BASS Players are “BADASS”!
The Lowly Bassist… The ‘Unsung’ Hero
Walk into any music store at any given time of the day and you’ll see tons of people hanging out around the ‘Six String’ section picking up and playing with all sorts of guitars! Now move over to the ‘Bass’ guitar section and you’ll notice things are a bit different…. It’s as if someone may have taken a shit somewhere in the area thus deeming the entire section avoidable by all means to the visiting public… Personally, I kind of enjoy the seclusion from all the other front stagers allowing me a little time to myself when looking at something new to test or try out. Needless to say, it’s just the “Lonely/Lowly” nature of the “Four String Long Neck”…
Even when the video game “Guitar Hero” was launched, there was nothing available for bass – just the six string. As a result, EVERYONE wanted to be a “Guitar Hero” and play an electric six string axe! Hell, who wants to hang out on the back of the stage next to the drummer anyway – and besides, the only person anyone sees back there is the dude (or gal) Rockin’ it up swinging a pair of oversized chop sticks.
Yup, no one really recognizes the bassist…. But, that’s kinda the way we like it – at least most of us do. You see, bassists aren’t known for being in the ‘spotlight’. We like to hang back and have the opportunity to ‘Hear it All’. Besides, in order to set the ‘Groove’ of the song, a bassist MUST be able to keep good time AND create the “Groove/Mood” of the piece being played. Along with that, a bassist needs to hear all the other instruments being played so that the low frequency sounds being produced by the bass are filling in and tying the piece all together. Hell, take any song and remove the bass line from it and you’ll see (hear) what I’m talking about!
So, My take on it all……… Bassists are indeed a ‘Tribe Of Their Own’. We DON’T NEED to ‘Play Well With Others’, others NEED to ‘Play With Us’ in order for ‘THEM’ to sound good!!
Having taken formal guitar lessons since the early 1960’s, I realized early on that it was the songs bass line that My ears really gravitated toward. In fact, many of the songs that I would play on my own on my electric and acoustic guitars were nothing more than the songs bass line. Many times I was told by other players to ‘quit’ playing the bass notes and either play rhythm or lead.
It wasn’t until 60 years later – July 15, 2019 that I actually thought that maybe I should try playing an actual bass. It was at that time when I purchased my first electric bass as a birthday present and began playing. Little did I know at the time that THIS would be the instrument that I would eventually grow to love and enjoy!
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Keep on Thumpin’!
Lanny – “The BADASS”