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How fast do you play?/What type of Bassist are you?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Nyarlathotep, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. Speed = Slow (around <80-90 bpm)

    28 vote(s)
  2. Speed = Medium (around 120 bpm)

    62 vote(s)
  3. Speed = Fast (around 200+ bpm)

    36 vote(s)
  4. Style = "Hold it Down" (Groovin')

    63 vote(s)
  5. Style = "Up Front"/Solo (Jaco, etc...)

    25 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Nyarlathotep

    Nyarlathotep Banned

    Feb 5, 2006
    West Coast of Canada
    The other day I was playing and suddenly realized that I was playing rather slow with a lot of long notes. Started to experiment by slowing down some other s**t I've come up with and it all sounded way more powerful, even if I played with a pick instead of fingers.

    I'm just wondering how many "slow" players are out there?

    The second part of this is: How many of you like to "hold it down" as opposed to "being up front"?

    I'm more of a "hold it down" kinda dude :bassist:
  2. willkt6


    Sep 27, 2005
    the bands songs are 160-200bpm, but when i try to solo at that speed without a plectrum it goes balls up :meh:
  3. Ragen II

    Ragen II

    Feb 27, 2006
    i play at the speed im told to play

    i got no bag...

    but i enjoy ubber fast....f**ks up my fingers though...

    imfacked im doing that right know
  4. Nyarlathotep

    Nyarlathotep Banned

    Feb 5, 2006
    West Coast of Canada
    Interesting... The results are almost exactly what I imagined they'd be.

    Oh, and I tracked one of my riffs only to find that I play it at around 100-110 bbm. Still, I figure thats pretty slow for metal. The damn genre seems to be always speeding up. I find a lot of the music seems to have no "feel" anymore...
  5. Redhotbassist


    Oct 19, 2002
    I like to lay down a solid groove - tight with the drums, but keep up with the guitarist when the need arises.
  6. Thursday


    Nov 24, 2005
    Bronx, New York
    I play slow and less than 120 beats per mintues.
  7. I always thought the goal was to be able to play at many tempos.:confused:
  8. Nyarlathotep

    Nyarlathotep Banned

    Feb 5, 2006
    West Coast of Canada
    I also think that being able to play at any tempo is a goal everyone should have. But, I'm more interested on the majority of peoples playing.

    for ex.: I play slow (to medium) tempo most of the time
  9. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    I play at all speeds.
  10. I prefer to be the "up front" kind of bassist, I hate being buried under the guitar/drums/vocals/whatever else there is. I don't need to be taking solos all the time, or at all, but I want to at least be heard and be an important part of the band. Not "just a bass player", if ya know what I mean.
  11. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    My band plays at around 120-160 bpm. I play with timing though, im not always playying 8ths/sixteenths at all.
  12. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    I usually play at the tempo of the song the band's playing.

    I get called back more often that way. :smug:
  13. You can't just skip from 120 to 200+ I usualy write stuff that ends up being around 140-160 beats per minute, but I play at all speeds
  14. elbarax


    Jul 17, 2005
    depending on the band's tempo, my current band usually plays at 120 to 220. I usually hold the groove since I'm not a solo player.
  15. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    When ever someone ask what type of player I am, I always look for the "untalented hack" selection.
  16. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    I always play at 179 BPM, no matter what.;)
  17. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    I play what the songs needs.
  18. DougP


    Sep 4, 2001
    100-130 is my usual speed.

    we dont have a guitarist in our band, so i can do whatever i want pretty much. :)
  19. All_¥our_Bass


    Dec 26, 2004
    I pefer a medium-medium fast playing(the fastest song I enjoy playing is Metallica's 'Battery')