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Who's sound made you want to try the bass?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Dusty89, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. Dusty89


    Apr 4, 2011
    For me its Dusty Hill and ZZ top, at the age of ten. It was probably the first time I ever really noticed the bass. Wondering if anyone else can remember the first time a bass tone struck them.
  2. bluesdogblues


    Nov 13, 2007
    Ray Brown, James Jamerson, Joe Osborn, Paul McCartney, Sting and a local bass player.
  3. Well....at that time for me...you know...1992..it was Eric Avery from Janes Addiction.
  4. Flea.
    Opening bars to Higher Ground. I went to my music teacher and asked her to tell me what instrument it was, and then to start teaching me. :hyper:
  5. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    entwistle doing the real me.
  6. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    Who made me want to play bass first: Geddy Lee. Who made me want to be a full time, resolute bass player: Victor Wooten.
  7. EdHunter


    Jan 14, 2010
    Steve Harris on The Clairvoyant and These Colours Don't Run. That sound was what I wanted to do, and 3 years on form hearing them, I can just about get there.
  8. The Mouse

    The Mouse

    Jun 2, 2009
    Ah, I remember it well.. It was John Paul Jones and the tune was When The Levee Breaks..

    There were others that sparked my interest in bass playing. Rob Wright, Jamerson, Colin Moulding, Bruce Thomas, Norman Watt Roy to name a few. But I was destined to play bass after hearing JPJ..
  9. Evil Undead

    Evil Undead

    Oct 31, 2009
    Mr Cliff Burton of course :)
  10. JxBass

    JxBass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2008
    Having my first decent home record player may have been part of it, but it was when I heard McCartney's low notes cutting through the mix on the early Beatles records.
  11. Flea's intro to Around the World sparked my first interest in bass.
  12. Geezer Butler on War Pigs.

    The whole thing scared the crap out of me. 37 years later and I'm still hooked!
  13. BassMorpheus

    BassMorpheus Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2004
    The Crescent City/NOLA
    The Name is Bootsy Baba!
  14. tdub0199


    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, Ga.
    Roger Waters... although Gilmour played alot of the bass parts on albums....
  15. bassfart


    May 5, 2008
    Jason Newstead from Metallica.
  16. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    My first teacher plugged in a bass to a pa in a huge room.. then played a guitar chord.. I played an E..

    Instantly hooked.
  17. +1

    Same musician, same line, circa 1978.
  18. Kinetic Monkey

    Kinetic Monkey

    Mar 28, 2011
  19. Larry Graham/Chris Squire
  20. Tampabass

    Tampabass Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2006
    I know you are, but what am I?
    actually, my junior high band director "made me" play bass, at age 13 (and I'm forever grateful), so there was no point when I heard a bassist and decided to play bass. At the time, I was listening to Chicago a lot, so I guess Peter Cetera's lines were the first bass influence. Listened to Chris Squire a lot at the time, too. And Entwistle. Not too much later, I started listening to a lot of fusion, so then it was all Jaco & Stanley.