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Inspirations...bassists or otherwise???

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by heath_the_great, Feb 18, 2004.

  1. who would you say has inspired your compositions/performance or technique in any way bassist or otherwise....

    i would have to say:
    (not in any order)

    Stu Hamm
    Tommy Shannon
    Joe satriani
    Jimmy Page
    Me'shell Ndegeochello (she is great...song writer and bassist)
    Chris Cornell
    Bernard Butler
    Stevie Wonder
    George Clinton
    Jimi Hendrix
    yada yada yada....just to name a few
  2. oops...i left out the three most important

  3. hmmm.

    Michael Ripoll (guitarist for Kirk Whalum), AMAZING SOUL,great teacher!!!

    Start Zender (Jamiroquai), bass player that influences me to groove melodically

    Tori Amos, brilliant songwriter,singer

    James Jamerson, simple yet amazing bass player

    Adam Nitti, bass player who utilzes techniques in a very organized fashion

    Les Claypool, was the first to show in my generation that the bass can take the spotlight.
  4. Les Claypool
    Billy Corgan (for songwriting)
    Mike Gordan
    Geddy Lee
    Trey Gunn
    John Myung
    John Paul Jones
    Paul McCartney
  5. MMSterling

    MMSterling Guest

    Feb 19, 2004
    Leicester, England
    Again in no particular order:

    Flea - Love his style, his energy when playing live etc! Learnt a lot from Flea as I have learnt pretty much all RHCP tracks.

    Stuart Hamm - Some beautiful solo's musically, and some stuff that shows he has the level of ability of Wooten etc. Nice guy as well, down to earth.

    Dirk Lance - 'cool' player, love his vibe, great tone, shame he has parted ways with incubus.

  6. well, if you're talking bass players these are the big ones for me:

    John Paul Jones
    Larry Graham, Jr.
    Mark King
    Percy Jones
    Mick Karn
    Pino Palladino

    recently I've been really impressed and inspires by these cats:

    Gregory Bruce Campbell
    Trip Wamsley
    Adam Nitti

    in terms of other instrumentalists or bassists whose compositon moved me:

    Charles Mingus
    Joni Mitchell
    John Goodsall
    Wayne Shorter

    people from other media:

    Marc Rothko
    Stan Lee
    Vincent Price
    Cyrano de Bergerac (fictional charcter but what a role model!)
    women, my wife in particular

    and special notes for these bassists:

    Roberto Vally
    Steuart Liebig

    these last two were key figures in my development as a player and in terms of ho I heard music. they are among the finest instrumentalists around. period.

    there are others and these are in no particular order, but there you go!

    from the lows,

  7. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    my overall musicianship has been most influenced by (i started on guitar):

    ace freehley
    jimmy page
    paul mcartney
    brian jones
    james jamerson
    geddy lee
    steve howe
    pete townshend
    john paul jones

    i'm sure i've forgotten some but those are the 1st that came to mind

    I think i owe most however to a friend of mine i played in a band with from the age of 16 to 21. he was older than me and a much better musician (bass player, i played guitar at the time). he made me study the flute part in ruby tuesday to understand the heart and feel that went into it. locked me in his room (literally) and MADE me listen to Tales From Topographic Oceans (Yes) and Syd Barett albums. He taugh me about feel. He taught me to play with my entire body, not just my hands and fingers. He pounded into my head the importance of playing music, not notes. Didn't matter if i could play 50 notes a second - one note with all the heart in the world was what really mattered.

    I feel real fortunate to have had this guy in my life and even more fortunate that we're still friends. We work at the same place and eat lunch together every day. He got married and had kids and allowed that to destroy his musical career. Oh well, I'm still learning from him, but now I guess I'm learning what NOT to do. :)
  8. hvacfreak


    Feb 12, 2004
    My list includes many players who seem to be known for only playing fast. I listen for content , fast , slow , whatever.

    Bill Sheehan ( there's much more to this guy than harmonics and feedback)

    Yngwie Malmsteen ( the early stuff , and his bass playing too)

    Paul Gilbert ( he can play anything)

    Dream Theater ( Dream and Day , Images )

    Steve Vai ( over my head , for sure )

    Tony MacAlpine ( Maximum Security album is intense)

    Jason Becker ( Perpetual Burn )

    Jeff Berlin ( this guy makes me want to put my bass on the stand )

    Rush ( greatness , Rush , same thing )
  9. Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix - Guitar "gods", it was listening to my dad's "Slowhand" Album, and some Cream stuff, plus buying The Best of Hendrix on a whim that got me into playing music.
    John Paul Jones - Jones and Bonham gave a backbone to Page's euphoric riffs.
    Les Claypool - Made me want to keep playing bass after I heard primus for the first time.
  10. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    A small sampling...

    Colin Hodgkinson
    Steve Swallow
    Stanley Clarke (his upright playing)
    Jaco Pastorius
    Ray Brown
    Jimmy Garrison
    Ron Carter
    Larry Graham
    James Jamerson
    John Paul Jones
    Bernard Edwards

    Pete Cosey
    Sonny Sharrock
    Nile Rodgers
    Eddie Hazel

    Jack DeJohnette
    Tiki Underwood
    Clyde Stubblefield
    Tony Williams
    Hamid Drake
    Ginger Baker
    Billy Cobham
    Art Blakey

    Herbie Hancock
    Chick Corea
    Keith Jarrett
    Carla Bley
    Thelonious Monk
    Andrew Hill
    Horace Silver
    Joe Zawinul

    Pharoah Sanders
    Joe Henderson
    Miles Davis
    Wayne Shorter
  11. Bassists
    Victor Wooten
    Jaco Pastorius
    Al Hamilton from Lost Coin (check them out)
    Tim Commerford

    George Orwell
    Noam Chomsky
    the artwork of my good friend Adam Visser

    I have a number of other influences that I cannot bring to mind at this point in time.
  12. Maybe I'm misunderstanding you brother, but "simple" and "Jamerson" aren't words that fit easily in the same sentence (at least to me), and ESPECIALLY within the context of his time.
  13. i love sax players and trumpet players mainy. They are always fresh with melodic melody and the best phrasing.
  14. fav bassists: gary willis, tom kennedy, shaun malone, matthew garrison. All these guys have been the major influences for me, as far as bassists are concerned
  15. KidNamedFord


    Aug 17, 2003
    in any manner these people inspired me at one time or another

    Less Than Jake
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    ZZ Top
    Weather Report
    Herbie Hancock
    Reel Big Fish
    Pink Floyd
    Dr. John
    Brian Schram Band
  16. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    here's a few, some are bassists some aren't:

    Karl Kruetz from Dozer
    Brian Ritchie
    Mike Ness
    Les Claypool
    John Scalia from Dirty Word
    Neil Peart
    Justin Chancellor
    Matt Freeman

    That's all I can think of for now. But there are quite a few more.
  17. Subculture13

    Subculture13 Jamming Econo

    Apr 9, 2003
    Toronto, Ont. Canada
    Mike Watt
    Juliana Hatfield
    Johnny Temple
    Scott Riebling
    Dean Fisher

    There are others, but I am drawing a blank right now.
  18. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool: Bass
    James jamerson
    George Porter
    Duck Dunn
    Chuck Rainy
    Jack Bruce
    Pino Palladino
    Lee Sklar
    Jeff Berlin
    Mark King
    Percy jones
    Richard Bona
    Willie Dixon- upright blues
    Rans Knowling-upright blues
    Roy Huskey JR.-Country-Bluegrass
  19. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member


    I have been re-visiting Pink Floyd-Roger Waters. His songwriting; so intense, his bass playing; so simple, but it gets the job done. Makes me think..."geez, that'll work too".
  20. Chris Biondo (of the late Eva Cassidy's Band) made me realize that playing bass is as much about what you don't play as what you do. For example 'Bridge over troubled water' on 'Live at Blues Alley'.

    Can anybody tell me what other bands he has played in, or what other bands I should be listening to that have that kind of bass player in them?

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