On My Talkbass Anniversary

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by rickbass, Nov 23, 2001.

  1. Last November, I came upon this site while, quite naively, using a search engine to look for a "modern sounding" instrument to add to the fossils I have depended on for decades.

    So, on my Talkbass anniversary, I wanted to ask - Has Talkbass changed your perspectives on music and bass since you came here???? (Especially you younger guys!)

    And if so, can you briefly describe - How???

    As for myself - my tolerance, knowledge, appreciation of, and exposure to music/gear/politicial viewpoints I wouldn't have probably otherwise known or cared about, has been vastly expanded.

    Thank you Paul and my Talkbass "homies"!!!!

  2. well, lets take a look

    Before, N*sync (only a couple songs) beatles, "rutles"

    After, Jaco, Primus, Tool...

    yeah. a lot...
  3. I wonder if that change puts you "out of synch" with some of your contemporaries, Freaky???......"Prime Ass??? They're not on MTV!!! Is that a girl group???"

    That's quite a leap as the youngest Talkbasser, AFIK!!!

    More power to you and the Talkbass community!!!
  4. i went from korn, rage against the machine, and led zepplin to michael manring, victor wooten, and led zepplin.
    before i came here i still thought that my ibanez gsr was a good bass.
  5. gbenner


    May 20, 2001
    ocean, new jersey
    ive learned a lot since finding this site. as for age im on the other end of the scale. im 50, not a lot of my friends talk about music (forgetabout bass). even the guys in my band , ill try different sounds and all they say is it all sounds like bass:D without a wealth of friends who play music now, this is the place to bounce ideas and equipment off one another. i read about the tech 21 sansamp bass driver di and the compactor hear and it changed my whole sound.(best money ive spent in a long time).some questions might seem dumb to some, but this is how we learn, especially if we have no other source of info.keep up the good work.

  6. Amen to that, G! Wed. night, I asked my new, 40-ish, compadres in a CD-band whose audition I just passed about their take on nu metal guitarists. They didn't really know what I was talking about. At the risk of sounding self-aggrandizing, they said I'm the first bassist they ever played with who doesn't stay in the "background." Some of that fearlessness, I got from Talkbass.

    For the most part. Talkbass people tend to keep their ears open.
  7. This is my 100th post so I will join in your celibrations.

    Since joining talkbass I believe ive become a better bassist.

    My techneque (sp?) has improved drasticly and Im also able to play alot more different styles of music and I have more playing techneques avaliable to me now.

    Before I relied solely on nu-metal and old style metal but now I'm able to play alot of serious funk, difficult nu-metal, punk, rock, jazz, blues and alternative.

    Since joining talkbass Ive learned alot from people who know what theyre talking about. I have been playing for only 18months but Im by far the best in my school of about 1500 pupils. I know of about 20 of these who play bass. Most older than me and allmost all have been playing for longer so thanks to your support you have helped me achieve something importent to me.
  8. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    I got my amp from T Jay through the TalkBass classifieds, I learned on TalkBass that my bass sucks, what basses/amps/cabs are good, why tAbZ are evil, more about Fieldy than I ever wanted to know, and I learned to like carrots.
  9. Almost everything I learned about bass I learned here. Like wearing your bass around your knees hinders performance. I also got valid reasons for not liking Fieldy. Not just he sucks. So now I have reasons for my opinion. Yip. Everything I learned about bass I learned here....except for maybe actual playing skills. But....I got some sweet showing off tips that worked like a charm. 10 minutes of playing and people are convinced I'm the best bass player in my school. Ok I'm done bragging about my minor accomplishments. :p
  10. joel the bass player

    joel the bass player Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2000
    Omaha, NE
    I joined last November also, even though I don't post a whole lot, and am grateful to have found such a great resource. My views have become more open and I have changed my opinions on some of the music I listen to and the gear that I like.

  11. hujo


    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I'd say the biggest thing among many that TB has done for me, is letting me know about all the killer bassists, and all the great music out there. Lots of the music I listen to (and play) regulary, I probably wouldn't have heard if it weren't for all the discussions regarding bassists and music here.

    Thank you!
  12. jljohnson85


    Nov 27, 2000
    Woodstock, GA
    Talkbass has been very influential to me. Before I came here I thought Ibanez and Peavey made the best stuff on earth, Fieldy was the greatest bassist ever and his PuMaZ RuLe!, and Flea was something that hangs around my dog.
  13. yawnsie


    Apr 11, 2000
    Pretty much the same for me.

  14. same here.

    musically wise: I also grew a bigger fondess of punk music (its my fav kind now, :)) and now listen to bands i otherwise never would of hear of. I rarely ever listen to metal anymore.

    politically wise: I came to realize that I generally have conservative/republican beliefs.

    gear wise: I came to know brands like Modulus, Pedulla, Elrick, and dozens and dozens of brands I otherwise would be clueless on.

    i also dont like korn anymore (save a few songs)

    ive also met some new life-long friends whom I talk to alot (you know who you are)

    and to VooodooChile, there aint nothin wrong with liking rage against the machine. :)
  15. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    The wonderful world of TB has changed the way i look at music, Bass, Guitar and bands and music in gerneral forever. And yes that IS a good thing
  16. TB has definitely changed my bass playing, but not necessarily my opinions. Maybe my tolerance of others, but not my own:D.

    After TB, it seems like a record deal isn't all there is to music, that gigs are easy to get and that if I want, I have the easiest job in the band!

    Also, it's taught me to belive in my instrument. It's not a four stringed guitar; it's a way of life. And it's a way of life that requires a lot more thought about music, culture and society than anything else. Why? Because you can use it musically any way you want. No cliches about a screaming solo to be deemed 'good' by non musicians, no ultra fast rhythms. The groove is king, and that groove can be how you want it.

    Hope you get my meaning. I love you guys.
  17. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    I went from hating theory to wanting to learn more about it, and from Blink 182 to Rancid and NoFX :D
  18. TB hasn't changed my tastes in music. But I have learned about so many new bass players as well as other musicians. My record collection has grown tremendously since I joined, and all for the better! I enjoy reading the posts and communicating with people who feel as passionately about music as I do. I have also learned a lot about gear which is good.

    I think that those who can should support Talkbass to keep it going strong for a long time!

    Thanks Paul and all the people who make this such a wonderful site!
  19. Hey Rickbass1, it's my anniversary too. (11/29/00)

    Anyway, this is just a fantastic site, no BS. The vast majority of people I've met here, are very cool, down to earth and not snobby, considering some of them are working pros. And, the most important thing is that everyone is willing to help somone in need, and that's downright commendable!

    Group hug!:D

    I've learned a lot (especially amps) and, got a few chances to help others out with specific problems or questions, and to share a few of my ancient stories about some of my old friends that had gear that I never would have dreamed of would become so valuable. I feel so lucky to have had a friend that actually had a Pre-CBS Precision, and let me play it so often, and, to share what I got from that with some of the whipper snappers :D here.

    It has changed my outlook on bass; now it's more important to me than ever.

    Mike J.
  20. Ok, here's how it go's.

    1) You buy your bass
    2) You buy your amp
    3) Get a cable, maybe a tuner
    4) Log on to TalkBass.com

    Thats how I see it. It's probably one of, if not the most important tool in my bass career. Since I've been deprived of a good bass teacher, I have relied upon you guys for all my information.

    Most of the stuff I could search, but some of the stuff I had to ask for. It's a little humbling at first. I thought I was a pretty good bassist. I could play Rancid's "Journey To The End Of The East Bay" and a few Blink 182 songs. I was the best! Than I read some stuff hear, bought a few Jaco cd's, listned to Victor Wooten, and there ego inflates.

    Talkbass has enlightened me on everything. Instead of being a hardcore punk that closed out all other options of music, I did a 180 (well, maybe it isn't a 180...) to Jazz. Now I'm in the school Jazz Band, NOT ashamed of it, I LOVE bass, and have the most comforting thing to know. That I might not always know an answer to a question, or be able to play something, or keep the right groove, but by going here, I can sure as hell find out the correct answer, and learn how to keep the groove goin.