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What do you play when someone asks you to play some bass?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by robby2k56, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. robby2k56


    Sep 2, 2008
    I was wondering what all you guys play when a relative or a friend asks you to play some bass, do you go for the crazy over the top stuff or simple stuff?
    I prefer to just do slapping coz it always works:hyper:
  2. ironrat


    Sep 24, 2008
    Lemon Song?
  3. eighrule


    Nov 19, 2008
    play something extremely simple and try to look like it is one of the hardest things i know how to play. that way you don't get annoyed with people always asking you to play "this one song that they heard once that kinda sounded like this other song"
  4. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    Play anything other than slap and a typical layman will soon wonder why they even asked you to play in the first place.
  5. Ron Plichta

    Ron Plichta

    May 19, 2007
    Fairfax, VA
  6. TL5


    Jun 27, 2005
    I fly through a walking boogie blues bass line, usually in E but sometimes G.
    It sounds like a "song" because it is the bass line to lots of songs.
  7. i play through an altered version of prettymuch any good song by either Interpol or the used..some gooad bass band but in my style as aposed to the origenal.
  8. I grab my fishing pole, hook up the boat and say "Lets GO"

    I usually just play a funk riff (without slapping) or two, make up whatever comes to my head up the moment. But I always keep it simple. No one likes a show off.

    If they are at my house I will show them to how to play the easy 4/4 rock beat on drums and turn it into a little jam.
  9. meycom


    Nov 29, 2008
    Southern Wis.
    +1 Money
  10. I used to alway play a rock progression out of E with some simple walking involved...
    No more.

    Just bought an EBS BassWah One so I play Cliff Burton...(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth
  11. Punisher Bass

    Punisher Bass

    Dec 24, 2008
    St Louis MO
    I normally play a sample of Stu Hamm's bass solo from the Satriani live in san fran cd.
  12. If someone asks me to play bass in my house, I turn on my theremin instead and just make it go "eeeeeeoooooowwwwwwwwwwwooouuuuuuuuaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhheeeeeeooooooooooo" until they get annoyed and leave me alone.
  13. DRafalske


    Nov 6, 2008
    Hebron, KY
    Moby Dick. Don't know why.
  14. JQ1986


    Oct 30, 2008
    Rice Lake, WI
    Seemann-Rammstien. People always seem to think that I'm playing some classical song. So far the only person who knew what it was was the rhythm guitar player in my band. Either that or Payback-Flaw.
  15. pbass2


    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    The theme to Barney Miller
  16. robby2k56


    Sep 2, 2008
    Some Stevie Wonder always gets the parents going
  17. BillyRay

    BillyRay Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2008
    Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.

    It makes people go : "Yeah, yeah, I know it, what's that song again ? Gawd, it's on the tip of my tongue" or "Ho, the Top Gun song!".
  18. It doesn't matter what I play...several notes into it, whoever made the request either leaves the room or falls on the floor and pretends to be dead.
    Actually, I'd never play solo for anyone who wasn't a bassplayer. If it was a non-musicain friend/relative, I'd hand the bass to them and let them fool around with it.
  19. if its some stupid irritating relative/ friend with no real taste in music i find the heaviest doomiest growliest metal song i can and i de tune my bass and play along!
    otherwise i play something else
  20. jaws 2 notes

    Or Sailors Turnpipe

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