Imagine this.... a little game of thoughts.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Mesa Man, Oct 10, 2000.

  1. Lets play with our thoughts for a while.

    1: If you didnt play any instrument today and never had, which one would you choose to pickup?

    This one I dont know the answer to myself.. hmm but maybe it would be bass again. Definately not guitar, there are too many good guitarrists out there these days.. but a good bassist is hard to find.. Lucky me (and all of YOU!) :) I cant think of a good answer to this question :( Maybe thats good? :)

    2: If you lost an arm or so (or whatever that kept you from playing bass in a regular way) what would you do to keep your playing up?

    I know if I couldnt keep my regular bassplaying up I would get some kind of bass synth to carry on with. Hah Im the onearmed Basspirate! AHOY SHIPMATES!! :)
  2. dot74


    Aug 24, 2000
    well to answer your first question: I've never played an instrument before in my might hold me back temporarily, but I chose the bass because I noticed that the bassline is what made alot of the music I like sound so good....not to mention that I can hear the bass alomst clearly.

    The second answer is: If I lost one of my arms, I would learn to play with my feet! :D
  3. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    1) Piano. Definitely.

    2) Losing an arm leaves three choices: piano (there are a couple of decent one-handed pieces in the repertoire), drums (Rick Allen seems to do okay) and trumpet (you only need one hand anyway).
  4. jfsjbb


    Aug 29, 2000
    1.: Piano, no doubt about it.

    Not that I'm not happy playing the bass, but the instrument I started with was the piano, and I appreciate that basic music education so much, I'd never made it that far (far, of course, from my point of view :grin:)

    2.: tuba

    Tuba is an excellent instrument for the one handed bassist. the limitations you have (playing speed, economic breathing, etc. ...) urges you into thinking very carefully about your basslines. If you apply the same thinking on your "regular" BG or DB playing, you'll play better lines (at least in my experience).
  5. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    1. Hmmm, probably bass and trumpet, just like now. I can't see anything changing my mind. Maybe the didgeridoo.

    2. I could go the Def Leppard route and play drums, nah...trumpet.
  6. Knowing what I know now, if I was just starting out on my first instrument, it would be piano.
    If I lost an arm, I'd either get a PBC bass or try to sing.
  7. First question: dunno, I've been playing bass for about 7 years now (I'm 25) and I can't imagine playing ANYTHING else than bass. Go figure: someone who's played bass for 30 years couldn't either.

    Second question: I'd definitely devote my music life to singing. That's what I'm doing right now anyway: I am the singer and bass player of my main band.

  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Based on what I knew before I picked up bass, probably guitar.

    Based on what I know today, it would definitely be bass.

    If I lost my fretting hand, I would get a hook to hold a pick with and learn to play left(right?)handed. Of course, if I lost my plucking hand it would be get a hook and use a pick.

    Or, I could work on the tap technique or get a Stick.

    Failing that, I could do my imitation of Stevie Wonder's left hand.
  9. furtim


    Dec 12, 1999
    Boston, MA, USA
    Well, I'm gonna modify the question a bit. =) If I played anything OTHER than bass, I'd play drums. 'Cause they're, like, DRUMS! I wouldn't mind sitting around hitting things all day. Besides, I've got better time and bigger cohones than maybe 3/4 of drummers out there, so maybe I could do some band somewhere some good. =) Of course, given the option of playing bass again... I'd play bass.

    As for the second part... I have a terrible voice and I can't sing on key, or I'd sing. Since I couldn't, I guess I'd just have the take the honourable way out and commit seppukku rather than attempt to live my life without bass!
  10. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    1. Piano ... but I wouldn't "pick it up." They're just too danged heavy for me.

    2. Hmmm ... I CAN play tuba, but where? I'd quit playing bass guitar ... I'm just not so macho to become "that one-armed bass player guy."
  11. pkr2


    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.

    1: If you didnt play any instrument today and never had, which one would you choose to pickup?

    I would definitely choose the swinola.

    2: If you lost an arm or so (or whatever that kept you from playing bass in a regular way) what would you do to keep your playing up?

    I would try Viagra. Probably wouldn't help with the missing arm but I underststand that it will keep your playing up. :) :)

  12. 1) I'd definitely take up keyboards and get me a Hammond B-3.

    2) If I lost an arm: I'd become known as "that guy who plays bass with his teeth like Hendrix. I'd mount the bass on a stand at mouth level so I could freely fret with my remaining arm without needing to also support the instrument.

    If I lost two arms: I'd use my feet to play the left side of one of those floor pianos like Tom Hanks played in "Big."

    If I lost my ears: Time to hook the bass to a visual feedback system, which would output distinctive colors and shapes corresponding to the multitude of tones, pitches, timbres, etc.

    If I lost all of the above: I imagine that an armless human body and an amplified bass guitar would make a very distinctive splat-thump sound when they hit the pavement after being launched simultaneously over the side of the World Trade Center.
  13. Don't they have like...a net sticking out of the Empire State building on one of the floors? Or was that in one of my dreams when I was like...8 years old, around the same age that I went to New York for the first and (thus far) only time?
  14. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    i´d like to play saxophone...or didgeridoo!!that is REALLY cool! :cool:
  15. If I have to put a stick in my mouth to push computer keys I will still make Music. In the meantime I play upright bass, bass guitar and tuba, have gigged on hammond organ although I won't admit to playing it. I have played valve trombone on the gig too (just a small tuba) I am learning the didgridoo (a one note tuba) now when I learn to breathe correctly I will take it to the gig too. I can play bass guitar with one hand now. Got all basses covered.

    [Edited by bassdude on 10-13-2000 at 09:25 PM]
  16. furtim


    Dec 12, 1999
    Boston, MA, USA
    Actually, digeridoo would be a good choice for crippled bassists. Maybe I'd learn that instead of committing suicide.
  17. 1. piano.. that´s what I started on in the first place...

    2. I´d just tap everything! :) or start again on piano or something... if I´d loose both arms I wouldn´t be here... I just can´t imagine living without my arms. :(