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What kind of bassist are you?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Alla, May 6, 2002.

  1. Groove bassist

    132 vote(s)
  2. Solo bassist

    10 vote(s)
  3. both

    118 vote(s)
  1. Alla


    Sep 25, 2000
    I mean:
    groove bassist or solo bassist?

    I'm a groove bassist. I don't like soloes.
  2. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    both simultaneously.
  3. Cossiemon


    Aug 20, 2001
    Primarily i'd prefer getting into a really funky groove, and just let it flow from there...i can't really describe but i'm sure everyone feels the same when they get into a really good groove.

    Its just...there are no words...arrrrrggghhh...wait one maybe...fabu-funkin-lous.

    I'm not really one for solos, but the odd one now and then provided its not just fret-wanking, then i'd be up for it too.

    Its gotta be part of the whole vibe though.

    Damn i talk so much sh!t

  4. Bigger on groove, but that's because I can't solo. Need practise.
  5. *ToNeS*


    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    wanking ain't much fun unless it's fast and furious :D i'm always thinking about solo'ing - guess i'm kinda misguided there.

    "dammit Tobes, why don't you just play guitar?"

    "they're small and dinky and don't satisfy my needs as a woman."

  6. Samie


    Dec 13, 2000
    Madrid, Spain
    Is it "I can solo but don't like to" or "I don't like solos because I can't solo"?

    I guess your question reveals the awnser...

  7. Hugh Jazz

    Hugh Jazz

    Sep 13, 2001
    Atlanta, GA
    Try to do both.
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    ....due to "POOR IMPULSE CONTROL" :D

    Mostly I try to stay in the groove. I do some cool fills but I wouldn't consider it soloing.
  9. Alla


    Sep 25, 2000
    I don't consider myself so able soloing so .... (how many 'so')
    IMO if you are not Jaco or Victor or .... don't know, the better way to play bass is just to stay in the groove and moving in it!
  10. Either or both, depending on what seems to be best in a given context. When in doubt, I'd rather lay down the groove than crank out the wank.
  11. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Groove is my #1 priority. I do get a solo (usually two) each night and I try my best to be clever and inspired and melodic and still groovy... and sometimes I'm actually happy with what happens. But I wouldn't give a crap if I didn't get any solos at all, so I voted "groove".
  12. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Both, I try to be as well rounded a musician as I can.
  13. I put a lot more emphasis on the groove but I also typically get 4 to 5 solos a night so I voted "both."
  14. Groove, definately Groove.
    Partially because I can't solo, but also because all the guitars and others do their job, so I don't really need to push into anyone's else realm.
  15. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga


    uh..ahem...where's that rubber chicken?


    (takes off pants, puts underpants on head and runs around the house singing "memories" from the smash musical "cats")
  16. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    PAAAUUUULLLLLLLL!!!!! JT just hit me in the head w/a rubber chicken & gave me an atomic wedgie!!!!!!

  17. neither

    I'm a "horrible" bassist. I can't groove and certainly can't solo.
  18. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    Eh,back when I was a kid...

    In punk,you dont really solo, nor hold a groove.So I guess i just play follow the guitar and play some neat little fills and octaves here and there.
  19. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    If it's a "real song" I'm playing, I try not to ruin it with a lot of unnecessary excursions in the fields of soloing. Some songs call for it though, and I let them have it. I solo much more when I jam.
  20. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    Im usually more groove orientated because thats whats required of me most of the time. But when I get together with my close friends for impromptu jams, I will try and solo.

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