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Most vital aspect to bass playing

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by 4string4ever, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. Theory

    0 vote(s)
  2. Playing cleanly

  3. Style diversity

  4. Speed

  5. Soloing ability

    0 vote(s)
  1. 4string4ever

    4string4ever Guest

    Apr 18, 2004
    Orlando, Florida
    What's most important to you?
  2. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Uhmm thats hard. But what exactly do you mean by Theory and Playing cleanly? Understanding and being able to use theory and properly using the different techniques?
    Well I know speed would be the least vital part for me - slow sometimes sounds groovier ;) :cool:
    But all the others should be very important to all of us - perhaps maybe soloing a bit less, but if you know theory well, then you can solo easily
  3. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Wrong forum - moved.

    Also, if you accidentally double-post a new thread in the future, please delete one of them!
  4. 4string4ever

    4string4ever Guest

    Apr 18, 2004
    Orlando, Florida
    Sorry, chief, didn't realize I had done that.

    You going to make it up around Glencoe way any time in the near future?
  5. Mel Monihan

    Mel Monihan

    Mar 30, 2004
    I probably missed the boat on this one, but I interpreted speed as consistent tempo,not how fast one can play.Good time is a must for a bass player,you can't groove if your time is all over the place.So if speed meant how fast you are able to play, I blew the question.
  6. LoJoe


    Sep 5, 2002
    Concord, NC USA.
    I'd vote none of the above. Soloing is fine, but how many solo bassists are getting gigs in your neigborhood? The same for blinding speed and volume of note ability. If you want to play in a band, learn to keep time, play in the pocket, lock with the drummer and how to support the band musically. I mastered this with simple approach note/arpeggio root banging BEFORE moving on to anything else and was in three bands by the end of my first year. To repeat my response to my post in the "What's the nicest thing your drummer ever said to you?" thread:

    "It's nice to have a bass player that realizes we are the rhythym section and that he is not the main attraction."
  7. the most important thing is that the bassist has the ability to groove. if one can feel that groove throbbing in their head 24/7 all the rest will follow.
  8. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    This is the most important aspect of playing bass
  9. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

  10. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    The hair.
  11. ability to read tab!

    *forum explodes*

    just kidding, a good ear.
  12. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Leather pants.
  13. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    Long tongue
  14. Kurisu


    Nov 19, 2003
    Saskatoon SK
    Ability to play with long tongue.

    Why isn't there a choice for 'groove'? I'd pick groove over any amount of slapping/tapping/harmonics/speed/chops.
  15. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    Do you mean play bass with the long tongue?
    Play bass even though you have a long tongue?
    Or play with your long tongue?
  16. Kurisu


    Nov 19, 2003
    Saskatoon SK

    Play the bath (thorry, bass) with the long tongue.