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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Aug 24, 2006.
Mark King, for introducing me to bass, and Vernon Porter for helping me to refine my style.
flea and bill clements. flea for amazing me and bringing me into the bass guitar world, along with the slap n' pop funk style. bill clements for his perseverence. after losing his hand, most bass players would have been stopped there. but he kept his bass playing.
I gotta say George Porter, Jr. and Allen Woody (RIP). Porter for his feel, and Woody for the 16 note pulse thing.
Flea - for teaching me that sometimes the grooviest lines break all the rules.
Juan Alderete - For great compositions, technically being soooo solid and being able to mix the subtleties of any genre in order to flavor his rock basslines, and still be one of the funkiest MF's I ever listened to.
Firstly, Kristoffer Gildenlow of Pain of Salvation. He wasnt my first "big" bass playing influence, but he is my current main one (bear in mind I am only 17). Its difficult to narrow influences down so much since we are infuenced by just about everything.
Secondly, I have gotta say Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, because I went through a 3 year phase of maiden love between the ages of 12 and 15, and I still love them (although I now dislike the lyrics hehe).
Both great players.
You should all check POS out , they are a great band....
really, what is it with all the flea love. is there anything wrong with never playing a slap bassline? cause that's me, to a t. i'm the whitest bass player i know, i have zero soul. i can play a groove with my fingers just fine, but i don't LIKE to.
(but I started with Roger Water )
Martin Mendez from Opeth. Super chops, super tasteful, great fretless skills, cool hair- he's like the Jaco of metal.
I guess the other would be Stu Hamm- although my playing doesn't really sound like his, he was one of the first bassists I heard doing any kind of solo stuff.
This is very difficult to choose, but probably Geddy Lee and Tony Levin.
John Entwistle and Steve Harris.
Then my firends older brother lent me TALAS.
I have to make it 3 and add Billy Sheehan.
Eric Wilson (Sublime)- He is the one that made me get out and buy a bass!
Billy Cox (Gypsie Sun and Rainbows/Band of Gypsies)- Every since I heard the woodstock live CD I've been trying to incorporate a little bit of his style. So laid back yet complex and solid.
Cliff and Geezer.
Dee Murray and Rick Danko.
alan gorrie. verdine white.
Jack Bruce, and Geezer Butler
Those who defined bass for me where first Jack Bruce and a decade later Jaco Pastorius. I also drew inspiration from Greg Lake and Chris Squire. Then there are tons of great musicians, but there are the ones that caught my attention in the beginning.
When I was listening to Hendrix I did not pay much attention to Noel Redding and although I listened a lot to the Beatles, I did not follow intensely Paul Mc Cartney's lines. It was with Cream that I started listening to the bass track.
And it was after seeing Jaco that I fist considered leaving the guitar.
i think the bass players that i listen to most and have had the biggest inpact on my palying are
and Richard Bona
of course i have a lot of other influences and i dont just sound like these two guys but i think that these two players have done the most for me and my playing
Cool guys thanks for sharing !
I'd love to say Jaco and Manring, but that would imply I was in a class that I don't belong in. Actually it was Macca, for the excellent melody he brought to bass and Sting, who showed me how important the time between notes is.
Steve Harris and Geddy Lee
followed also by Chris Squire
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