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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2009-02-11T23:02:08+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=12&t=9202 2009-02-11T23:02:08+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9202&p=90292#p90292 <![CDATA[Re: how many strings does a good bass player need?]]> Statistics: Posted by Hublocker — Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:02 pm


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2009-01-29T17:57:27+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9202&p=89324#p89324 <![CDATA[Re: how many strings does a good bass player need?]]> If you play good bass, nobody should be telling you how to play. If they don't like the way you play, you shouldn't be in that band. Period. I'm not saying I have a massive ego that needs to be assuaged by having me in the spotlight, far from it. If you knew me, you'd know I'm a pretty humble guy.

I didn't insult you personally, though you seem to be taking offense as if I did. Please do not insult me, either. I am neither a metal guitarist nor am I immature in the least. Your reading comprehension skills may not be as adequate as you believe.

I claim to be a guitarist AND a bass player. Not a guitar player who plays bass now and again. I played professionally in a band for six years, on bass, it was my main instrument and I hardly kept my guitar chops through those years. And I'm extremely happy for that, because I can play the bass as a bass and guitar as a guitar, or more accurately, and indeed the basis of my original point, I hope my playing transcends the perceived limitations of both to a degree.

Anyway, I hope that closes the chapter on this unintended string of miscommunications.

Statistics: Posted by CashWiley — Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:57 pm


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2009-01-29T00:35:32+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9202&p=89273#p89273 <![CDATA[Re: how many strings does a good bass player need?]]> Yes, a great guitarist can make an average rythym sections sound good but a great rythym section can't do much for an average guitarist. I believe that because I have heard and been in those situations. Just my opinion based on my experience.

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2009-01-28T22:43:51+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9202&p=89269#p89269 <![CDATA[Re: how many strings does a good bass player need?]]>

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2009-01-28T22:17:28+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9202&p=89262#p89262 <![CDATA[Re: how many strings does a good bass player need?]]> Statistics: Posted by bigdaddy — Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:17 pm


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2009-01-28T22:08:53+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9202&p=89261#p89261 <![CDATA[Re: how many strings does a good bass player need?]]> So long for now,
Bob :oops: :cry: :oops:

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2009-01-28T18:01:34+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9202&p=89234#p89234 <![CDATA[Re: how many strings does a good bass player need?]]> Statistics: Posted by bigdaddy — Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:01 pm


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2009-01-28T18:00:15+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9202&p=89233#p89233 <![CDATA[Re: how many strings does a good bass player need?]]> From what I get from you and your anger about playing the bass spot you have an ego problem. Lots of people compliment me but it's when fellow musicians do that I really listen to what they say. I can always improve. Yes I can play a 100 notes per measure but it wouldn't fit the style of music I get paid to play. Perhaps you can in metal, I don't know because I don't care for metal and hard rock all that much, well I don't care for it at all. If you are a metal guitarist then that's where you should be. I am a blues bassists, that's the genre I love to play and listen to so that's where I am. We can't run from what we really are and if we do so it makes for hard times. I know that is true becasue I have run from what I am for to many years. I will no longer do some thing just for the money, it ain't worth it.

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2009-01-28T14:55:19+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9202&p=89218#p89218 <![CDATA[Re: how many strings does a good bass player need?]]>
BobHolland wrote:
Like I said "To each his own" I respect everyone's opinion. I was just throwing out my thoughts in response to the 4 string bass. Sorry if I offended anyone.
Bob :oops:

No offense, and I echo your sentiments. And I can appreciate a decent rhythm section, though I prefer a more active section like Entwistle/Moon, Lee/Peart or McVie/Fleetwood. The reason it rubs me is that so many frontmen /expect/ to be the only one out there being the "star", and I don't dig the star attitude, I think we're all on the same stage and everyone should step up and play like a champ. I guess my issue is more about ego than playing, and your comment about other's expectations dictating how you should play kinda bugged me.

Like I said, it's more difficult coming from a progressive background where every instrument was equal. Our singer was extremely charismatic and talented, but there was no frontman, all of us were equals in every way. I wrote most of the songs on bass and guitar, sometimes the bass is a support instrument, sometimes the guitar is.

The idea that some instruments are just there as support and not as equals is tough for me. Also why I don't play blues bass, even though I used to be a wicked bassist and I love blues. It's just not worth the shit I get from people who are stuck thinking this one certain formula is the only way to play. It's not that I don't play stock stuff, too. It's just that when I play some wild bass under something, and it sounds great, I don't think someone else's ego or musical taste should dictate my playing (and I'll add that obviously it needs to sound good and be appropriate to the piece). You don't like the way I play, piss off and find another bassist who will obey you. Hell, get a pianist with a strong left hand.

Anyway, see the problems I cause in a bass forum? I'll just leave it at that and go back to the guitar forums. It's too bad so many people just want the bass to be a support role. You're missing out on a lot of great talent. Sorry I caused a problem here.

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2009-01-28T05:02:27+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9202&p=89193#p89193 <![CDATA[Re: how many strings does a good bass player need?]]> Statistics: Posted by leftieray — Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:02 am


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