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Stuff you hate to hear a non-bassist say

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Oliphaunt, Jul 23, 2002.

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  1. Oliphaunt


    May 30, 2002
    What have you heard a non-bassist say regarding bass that really pisses you off?

    "Why play bass? Nobody notices bass?"
    "Oh, you play guitar?"
    (talking about bass) "That's some really good guitar"
    "So it's a lot easier to play bass, right?"
    "No chords? It's like guitar for babies!"

    Me: Don't you like the bass on this song?
    Many a person: What bass?
  2. Oliphaunt


    May 30, 2002
    Oh! Forgot one
    "Jaco who?"
  3. Stephen S

    Stephen S Member

    Apr 10, 2002
    San Bernardino, CA
    things like

    "im pregnant"
    "you gonna die honkey"
    "give me your wallet"
    "you sure do gotta purdy mouth"

    those are some thing i dont like hearing a non-bassist say
  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    "Bass, guitar, it all sounds the same to me." :rolleyes:
  5. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    "Hot enough for ya?"
  6. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    ...but it's Ok for bass players to say this? :D
  7. Stephen S

    Stephen S Member

    Apr 10, 2002
    San Bernardino, CA
    sure it is.. if it is a racist female who has been drivin to a life of crime to feed her baby
  8. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    "Do that thumb thing!"
  9. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    "Are you with the band?"

    Slight variation: "Which one were you?"
  10. I llike that confused look some people get right before saying "does that bass have 5 strings?!?!?!?"
  11. - "You ready to go yet?" ("No, I'm more particular about my tone than you are.")

    - "You're too loud" ("No, I have way more harmonic content than your stock Fender gear.")

    - "Play it like the original recording" ("Then just get a DJ instead of a musician.")

    Sometimes the comments are valid....but rarely. I'm not as arrogant as it may sound. I just don't want to sound like dime-a-dozen bass players in mediocre bar bands.
  12. lneal


    Apr 12, 2002
    Lee County, Alabama
    After I just finished nailing "What Is Hip" one night this guy sticks his thumb in the air as if to slap a bass and says:

    "Hey man, can you play some funk?"
  13. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego

    "Can't you move around a little more? The lead guitarist is all over the place."

  14. A girl from the audience coming up to me after a show:

    "hey can you play techno on that...thing?"


  15. jieshi


    Mar 26, 2002
    Your Bass Guitar..
  16. ashton


    Jan 4, 2001
    i went to a store in my states capitol city and there was a slimey little salesman no more than 14 years of age telling me what i should be buying. you know the village idiot with his greasy hair tied back ect.

    at the point when i got so annoyed with him i asked what he played through he looked absoloutly shocked and after a few moments of silence he finally said :
    'uhhh, any american guitar through any fat american amp.'

    it was about then that i beat him inches from death with his 'american guitar' and dropped his 'fat american amp' 152 stories onto his 'fat head' well not really but theres always one guy in every store that ya wanna do this to isnt there.

    now i have nothing against america, i dont wanna start any fights here ok. but just the way he said it and the fact that he wasnt much older than me(16) and said i wasnt serious about my playing unless i owned american guitars (basses) made me want to kick him in the ballz. :eek:
  17. jondog


    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    On a visit home I brought a copy of my band's new demo. (It came out great!) My Mom, who has been supportive of my music for the past 16 years, says,

    "Now, which notes are you playing?"

    I had to sing her a walking bassline.
  18. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm...

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    Yup, I´ve got a fair share of that quote :)
  19. Plucky


    Jun 18, 2002
    my bro told me one day where was my pick......if that counts....

    another one: "the bass is only the guitar complement"
  20. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    One of my faves: "Can you do the "funk thing"?
    Ineal: I feel your pain! :D

    From a band leader, who shall remain nameless: "Hey Woodchuck, I love that solid pocket thing you got happening there, but I was wondering, can ya slap that?"
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