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Six most important qualities

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by BassChuck, Mar 3, 2016.


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  1. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Cincinnati
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  2. Lownote38

    Lownote38

    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    I disagree with #2. Yes, a bassist should have good time and the ABILITY to be in unison with the drummer, but playing opposing rhythms than the drummer isn't a bad thing. Syncopation is fun!
     
  3. elgecko

    elgecko

    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    I'll agree with #1 and #3.

    You can combine #2 and #6 and call it "groove".

    The importance of #4 depends on the type of band you have

    With #5, it's important to have decent tone but beyond that, it's greatly overshadowed by the above.
     
  4. bassinplace

    bassinplace

    Dec 1, 2008
    Yeah, but syncopation requires one to have good time to begin with. Otherwise, you just have a mess.
     
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  5. Lownote38

    Lownote38

    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    A bass player should most definitely have good time, but to only play the rhythms the drummer is playing is just ridiculous. I wouldn't consider that an important quality. I consider being in unison with the drummer all the time to be quite boring actually.
     
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  6. elgecko

    elgecko

    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    "When done right, the bassist should really be driving the band, right there with the drummer in perfect unison."

    That says the "drive" (AKA groove) should be in unison. Nowhere does it say they have to be playing the same rhythm.
     
  7. bassinplace

    bassinplace

    Dec 1, 2008
    Yeah, we've all heard the common advice to "lock in with the kick", which is good advice. But really locking in with anything within the kick, hats, snare or ride will do. It's just a matter of taste.
     
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  8. Lownote38

    Lownote38

    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    And genre. Locking in with the kick is good advice for a beginner. Otherwise, that should be second nature if the song calls for it. A great bass player can compliment the drums rather than just be an extension of them.
     
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  9. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382

    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    Every musician in the band should have good time.
     
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  10. Lownote38

    Lownote38

    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Unison by definition means play the same thing the drums are playing. Also, everyone should be driving the band equally. It isn't just the drummer and bassist's jobs to keep the groove. If that article means what you say it does, then it's very poorly worded.
     
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  11. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382

    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    One thing I find interesting about all of these "best/most important qualities for a *insert instrument here* player" is that they overall have such vague, obvious points that they can apply to any instrument.
     
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  12. elgecko

    elgecko

    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Not when referencing "drive". I have to disagree on this point.

    I cannot argue this point.
     
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  13. mambo4

    mambo4

    Jun 9, 2006
    Dallas
    I didn't see:
    "shows up on time, knowing the material"

    I'd think that was first.
     
  14. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    All that matters is cool hairdo
     

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