Are Bass Players Really Musicians?

Discussion in 'Guitar' started by matthewsa1, Nov 5, 2002.

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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. TKT

    TKT New Member

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    bass just sucks
  2. rknrne

    rknrne Active Member

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    you probably hate counting to four also ...
  3. mikos

    mikos New Member

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    bass is impotant as any other insturment with a solid bass player u know really kick ass and bass is hard to play for thoses with weak fingers but a bass player can get away with sour notes sometimes lol
  4. geckormf

    geckormf New Member

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    Bass is more important than people realise - apart from providing a groove, they actually dictate the chord you hear. Basic theory - the lowest note gets interpreted by the ear as the root of a chord, change the bass note and you change the quality of the chord :- C/C = C, but C/D = D11. Yes, punks, death-heads and hip-hoppers, there is such a chord :)

    It's what Sting does when he writes. If bass dictates the chord, they're probably more important than the rest of us - doesn't that suck!
  5. cheese970

    cheese970 New Member

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    If your speaking in terms of some of the more mainstream cap thats out..bassists shouldn't even be on any stage..but when you find a band that utilizes the options a deeper such as a bass produces..and they can b creative..then yes bassists are musicians. Bass isn't nearly as hard as guitar so I tend to look down on and bassist..but to be a truly good bassist is amazing. People like Flea, who basicly plays another lead guitar with 4 strings has every bit of my respect. But when theres bassists who just sit there and play root notes off of the rythym guitar..they should just give up cuz there not doin n e thing for the music..
  6. rknrne

    rknrne Active Member

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    ........final answer ??
  7. merianne

    merianne New Member

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    Absolutely, bass players definately are musicians. Especially ones who can really groove!!!!
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    bluesplayer New Member

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    john paul jones

    without john paul jones led zeppelin would never of happend !
  9. alycia

    alycia New Member

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    yes they are musicians, just like anyone else playing a guitar, the drums or any instrument.
  10. tomahuacck

    tomahuacck New Member

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    The role of the bass in a band is important... There are some amazing bassist like John Patittuci, Victor Wooten , Steve Bailey, Jaco Pastorious and so on.
  11. tomahuacck

    tomahuacck New Member

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    The bass can be as good as you want it.... Aplying several techniques bring to the music an special touch. Try to add some of Slap, Harmonics or Taping to the musical piece and you will hear the diference.

    But choose the right style.
  12. tomahuacck

    tomahuacck New Member

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    The bass bring a great support in trio live performance.... But that reason is important that the bassist have a great fundation in musical harmony.

    And that why a bassist is a musician.
  13. tomahuacck

    tomahuacck New Member

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    Sorry... i mean ... For that reason is important that the bassist have a fundation in musical harmony.


    BTW Somebody have a bass lesson or instrauctionals to share?
  14. Rich_b

    Rich_b Bass Cadet

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    Sorry but I always thought playing songs in a band was about playing together as a band rather than a bunch of soloists. By that logic rhythm guitarists who stick to the basic chords aren't musicians either?

    The bass player and drummer have a job to do in a band and it's to provide everyone else with a steady rhythm, if every song had fills and runs everywhere it would end up a mess. It's true just sitting on root notes doesn't make someone a 'great' musician (plus it's boring as hell) but if they're keeping a beat and doing their job then they're still a musician. Sometimes the song demands a steady bassline otherwise it wouldn't fit but if anyone doubts bass is important in music what about songs like Brown Eyed Girl, Money, We've Gotta Get Out of This Place, Come As You Are, Higher Ground etc etc. Bet you anyone who knows those songs can give you the bassline but probably didn't really notice what the 6 stringers were up to... okay except on Money ;)
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    It's the same analogy as the L.A. Lakers ....

    If there's too many soloists there's no harmony
  16. Rich_b

    Rich_b Bass Cadet

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    Exactly, same as soccer, if everyone in the team, including the goalie, tried to score goals and be the star the team would fail miserably.

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