Just for fun, no mean intended

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dave hope, Oct 13, 2021 at 3:03 PM.


  1. dave hope

    dave hope

    Dec 16, 2016
    Why do bass players in videos (especially funk) usually look like they just ate a bad burrito, or just smelled something awful?
    Sometimes I watch with the sound off, because the facial expressions are priceless.
     
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  2. I'm fortunate enough to not have the talent for those kind of faces. That doesn't stop my bandmates from laughing anyway. I wonder what's so funny? :D
     
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  3. UNICORN BASS

    UNICORN BASS

    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    I was referred to as "the Muppet" by some guys i played with once. Unlike guitar players we concentrate on getting it right.
     
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  4. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    It’s commonly referred to as “bass face”. ;)
     
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  5. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    Because the funk is funky !! It stinks when you put some stank on it!!
     
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  6. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone

    Feb 23, 2011
    Denmark
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  7. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1

    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    That's when the mojo happens.
     
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  8. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    Illinois
    Sometimes when I play I forget how to hold my face .
     
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  9. tb-player

    tb-player Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    It starts at a very young age.
     
  10. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Fortunately, Adam Neely helps explain it a bit.

     
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  11. Sound off. Captions on. See how often “music” appears in captions. Or not! :roflmao:
    P.S. wah pedal demos are even funnier.
     
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  12. Bajo Clarkko

    Bajo Clarkko

    Aug 9, 2015
    Sometimes I’ll have a look on my face which might lead someone to believe that I’m deep in thought. Not true.

    In reality, I’m trying to remember I where I put my keys, my asthma inhaler, whether or not I put ibuprofen in my gig bag, or locked the door, etc…..
     
  13. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    It's the chicken neck I cannot abide
     
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  14. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone

    Feb 23, 2011
    Denmark
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  15. There's a theory about how many bassists have older siblings who sing. They are the ones always preening themselves and practicing corny dance maneuvers in front of the mirror. For the bassist, never having seen yourself in the mirror before negates any inhibitions about making faces while feeling and meaning what you play. The honesty shines through better than any presumptuous stage antics do. Just a theory, mind you. ;)
     
  16. Katoosie

    Katoosie Chocolate is the best Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2020
    Sweden
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  17. lark_z

    lark_z Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2020
    That's how I watched the early Britney Spears videos.
     
  18. I’d better not join the fray about facial expressions.. I got not thing to laugh about. Mostly a total deadpan with intermittent bouts of disgust…lol!
     
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  19. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    In High school, the bass player in my first band would concentrate so hard on playing that his mouth would hang open, tongue out, with the occasional drool.
     
  20. RichardW

    RichardW

    Feb 25, 2016
    near Philly
    Has anyone told John Entwistle?
     
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