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What to do with "bass morons"

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by aarono, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. aarono


    Feb 14, 2006
    Today, I was talking to my friend about the new bass I'm getting, and some girl butts in saying "so what, bass is stupid and it's easier than guitar". I was so shocked, I had no clue what to say... how can they be that ignorant?

    Ever have instances like this?
  2. Hey man, check out the bass humor section. Theres massive threads on this kinda stuff to keep you entertained all day!! Funny stuff there too.
  3. Some people just don't appreciate the sound of the gods.
  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    So what if alot of bass parts are pretty simple? Much of my favorite music is pretty simple. I'm sure she doesn't listen to Igor Stravinsky and Thelonius Monk 24/7. The bass is an important instrument and many of us love to play it!:bassist:
  5. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
  6. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    Laugh and forget about it. You said a girl said it, Right? Enough said

  7. Backhand to the cheekbone. Commonly called the 'pimp slap'.
  8. wdinc01


    Nov 19, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    I dunno. Physically playing one is harder, since the frets are more spaced.

    But I agree with the so called "pimp slap", as suggested by Indi86. Might wanna search around for a guide on how to do it correctly though.
  9. i generally tell them that thats why i started bass...and that girl probably listens to punk rock and that kind of music, in which the bass is pretty easy...just don't get all high and mighty on her and talk about geddy and jaco because she probably doesn't care...just say ok and move on

    you could always slap her like those guys said, but in northern Wisconsin, thats called assault and generally frowned upon...
  10. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Its okay most people dont even really know what a bass is.
  11. Spector_Ray


    Aug 8, 2004
    It's pure ignorance, plain and simple.
  12. Fong249


    May 25, 2005
    Washington, DC
    Actually, i've perfected the method on which you should handle these people. Sit them down and ask them to play say... paganinis fifth caprice. Any piece by bach. Now part two takes a bit of preperation. Go to a grocery store, and purchase a very small bottle of baby powder to keep with you at all times. remove cap, place on hand. Pull arm back, then release with fingers extended. Not only will your hands feel good, but the tone of the slap is quite impressive, and they'll have a nice big white mark on the side of their head.
  13. +1
  14. Kronos


    Dec 28, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    She probably dates a guitar player.
  15. g00eY


    Sep 17, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    in some ways bass is easier than guitar. at least when you first start out. i started out just playing the roots of chords and stuff like that, no fancy stuff, not even walking.

    but then again bass is pretty much vital to a song, unless it's pure acoustic. if the drums and bass mess up, the song is gone. also, when you get more into it all you learn about slapping, tapping, chords, and whatnot.

    when people say stupid comments i just act all passive and stuff and ignore them.
  16. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    +1. I have no patience for fools. Unfortunately, stupidity is not a crime, and slapping is.

    Ahhh, the unfairness of it all . . .

    Since bass playing is so easy, perhaps she could pick one up and play "YYZ" or "Portrait of Tracy" for you?
  17. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger Commercial User

    Sep 22, 2005
    Not Mars
    The Overlord of Nordstrand Pickups
    Tell her that's just her opinion, man.
  18. aarono


    Feb 14, 2006
    I'm sure she's never even touched a bass, maybe played a guitar for two minutes and thought she wasn't playing like a rockstar so it was difficult. Probably been told you just pluck the string with two fingers.

    Slapping probably wouldn't go over too well at my school, where a girl can slap you on the bum, etc. and it's just flirting, where as if we males try something and we're caught pray to God you have an attorney. :)
  19. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    I had a similar incident in high school. A girl at a party once said to me ,"Who cares, no one wants to hear a dumb old bass line go , 'Blah'. Later on that evening she insulted my listening tastes when I put on Physical Graffiti.

    I asked her firmly to leave and never darken my doorstep again. She did, and then she didn't.
  20. aarono


    Feb 14, 2006
    With that kind of attitude I'm sure she'll be bagging your groceries in a few years.

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