Do you dance when you play bass?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by IamGroot, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. IamGroot


    Jan 18, 2018
    At last nights jam session, I had really excellent players and new Rotosounds 66s on my Thunderbird and the spirit of Flea and Billy Sheehan did rest upon me heavily and made me funky and mobile. Afterwards, I dragged my aged sweat drenched body to the bar where several lovely ladies came up and said they loved the way I danced while I played bass.

    So, just you move around a lot, or stand still like a zombie when you play.
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  2. Pug the Pig

    Pug the Pig Inactive

    Mar 21, 2018
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  3. dtripoli


    Aug 15, 2010
    Absolutely not. No choreographed moves by me.....then I saw a video of my last two gigs.
    Whadya know, I may not be "dancing" but I'm rocking, moving and occasionally jump all night.
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  4. I don't dance but I can't help moving a little.
  5. LBS-bass


    Nov 22, 2017
    Yep. I used to move more when I was younger but I still try to move when moved to do so :)
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  6. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
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  7. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    sometimes i move, sometimes i dance, sometimes i also throw in a few cheesy stage moves like playing over/under or "shooting" audience members with my bass.
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  8. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    I am moved in ways I cant explain, it just happens
  9. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    I realize I'm standing stalk still, or bobbing my head like Pino, so I run around like an idiot for a minute, then go back to my Bill Wyman pose. Sometimes I dance, but it's to a different drummer than everyone else hears, so the general concensus is 'Is there something wrong with her?'
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  10. saabfender

    saabfender Inactive

    Jan 10, 2018
    When I played trombone in a brass section, a certain amount of jigging about was expected.

    But you say you got compliments from the ladies for your bass dancing? I'll have to look into it.
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  11. delta7fred


    Jul 3, 2007
    I move about a bit but nothing I have ever done could be truthfully described as dancing, with or without a bass.
  12. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I move quite a bit. Not sure if I would call it dancing, but I move.
  13. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    I can’t even dance when I’m dancing! ;-)

    It’s power pose all the way for me....
  14. I do whatever I feel like when I'm playing hahaha

    Dancing, running, jumping, head banging, standing, etc

    My whole band is extremely energetic.
  15. Stewie


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    Playing upright, I have a built in dance partner. It's nearly impossible to be still. I have to use a wireless or I'd rip out the cord really quick. With my Fenders, I just rock back and forth and waggle my head some.
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  16. Helix

    Helix California U.S.A.

    May 29, 2015
    If I'm not moving and grooving, then that means I'm bored......I really try to avoid playing boring music
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  17. tgriley62


    Jan 25, 2011
    S.E. Mo
    Only the time I stood on a live wire:D Actually I have a hard time standing in one spot, pretty much just walk around
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  18. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    I rock out :bassist:
  19. Pops OB

    Pops OB

    Nov 4, 2016
    Dance, no. Not even without my bass. I move, and keep time with the music.

    It’s a well known fact that bassists don’t dance because they can’t dance.

    On the other hand there are bassists who say they dance both with and without their basses. They can’t dance either.
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  20. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    I move to the song. I wouldn't call it dancing. Most stages I've been on there wasn't enough room to do the Flea thing even if you wanted to. But my whole body responds once the band gets cooking. My SO likes the way I look on stage, so it's all good AFAIC. That's the only opinion I really care about when it comes to that. :laugh:

    What Ida Neilsen is doing at the beginning of this video is about the sort of moving thing I do, except without her dress, legs, and looks. My lady calls it "The Bass Bop." She also says most bass players get that same little smile when they get cranking.

    Last edited: Apr 6, 2018

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