Bassist vs. Bass Player, who cares?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Matt Till, Sep 28, 2003.

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  1. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Why do some of you guys make a big deal of this. Ala I'm a Bassist, not a bass player from Obsolex's signature. Why are you a bass player not a bassist. :confused: or visa versa.

    Let the music do the talking, etc. :rolleyes:
  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I like to think of myself as a musician first and foremost.

    either that or as a musical prankster
  3. You forgot bass guitarist.
  4. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    Yeah, well, there is always that. But if you were in a band, and someone introduced you as "The Bassist" would you say, "Ahem... bass player." And then do this :cool: ?
  5. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002

    ahahahah *wipes tear from eye* that's really funny.
  6. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I remeber debate of this earlier (a while ago) but I'd imagine if I searched for "Bass Player" on talkbass, I wouldn't get much luck.
  7. I consider myself a musician....

    I primarily play stringed instruments in the "Guitar" family. I prefer the electric "Bass" of the family.

    I guess I'm a "Bass Guitarist" if you need to label me.

    Someday I hope to learn the double bass... maybe then I could be a "Bassist".

    But anyway I look at, you can call me a "Jack***" and so long as I can create and express myself... I couldn't care less.
  8. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Who gives a ****?
  9. Airsick Pilot

    Airsick Pilot Cleopatra

    Jul 29, 2002
    Cockpit(throwing up)
    I think both those terms are the same. Someone who plays the bass is a bass player. Bass player=Bassist

    I just don't get how people can get irked by this. :rolleyes:
  10. Taylor Livingston

    Taylor Livingston Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    Oregon, US
    Owner, Iron Ether Electronics
    conical johnson:

    string jockey.
  11. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    I forgot who has it, but the best ,and most applicable for me, is Low Frequency Provider, seeing as I play bass guitar, tuba, and upright bass.
  12. Really, it is, or should be, a non-issue.
  13. player. Bass player=Bassist =girlbassplayer=Bassist

    :bag: Treena
  14. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I prefer "the good-looking one."

    brad cook
  15. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    To be honest, I consider myself a songwriter first. I just happen to be a damn good bassist! :p I've been writing for about 20+ years, and I've been playing bass for about 6.
  16. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    Personally, even before I put that in my profile... I read probably about 10 or 20 of these threads on "bass-player vs. bassist", and I came up with my own little conclusion reading each and everyones opinions...

    I kind of view the name "bass-player", as someone who plays it, just to be in a band (occasionally), someone who plays just for fun (occasionally), or someone who just ****s around when ever they are bored as **** (occasionally)...

    I sort of view the name "bassist", as someone who get's something more from the instrument... Like, it is a part of them. They practice a lot, study it and music, and if they didn't play bass, a part of them would be gone, or something ;) :rolleyes:.

    I mean, also, when I tell friends if someone else plays guitar guitar, I tell them, "yeah, he's a good guitarist,", not a good "guitar-player".

    Anyway, just from reading other comments I got the view that a "bassist" was/is someone who "loves" bass (the instrument ;)).

    But I guess it doesn't REALLY matter...
  17. John Entwistle was a bassist.
    I am a lowly bass-player, as are most of y'all.
  18. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    So, Bass Player magazine is only for non-serious musicians? :rolleyes:

    Come on, will this crap ever end? Would you call a pro football player a "footballist"? Bassist and bass player are the exact same thing.

    This debate is just as useless as the infamous "Should the bass guitar be renamed?" thread.
  19. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    Actually man, I think your right... lol ;) :D
  20. Airsick Pilot

    Airsick Pilot Cleopatra

    Jul 29, 2002
    Cockpit(throwing up)
    I don't even know why this is being discussed. Regardless whether you prefer to be called a bassist or a bass player, you're playing the same instrument so let it rest already.
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