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  • Pick your poison...er...ah...bass player...

    OK. Tell me what you like and look for in a bass player. As much maligned as they can be, they are very much a part of the rhythm section, and what we do and respond as drummers, so what trips your trigger?

    And I don't want the obvious, like 'good time', 'great groove', 'great pocket', etc. To me those things are basic to any musician, and to lack them, well they're just not a good player.

    I'm referring to what special traits set a bass player at the top, making it a joyous experience to play with.

    For me, it's a bass player that can play very melodically, and really add and embellish the melody of a tune. Ala, Stanley Clarke, John Patitucci, Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus, Ron Carter, etc. Cats like that make being a drummer a blast.

    What about you guys?
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  • #2
    Same here for me. I have the most fun playing with Isaac, the bassist in my band. He and I have a way of writing a song within a song.
    To me, drums and bass should almost always be locked together, but when the bassist is just following the root notes the whole time, it gets real boring real quick.
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    • #3
      I look for a bassist who understands, values, and shows in his playing the concept of RESTRAINT.

      4 strings; that's all you have, but that's all you NEED, sir.
      For cripe's sake, somebody buy that kid a freaking DICTIONARY already!

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      • #4
        I have found that I enjoy playing with bass players that connect with me on a level where we know where each other are headed. It
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        • #5
          I like a bass player that's not afraid to use the entire fretboard.... in a tasteful way, that is.


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          • #6
            I look for a bassist who understands, values, and shows in his playing the concept of RESTRAINT.

            I'm with this. I don't like playing with busy bass players. I like bass players that play solid, simpler lines that I can lean on and sync up with. 2 of my favorite bass players I've played with played this way and the whole band was tighter as a result.
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            • #7
              I like bass players that have a deep musical knowledge. Instant composition is a breeze when guys can just lay down a line that supports everything else, without going too far. Normally these guys play other instruments as well, therefore they have different perspectives on the music.
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              • #8
                4 strings; that's all you have, but that's all you NEED, sir.


                Unless you have 5 or 6!
                "If you can't SAY something with your instrument, try sellin' cars."-
                The late, great Tony Williams

                www.russleonardi.com
                www.zephyrsound.com
                — Sonor Designer Maple shell (heavy) 8 pc. for studio
                — Premier Genista 7 pc. for live gigs
                — Tama Silverstar "Metro" 4pc. for certain live gigs.
                — Paiste, Bosphorus and Sabian cymbals, depending on what I'm doin'.
                — Small collection of assorted snare drums to suit my mood.

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                • #9
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                  • #10
                    Unless you have 5 or 6!


                    In which case, you won't be playing with me in the first place.
                    For cripe's sake, somebody buy that kid a freaking DICTIONARY already!

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                    • #11
                      My dad plays a 5 string and is phenomenal on bass. Not just by himself either. He is exceptionally good at locking in with a drummer no matter what the situation. I guess when you have played for around 40 years that happens!!! Lol
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                      • #12
                        In which case, you won't be playing with me in the first place.


                        WOW! I would never have expected a statment like that from you.

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                        • #13
                          WOW! I would never have expected a statment like that from you.


                          Look, for the music I play and have played, the styles of music I've done and what's required musically...a 5 string bass is simply...unnecessary. And frankly, it says a certain something about someone who brings the wrong tool for the job (or in this case, to0 much for the job).
                          I COULD bring a double-bass kit and 5 toms/15 cymbals to gigs. But I don't, because I recognize the right tools for the job.

                          IMO, a 6 string bass is just retarded, unless you're some avant/jazz/fusion guy, in which case...you won't be playing with me in the first place.


                          But pop/rock stuff in general?
                          It's really not...appropriate, I guess. Certainly not for what I've played, or what I want to play.
                          You want a note lower than open E? Hipshot D-Tuner.

                          Beyond which, I've yet to meet a single bass player who was so proficient and such an amazing player on a 4001 or Jazz bass that I thought; yeah, those 4 strings are limiting his playing...
                          Blow me out of my socks on one of those, and then we'll talk about the need for a 5 string.

                          And yeah, sacrilegious as most bass players think it to be...in many cases, I LIKE a guy who plays with a pick.
                          For cripe's sake, somebody buy that kid a freaking DICTIONARY already!

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                          • #14
                            I like someone who plays melodically and can play some counter melodies - tastefully..my favorite at the moment (professional-wise) is Colin Edwin
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                            • #15
                              I like a guy who knows his place in the music... where he is and where he can go w/o muddying up the works. I also like a bass player w/ a sense of humor in his playing.
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