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Blues Bass Players Club

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by blues_bassist, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. blues_bassist


    Mar 14, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    I play Blues music and was thinking that it would be cool to talk to other Blues bassists.

    I personally play all types of Blues, from Robert Johnson to B.B. King to Buddy Guy to Stevie Ray Vaughn.

    If anyone has any tips or anything else that they want to share about Blues music, this is the place.

    (If there is another thread like this one, I apologize!)

    #1 blues_bassist
    #2 62Jazzbass
    #3 JohnFrancis
    #4 nickn
    #5 Dogbone
    #6 specter6A
    #7 Sleeq
    #8 derrenleepoole
    #9 mongo2
    #10 Freelancer
    #11 Santraginus
    #12 billoetjen
    #13 Stumbo
    #14 deepbluesuk
    #15 awall
    #16 Fenderjazz6823
    #17 bassflyer19
    #18 mlafrancis
    #19 reno88
    #20 lonote
    #21 main_sale
    #22 jbassbob
    #23 tlr1293
    #24 Saliboat339
    #25 dlb1001
    #26 smakbass
    #27 watspan
    #28 scottbass
    #29 thumpbass1
    #30 woodsideh
    #31 R Upsumgrub
    #32 EBodious
    #33 lug
    #34 bassist4dalord
    #35 babaseen
    #36 Walter Ego
    #37 gmanbass
    #38 ffeJ83
    #39 Honk'n down-low
    #40 dronnba
    #41 Kenny Allyn
    #42 Fajah
    #43 topcat
    #44 mightypog
    #45 mike phillips
    #46 seanm
    #47 bhubb3rd
    #48 butchblack
    #49 RobJ
    #50 Slim Louis
    #51 Crunktacular
    #52 willyrep
    #53 doktorfeelgood
    #54 CaptainWampum
    #55 Yamahammer
    #56 mdsmith
    #57 John Wentzien
    #58 mightypog
    #59 NickBass81
    #60 Li Youwei
    #61 phatbass
    #62 Stevens1212
    #63 BigBeatNut
    #64 5StringBlues
    #65 grooveway
    #69 Quarternote
    #77 Bobbo 77"
    #99 jhay
    #135 nortonrider
    #145 Easy8
    #420 GlennW
  2. What the heck, give me #12.

    Doesn't everything always come back to the blues?

    Oh, and, flats all the way.
  3. blues_bassist


    Mar 14, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    Good point. All of the greats from the 60's (Clapton, Hendrix, ect.) were all influenced by the blues.
  4. nortonrider


    Nov 20, 2007
  5. JohnFrancis


    Jan 26, 2009
    OK, I'm in..... I've been down ever sice I was ten.
    kartiste likes this.
  6. Specter6A


    May 12, 2007
    Visalia, CA
    Count me in. The blues is all I play.

    Do you get extra points for sporting a cheesy pork pie hat?

  7. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    Yeah the Blues baby....:bassist:

    Right now I'm just getting started in a new band playing in a style something like Delbert McClinton meets Jason Ricci, and we call ourselves "Stone Blues". Hope to get our setlist polished soon so we can be out having a good time this summer in the Harrisonburg/Charlottesville area.

    Also props to 62Jazzbass and his band. You guys sound tight and are just up the road from me. ;)

  8. nickn


    Oct 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Me me me! I wanna be number IV!
  9. Sleeq


    Feb 13, 2008
    Count me in!!

    Mojolators Blues Band.

    P-Bass... and flats!


  10. Yeah man, count me in too! Just started a blues band and gigging this Thursday with the completed line-up for the first time. We did an impromptu jam in December which has led to this band forming. It's a bit unusual in that our drummer plays an e-kit rather than acoustic, so should raise some eyebrows. Me, I got the p-bass down and I'm loving the tone, versatility and bite that's just perfect for blues. Still don't really have a name yet for the group though, the working band name is 'Blackun Blues Band.'
  11. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Count me in.

    I've always played blues but my most interesting blues gig has been over the last 12 years with a steel guitar player/singer as a duo, sometimes trio with a minimal drumkit (share/hi-hat), or a quartet adding a mandolin or harp player doing "back porch" style blues/jazz reaching back to the '20s and '30s.
  12. Freelancer


    Apr 6, 2009
    Tucson, AZ.
    Just started up again not too long ago. Didn't get very far in my younger attention span deficiency days and basically had to start from square one. While my personal favorite music styles to listen and one day play is metal (preferably progressive,) I also love the good old blues tones from B.B. King and Clapton. I also know that most of the contemporary styles including metal and rock have many roots in the tones and techniques developed in blues. Coming from my long hiatus, I immediately dove right into blues to develop important fundamentals. Another friend of mine who just kinda jumped in and went straight to metal is having it much rougher. After just a month of progress, he may be able to play faster, but I have much greater technique, timing, and stronger fundamentals than he does. I'm in no way good or even passable as mediocre yet but blues I feel is an integral style full of fundamentals that can really smooth over transitions to other genres.

    I remember thinking that I wouldn't understand roots and 5ths from the way my guitar friend was trying to explain to me. Then Stumbo showed me studybass.com and I /facepalmed myself when I realized that the 3 different versions of the 12 bars blues were all using roots and 5ths, octaves and other fundamentals I thought I'd never be able to get or play. Yet, here I was cranking away on them and not even realizing it. Talking with my stepfather(drummer,) uncles(guitar/bass,)and even my own mother(pianist,) have all told me that blues was what they used to learn and build off of for the soft rock that they jam to now.

    After spending this time learning some basics, I'm even more in love with blues than before. I personally chose bass because I love the groove of a bass, and blues does it for me. I still aspire to build up my chops for metal eventually but I will never set down the blues. It has been, thus far, an awesome learning experience and surprisingly easy to learn the basics off of and build a solid foundation. Currently play an MIJ Fender Jazz with some Elixers on em. I know, not the traditional blues sound but, I personally find it appealing without being too out of the park in tone.

    Sorry for the long post and all, but this being my first big foray into musicianship beyond classical and all. No matter what other genres/styles I play, I will always play the blues. For me personally, nothing grooves quite like the blues. Thanks for reading :)

    Rock On!:bassist:
    Imaginary Pony likes this.
  13. I'd like to be in.
  14. Working Bass

    Working Bass Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    London, ENGLAND
    Im in. Playing blues here in London.
  15. awall


    Oct 30, 2006
    I play in a blues trio. Just getting it off the ground and hope to play quite a bit this summer. We're in PEI on Canada's east coast if any is around these parts, keep an eye out for the Jack of Diamonds Blues Band. We play mostly Chicago style and some funkly R&B.
  16. Right here

    I have been trying to start new band here in to northeast
    Blues is where it's at
  17. Count me in. I love blues. I look to guys like "Duck" Dunn that are a great inspiration.
  18. mlafrancis


    Jun 26, 2008
    count me too. I play in a Hard Rock band, but its fun playing blues lines, so we have a few blues songs. I've always loved the blues sense iw as little
  19. reno88

    reno88 Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2008
    count me in, too. i play hard rock and punk, but rely on my blues fundamentals every time i play. the blues is what unites us all.

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