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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. Ragen II

    Ragen II

    Feb 27, 2006
  5. 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...
  6. bill_banwell

    bill_banwell Supporting Member

    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.
  7. Thursday


    Nov 24, 2005
    Bronx, New York
    I play slow and less than 120 beats per mintues.
  8. I always thought the goal was to be able to play at many tempos.:confused:
  9. 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
  10. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    I play at all speeds.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator 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:
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. dougjwray


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

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    I play what the songs needs.
  19. 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. :)
  20. All_¥our_Bass


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