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What kind of bassist are you?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by CrawlingEye, Sep 5, 2001.


  1. Melodic (I like to not neccessarily play what the guitarist's doing, but stay in control, and gently

    20 vote(s)
    8.9%
  2. Uncontrolled (i'll play anything as long as it's fast)

    7 vote(s)
    3.1%
  3. Groove (get me in the groove, and i'm good...) , (I'll come up with a totally unique rhythm)

    34 vote(s)
    15.2%
  4. Root (guitarist, PLEASE tell me what to play)

    14 vote(s)
    6.3%
  5. Uncontrolled and Melodic (50% 50%)

    21 vote(s)
    9.4%
  6. Melodic and Groove (50% 50%)

    106 vote(s)
    47.3%
  7. Groove and Uncontrolled (50% 50%)

    22 vote(s)
    9.8%
  1. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Like it says, what kind of bassist are you? What's your style?


    I voted Melodic and Groove. I like to get melodic and with a lot of my punk parts (I pretty much do ska/punk stuff) and I like to lay down a good groove with the ska parts.
     
  2. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    I am also a melodic groove player. I tend to see myself as the bridge between the rhythm and the melody.
     
  3. D.J

    D.J

    Jan 31, 2000
    Melodic groove is my best.
     
  4. APouncer

    APouncer

    Nov 3, 2000
    Lancashire, UK
    Well, that's 4 players all playing with the same goal then - but I bet we all do it with very different styles! Like BG, I tend to see myself as the bridge between the rhythm and the melody.
     
  5. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Uncontrolled groover. I can keep a groove very well, but I always tend to overdo it and show off what little skill I may have. I'm working on the melody bit now, so that it someday might be one third groover, one third melodic and the last third uncontrolled (it's a habit I'll never get rid of).

    EDIT: corrected spelling
     
  6. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Groove here. Although as I usually play without a band that may change when I play with live players. I have an old time R&R thingy coming up ... let's see how that feels. :)
     
  7. Grove and uncontrolled..I guess
     
  8. I'll tell ya what kind of bassist I am. Not a very good one. :eek:
     
  9. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Well, i picked "Root", but i do some john paul johns stuff with octaves and 5ths...
     
  10. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    I´m not sure that I´m a good one, but i try to be melodic and groove player.
     
  11. erik II

    erik II

    Jul 11, 2000
    Oslo, Norway
    Ten years ago I would have voted melodic and groove - as I have now. But ten years ago, as I see it now, I was actually uncontrolled in my attempt to be melodic, and the groove suffered from that. Now I play fewer tones altogether, and focus on groove (in a melodic way of course).
     
  12. Melodic Groove
     
  13. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    Melodic groover, but i vary sometimes i'm more melodic that grooving and vise versa.
     
  14. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I play melody/groove/rhythem/freak out. It's pretty much whatever is right for the song.
     
  15. i am uncontroled and melodic
    i am also am a bit of root but it depends on the song and the where bouts in the song
     
  16. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    um, i have a qustion, are all you Melodic Groovers in a band? Or how many people just say that to seem good? i mean, im sure that most of the people on here are(Melodic Groovers)
    , but i think if people would be a little more truthful with themselfs.......o ya, this comment needs no reply, i dont mean anything by it. just wondering.......
     
  17. *ToNeS*

    *ToNeS*

    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    i've often been referred to as a "lead" bass player :D i don't know if that's my bandmates having a go at what i deem to be overplaying, but yeah, i stick it out a lot. theres so much i can do with my four strings, and by watching my teacher play (i swear this guy could kick the sh*t out of Wooten and Hamm, no lie hes A M A Z I N G), i've learnt that to limit myself by playing roots and simple embellished grooves would be an insult to my instrument's potential.

    the bass guitar should not stand in any other instrument's shadow (least of all the guitar's), but should instead cast its own.
     
  18. i said melodic groove too. but im really everything
    the band i played with did everything from punk to metal, and retro to ballads.
    when the guitarist wrote a riff he liked, id break it down into a simple 4 chord run and just improvise and fool around with it.
    but id write my own riffs too, generally more complicated than simple walking bass riffs.

    im hoping to get one of our lives shows on MP3 soon, so if you wanna hear my stuff and tell me what you think, my email is garyvincent@hotmail.com
     
  19. yawnsie

    yawnsie

    Apr 11, 2000
    London
    Good question! I don't really think that I could define myself all that well, but if I had to pick I'd say that I'm more of a melodic player. I've put a lot of work into being able to groove a bit more naturally, and hopefully that's getting better. But as I say, I don't really think I could say what I am.
     
  20. This is an interesting thread. I voted for melodic groove, but it's not really a 50/50 split, I lean towards groove.