NBD. I Made The Band!

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by BuckNekkid, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. BuckNekkid

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    The band already had two guitarists, so cracking into it was nigh on impossible. But they haven't had a bass player in months. This morning, I showed the band leader the new bass I received yesterday, and was invited to practice with the band tomorrow!

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    That's great, I hope everything goes smoothly and to your liking.
     
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    So, you've never played bass before?.....good luck. Having had the awful experience of finding good bass players for YEARS.....may I offer some advice? Keep it simple. Maintain a "tonal center". (Generally, outline the actual chords) (Almost) Never play more than four notes per measure. Keep strict rhythm and time. Oh.....did I mention keep it simple? Without knowing what kind of music you will be playing, I can't recommend specific players to listen to, but any of the old soul players are a good place to start. If you end up any good at it, you'll always be in demand. ;)
     
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    Cool!
    I LOVE playing bass.
    I have my weekly (weakly?) bass gig tonight.
    I always look forward to it!
    Have fun!
     
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  5. BuckNekkid

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    Correct, this will be my first go at playing bass. I've been studying the role of the bass, and have been playing along with some backing tracks.

    Having played guitar for 50+ years, I think having knowledge of the fretboard will help, but I plan to keep it simple, stick with working the kick drum and staying close to the root of the current chord. The band is a worship band at a small church, and I know the band members, so I believe they will accommodate me and help me, as adding a bottom to the mix will help round out the sound. I'm not looking to be front and center on the stage!
     
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    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    Nice bass! I'm in VA...what's the band's name?
     
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    I'm glad the Jack Cassidy bass is still available.
     
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    I'm glad the Jack Cassidy bass is still available.
     
  9. BuckNekkid

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    I count Casady among the two most influential bass players I've heard. Getting one made to his spec was special to me.

    Although I think I might use my Ibanez short-scale bass for the practice, as I'm comfortable with that size.
     
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    I'm a guitar player also but I like bass a lot and play it in bands on occasion. I like Geezer Butler, Jack Cassidy, and Ray Manzarek's bass lines.
     
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    I'm glad someone else recognizes the significance of Ray Manzarek's left hand to the signature of the the Doors' sound. I count it equal to his "cheesy" organ tone for the unique sound they had. Even on albums, when they used a "real" bassist in the studio, they had him simply play bass lines that Manzarek would do in live performances.
     
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    Hey, Jimmy Page played bass. I love messing with bass, too. But as a guitar player I definitely focus on keeping it simple. But the nice part is that I have the ability to do a lot more when the situation calls for it. Reminds me of the line from Spiderman-- "with great power comes great responsibility".... LOL.

    Luckily, from years of listening to music, including the bass line, I tend to hear classic bass lines in my head, anyway. When I write songs I often start with the bass line and build from there. Ever listen to EDM? That is some of the simplest bass on the planet-- and yet it is currently the most popular music in the world today. Something to be said for staying on the 1 and matching the kick drum, for sure.
     
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    Roots on the 1 and 3, lock in with the drummer, don't drag the beat, don't lose focus, and everything else is gravy. LOVE the Jack Casady Bass! I almost got one of those a couple of times.
     
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    I recommend Study Bass for getting your bass chops together.
     
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    Buck, give me a call, I will fly with you. LOL
     
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    Duck Dunn is a good influence for groove, note choices and economy of playing.

    Watch the drummer and lock into the bass drum pedal. Have fun! Good luck!
     
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    I thought he mostly used foot pedals for the bass lines . . .
     
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    And you know how to spell his name correctly!

    Btw, who is the other bass player?

    Jack is in my top 3 (others are Entwistle and Squire)
     
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    That is one sharp Bass :cool: … Congratulations !
     
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    Good Luck with the new band!! Stevie Ray Vaughan learned to play bass when he was a kid, so he could hang around with his brother Jimmy.
     
  22. BuckNekkid

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    You named him: John Entwistle (I know how to spell his name, too!) :)
     
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