favorite stage moves!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by sonic assassin, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. obviously the best thing a bassist can do is.. well.. play bass. but i know i like to have a little fun sometimes and throw in some theatrical moves every now and then.

    so lets hear it, whats your favorite/signature move?

    [SUB](please avoid the obvious joke of "i play the bass.. thats my move". :D)[/SUB]

    i tend to walk in place a lot when i groove. i also have a habit of shooting various members of my band with my bass. during epic parts of songs i tend to hold my bass up by the neck and still attempt to play it (this rarely works out in my favor). im pretty fond of foot-on-monitor, but never really got into jumps, serious headbanging or "the bass player stomp".

    one night i had one of my buddies reach up and fret a note for me that was to end a passage. people got a kick out of that one.
  2. stevetx19


    Sep 28, 2006
    Denton, Texas
    the stanley shuffle
  3. easyvision

    easyvision Guest

    Jul 9, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Foot on monitor/mic-stand/bottom part of an african drum is my usual. I also do the walking in place while groovin:DWith a little bit of extra hip wiggle for the laydees;)

    Yeah other than that I'm pretty much a statue on stage haha.
  4. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I close my eyes and make my "Oh! face" whilst ditty bopping around like a mental defective.
  5. SpamBot

    SpamBot Guest

    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    Sometimes I play only with hammer-ons/pull-offs and have a drink with my right hand.
    Fans get a kick out of that.
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I turn rhythmically left to right. Don't have to move my feet much. That's it. Nothing to see here...move along.;)
  7. Elrend

    Elrend Guest

    Feb 24, 2008
    I do the groove walk, nod my head in time with the beat or climb the bass drum.
  8. mwiles30


    Dec 31, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
    I'm pretty much a head nodder with the occasional open mouth (like Steve Swallow, but a little less intense).
  9. Fetusyolk

    Fetusyolk Guest

    Aug 7, 2008
    if you're on even level with the audience you just have to go up to someone in the audience and synchronize your headbanging.
  10. namraj

    namraj Guest

    Feb 7, 2008
    I once did the "dance move of the decade" across the whole stage whilst playing I'm a believer with my wedding band.

    The "dance move of the decade" is what me and my friends call the shuffle across the floor keeping your body level by pointing your toes together then apart, putting weight on heal toe then toe heal.

    I also do a bit on Jack Penate Spit at Stars esc dancing.
  11. chicago_mike


    Oct 9, 2007
    Chicago - LA - Rome - Dallas
    Endorsing Artist : Genz Benz
    I kinda just stand there...not as stiff as Entwhistle..but darn close..

    Although I have been known to play a slap solo behind my head..
  12. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    In my teenage years, When I was a true Kiss freak, Ace Frehley's stage moves impacted me so much that nowadays so many times I try to look like him without thinking about it. His pose in this video from 1:07 to 1:11 is one that lots of times I've unconsciously tried to replicate.

    Also, when playing energetic odd time signature passages, I tend to move in a particular way (or so I've been told). You can see it here (from 2:29 to 2:35).
  13. easyvision

    easyvision Guest

    Jul 9, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Ha I do that at practise a lot. Don't think it would end too well if I attempted it live...may try it out one day:D
  14. ric stave

    ric stave

    May 6, 2006
    Buffalo, NY
    Not sure if this counts as MY move really, but.....

    We had a singer who was young, pretty, and very well endowed. During certain songs I would walk over to her and face her on stage, then when she was facing me I'd start to bounce up and down to the beat. She'd smile and copy me - then I'd stop and follow the bouncing balls........

    Sad thing is, I could get her with this one at least every 3rd show......

    Miss her....
  15. Arctopus

    Arctopus Guest

    Aug 20, 2008
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    I treat my bass more like a golf club - something to be swung around... I actually broke my last strap because of it.
  16. Kimpini


    May 14, 2008
    If I could do it, I would do the "Victor Wooten Lean"

    It starts at 4:41
  17. tasty sweeps

    tasty sweeps Guest

    Mar 7, 2008
    new hampshire
    behold... the arctopus! wee!

    i don't do much with my fourteen pound jazz nor the SR5, i wear em too high for shenanigans. but my four pound norma elecric gets thrown around a great deal. i use it for non-standard purposes.
  18. crack-boom


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Zealand
    hmmm well not me at all, but my favourite stage moves would have to be Jeremy Davis' from Paramore during the song pressure. Some 360 round house kick and then some summersault over Josh Farro.

    So much energy, its wicked.
  19. alembicguy

    alembicguy I roam the earth and I know things Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    I like to stand there and look serious then find someone in the crowd and just give them the rock star look and the slow rising of the hand point.EPIC!
  20. I do the classic "turn to the drummer and nod". That's about it! :D