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How you say?... "BASS"???

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by girlonbass, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. girlonbass


    Apr 3, 2009
    I'm starting to realize that there are tons of people from all over the world posting here. I noticed that there are lots of other ways to say bass in other languages.

    What is your mother tongue and how do you say...

    • BASS

    Let's see if we can find 101 ways to say bass! :smug:

  2. dedpool1052


    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    i say bass guitar, because i play with a pick.
  3. I'm in the electric bass section. :bassist:

    to add one, Upright Bass.
  4. girlonbass


    Apr 3, 2009
    But how do you say "bass" in French or German or Japanese or Farsi or Hindi or Chinese or...???:p
  5. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

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

    In Spanish, it can be "bajo", "bajo eléctrico" or "guitarra bajo". Some people call it "bajo de pecho" ("chest bass").
  6. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

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

    On the other hand, the double bass is just called "contrabajo". Electric upright is called "baby" or "bajo baby", although I prefer to call it "contrabajo eléctrico".
  7. LowEZ

    LowEZ Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2011
    Central NJ
    I say bass guitar and I've never played with a pick.
  8. dedpool1052


    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    bass guitar to me just specifies what type of bass i play. but at the end of the day, it's all just bass.
  9. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    I've always said that I'm a 'bass player' when asked. However, when I talk about my basses I informally refer to them as 'guitars.' :bag:
  10. Saxn


    Oct 23, 2010
    Nashville, GA
    I just have to say that the term "bajo baby" absolutely rocks and is now in my vocabulary.
  11. PatQ


    May 11, 2011
    Siegburg, Germany
    • BASS = Bass
    • BASS GUITAR = Bassgitarre
    • ELECTRIC BASS = E-Bass (never heard someone saying "elektrischer Bass"
    • DOUBLE BASS = Kontrabass
  12. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA

    •BASS = Basse
    •BASS GUITAR = Guitare Basse
    •ELECTRIC BASS = Basse Électrique
    •DOUBLE BASS = Contrebasse
  13. Basdyret

    Basdyret A Dane in China

    Aug 6, 2007
    Qingdao, China

    •BASS = Bas
    •BASS GUITAR = Basguitar
    •ELECTRIC BASS = Elbas
    •DOUBLE BASS = Kontrabas
  14. Russian:

    •BASS = бас [bas]
    •BASS GUITAR = бас-гитара [bas-gitara]
    •ELECTRIC BASS = электрический бас [elektricheskiy bas], электрическая бас-гитара [elektricheskaya bas-gitara]
    •DOUBLE BASS = контрабас [kontrabas]
  15. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    When my wife's really mad at me, she calls it my banjo.
  16. Dutch/Nederlands:

    Bass: Bas ('Ba' Pronounced like the 'ba' in 'Barf.' Then just add an S.)
    Bass Guitar: Basgitaar
    Electric Bass: Elektrische Bas (However, Electric Bass Guitar, Elektrische basgitaar, would be more common I suppose.)
    Double Bass: Contrabas
    Bassist: Bassist
    Bass Guitarist: Basgitarist
    Bass Amplifier: Basversterker
  17. Marihino


    Mar 25, 2010

    bass - bas (pronounced like in bass the fish)
    bass guitar - gitara basowa
    electric bass - nobody really refers to the electricity in it, but it would be either "bas elektryczny" or "elektryczna gitara basowa"
    double/upright bass - kontrabas
    bassist - basista
  18. Imaginos


    Jun 20, 2010

    Bass: basso
    Bass guitar: bassokitara
    Electric bass: sähköbasso
    Double/upright bass: kontrabasso (there's also an informal name läskibasso which translates to 'fat bass')
    Bassist: basisti
  19. foq1978


    Aug 7, 2009
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazilian Portuguese:

    In brazilian Portuguese we would normally say:

    Guitarra baixo (but nobody says it that way. It sounds weird, in fact)
    Baixo elétrico
  20. musicbaker


    Jul 22, 2011
    español "chilensis"
    Bajo eléctrico, or "beiss", or "bass" - bass
    contrabajo, "contrabass" - double bass

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