What makes you pick up the bass?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by leanne, Jul 8, 2003.

  1. leanne


    May 29, 2002
    Rochester, NY
    What songs or albums can you not listen to without picking up a bass?

    A friend of mine asked me to make him a mix cd of tunes that will make him uncontrollably inspired to play. Or something like that. :)

    For me, it can be anything, but "Ohio/Machine Gun" and the 3+3 album by the Isley Brothers always do it for me, for some reason.
  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002

    But really, anything that gets my toe tapping, that's the first step, once I'm feeling it, picking up my bass is inevitable. :p

    btw, this thread was started in misc.

    however, I do feel it is more fitting for recordings, and the thread in misc. is weird.
  3. waxlabltabler


    Aug 24, 2002
    Honestly, a lot of hip-hop, R&B and jazz. Listening to Erykah, Common or D'Angelo (and so many others (that) it'd be absurd to mention them all) is really what drives me to play. I aspire to play lines as fitting yet surprisingly unconventional as those that rumble from my speakers.
  4. The one group that comes to mind at this very moment is Slayer. Nothing exceptional regarding Arayas bass playing but I love his tone, it is heard well alongside the other instruments and it rocks like hell.
  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Hey Leanne-
    I have always wanted that particular Isleys' album...not sure-
    Is that the one with "Summer Breeze"?
  6. leanne


    May 29, 2002
    Rochester, NY
    Yes. :) It's my favorite Isleys album, along with Givin' It Back (all covers).
  7. Killdar


    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    The two bands that made me want to pick up the bass for the first time still make me want to pick it up again every time I hear them; Sublime, and RATM.
  8. aristotle chang

    aristotle chang

    May 25, 2003
    black sabbath, mudvayne, gordian knot, and pretty much anything with jazz style bass playing. the red hot chilli peppers' music usually makes me stop what im doing and go grab my bass if im at home (or wherever my bass is located). Flea's lines get stuck in my head pretty easily.
  9. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Hands. Arms too.
  10. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002

    Are you saying you're ruled by your hands, and arms too. :p

    they make you pick up the bass.
  11. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Well, since my toes aren't prehensile, yes.

    Seriously, I can't listen to Parliment without picking up my bass and trying desperately to slap. Almost any, but "Stomp" makes me want to do very much as the titular verb would suggest.
  12. Screw making a tape or what ever, tell him to lay if on the floor in his usual path of travel. Unless he wants to step on it he will pick it up.
  13. I would have to say that the first defining moment that I entirely decided to purchase my first bass was when I was relaxing in my bed one Saturday morning, and I had a large green rubberband rapped around the knobs on my nightstand, and I began to pluck them and tighten it to change the notes. That was so much fun for me, so it was then that I finally decided to play bass, although P-nut was the one who originally turned me on to bass, just not quite the defining moment.
  14. Fleckbass211


    Mar 20, 2003
    My Room
    I really do not know to this day. I guess I was just naturally more interested, my brother plays guitar and I would have naturally picked that up.


    Never doubted it for a second

  15. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Depends on my mood, there's no definitive "I need to play now!" song for me. Just whatever I'm in the mood for at that given time. Anything and everything from Rage Against the Machine to Belle & Sebastian.
  16. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I think that whenever I listen to recordings of myself I want to pick up my bass and practice, mostly because even if it's a good recording, I always hear things that I think I could do better, and I always hear those mistakes that I glossed over, and so I want to pick up my bass to do it better.
  17. I agree with Killdar by saying RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. I'll ad IRON MAIDEN, listen to the brave new world cd, you'll understand what I mean.
  18. TheWakerWP


    Apr 24, 2002
    I think phish really does it for me you just get caught up in the groove.