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Best Finger-Tech. Metal/Heavy Bassists

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Aristotle, Feb 11, 2004.


  1. Aristotle

    Aristotle

    May 12, 2002
    Easton, MD
    Who are the best are your favorite metal or just heavy music bass players who won't touch a pick? Obviously Ryan Martinie and Robert Trujillo are atop most peoples list. Anyone else? I think K.B. from Nonpoint is awesome. The mixing of their cd's drowns out his sound but live he's rad.
     
  2. To me Steve Harris is still the master!!!...
     
  3. brake

    brake

    Jun 23, 2003
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Steve DiGiorgio
     
  4. Steve Harris hands down! \m/ :D \m/ Will flatwounds allow you to play faster? I know he uses flatwounds, and I know that a lot of it comes down to skill, but what do you think? I've never used flatwounds, but I am considering trying them out when I get a 4 string.
     
  5. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Eric Laglois
    Sean Malone
    Alex Webster (great 3 finger technique)
    Tony Choy
    Steve DiGiorio

    All have great technique. Especially Sean Malone.
     
  6. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I have to second Sean Malone.
     
  7. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Shoot, the guys is a teacher at a university in Eugene, OR, working on his Masters. I'd HOPE the dude has techinque.
     
  8. Nope. Practice will.
     
  9. Fieldy!

    Sorry, he's good :bassist: :bassist:

    (you don't have to make fun of me, i already know)
     
  10. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    I would delete Trujillo from that list right away...

    I would addd B War from Marduk, nice playing and tone
     
  11. Lackey

    Lackey

    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    how bout John Myung from Dream Theater.

    Lars Norburg from Spiral Architect.

    Tyr from Borknagar.

    bassist from a metal band named Martyr (not AD), seems to have a gang of chops.
     
  12. hieronymous

    hieronymous

    Nov 28, 2002
    Northern CA
    Cliff Burton didn't use a pick did he? If not, CLIFF BURTON
    Geezer Butler - BLACK SABBATH

    More in the "heavy music" category:

    Jack Bruce (Cream are often listed as one of the first "heavy metal" bands, or at least a huge influence)

    Bobby Sheehan - Blues Traveler (I always thought of them as the most metal version of hippie music before it got dubbed "jam band music" though I don't think most people would consider them metal, though "Travelers & Thieves" comes the closest...)

    Les Claypool!!! Primus can get heavy - I even had a boot of them doing "Master of Puppets" :ninja:

    Oh yeah - Billy Sheehan, most of the time (he's been using a pick lately I think)
     
  13. hvacfreak

    hvacfreak

    Feb 12, 2004
    Check out Elephant Gun on DLR Eat em and Smile ( Bill Sheehan). Geddy Lee plays some cool stuff. I like Steve Harris on " Phantom of the Opra" ( my high school band played that , lol ), fun song to play.
     
  14. Metal Mitch

    Metal Mitch

    Jul 14, 2003
    NJ
    What he said. On both counts.
     
  15. John Alderete (Racer X, Mars Volta)
    Frank Bello (Anthrax)
     
  16. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    The guy in The Mars Volta is called Juan Alderete, I don't think they're related.
    And come on, Frank is a nice guy and all, but the only fast line he ever played was with a pick (Got The Time), and it was no biggie.
     
  17. John Alderete="Juan Alderete"
    - a bassist friend saw a london Mars Volta show and recognised Alderete (using a Jazz bass as with racer X) and spoke to him.

    also I've seen live footage of Bello playing a 16th note line fingerstyle.
     
  18. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Ryan Martinie.
     
  19. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Wow, that's a surprise. He looks totally different today.