Do you like to show off?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by fleabass89, Oct 17, 2001.

  1. Yes, why not let people know you have talent?

    19 vote(s)
  2. No, I don't want to bring too much attention to myself.

    29 vote(s)
  3. Sometimes.

    55 vote(s)
  1. Personally, I don't. I get really scared for some reason, and feel real fake. But some people thrive on showing off, I don't know why. I refuse to play anything fast or slap in front of anyone. Maybe I'm paranoid. Your thoughts?
  2. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    No. I try to let my playing speak for itself. I actually think I look very uncomfortable on stage. :(
  3. grmbl.. what kind of question is this ?

    We're bassplayers.. we don't need to show off.. :D
  4. heh, posessing the bass itself is showing off enough;)
  5. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    it depends....

    i feel really comfortable on stage, but i normally just chill out by my bass rig unless it's solo time. when i solo, i guess i'm in showoff mode - not necessarily physical chops but mental chops - i step up front and let the crowd have it.

    in music stores....generally not, but i get really annoyed when some 14 year old is busting out some new flea thing he learned, so in that situation i may pickup a 6string fretless and rip thru ornithology or the shostakovich 5th symphony or something...just as a friendly reminder. but in general, if i'm trying out something i plug it in, play it for a second, and then stop.

    basically everyone i know has heard me play, so i don't need to show off for any of them....

    funny enough, shows where i feel like i really smoked most of the time no one says anything to me, but shows where i just stand in the back and don't do anything tons of people come up to me after the show and say how good i sounded....

    so i guess that's a "sometimes"

  6. There's a fine line beween showing off and bragging. Bragging IMO is bad. People start to expect a certain standard from you. Usually more than you can do. Be modest. Let your friends brag and talk you up. Then let your playing speak for itself. Actions speak louder than words.
  7. i don't like to show off but i do it as a summary of my talents. i never slap to show off because a lobotomized monkey banging on a bass could impress some of the simpletons i've met so i always pull out some chops or something of the sort.
  8. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Only when some pup in GC turns up the volume, and challenges this old man in a funk fight. Afterwards we both turn it down, and I'll teach him the lick that administered the pants down spanking.
    On stage it's all about the songs, although, I do like adding a tasty fill in here and there.;)
  9. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Nope.I hang out in back and lock in with the drummer.Id rather be heard and not seen.
  10. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    i dont like showing off. but if you insist ..... :rolleyes:
  11. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    I can't show off. Not good enough.
    Will I show off?

    To qoute Freakazoid- "Just a smooch.." :D
  12. :D i like that line:)
  13. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Showing off? When playing a song, in a band, I don't mind pushing myself to my limit (if it doesn't ruin the song, OF COURSE). However, I can't try any monster chops in e.g. a music store - when trying out a bass, I usually sit in the darkest corner playing quietly through an amp with very low volume.
  14. flipperwhite


    Jul 12, 2001
    I used to worry about showing off and what people might or might not think but one day I realized people are paying good money to be entertained by me so I pull out all the stops everytime I play wither it's to 25 people or howerever many,I find I got lots more work after I loosened up and found out who I was.
  15. I came to a revelation about this today, and here it is:

    The situation: You are in a music store, and some guy is playing away, prolly 32nd notes or super fast slap. You, being the healthily comptetitive guy you are, decide to play a little to show that sonic space isn't occupied by him alone.


    What are you thinking of playing right now? Classical Thump? Portrait Of Tracy? Maxwell Murder? Well, my advice is DON'T. Play something that has a lot of rests, that need real timing and 'feel' to them, rather than an ultra fast ditty. Your soul will out-funk him.

    Or, do some doubleslaps. Either is good:D.
  16. im not really that good to be able to show off. however i always play louder when unsuspecting pedestrians come down my sidewalk. ive got a long cord and a big amp in my garage. the expressions of some people are quite entertaining. it looks similar to the effect that nails on a chalkboard have.
  17. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    sometimes, if i am in a good mood
  18. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    I tend to freak out when in front of people in a music store. I'd rather just do what Oysterman was talking about, and just sit in a corner all alone.
  19. That's what I do too. Once at GC, i was trying out a stingray, playing through a small SWR combo in the corner, with the volume very low. Then all these people came over and looked at me, and there was some kid that wanted to start bass just staring at me, and I was sitting there like a jackass, staring at the bass, hoping they would go away:D I bet I inspired that kid alot.

    The thing I do that comes closest to "showing off" is when I used to play Aeroplane by RHCP with my (former) "band". When solo time came around, I let loose. But that wasn't showing off, that was groovin'
  20. JOhnk


    Mar 31, 2001
    burlington, vt
    At gigs and to a general rule, no. But if someone comes along and gives a clerk the trouble of taking down a good-quality bass from behind the counter, just so he can play blink 182 riffs; I know what i must do.