Are Bass Players Really Musicians?

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Are Bass Plyers really musicians?

Poll closed Nov 5, 2003.
  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. matthewsa1

    matthewsa1 New Member

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    I posted a thread asking if drummers are really musicians. Now it's time to ask the same question about bass players.


    Are Bass Players really musicians?
  2. lostdave

    lostdave 'EVIL' Mod

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    of course they are.........

    they play notes......in time usually......which is more than what can be said for drummers
    and they tend not to drool as much

    J/K


    Dave
  3. The JoZ

    The JoZ New Member

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    I would surely agree. Being a bassist myself (aspiring to get better, but hey) I'd say that the bass is a key element to any good group. I mean, the guitar solos and the guitar rhythems are great to hear, but adding a killer bass line, a harmony part, is essential to a good piece
  4. g1b3

    g1b3 New Member

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    do you know what to do with a bad musician?
    give himm 2 sticks and let him play drums ;-)
  5. g1b3

    g1b3 New Member

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    and if he is a really really bad musician?
    give him only 1 stick and put hi in front of the band
  6. archieblagger

    archieblagger New Member

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  7. besty

    besty New Member

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    Bass players are definitely musicians and so are drummers. Ever sat down and tried to play drums in a live situation. Man, it's hard to cut it. I wonder where the whole drummer thing started!
  8. Trav4207

    Trav4207 New Member

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    Pretty retarded questions...:rolleyes: ....OF COURSE THEY ARE, lol, ya think their on stage just for looks or somethin, drummers provide the BEAT for the song and the bass guitar provides the bass line that makes the song BUMP, ya know?
  9. Nuld

    Nuld New Member

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    considering the drummer and bass player provide the rhythm section, of course they are musicians. this is the part of the song people dance to, they don't dance to the melody or vocals, without rhythm u just get 6 string mashing and an ego...
  10. SKaiba

    SKaiba New Member

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    -_- once again

    once again
    yes i say they are
    just like the drummers
    the bass line poses as the heartbeat or backbone of the band
    the melody just gets people thinkin
    heh
    oxxx{===S=K===>
  11. lcberthiaume

    lcberthiaume New Member

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    I'm a bass player and I think that a bass player is a really important part of a band. Have you ever listened to a song without bass? Most people don't recognize the bass lines in the songs they hear, but it is vital. So yes, bassists are musicians. Very important musicians. As important as drummers.
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    pike1212 New Member

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    Bass players are definatley musicians, they play an instrument and a really important one at that.
  13. TheoMurpse

    TheoMurpse New Member

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    Yes!!! When Ben Folds plays bass or when Ben Folds Five's bassist plays, THEY are musicians...so are the upright bassists of jazz
  14. yuks

    yuks New Member

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    Errmm... Dump question, isn't it? Bass is also part of the music... And how can it be music without bass??
  15. Dr Chemikill

    Dr Chemikill New Member

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    Bass players are everywhere BUT to find one thats REALLY a musician is hard.Drummers are wierd creatures anyway!!!Talent is in the music they produce so you only have to listen to know a musician or a wanna be.
  16. rknrne

    rknrne Active Member

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    I hear a lot of bass these days acting as an almost percussive sense aka Maria Maria /Santana.I like it. So now the days of over indulgance of players like Jaco & Billy Sheehan HOThothot players, sure learned a lot from them) seem behind for ppl that have just felt the groove like a bass is supposed to be but these new cats gotta start listening to history and learn all about music not just for posin'. I like playing Bass even if it's just a Root/fith pattern it's the weaving a ducking you can do in that microcosim of a beat hold back, jump on it, piss the drummer off, watch the singer stumble, blame it on the guitar player. HA HA HA Sounds purty impotent ta me!
  17. Lam0r

    Lam0r New Member

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    they're more of a backup musician, they play single notes which back up the powerchords that the guitar plays.

    And also, there are bass interludes, so yeah
  18. ediblez

    ediblez New Member

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    i would definitely say yes, bassists are musicians
  19. felszakal

    felszakal New Member

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    They are musicans, there are BASS solos too,
    And a good bass player can play a lots of
    song on his/her bass. One of my friend play
    Jingle Bells on his bass much faster than
    the original, its sounds really good :)

    BASS guitars can make the atmosphere of
    a song and playing it fast is not an easy thing.

    They are musicans. Thats the truth.
  20. Talking Pie

    Talking Pie New Member

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    Bass players are musicians... but only on a technicality. We just call them 'Lazy Guitarists'.

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