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why do you play bass guitar ???

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by loie1987, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. loie1987


    Jul 21, 2013
    someone asked me That question ... But I want to know your answers ??? :bassist::)
  2. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    To pay the bills and put food on the table. Oh, and also because it's fun!
  3. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    It looks cool and is easier than playing guitar.
  4. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    It satisfies my need for sonic domination.
    Bunk McNulty likes this.
  5. Geri O

    Geri O

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    Firstly, why not?

    Second, to me, it's a feeling of control (probably why so many bassists are audio engineers, too). We hold up and support the music being played. What does music sound like with no bass, except as a dynamic moment to do without it? And in that moment, a tacit moment for the bass is a defining role in that dynamic.

    I probably worded that badly, but nonetheless, there's a control factor involved in a good bass part. And I'd like to think that I'm not a control freak, but heyyy...

    And thirdly, I love love love playing bass.
  6. Billy Gould's tone and style on early FNM records. That's it.
  7. Playing bass seems to fit my personality... I was never much of a "look at me" kinda guy.
  8. Ironbar


    Aug 24, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    Because ever since I first found rock music, I've always been attracted to the bottom end. I have no idea why, I just roll with it!
  9. This is easy.....

    I started wanting to play guitar, and am surrounded by SO many tremendous guitar players in this area. I struggled to attain at least a not suck level of playing but it isn't where my natural ability is at. I stumbled into playing bass for a friend early on, and he felt I was a natural at it, feel - meter, etc.....so I put a little effort into it and it was a solid fit for me. I am comfortable with it, understand my place (most of the time anyway) and reached a don't suck level pretty well.

    That said - I enjoy it and still play some guitar.
  10. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    I backed my way into it. I was a guitarist for years. Someone asked me to take up bass so I could be in their band. So I did. I've stuck with it and gotten better because I really love it now.
  11. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
    Steve Harris
    embellisher and twocargar like this.
  12. interp

    interp Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2005
    Garmisch, Germany
    I play it because it's just like building a house: designing and constructing the foundation of a house requires a more thorough understanding of construction than just doing the framing and finish work. It makes the rest of the structure possible.

    Plus, it's fun.
  13. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    so i could hangout on tb, why else.
  14. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Because way back in 1981, a group of my friends and I formed a band. I was the tallest, my job was chosen.
  15. jessicabass


    Dec 22, 2009
    Because i love to play music.
    Which is why i also play guitar/drums/piano/sax/and violin.
    But bass is my favorite.
  16. xbud


    Nov 9, 2012
    Southwestern, PA
    As a kid I found myself gravitating to music that had a great groove, but back then I thought I just had weird taste in music because I was all over the place with musical likes. Then when I hit high school I realized that all of the great grooves I enjoyed was because they had great bass lines, and rhythm. I felt bass was the driving force behind my musical interest.
  17. inthebassclef

    inthebassclef Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2012
    because i believe everyone has things that truly resonant with them and mine is bass
  18. Ronbassman


    Jun 1, 2011
    Because I don't break strings like I used to on the guitar.
  19. ENTWISTLE!!!

    I don't know if that really makes sense. I didn't learn trumpet or French horn.
  20. started out playing some guitar at 14 but all the bands at school needed bass players. Picked up a bass and haven't looked back since.