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Things you hate to here OTHER BASS PLAYERS say.

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Yngwie 4String, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. Yngwie 4String

    Yngwie 4String Banned

    May 3, 2007
    Auburn Nebraska
    the number one on my list is: Yeah I started playing bass because I tried guitar and it was too hard. I am still not sure how to respond to that comment, but it pisses me off.
  2. datsgora

    datsgora Guest

    May 23, 2007
    N. Ca. Martinez
    "wow, you're really good...why do you play a squier?"
  3. DistortedBass


    Nov 10, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Schecter Guitars Endorsee
    "I never made any money playing that high on the neck."
    Funny, never heard that from a really successfull bassist though.

    "Want to hear me play portrait of Tracy?"

    "I don't play anything fancy, i just hold down the bottom".

    Translation: I cant play what you do, but still need to make up for my insecurity by finding a way to claim superiority.
  4. no not really at all, there are different playing styles, you can still be a good bassist but not do anything fancy, lots of good bassists dont take solos or have wild bass parts.
  5. DistortedBass


    Nov 10, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Schecter Guitars Endorsee
    Of course, and I love what they do. But they don't sit around telling bassists that play more complex that what they do isn't real bass or unnecessary. Only the ones who do what they do because it's all they can do feel the need to use that line of thinking.
  6. Donald "Duck" Dunn.
    enough said. ;)
  7. +1
    I was thinking the exact same thing. I was watching the Blues Brothers just yesterday and thinking to myself of how he could say more with 5 notes than most players can say with 100.
  8. like duck says, you just play what you feel should go there,
    the key to real bass playing

    it just so happens that he puts the perfect things there :p :)
  9. Hey, that's my sig!!!!
  10. And a Very good sig it is if you know what i mean :)
  11. "Active basses? I hate the sound of those. I ONLY play passive basses. I like my tone to be natural".:rollno: or "Why would you play a 5 string? I mean how much do you play those lower 5 notes anyway? I think it's mainly for show.":rollno:

    Actual words spoken in actual conversations with actual bassists.:help:
  12. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    "You should play it more like a guitar."

    "What's the sixth string for?"
  13. shirky


    Apr 7, 2000
    Reading, PA, USA
    "Jaco only needed 4 strings".
  14. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    Any more, I just ignore stuff like this unless I've heard the player working.

    IME, some folks who say this couldn't hold down the bottom it were weighted and had handles attached. Others could anchor a Macy's Parade balloon in a gale without breaking a sweat. Still others can and do rip it up *and* hold it down, but just affect an "awe shucks" modesty about their playing.

    I guess I try not to be bothered about anything another bassist says, 'cause saying ain't playing.
  15. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    "Sorry, Man but it turns out that I could make the gig afterall! Thanks for coming and maybe stick around to hear a few tunes!"
  16. phallpdx


    Jun 2, 2007
    HAhaha dick move..
  17. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    Honestly, the thing I hate to hear most from other bass players is:

    "Let me play your bass"

    To clarify, I'm talking about hearing this from a stranger at gigs, usually during a break between sets. People I don't know asking to play with my gear is just such a rude thing to me. It's like asking to borrow a stranger's car.

    The other thing I hate to hear from other bass players is criticism of my bandmates, which hasn't happened that many times, but always rubs me the wrong way when it does. Unless I'm just acting as a hired gun, a criticism of any band member always feels like a personal insult.
  18. i3ear


    Aug 26, 2007
    Stayton OR
    "Play bass more like that guy from blink 182"
    or worse "I like that trebly punk sound, that is why I like my bass" (his bass being a johnson 4 string with deader than 5 year pair of flatwounds)

    Sadly, all of this coming from my drummer. :(


    Oct 24, 2006
    : I play that tune so and so.
  20. IconBasser

    IconBasser Scuba Viking Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2007
    Alta Loma, California
    "shredding on bass is dumb. There's no groove. It's not music"


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