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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Bass-PlayR, Nov 10, 2004.

  1. Hey everyone, I'm just wondering what everone's bass influences are. What bands really caught your attention and either influenced you too play or influences the music you play/write? I've only just started playing bass, but I already have a couple of influences.

    John Moyer (Bassist of Disturbed)

    both of these influences has contributed to the style im inclined to play as well as getting me playing bass to start with.
  2. edited by mod, disrepectful and condesending to other's taste in music....

    As a bassplayer, the guys I admire are people like:

    Les Claypool,
    Robert Trujillo,
    Twiggy Ramirez,
    Fieldy ( :scowl: some things),
    :confused: The bassplayer of Muse,
    :confused: The Dave Mathews Band bass player ,
  3. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London

    I'm laughing at you by the way, not with you.

    My influences, as such, include:

    * Sean Malone (Gordian Knot, Aghora)
    * Pete Perez (Spastic Ink)
    * Alex Webster (cannibal Corpse)
    * Roger Pattison (Athiest)

    By the way, origanal poster, you can view TB members' influebces within their user profiles, you know?
  4. Squidfinger

    Squidfinger I wish I could sing like Rick Danko.

    Jan 7, 2004
    Shreveport LA
    Robert DeLeo--Stone Temple Pilots
    John Paul Jones--Led Zeppelin
    Tim Commerford--RATM, Audioslave

    Definitely my biggest 3. I enjoy groovy, fingerstyle bassists who don't do alot of root pumping.

    Mod EDIT: Tastes vary
  5. Man there's just too many people to name

    Not just bass players either as well as non musicians

    Since you just started you might want to check out all styles of music ie ( funk,Disco,Motown,jazz,rock,metal etc ) alot of good players that may influence you play these styles

    But if you want bassplayers that influenced me well here's a few of my favourites

    Marcus Miller Paul Chambers Rex brown
    James Jamerson Ray Brown Tim C
    Jaco of course Ron Carter Cliff burton
    Robert trujillo Rocco Victor Wooten
    Gary grainger Billy Sheehan John Patticcui

    countless others basically I just learn their licks n tricks and incorprate it in my own playing
  6. NV43345


    Apr 1, 2003
    When I was a kid in the late 60's early 70's I was heavily influenced by the Beatles (Macca) and what was coming out of Motown.Of course I did not know it was James Jamerson.
    Then I got into heavier music. I was into Black Sabbath,(Geezer) and Cream (Jack Bruce) & Noel Redding From Jimi H.
    And of course Zep (John Paul Jones)Then when I was a little older,I was into Geddy Lee and Chris Squire.That was my main influence up til mid 80's. That is when I started checking out "Jaco" and went
    out and bought Weather Report Albums.Then I went to
    see David Lee Roth and was blown away by Billy Sheehan.
    I also Like Blues and would check out Tommy Shannon from
    Stevie Ray's band. So my influences came from all over.
  7. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    - Cliff Burton (Metallica)
    - Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
    - Jason Newsted (Metallica, Voivod)
    - Dave Ellefson (Megadeth)
    - Mike Dirnt (Green Day)
    - Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
    - Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

    And my non-bassist influences:

    - James Hetfield
    - Billie Joe Armstrong
    - Kirk Hammet

    Graeme :bassist:
  8. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Gene Hoglan
    Mick Whitney
    Chuck D
    Thomas Haake

    ...and that about does it. And yes, they are my bass playing influences.
  9. Mine have to be :

    John Paul Jones( Led Zeppelin)- first and foremost, he "taught" me how to play in a manner of speaking.

    Todd Rundgren - wrote some amazing things on bass

    Trevor Bolder( Bowie)

    John Entwhistle ( The Who) - The Jeff Beck of Bass

    John Deacon( Queen) -amazing writer
  10. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    I did some editing here due to a complain received, no biggie just all remember taste varies from person to person.

    Josh, I edited before I saw you were here on it......sorry.
  11. One's influences is a weird subject. My first and main influence was and is McCartney. I don't know what it was back then, it was in like 79 or 80, so it must've been the publicity of "Coming Up" but I got to loving the Beatles. I kind of revered Macca for years, but the first real bass 'run' I remember learning is "Hey Joe." Over the years I've learned to appreciate other bass players, not just as a whole of their catalog, but as individual songs and albums they've done.
  12. JetJazz


    Sep 9, 2004
    Wilton Felder (the Crusaders, studio player) very underated
    David Hungate
    Jeff Berlin -without peer
    Jimmy Haslip
    Melvin Lee Davis- serious slapping on a "seven"??!!
    Kim Stone- The Rippingtons
    Alex Al
    Richard Patterson
  13. The guy that first got me interested in playing bass was Geezer Butler...

    After I started playing, the big two I got into were JPJ and Geddy Lee.
  14. Feda

    Feda Screwed up pitch

    Jan 12, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Steve Rodby, Paul Chambers, Rocco and many, many others.
  15. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Aussie, this is your LAST warning!

    DO NOT refer to others as "****wit", or tell others to "blow it out their......."

    I thought I was being cool the first time, the next time I have to act you will find yourself removed from talkbass.
  16. Well, as far as the first comment, it was simply a tongue-in-cheek joke, not meant as an offence, as far as the second, well, I just didnt like his tone...

    So, Bass-PlayR I feel I owe you an apology for knockin' your influences.

    yoshi.... Nevermind.
  17. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Well, err, the first few influences are too embarressing to mention!

    But, I've gotten into these guys over the last few years. Top to bottom, most recent to oldest.

    Dominique DiPiazza
    Tom Jenkinson
    Tom Kennedy
    Sean Malone
    Richard Bona
    Christian McBride
    Tony Levin
    Gary Willis
    Stanley Clarke
    Jaco Pastorius
    Victor Wooten

    hmm,, feels like I'm missing some? Oh well.
  18. since so many have been mentioned previously i'll just give one: Ryan Martinie of MuDvAyNe :bassist:
  19. Corwin81


    Mar 18, 2003
    Ames, IA
    Pat Dahlheimer
    Geddy Lee
    Robert DeLeo(recent influence)
    Ross Vallory
    Leon Wilkeson
    Tom Scholz(assuming he recorded the bass on Boston's albums)
    Tony Kanal(recent influence)
    Paul Denman(recent influence)
  20. Stefan Lessard
    Mike Gordon
    Victor Wooten

    Top 3 right there.