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Who inspired you to become a bassist? (part 2)

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Ívar Þórólfsson, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm... Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
  2. id say my best friend and guitarist encouraged me to pursue it, even before I was inspired as much by other bass players.
  3. mike_Ro11


    Dec 17, 2007
    Flea and Tim Commerford
  4. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    For me it was John Taylor of Duran Duran. I was real young and their music and videos were everywhere at that time. I just remember the middle of Hungry Like The Wolf and thinking that was real cool. I quickly detoured into Rush and havent left since...
  5. Noshtero

    Noshtero Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2007
    Chicago, IL
    John Illsley and Victor Wooten.
  6. the dude from Muse and Flea
  7. VanzKantDanz


    Sep 4, 2007
    James Jamerson and Robert DeLeo.
  8. my mom haha, shes a professional bassist
  9. hublocker


    May 17, 2007
    Gene Larabee and Eric Geisreiter, a teenage guitarist and drummer who showed up in Sointula the summer of 1969 and wanted to form a band. At 16 I got drafted to play bass so we borrowed a Harmony Meteor electric guitar, took the two high strings off and Gene showed me bass licks. I had never played a riff in my life, only simple chords on the guitar.

    Didn't even know how to walk up to C from G
  10. Free beer and chicks.
  11. grieverOSOK


    Jan 12, 2008
    chili peppers
  12. Mojonuts


    Jan 14, 2008
    Listened to a lot of Queen and The Beatles when I started out, so I was mostly inspired by John Deacon and Sir Paul.
  13. CiRRuS~BaSS


    Jan 20, 2008
    Ric Fierabracci's bass solo when he played with Yanni live at the Acropolis was the first solo i really took interest in. that solo still sticks in my head today, and really got me interested in the bass.
  14. rsrhcp


    Feb 23, 2007



  15. onlyclave


    Oct 28, 2005
    I don't remember who made me want to play bass but I can remember a defining moment at the Reno International Jazz Festival at UNR when I was at a clinic with this bass player named Morley Lowden (I think) and I was so blown away by his 5 str fretless playing I decided right there I was going to be a bass player. I walked away from a full ride trumpet scholarship to play bass and never looked back.

    The absolute best bass performance I've ever seen was Otiel Burbridge with the Aquarium Rescue Unit, 4-7-94 in Eugene OR. at the WOW Hall. That sealed the deal.
  16. XtreO


    Jan 2, 2008
    We had music-lessons at school in our 9th year. We were to play a song, simply put- We had a guitarist, we had a vocalist, but drums and bass were unoccupied. I chose the bass, learned Otherside by Red Hot, and thought it so fun I picked up a bass of my own :D So it was really Flea from Red Hot, a man whom I've admired ever since, despite the fact that I don't play funk.
  17. Mr. Tree

    Mr. Tree

    Jan 25, 2008
    Madison WI
    Mike Watt
    Karl Alvarez
    Paul McCartney
    Dee Dee Ramone
  18. Jizzlobber


    Feb 13, 2008
    initially it was cliff burton but later its become jaco and chris squire and the guy that played with the mothers on joes garage
  19. cryptobuddhist


    Dec 5, 2007
    I just posted on the last thread :\. But really melodic bass players like Kim Deals and Peter Hook at first. But hearing Bela's CD 'Left of Cool' was like...whoa for me. Then discovering Jaco and Im sure you guys know the story.

    I like Flea alot though and he plays really tasteful stuff, but everyone in my HS would look down on you if you weren't some uber slap bassist. Needless to say I never played in any battle of the bands because I had a fretless hahaha and refused to play anything with frets(bad Squire experiance :p ) but Im coming around now and Im about to buy a new '08 standard american jazz with frets :p.

  20. i was hanging out in my school's music room and then the teacher announced that the band needs a bass player so i just sticked my hand out and volunteered to learn the instrument! :D

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