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What makes a good bassist?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by RadAquabatCadet, Oct 1, 2002.

  1. I am looking for opinions on what you think makes a good bassist? Thanks.
  2. Sneakers, 3 quarter shorts, basketball singlet, having the bass vertical with the strap held on by gaff tape... and being able to slap wiCkErD. :p


  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    - Patience, patience, patience.

    - Perseverance, perseverance, perseverance.

    - Religious devotion to your "Tone God."

    - Incomprehensible love of the instrument and its function in music.

    - Being clinically diagnosed as "insane"......seriously, if I could explain it, I probably wouldn't be doing it.

    It's awfully hard, if not impossible,to dissect yourself. You do it because you need to.....not because you want to understand it, at least for me.

    "True Love" defies comprehension.
  4. the ideal bass will make me coffe in the morning..;)
  5. Well, I think a little sense of Rhythm would help a bit...
  6. The ability to put up with the singer and guitarist
  7. BassAxe


    Jul 22, 2002
    Culpeper, VA
    Hear! Hear!

    I'm starting to consider an all bass and percussion group in which even the percussion can play lead!

    Btw, thereare two "N"s in Guinness.:)
  8. - Knowledge of your instrument is what separates the amateurs from the pro's

    - Assumption is the mother of all ****-ups

    - Patience is thy friend.

    - technique.. the way to live

    - Equaliser voodoo.. ( not a \/ shape on your EQ )

    - Loyalty to your gear ( if you switch string-brand every week, you will never learn to play properly )
  9. "Timing is everything"

    "Perfection is your goal"

    "Failure is not an option"

    "Keep your friends close, but keep your enemys closer" (i always wanted to say that :D )

    "Be one with the bass"

  10. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Knowing when NOT to play.
  11. Play for the song, stop yer wankin.
  12. Knowing how to use the Force :)
  13. I know there are two 'n's in guinness. But, when I originally started using guinessdrinker for my email and other logins, the 2 'n' guinness was already taken.
  14. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I guess this would go to BASSISTS.
  15. Definitely a strong sense of rhythm. Creativity is important but that applies to all musicians. You need to be able to hear through the harmony and play notes that everyone else can land on.
  16. 1) read last page of bass player magazine for this month.... lots of invaluable info there!!!!!!

    2) a unique combination of discipline and restraint that is not associated with any other instrument.... combined with endless pursuit of




  17. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass

    This was done in the eighties in Boston. They were called the Concussion Ensemble. They were Great!

    That was one of the most inspirational things Ive read in BP

  18. pogo2501


    Oct 4, 2002
    i think that a good player needs, an ibanez!!
  19. gus


    Dec 31, 2001
    Madrid (Spain)
    - Be a good drummer (the gift)
    - Enough technique to can play whatever you imagine (the quest)
    - Grown up in a good band (the luck)

  20. drewie


    Jan 20, 2002
    Cardiff, Wales, UK
    Good wrist posture;)

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