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Who was the first bassist that tripped your trigger?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Low84, Dec 8, 2017.

  1. Low84

    Low84 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Before you set off down the road as a bassist, who did you see/hear/experience that inspired you to pick up the instrument?
  2. We haven't seen this thread in a week or two:

    (this was meant to be tongue in cheek, having a laugh)

    but the image is sincere

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  3. turbo2256b


    Jan 4, 2011
    No one just picked up the bass one day and started playing. learned styles of many. Once I picked it up just couldnt put it down.
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  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
  5. Trabeen

    Trabeen Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Gary Thain.

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  6. Oddly

    Oddly Unofficial TalkBass Cartographer! Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    I'll give the same answer I always do...the very-much-under-appreciated Garry W. Tallent, the foundation of Springsteen's E. Street Band.

  7. Tyco666


    Jul 20, 2014
    Without doubt, Jack Bruce. Much later, really dug Billy Cox with Jimi... he held down the bottom so friggin well.
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  8. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
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  9. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    I go back to the mid to late 60s for bass inspiration.

    Trigger trippers....................

    Rick Huxley Dave Clark 5
    Jack Casady Jefferson Airplane
    Chris Hillman The Byrds
    Paul McCartney (Some English band with a bug for a name.)
  10. John Alec Entwhistle..:thumbsup: John.
  11. mac10


    May 28, 2002
    wilmore, KY
  12. mcarp555

    mcarp555 Guest

    Jul 14, 2013
  13. Admiral Akbar

    Admiral Akbar

    Mar 12, 2013
    New York
    Jack Bruce.

    Hipped me to the melodic, harmonic, emotional impact of bass. Hipped me to the role of bass in a band "It's our job to make the rest of the band sound good." Hipped me to other musicians and style of music, all of whom I listen to this day 27 years later:

    Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, JS Bach, Muddy Waters, Ravi Shankar, Motown...

    Jack inspired me to learn other instruments as well: guitar, drums, piano, cello

    Jack also taught me to be open to all types of music, and pull inspiration and influence from any and all.
  14. Admiral Akbar

    Admiral Akbar

    Mar 12, 2013
    New York
    image. My other first inspiration is Paul Chambers.

    His strength of groove, swing, melodicism, lyricism, musicality. His big tone and great timing. And he played with Miles means so much to me.
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    This fine Gentleman!
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  16. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Southwest Virginia
    McVie... still the man.
  17. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    Joe Osborn.
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  18. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    2 VERY different bass players on 2 VERY different albums.

    Geddy Lee - Moving Pictures
    Tim Commerford - Rage Against The Machine

    8th grade 1993/4 was pinnacle for me. Not just fueling my discovery of the bass guitar, but music in general. Never forget your roots.
  19. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    I fell in love with bass and couldn't put out down once I started learning. But the person who truly tripped my trigger was whoever played the synthesized bass lines for the 1993 Super Nintendo video game Mega Man X. It sounds corny and childish as hell, but I was a kid back then and the video game sound tracks from that Mega Man X series remain my biggest source of inspiration to this day, 24 years later! Even my 9-year old daughter is completely hooked on them!

    It's surprising to me how often overlooked video game music is. But, they can be SERIOUS sources of inspiration!
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