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Bassists who kick butt in areas other than playing bass

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by gsys, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. I don't think this one has been done before. Here are some I thought of:

    Marcus Miller - bass clarinet
    Jaco - big band arrangements
    Bootsy - best voice ever

    Sting, Geddy - singing and fronting
  2. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Vic Wooten - Martial Arts.
  3. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Marcus Miller's a real renaissance man. The guy also plays sax and guitar, sings, composes soundtracks, and he's produced and written songs for a great many R&B artists in the last few years.

    Richard Bona plays everything amazingly well and sings.

    Mark King plays everything amazingly well and sings too.

    He's not an EB player, but Edgar Meyer's just come out with an album on which he plays all the instruments, including double bass, mandolin, guitar, dobro and piano.
  4. Poo-poo diapers fear me.:ninja:
    Also, I can eat a breakfast burrito in one bite.:eek:
  5. You mentioned Geddy straight up, but just to embellish... He is almost a freak of nature for being able to play elaborate parts while singing. Most bassists who sing lead vocals don't do all that much on the instrument. Thumping out quarter notes or, for guitarists, strumming simple chords is not the same as playing complex lines with a lot of rhythmic and melodic structure. He has an amazing brain.
  6. zombywoof5050


    Dec 20, 2001
    Uh...Hello?...John Paul Jones (bass, keys, mandolin, pedal steel)!!!
  7. bill h

    bill h

    Aug 31, 2002
    small town MN
    Hulk Hogan
  8. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    Geddy Lee is a master, bass, vocals, keys and taurus pedal and sample trigger pedals? The mind boggles!

    Kark King is worthy of mention for being a great drummer and guitarist as well as a bassist.
  9. mvw356


    Mar 2, 2006
    Michael Porcaro plays drums. His brother Jeffrey once said he has better time and groove than he does!!!!!!*** how can someone be a better drummer than Jeffrey Porcaro?
  10. mvw356


    Mar 2, 2006
    Roger Waters plays guitar. he also writes good songs. he also sings really well. just a good allround musician.
  11. ElBajista


    Dec 13, 2005
    Sebring, FL
    My thoughts exactly. Geddy Lee, too.
  12. flatwoundfender


    Feb 24, 2005
    Willie Dixon was a great A&R man and a great song writer. Charles Mingus was a great writer, arranger, and pianist.
  13. BigJH


    Jan 20, 2001
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Oteil Burbridge is a fantastic drummer.
  14. Billy Sheehan
    Geddy Lee
    Roger Waters
  15. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Tom Jenkinson - Programming, Drums, Engineering
    Tony Levin - Stick, Upright, Cello

    Yeah, JPJ and Bona are velly velly impressive
  16. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    John Myung is also really great at breathing. He's been doing it non-stop for nearly 40 years! I wonder how many hours a day he spends practicing that stuff.
  17. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    I thought so when I saw that picture of him hanging horizontally on a pole, requires quite some strength to do so.
  18. John Entwistle played horns and was an artist too!!
  19. Kruton


    Aug 20, 2005
    Ocean Springs, MS
  20. slaprock


    Dec 19, 2004
    tacoma, wa
    Robert Trujillo! he's a surfer and a big mountain snowboarder

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