The moments that reward you for playing bass.

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by CaribooBass, Jun 13, 2021.

  1. CaribooBass


    Nov 30, 2017
    Ever been asked why do you play bass? Then just smile and be thankful ?

    We have a new female back up singer on our worship team, she is a bit older and has never sang on stage before. so as we always do we had a very relaxed rehearsal and that is when the Blessing showed up.
    Our eyes saw a Senior wanting to fulfil a dream our ears heard an Angel.
    No other way to say it. She raised us to a new level nothing short of a gift. Her first time live is this Sunday morning. We all feel honoured to help her show the ones she loves her gifting.

    So why do you play bass?
    What makes you thankful?
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  2. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    This should probably be moved to gig stories?
  3. CaribooBass


    Nov 30, 2017
    I guess your right. I never thought of putting it in gig stories so if it is please moderators please do so. Thanks
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  4. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    After suffering a minor stroke nearly three years ago that effected my right side I'm happy just to be alive since most of my family has died from strokes at around my age.

    Still being able to play bass (heavily modified to accommodate my new reality) and play shows, even if I never get back to my pre-stroke proficiency or practice schedule, is a tremendous bonus.
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2021
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  5. wmhill

    wmhill Inactive Suspended

    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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    after 3+ decades of gigging, this is what it's all about for me.
    (might as well be honest)

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  6. Chad Michael

    Chad Michael Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2001
    Pacific Northwest USA
    - being invited to play @ a high-profile gig
    - the fact that all of my gear has paid for itself at least 30x over
    - compliments (I've always thought of my playing as merely adequate)

    Rewards beyond what I could imagine.

    But enough of the "I love me" wall...
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  7. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Having a talented person join one’s group is always a delight.

    A drummer that forgets their crash cymbal(s) and doesn’t end every 8 with Keith Moon drum rolls landing on the 1.75 is also a nice gift.
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  8. I've made a lot of good friends through playing music, I've made some great friends through it, my best man was met through music.

    I love playing bass, I love gigging, I love being asked to play a festival I like or support a band I respect and admire.. but it all pales in comparison to the relationships I've formed, and the memories I have with those people.
  9. Doctor Intrepid

    Doctor Intrepid

    Dec 27, 2017
    Good question. I am a hobbyist only, so playing bass has very little instrumental value for me. That is, I don't make money from it. So it gives me simple joy in itself. I love attempt to perfect my gear (i.e. GAS), learning songs and playing with others. For me asking why one likes bass is like asking why one likes ice cream. I like ice cream because it is ice cream. Same for bass.
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  10. 9Thumbs


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    All it takes is a big grin from the drummer and I'm fine.
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  11. SLPimp

    SLPimp An Injury to One is an Injury to All Suspended Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2020
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    When the check clears.
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  12. This...
    Being complicit in making good music with musicians you respect, and being recogized by them as part of that magic is rewarding to me.
    I get a lot of personal fulfilment just from playing, so the minute I join people to make something great, it elevates that feeling.
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  13. REV

    REV Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    I know a lot of people say this but for me it's all about the groove. When the groove is there, I'm a happy man.
    Mr_Moo, DaDo625, JRA and 10 others like this.
  14. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    While working in Guam in 2008, I was invited to a Sunday fiesta. These were neighborhood gatherings where locals bring potluck dishes, etc.

    A few guys brought out a couple acoustic guitars, an old P bass copy, and a small bass combo. We were circled in a gazebo, to get relief from the sun, and someone started Stir It Up, the only Bob Marley song I knew at the time. So I played along and behind me I heard someone say "wow, that bass really adds a lot." I had to fly 10,000 miles to finally hear a compliment about my playing.:D
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  15. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx! Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    North AMERICA, USA
    fell you bro. But honestly lately i've been working with some pretty big names, trying to take things to the next level. We had this guy on the gig recently

    Bill Holloman - Wikipedia
  16. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    I’m thankful and driven by three things: My band, my audience, and my love for the instrument. I’ve been blessed to have been able to play with the same band for 20 years. We’re more than band mates; we’re life-long best friends with countless shared memories. Having an amped up, loud crowd is just one of the most amazing feelings a rock musician can experience. There’s absolutely nothing that compares to several thousands of people shouting your band’s name, singing along with your original material, and being a part of a mass vibe with them. Bass is my craft, my art, my skill. The history, techniques, players, tones, and gear have become imbedded in much of what I have done for almost 30 years. I’m thankful for it all and can only hope that I’ve helped other musicians find those same feelings along the way.
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  17. wes stephenson

    wes stephenson Supporting Member

    Dec 18, 2009
    Dallas Texas!!!!
    1.75 :roflmao:
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  18. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Lots to like. I am happy just to play so audience response is great and the feeling you get when you’re locked in is great. But the best reward is…

  19. HardNHeavy


    Apr 17, 2014
    That i picked it up so easily and it took me on tour to Europe several times, nothing major league, not alot of money, but the reception we received was great and had a ton of fun....that experience alone was priceless!
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  20. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    You think I’m kidding? Same drummer says to me; “can you try playing a bit ‘behind’ the beat?”
    All I want to reply with is; “Can you try playing a consistently steady beat I can get behind?”

    It has come to that. Next rehearsal, I’m gonna have to air it out.
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