Is having a Bass useful?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by bluesholyman, Jul 29, 2018.

  1. RB522

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    Having a bass within reach is almost a requirement in my eyes. I doesn't have to be top shelf, just something used and in good shape. Once you have one, you won't want to be without it.
     
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    Bass is only important if you want to watch the pretty girls dance.
     
  3. Obsessed

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    Do it.

    My wife plays bass, but it wasn't until I started to learn how to play one of hers, that I understood how the bass lines fit into a song. My song writing was a joke until that point. I've got to have one ready to go at anytime now. Fortunately, I have a variety to select from.:cool:
     
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    indispensable
     
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    I bought a new Squier VM Jaguar bass for $200. It is a pretty nice instrument, and playing it immediately helped me on guitar and music theory. Plus, it's fun sometimes.
     
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    I keep a highway 1 P bass around. I probably pick it up once every two years, but it’s great for jams and for working out bass parts.
     
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  8. Radspin

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    Yes. Playing bass isn’t just like playing guitar with two fewer strings. It requires a different technique and it’s as much a rhythm instrument as a melodic one. Also, I find it very helpful to play along with a drum machine or other kind of rhythm track.
     
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    I had a rarely played Bass in the spare room.....until I told a guitar player friend who needed a bass player....

    Well, Go and get it, he said......you're in the band..

    now I'm playing Bass in a trio with free reign to play how I want to.......it's great....:D
     
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    I find it very useful when recording ,I tend to play the part better than some one else.Because its mine all mine.:)
     
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    I think its very useful. It gives you another angle to look at songs. A probably most guitarist, it makes me keenly aware of over playing. I have much more respect for our usually fat counter parts since buying a bass.
     
  12. bluesholyman

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    How was that transition?
     
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    The transition was easier than I thought..... I had been messing around with bass while running a school rock band, it was left to me coach the Bass kids.I figured I'd have to be able to play these tunes myself to show it to the kids....

    pretty straight forward reading tabs off the page while playing pop songs.... I didn't need to go into much theory with them...I knew a lot of the fretboard from playing guitar...

    I'd put some new pickups in a mate's guitar and went over to a practice session to listen to them and see if he liked them... he was happy... there were only keys/drums/guitar and I asked during a break where the Bass player was?..
    They kinda grinned among themselves and said he left after their last gig.....
    that's when I mentioned I had a bass at home.. and was told to go and get it.... so I did...

    Spent the next 3 hours going through their tunes reading the chords off the songbook..... many of the songs were covers I'd heard heaps of times but never knew the chords/notes... once I saw them on paper it was like Hey! I know how the bassline for this song kinda goes.... and fudged away...... driving the band when I had to was so empowering..yeah!!!!

    I played drums as a kid so it was like going home playing with the drummer... I'm having more fun playing Bass now than trying to be a rhythm guitarist in the same situation....

    I've still got a lot to learn, however I'm getting compliments from the guys after the sessions and they've been playing together for decades in bands... even on originals of theirs, I get to make it up.... what's not to like... ;)
     
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    I asked myself the same question for years... Had a few decent basses over the years... Sold them due to inactivity.

    Bought a Monoprice bass for under $120 including shipping... Put new strings on it, did a rudimentary set-up and fret level, and it more than suits my "once every 2 months or so itch" to have a bass.
     
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    I have played Bass in just as many bands as I have played Guitar.

    I write songs on the Bass all the time. I say yeah, having a Bass (or a few) around is helpful in so many ways. It can become addictive. Sometimes I will only pick up a Bass for a few weeks!

    Lately I have been listening to Leon Wilkeson (The Mad Hatter) very closely. I love his playing style. ;)
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    I’d flounder playing bass.
     
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    I really dig playing bass, so yeah.
     
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    i am a guitarist and just picked up a Squier Jaguar SS bass and Rumble amp. It seemed like a good step to take.

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    This is my "guitarist's bass" - in truth it's a great instrument. I don't have a bassist's mindset and I'm not sure I'll ever get one but it really does help you approach music in a different way. I'm glad I have it, I may never want another one but this is a great instrument to have around. OP, your new bass look funky cool!
     
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  20. Paul in Colorado

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    BINGO!

    I was in a band where I played bass and mandolin and guitar on one or two songs. That's where I realized the power of the bassist and the connection with people on the dance floor.

    Playing bass and mandolin really helped when I came back to guitar full time. Better rhythm and better melodic ideas. I'm thinking I should play bass in some kind of band just to keep my chops up.
     
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