If you could take lessons from any bass player...

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by bondibox, Jun 5, 2020.

  1. bondibox


    Dec 21, 2019
    If you could take lessons from any bass player who would you choose?

    Leave your "I'm not worthy" behind. Would you pick a teacher based on their style, know-how, or material you'd like to learn?

    I think I'd pick Tony Levin because of his wide variety of style / material and knowledge. I wouldn't expect to come away from it playing like him, but having some insight into how he creates his bass lines is what I'm after.
  2. comatosedragon

    comatosedragon Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2014
    Rockingham VA {616}
    John Deacon. (Queen)

    I think our personalities would 'go well' together; and chemistry is really important.
    Plus, he's a fairly decent bassist......
  3. equill


    Nov 25, 2010
    Robbie Shakespeare - the master of groove.
  4. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    Mike Watt!
  5. eJake


    May 22, 2011
    New Orleans
    I think Jamerson even tho he’s dead and would probably have been a terrible teacher.
  6. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    If I had the time, I'd choose @fcleff... he surprises me, each and everyday.

    Plus, he owes me money. In trade, he can fork over some lessons.
  7. BLDavis

    BLDavis May the Tort be with you.

    May 21, 2009
    Ellenboro, NC
    Bobby Vega only because Duck is no longer with us.
  8. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    I really wanted to learn from Julie Slick how to play with a pick, who IMO is one of the best out there.

    So I did. :woot:
  9. Pino Palladino!
  10. bondibox


    Dec 21, 2019
    I ought to have said "living or dead" in the post.
  11. bondibox


    Dec 21, 2019
    Is groove something that can be taught? I mean, other than a natural sense of timing is there a formula to his style, like when to hit the upbeat or take a rest?
  12. bondibox


    Dec 21, 2019
    These two guys are exactly what I'm talking about. Both proficient at their craft and each with a particular style. If they could impart just 1% of their knowledge it would open up worlds. I once had a tape of Vega playing with Sounds of San Francisco, the version of Higher and Higher is burned into my memory.
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  13. Dincrest


    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    Either Alphonso Johnson or Ryan Martinie.
  14. jellymax

    jellymax Don't fry any wooden fish Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    SF CA
    Paul Chambers and or James Jamerson
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  15. Hover-Rich

    Hover-Rich Commercial User

    Jan 21, 2018
    Craig, Colorado
    Hover Harness, LLC
    Carol Kaye.
  16. 210superair


    Sep 10, 2019
    Bill Black.
  17. equill


    Nov 25, 2010
    The feel itself, probably not.
    What to feel for, might be a different question.
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  18. OptimalOptimus


    Jan 4, 2019
    Dominique Forest Lapointe
    John Myung
    John Patitucci
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  19. 2112

    2112 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2005
  20. Ray Brown
    Brian Bromberg
    Rob Derhak

    The problem is that I don't read or know enough theory to really grasp and appreciate what I would lean from them.