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What Inspires You to Play?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Timmah, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Timmah

    Timmah Supporting Member

    May 19, 2011
    What music inspires you to pick up your bass and jam along or learn or practice?
  2. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    All music. Even music I don't like as long as I can hear a discernible bass line. It makes me wanna go home and learn it.

    That's primarily why I don't like metal. Nothin against it or fans of it. I just can't hear any notes coming out of the bass. There's sound, sure, but not notes I can tell apart.
  3. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Love of music first, performing second.
  4. A really good rock song that has a lot of bass-driven melodies. Or a nice ballad song that really shows the musicianship of the bass player.

    No metal. Sorry. I hate metal. And screamo. Can't stand it. Makes my head hurt
  5. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I have always believed that the inspiration or motivation comes from within. There really isn't anything that motivates me to play other than the fact that I enjoy it.
  6. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I just like what the low frequencies do to my loins......:ninja:
  7. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    A song that is up-tempo, rocks hard, and makes my head bob always gets me reaching for my bass.
  8. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    metal is my favorite genre of music to listen to, since it is all basically a heavy rhythm, however, I too am rarely inspired to learn bass lines from MOST metal, for the reasons you mentioned above.

    However, I was very inspired to learn bass lines from Between the Buried and Me and Protest the Hero, but I just don't want to set-up my entire bass for drop tuning.
  9. Auguste


    Apr 5, 2012


    Thanks for writing my answer.
  10. Jefff


    Aug 14, 2013
    My brain hears things and I want my fingers to play them.
  11. Hey man, that's cool. I just appreciate that you can differentiate between the 2.

    As for metal with non-discernible bass, that is partially true, but there are many bassists out there that provide a strong a bass presence while keeping it very tasteful. But I know you probably don't care and it doesn't need to become one of "those" threads. :D.

    OK, can't help it. If you check out Jeroen Paul Thesselings six string fretless work with the band Obscura on their Cosmogenesis album, you may be surprised. Or not. Just throwing that out their since he really has become a huge influence for me.
  12. I do like some bands that are essentially metal. Dream Theater. They're progressive metal but still metal. I can definitely hear the metal aspect to their stuff. Lordi, not sure if people know them well. You know, the Finnish dudes with monster costumes?
  13. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    All music. I just like to play live and I like to get a crowd dancing and having fun.

    Where else can you always be the centre of attention when you go to a bar, get free drinks and actually leave that the end of the night with more money than you came in with?
  14. Zephrant


    Dec 10, 2013
    Spokane, WA
    Hearing hits from the 80s that I've always liked and realizing that the bass made the song.

    That makes me want to learn to play it.
  15. strictlybass_ic

    strictlybass_ic Mediocrity is a journey Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    Northern Indiana
    I just love the feeling I get when I'm playing a song live and it sounds great. Something about knowing that I'm the one creating all that lovely sound (admittedly with some help, but hey, I'm contributing at least). Keeps me coming back again and again.
  16. ChopperDave

    ChopperDave Hai-ohhhhhhh!

    Nov 14, 2012
    Boston, MA
    The feeling I get when a song is written and completed--the sort-of Farm-to-Tableness (to borrow a buzzword) of writing original music--is magical and can be repeated as often as I like. A big part of that is that I'm constantly trying to live up to the ideas in my head. That's what makes me a better player and helps inspire me to pick the bass up on those free days when I'd rather watch a movie, or to hammer out a keyboard part when I haven't played one in 10 years ...
  17. an itch in my head that makes me want to refine what I play into A) a song that can be performed by a band, or B) something I can layer 10 ways into a robust studio recording that I can put on a record but never perform.

    lately I've just been writing songs so that I can jam on my hammond organ. So i come with some riffs, arrange them together, record a bass to a click, then some drums, then some guitars, maybe re-record the bass again, add some more guitar parts to make some harmonies, then add a huge layer of hammond organ until I feel it is cool.
  18. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    See my signature line
  19. groundhog


    Jan 23, 2014
    Everything duff mckagan plays. He is the guy that got me into bass.
  20. bass_case

    bass_case Maintain low tones. Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Miami, FL
    I blame excessive neural activity.