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Most important aspect of a bassist?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by baddarryl, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. baddarryl

    baddarryl Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2008
    Cape Fear!
    As a twist on the bass thread it made me think of this. What is the one common denominator that everyone needs in a bassist? For me I guess it is timing.
  2. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Groove...it's related to timing but a bit different.
  3. Being a bassist as opposed to a bass player in most band settings
  4. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    to flow like water is my main concern. i am also obsessed with subtle nuances when tone, volume, and touch are evaluated. if a bass player has that Swag,.. i make it a point to congratulate that person!

    IMO,.. there are players that have it and know it. then there are those that are seaching for it and know what it is. then others who don't have a clue and may never.
    stay humble no matter how great you think you are, just because...
  5. It depends. Death metal bassists don't really need groove, in the traditional sense of the word. For me, you have to know what style you're playing, and play it how it should be played. :)
  6. sevdog


    Mar 2, 2008
    Sex Appeal
  7. chubfarm2001

    chubfarm2001 Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2010
    St. Marys, Ohio
  8. Leadfoot


    Sep 3, 2011
    IMHO its rhythm in the pocket. I think being called 'solid' is the ultimate compliment.
  9. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Timing here too
  10. A properly tuned instrument, followed by groove, timing, pocket, whatever you want to call that ineffable quality of partnering with a drummer to propel the music (in any genre) rhythmically forward. After that, a codpiece.
  11. timing, groove are essential, yes. but i think the most important part of being a bass player is to give life to the music. to drive the tune and hold the band together. both rhythmically and harmonically.
  12. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Our job is twofold, and to denigrate one in favor of the other is wrong. We need to connect the rhythmic aspect of the music with the harmonic/ melodic aspect AND define the harmony. Putting both together is how we create flow and push the music.

    Groove is only part of the job.

  13. Arod1213


    Feb 24, 2013
  14. PlaysAJunker


    Feb 21, 2013
    Ownership of bass, bass amp.

    Guy who shows up 95% of the time . . Thanks, Woody Allen.

    Player that syncs with and compliments the drummer's output. Because if the bass and drums are together it's a pretty good band.
  15. All of those things are very important, but insignificant compaired to you have to be able to make the cool BASS FACE!!
    Similar to the drummer face but obviously cooler.

    Timing is also very important with this, for example, when you slide from G to the higher octave on the same string, classic bass face time.
  16. eddododo

    eddododo Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    I like a lot of what's above

    patience/ awareness- do you have the maturity vision and discipline required to truly harness the power and responsibility of low notes
  17. Neon Scribe

    Neon Scribe Supporting Member

    Nailing the root on the one. Everything else is optional.
  18. Roaddog77


    Nov 11, 2011
  19. hailet


    Sep 16, 2012
    Mount Prospect,IL
    Not only to be there on the beat but to fill in the melodic spaces that guitars leave out. We don't play melodies we fill in where melodies leave off. We make music.
  20. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    99 time out of a 100, it's groove. The other time, it's making those idiots sound like they're in the same room.

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