Just for fun, no mean intended

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

  1. roccobass

    roccobass Still funkin’ in the free world.

    Jun 25, 2014
    Seriously, this a local girl. She has some classic expressions. A pretty darn good bassist too in her own right!

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  2. Ostie


    Aug 1, 2018
    Mid MI
    My wife claims that I am too deadpan on stage, that I don’t smile or show emotion. My excuse is that I am concentrating, trying to stay in the groove, listening to the others. I’m pretty sure I smile when I see little kids dancing like no one is watching. I mean, how can you not smile at that?
  3. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Only cure for Bass Face is singing! But then you get singer snarl.
  4. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
  5. The exaggerated facial expressions always remind me of the head banging, jumping around the stage antics. They seem forced and a bit silly to me, but maybe it’s perfectly natural, I really don’t know. I must admit that I would love to see a full orchestra playing with every musician making their “caught up in the music” faces.
  6. Aloe


    Apr 10, 2016
    it's the industry standard. however, jazz bassists are trained to smile instead, in jazz it's very important to keep a good face even if something gets terribly wrong.

    some pun intended, but mostly true.
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  7. HardNHeavy


    Apr 17, 2014
    when you see that face it's best to keep your hands and feet away from their mouths.....They've reached a particular special level that you can't enter.
  8. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    It’s passion, dude.

    There are, ahem, other things we do where we make faces and noises that might seem out of place if they weren’t happening as part of those other things.

    They happen for the same reasons.
  9. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Are y'all sure Joe Dart didn't discover time travel? :D
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  10. C Stone

    C Stone

    Sep 4, 2020
    Remember those kids in school, when they first learned to cut paper or draw? Thier tongues curling around and mouthing shapes as they maneuver the scissors/paper, same thing. ;)
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  11. groovepump


    Aug 3, 2020
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  12. groovepump


    Aug 3, 2020
    Perfect explanation! Explains it all !!!
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  13. DanGroove


    Apr 27, 2017
  14. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    They can't top guitarists.
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  15. MCS4

    MCS4 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Funny, because I sometimes have to listen to certain players with the video off, because the expressions start to get on my nerves. I'm [not] looking at you, Michael League.
  16. SoonerBill


    Aug 27, 2017
    And here I started wanting to learn the bass because all I ever saw were bassists standing in the back looking all blank, cool and totally relaxed.
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  17. 9Thumbs


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    I’m usually laughing or goofing with the drummer. I guess if you saw a photo of me smiling, you might just think I’m a wee demented
  18. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    A lot of us don't have basses with low Bs, Cs, and Ds. Does that mean we are immune to metal face?
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  19. Artman

    Artman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    Georgetown, TX
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  20. Unmost

    Unmost Supporting Member

    Oct 27, 2020
    I can't give links right now but it's a phenomenon that has been studied. It's quiet common for people who concentrate on a complicated task to make such involontary body movement or facial expressions. The mouth often mimics the sounds produced by the instrument. I'll try to post sources later.
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