar wqould seem to fit thm better... I played guitar a tiny bit when I was young but my hands just got too big and it quit working for me... bass fits me better (plus bass is just better ;))

    Anyways, girls can rock too yup... It is a weird marketing scheme though.. makes me wonder...

    Come to think of it, I know a few girls who play drums as well.. very sexy too... hmmm...
  19. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    I think anybody can play any instrument, regardless of gender, race, sexual proclivity, etc.

    But what get's my goat is the stuff that is being geared towards certain genders. The Daisy Rock thing... they have a book out geared towards girls with lots of butterflies and flowers on it. What does that have to do with guitar? Was the generic Mel Bay book too male cheauvanistic? Aside from the fact they are making instruments to fit girls hands and bodies better (I can applaud that), I think the whole flower shaped guitar thing is deplorable.

    That being said, I don't think putting pornstars on the cover of Guitar World magazine is helping much either.
  20. ...tee, hee, hee:)