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bass player or bassist

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Tyler_The_Hate, Sep 8, 2005.

  1. Tyler_The_Hate


    Apr 9, 2005
    in your band are the the bass player or the BASSIST. ive realized where i would like to be the BASSIST, every band ive ever played in and even my current just want a bass player. someone to play exactly hat the guitar is playing and keep their mouth shut while the other guys write. i wish my parents encouraged me more and didnt leave this decision up to my own accord.

    anyway, answer the question, bass player or bassist; what are you?
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Johnny Kruk once said, "I'm not an athlete, I'm a baseball player."

    My analog is "I'm not a musician, I'm a bass player."
  3. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Doesn't quite answer the question, though. A rare miss.

    My answer is:

    Who cares?
  4. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    I am a person who plays an instrument called a bass guitar. Therefore, I am a bass guitarist. Also, since it's of the guitar family, and in the bass cleff, I am a bass guitarist.

    Lets stop with the word games, not care about who we are and what we do. We all know how important we are.

  5. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2002
    La Crosse, WI
    I'm kind of fond of bass player. I compare it with people who play keyboards....do you want to be the piano player or the pianist. Being a pianist sounds like you're a male organ...not cool.
  6. Eli M.

    Eli M. Life's like a movie, write your own ending

    Jul 24, 2004
    New York, NY
    Here's the way I do it:

    I am a bassist.
    I am the bass player in my band.

    I'm not sure why I do it that way, but it sounds right to me.

    EDIT: Occasionally I do use "bassist" for the name of my function in a group.
  7. Mickey Shane

    Mickey Shane what goes here?

    Feb 23, 2003
    Denton, Texas
    Am I Mickey, or Mick?

    The label for the ability to play my instrument is meaningless.

    Bass, or bass guitar?

    Stop applying unneccessary concern to the english language and apply some of that energy to the musical language.

    IOW practice.

    (sorry, but this subject is sort of a pet peeve of mine.)

    EDIT: Not quite as bad as "should I put stickers on my bass?" lol
  8. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
  9. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Such questions of definitional semantics aren't important to me.
  10. AlembicPlayer

    AlembicPlayer Im not wearing shorts

    Aug 15, 2004
    Pacific Northwet, USA
    as long as I get called for the gig...you can call me dumbass for all I care :)
  11. ...Hence the "burning" need to reply, huh! ;)
  12. "The name's Floyd; I blow bass!" ---Muppett Movie :D
  13. Rumzini


    Feb 14, 2004
    Jackson, MI

    Cheeseburger for sure.
  14. Rumzini


    Feb 14, 2004
    Jackson, MI
    How about Grandmaster of the Ultrasonic Lowness???
  15. BadB


    May 25, 2005
    AZ, USA
    You're a bassist, and you're in the wrong band. Your buddies need to shut their mouths and trust you to write appropriate basslines.
  16. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    No one writes my lines.

    I certainly don't keep quiet when we write or arrange songs either. I tend to be the one doing the talking.

  17. WOAH! Hold up, I always thought the Bass was a cousin of the double bass and in no way related to the guitar other than the obvious things. I thought it was an smaller double bass rather than a lower tuned guitar. So technically (if what ive heard is true) thats wrong. But I dunno, i cant remember where I read that, it could be wrong, dont quote me on it.
  18. To me, it's just semantics and I use them interchangably, for the most part.
  19. I'm a bass owner, OK, I own more than one, you got me......
  20. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I call it "Low End Wizardry"... it's stuck for some reason.