Confession Time: Admit How You Are Different From The Bass Player Norm

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by nocontrols, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. fingerandpick


    Jun 12, 2013
    ^what is your bass? And what do you mean no amp?
  2. jrusidoff


    May 31, 2013
    Been a (may I say it?) very good lead guitarist for more years than I want to admit. Played all over the USA.

    Have always had a secret bass fetish.

    Took up bass in earnest a month ago when my singer in one of my projects told me his bass player in another band was quitting. He said "why don't you play bass?" I think he was kidding.

    Played bass for the first time last night in front of a live audience. Scary and thrilling!

    I have not felt so excited about learning an instrument since I was starting to play guitar all those years ago.

    I am a Fender man of many years. (My guitar is a beat-to-crap 58 strat that I have had since college) but when I was choosing a bass, played this Ibanez SR500 and knew it was the instrument for me.
  3. jamminology101


    Aug 22, 2012
    Indianapolis In
    Endorsing Artist: Glockenklang
    John paul Jones is a genius. ..especially when u figure at the time he did it bass playing was still in its early stages(electric bass). I cant speak for anyone but myself but I was so enamored with "the lemon song" that I tried learning it when I was decades younger in the 80s and even 90s and just couldnt get/remember/pulloff some of the riffs in proper time and wasnt till years later after I studied fingerstyle funk and played alot of motown/tower of power and those sorts of styles along with some of jacos funk like come on over and the chicken that I could g9 back and nail all of his dead notes and funky rhythms in perfect time and it was actually a band I used to be ins best song. I had to journey to different genres so I could acquire the skill to play an iconic rock song and in doing so developed a HUGE appreciation for many types of music and bass playing. I truly enjoy it all really. ..I do think jaco could have brought a little bit of the front pickup in to fill out his tone..tho.
  4. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy

    Nov 29, 2009
    Formerly Staten Island
    JPJ is awesome indeed. When I recently learned Ramble On, I realized how fantastic of a player he was/is.
  5. jamminology101


    Aug 22, 2012
    Indianapolis In
    Endorsing Artist: Glockenklang
    Yeah, especially in the last chorus and when they fadeout he changes up that iconic riff with lower octave notes, playes a dominant chord riff, and just keeps changing all the way to the takes (for me) more time to figure out all those different riffs at the end to do it justice as to learn the rest of the song. Most peoloe think that riff just recycles but it changes every time in the fadeout...just another genius of JPJ to be able to play different in key melodies in the exact same time requirement.
  6. BassGuyFL

    BassGuyFL Formerly known as RichardCranium

    Mar 9, 2009
    Boynton Bch FL
    I currently have a Cort Curbow 5 as my main bass and this is my pedal board:



    Signal chain is wireless>tuner>efx>VT Bass>compressor>DI. No amp just direct to the PA and I have in ears monitors. Great tone, no hassle 5 minute setup.
  7. Runlikegregg


    Dec 31, 2011
    i don't know how to play bass.
    I only play Bass Guitar.

    I hate active basses. (I think because I play with a pick and with a lot of attack. not unlike how a neanderthal might play)
  8. I can rock out on "Enter Sandman" on an Ashbory with my band. Using a pick...
  9. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    I don't care for 4 string and/or passive basses. Other than that, my preferences have morphed over the years. I wouldn't even care to gig with the complicated, but excellent rig I used in the 80's. Things change and people are different.
  10. I spat my coffee. Good one.
    • I hate the farty no-treble speaker-death sound of throwing 2000 watts into a 300-watt speaker cabinet.

      There, I said it.
    • I also cannot stand class-D power. I can hear the aliasing it does. It sounds "crispy" and harsh to me. Sounds like a lot of very high odd-order harmonics, but not the 3rd-7th that you get from classic SS diode distortion. Markbass and all the like all sound horrid to me because of it. Up loud through a PA it's hard to tell, but alone in a room? Ew.
    I don't know how different this makes me, but I see a LOT of love toward class D on TB, and in real life I hear a ton of fartness from half the bass amps I hear on stage.
  11. 3rdWatch


    Feb 9, 2009
    Escondido, Ca
    I hate doing covers, turn down every offer to join a cover band!
    I love space: a well placed note gets me as much as intricate line!
    Love all kinds of music
    The song is king ( not the parts) what emotion is it trying to stir up, and use any means necessary to get THAT!
    I started at 3 on daddy's hillbilly bass, an oil drum, two-by-four, and a string!
    Last thing; it bugs me when folks think their taste in music is the rule or measurement for others (my favorite band kicks you favorite band's azz) as if art and musical tastes (subjective) were somehow dictated by rules!
  12. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Well, it's been about a year so lets check in to see what has changed.
    1 & 2) I now EQ to suit the song. I learned the hard way that there is a huge difference between what sounds good solo and what sounds good in the mix.
    3 - 5) Still true.
    6) Still kinda true. Sometimes, I will write a simple bassline if that is what suits the song.
    7 - 15) Still true.
    16) ABGs are quite fine for around the house practicing, little else.
    The rest are still true.

    Now for some new ones.

    I love coffee table basses enough to own several,.

    I play said coffee table basses out. To not do so is (IMO) stupid.

    I do not get the appeal of vintage gear. Pretty much anything made in 2013 is going to be better than something made in 1962 and a whole hell of a lot cheaper.

    I don't use any pedals. Except a Sansamp.

    I own two Fenders and I am thinking of selling both.

    I am NOT my guitarist's beleaguered bitch. In fact, I like both of my guitarists.

    The day someone else writes my basslines consistantly is the day I leave the band.

    On the other hand, I always welcome suggestions from my bandmates and dole out suggestions too. Just not demands.

    I can read music, and I do know music theory.

    I don't think reading music and knowing music theory means much.

    Slapping/tapping/wankery has its place and can sound good.

    Led Zep's rhythm section has, in the past 20 or so years, gone from being ridiculously underrated to ridiculously overrated. Give me Geezer and Ward over JPJ and Bonham any day.

    I have owned one bass for every year I have been on this tiny blue dot hurdling through the infinity that is our universe.
  13. c_maj


    Jun 24, 2011
    Las Vegas, NV
    I can't remember if I've commented on this thread or not, so here goes.

    1.) The fact that I'm a woman puts me out of the "norm". (Whenever I go to GC/Sam Ash with my husband and to at basses/amps, the salesmen always corner my husband. He smirks and then points at me and says, "Uh, she's the musician; you want to talk to her.")

    1a.) I find myself in an even smaller minority being a church/ Christian music bassist.

    2.) I started out on the piano and cello, hence...

    3.) I down-tune and tune in fifths (CGDA).

    4.) No tatoos and no extra piercings other than 1 in each ear lobe.

    that's all for now.
  14. No Malarky

    No Malarky

    May 27, 2010
    Four strings are enough for me

    I eat spinach with strangers.

    I enjoy mocking small animals.

    I once caught a fish so large that it took two men and a boy just to look at it.
  15. esa372


    Aug 7, 2010
    Hmmmm... No Malarkey, is it? :eyebrow:

  16. TurboBeach


    Jun 18, 2013
    I consider bassists and guitarists the same thing. I always say if someone plays tenor sax and alto sax, there aren't a multi-instrumentalist they just play sax. So why should the guitar be different?
  17. Vintage basses do not do it for me. Someone once told me "Man, an old 60's Ricky is the best kind of Ricky!" Played one. Hated it. Played a 2012 Ricky, bought it on the spot. (Sold within a year - hated it for jazz and most of my playing)

    Don't hate me - but in a band setting - I do not like Jaco. He seems to be too busy to leave room for much else. I totally respect the dudes chops and composition skills, and I'm very glad he existed, but he just does not do it for me. Sorry.
  18. Johno Dunn

    Johno Dunn Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    Carpinteria, Ca.
    Haven't read the whole thread, but I have never owned a Fender, and probably never will. Just don't like the look or feel. This opinion started when I was a beginning bassist/Rush-geek and only wanted to play what Geddy played, and we all know how that turned out!
  19. -I hate Ampeg Amps
    -I hate Ashown Amps
    -I started on cello
    -I hate Warwick basses
    -I hate tabs
    -I like unlined fretless
    -I love the tonal flexibility of active basses for EQ'ing on the go
    -I only like sterile cabs, i create the tone
    -I dont like ibanez basses, played several and they were awful (IMO)
    -I do like "coffee table" basses, however i don't buy them to look pretty
    -I happily swap basses with other bassists on gigs to experience different instruments
    -I hate other musicians who turn the bass up on their instruments and flood the stage in bass
    -I turn the bass down on my EQ most of the time
    -I enjoy tapping and bass chords
    -I hate it when people don't listen to my advise
    -I take a few minutes to prepare myself for playing mentally

    These are a few..

    -Also i hate picks (not pick players) and basic pop basslines

    No offense to pick players, but i would never use them myself
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