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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2006-03-17T04:19:30+00:00 2006-03-17T04:19:30+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: hot & funky bass]]> Statistics: Posted by lorilu — Fri Mar 17, 2006 4:19 am

2006-03-17T03:26:03+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: hot & funky bass]]> Statistics: Posted by lorilu — Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:26 am

2006-03-16T13:24:00+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: hot & funky bass]]> >and it sure ain't Lummo.
>All I can say is that a bassist who can sit up back and keep
>the beat but can't do the flashy tricks is a thousand times
>better then the other way around.
>Interestingly, this rule also applies to guitarists.
J-Ro: that's a simple,but astute,way of stating it. I don't care which musician in the band may be guilty of it,but playin' too many notes in a way that distracts from the overall tune is a mistake. On the other hand,I heard an OK blues band last week that had a bassman that threw in a few funk things (the thumps and quick slides and occasional switch to a more treble eq (he had about 8 pedals,AND was very talented); Because of his high level of ability,he did a nice job in spite of the fact that his bass style more closely suited rock,fusion,funk,and jazz,than the post-war electric blues they were playin'. And part of my opinion of the bassist was prob'ly skewed to the high side by the fact that I've played with 2 guitarists who have worked with him,and they both said he was an excellent musician and a real pro.

Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Thu Mar 16, 2006 1:24 pm

2006-03-16T12:07:55+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: hot & funky bass]]>
All I can say is that a bassist who can sit up back and keep the beat but can't do the flashy tricks is a thousand times better then the other way around.

Interestingly, this rule also applies to guitarists.

Statistics: Posted by jellyroll baker — Thu Mar 16, 2006 12:07 pm

2006-03-15T21:54:40+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: hot & funky bass]]> R_A_, I like alot of your 4-string plucker choices, Jamerson being one of my favorites. But, I really like Geddy Lee, and Sir Paul. They play incredibly complex stuff and they SING TOO, for crying out loud!!! Don't know if you sing and play at the same time. I can do it when I'm playing guitar(rythym), but play bass and sing, no way for me. IMO.


"along the road, take time to smell the flowers"

Statistics: Posted by tim3finger — Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:54 pm

2006-03-15T19:18:36+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: hot & funky bass]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:18 pm

2006-03-15T18:49:08+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: hot & funky bass]]> >confrontation here,and now you went and broke the string. I
>don't know if the jab about busking was aimed,or jus' a
>knee-jerk reaction to your attack,but I don't understand any
>attempt to demean busking; I think it takes nerve and
>ability to busk well, and that it's a time honored way of
>interacting with listeners. aren't serious about
>demeaning busking,are you...? If it's the money, buskers up
>here can make as much in a few hours downtown as workin' in
>some of the low-payin' club gigs around here. $50-$200,
>depending on the day and the luck...little to nothin' on bad
>days,but you still get to play. Maybe this forum is full of
>guys who get 500 bucks a nite,but I seriously doubt it.

Jeff, Bubba, or whatever, first, let's just call it what it is, hustlin' change with a guitar, and no, I'm not trying to demean it. Hell, fifteen years ago, when I was between jobs, I was out there, playin' the streets myself. How do you think I knew what the City of Chicago calls the permit? And yeah, you're right, it does take some nerve and ability, but no more than it does to get up in front of a crowd of folks at Wise Fools, Legends, or 'the Mines. If you ain't got your chops, they'll laugh you off the stage. A guy like Willie Kent or Aron Burton will tell you if you're not doin' it right, and yes, I've had the opportunity to play with both. I've even shared a few bars with Honeyboy.

Look, I came to this forum to share, and that's what I did. The subject was about what hot and funky bass players you're into. Since I have recently (within the past year) moved from guitar to bass, I've searched out music for its bass line, and I posted, wanting to just share some of the fabulous things I've listened to. Then this idiot, who's not even a bass player comes into the room, and starts shakin' down my sh*t. Hell, he ain't even got the chops to share one bass player. Well, I ain't no pu**y, and I'm gonna push back! And from what I can see, he's a rich boy tryin' to live out his "Crossroads" fantasy. I got no respect for that sh*t. Like I said, maybe that sh*t flies in wine and cheese country, but you'll get called in Chi-Town.

Anyway, I came here for fellowship, not this crap. I don't need this. I could be woodsheddin' instead, and from here on out, y'all won't have to be fussin' none about my lengthy posts!

Oh, the village just called; they looked under the bridge and found that Dan was gone. Please send him back!


Statistics: Posted by r_a_smith3530 — Wed Mar 15, 2006 6:49 pm

2006-03-15T17:56:55+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: hot & funky bass]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Wed Mar 15, 2006 5:56 pm

2006-03-15T17:29:34+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: hot & funky bass]]>

You can't say anything short and sweet, can you?

Statistics: Posted by allanlummox — Wed Mar 15, 2006 5:29 pm

2006-03-15T17:06:59+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: hot & funky bass]]> >
>Prolly not you, though.

Why thank God for that!!!

BTW, I visited, as you asked, and it wasn't worth the price of admission.

A "busker" eh? Damn, you wine and cheese folks got to find some fancy obscure name for nearly everything, don't you? Back here in the Windy, we just call it what it is, a "street musician." In fact, that's what the city permits call it! Hustlin' change with a guitar.

Obviously, seeing you own a National resonator, and some fancy, boutique leaded glass bottleneck, you're not hanging on street corners, hustling change for the same reason as those who you pretend to emulate. Hell, even Muddy Waters got a job in a factory when he came here and had the chance! No, guys like Robert, and Muddy, and Honeyboy did it because their only alternative was to slave away in the cotton fields for twelve or more hours a day, earning maybe half what they could on the streets with their guit-fiddle.

So, I'm assuming that you hustle change on the streets because it makes you feel more like a "real" bluesman. What a crock!

Oh yeah, in the immortal, paraphrased words of Sean Connery, isn't it just like a white bread and mayonaise guitard to bring a National resonator and a fancy, store-bought bottleneck to a bass forum?

I'm outta here. This place is startin' to smell too much like week old Merlot, and month old Brie! Back to the woodshed. Y'all can have wine and cheese boy here. You ask where are the bass players, eh? Well, they're hangin' out with people far more real.


Statistics: Posted by r_a_smith3530 — Wed Mar 15, 2006 5:06 pm